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Environmental Consultant


London, United Kingdom

Job Summary
AECOM’s Policy and Appraisal team is a specialist interdisciplinary policy research, assessment, and evaluation team based in our London, Bristol, Basingstoke, Birmingham and Plymouth offices. The team comprises 20 staff specialising in: Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA)/Sustainability Appraisal (SA); social impact measurement and valuation, including equalities impact assessment; local and neighbourhood planning; climate change policy and finance; and natural capital and ecosystem services. The Policy and Appraisal team sits within a wider Environment and Planning team which constitutes one of the largest environment and planning consultancies in the UK. E&P provides strategic planning, environmental and social consultancy advice for a wide spectrum of policies, plans, programmes, strategies and infrastructure and development projects. Project sectors range from rail, road, aviation, power and waste management, to urban regeneration, industrial facilities, onshore and offshore oil and gas, marine and coastal projects.

We are looking to recruit an Environmental Consultant to join the team. The successful candidate will report to a Principal Consultant and will be expected to work on a range of projects, handling and being accountable for a number of tasks simultaneously. The role will require an understanding of the planning system in England as well as technical knowledge of SA/SEA, excellent team working and communication skills, the capacity to write clear logical reports and the ability to deliver to deadlines. The successful candidate will ideally have consultancy or local planning authority experience, but this is by no means essential. The grade at which the appointment is made will depend on experience and, for this reason, we welcome applications from people at different stages in their careers.

The position will be based at one of the following AECOM offices – Bristol, London or Plymouth.

Job Responsibilities:

The successful candidate will be expected to undertake the following illustrative roles and responsibilities:
Assist in the delivery of SA/SEAs to ensure projects are delivered on time and to the highest standard
Prioritise project actions and meet commitments on an on-going basis while taking ownership and responsibility for the completion and quality of work
Analyse both qualitative and quantitative data effectively and carry out desk-based studies and site visits as required
Keep up-to-date with SA/SEA and other relevant legislation, case law, policy and guidance
Understand and implement project management principles and fully appreciate the need to work within project budgets
Work collaboratively within an interdisciplinary and wider team
Communicate effectively with their line manager, project managers, clients, project teams and other members of the Policy & Appraisal team through telephone, e-mail, letters and reports
Participate in team meetings, client briefs and other meetings as and when required
Support business development through preparing Expressions of Interest and tender submissions and working to continuously improve our service offer to clients
Assist in marketing activities related to SA/SEA services and proactively promote SA/SEA best practice and innovation across our business

Minimum Requirements
Previous experience of working in a consultancy or local authority planning department would be beneficial
Knowledge of the English planning system and SA/SEA, with an interest in local and neighbourhood plan making
Experience of undertaking SA/SEA in practice would be beneficial
Knowledge of other forms of impact assessment (e.g. environmental, social, health, equalities) would be beneficial
A professional, organised and thorough approach to work which demonstrates an attention to detail with an emphasis on getting things right the first time
An ability to manage own time effectively and comfortable working both within a team or independently to tight deadlines
Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, and capacity to work as part of an interdisciplinary team
Client focused team player with a positive attitude

Preferred Qualifications
You will have obtained a bachelor’s degree and hold at least a master’s level qualification in an environmental or planning -related discipline (e.g. environmental policy, environmental assessment/management, sustainability, planning, human geography, environmental economics) or have equivalent work experience.

What We Offer
AECOM is a place where you can put your innovative thinking and business skills into high gear and work alongside other highly intelligent and motivated people. It's a place where you can apply your skills to some of the world's most challenging, interesting, and meaningful projects worldwide. It's a place that values the diversity of our areas of practice and our people. It's what makes AECOM a great place to work and grow. AECOM is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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