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Associate Director - Environment (EIA leader)


Solihull, United Kingdom

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In this role you will act as a Project Manager and Project Director for some of our major EIA projects. This will include the evolving a strong EIA leadership role for current and future HS2 projects (and other major infrastructure including high speed rail, conventional national rail, major highway schemes, airport expansion etc).

You will be expected to participate in wider business activities within Arup. This role reports to the Environmental Consulting Leader in the Midlands.

You will act as an Associate Director fulfilling the following role:

·Provision of senior leadership at Project Manager and Project Director level for our major EIA projects;
·Take an active role in current and future HS2 projects either directly in a leadership role or supporting those undertaken leadership roles (and other major infrastructure including high speed rail, conventional national rail, major highway schemes, airport expansion etc ) undertaken by Arup
·Work with current leadership of the Environmental Consulting business to maintain and enhance our senior level capabilities in EIA, this includes managing the transition of staff out of the business (as they retire) and building the capabilities of the team by strategic recruitment;
·With current EIA team leadership, lead the business development for EIA infrastructure work on rail and road development, maintain and develop client network;
·Maintain and enhance Arup’s external reputation by speaking at external events, preparing articles for publication and working with relevant professional bodies;
·Share with existing team leadership the staff management responsibilities for the EIA team, undertaking appraisals, mentoring and staff development plans
·Develop our cross sector working exploring the potential to increase our work in international impact assessment and auditing.
·Work with other senior staff members on preparation of multidisciplinary bids prepared by Environmental Consulting.
·Provide leadership in supporting the overall ambition / growth of an existing 40 strong Midlands environmental team
·Collaborating with leaders in Arup Infrastructure and Buildings groups and other partnering organisations.

Effectiveness Indicators:

·Depth and breadth of planning / environmental consenting and understanding of policy across a wide range of infrastructure sectors.

·Ability and experience of working with a range of client bodies, including both private sector (promoters of infrastructure, utility companies and developers) and public sector (central and/or local government).

·Ability to explain complex processes and highly technical subject matters in an understandable manner.

·Ability to identify issues or risks that affect the project delivery of a project- identify measures to address the issue/ risk and agree how these measures will be implemented.

Underpinning Knowledge:

·Detailed knowledge of EIA processes and strategies to support consenting process for major projects.
·Management of multidisciplinary teams – and understanding of how to integrate the work of other disciplines (engineering, environmental, design).
·Understanding national environmental planning policy issues at all levels – national through to local.
·Development of key stakeholder relationships – local authorities, community groups and government agencies.
·Highly effective presentation and report writing skills.
·Experience of preparing client proposals and leading on presentations to prospective clients.


·Degree and/or masters in Environmental Science (or similar)
·Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) or CSi
·Member or Fellow of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (FIEMA)
·IEMA Principal EIA Practitioner (not essential – desirable)
·Large infrastructure EIA Experience in a consultancy environment
·Experience of leading large multi-disciplinary projects teams
·Experience of drafting planning reports/ strategies for clients, managing the preparation of planning applications and data analysis
·Experience of promotion, marketing and bid preparation
·Attending and leading client meetings and general contribution to the development of an environmental consulting business
·Working with other groups within a multi-disciplinary environment
·Developing working relationship with other Arup environmental leaders and other Arup leaders within our organisation and also in external forums
·Experience of managing a challenging and varying workload.


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