Ricardo

Water Framework Directive Specialist - Principal Consultant

Job Locations UK-Flexible
ID
2021-1393

Overview

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Role: Principal Consultant - Water Framework Directive

Location: Flexible – Hybrid, Harwell, London, Glasgow, Manchester, Bristol

Salary range: £44,000 - £55,000

Role ID: 1393

 

Our vision is to create a safe and sustainable world

Ricardo plc is a global strategic, environmental, and engineering consulting company, listed on the London Stock Exchange. With over 100 years of engineering excellence and employing close to 3,000 employees in more than 20 countries, we provide exceptional levels of expertise in delivering leading-edge and innovative cross-sector sustainable products and solutions. Every day, we enable our customers to solve the most complex and dynamic challenges to help achieve a safe and sustainable world.

 

Energy & Environment, one of Ricardo plc’s five operating business units, is a leader in sustainability consultancy, solving complex environmental challenges through industry-leading analysis, advice and data. With more than 40 years of heritage in addressing air quality, environmental and sustainability issues, our customers value us for our deep understanding and breadth of services covering the entire value chain from evidence, policy & strategy to implementation.

 

We are currently looking for a Principal Consultant to join our Water team.

 

Key responsibilities

  • Ricardo’s water and environment practice has an extensive and rapidly expanding water resources planning and environmental management project portfolio centred on the UK water companies.
  • We have been successful of winning numerous water company environment-related frameworks across England and Wales.
  • We are therefore looking for an experienced and expert water resources specialist with a strong understanding of environmental assessment to join our growing team.
  • The successful candidate will need to demonstrate excellent technically skills in terms of delivering and managing all elements of environmental appraisals. 
  • We are looking for someone who can work as part of a multi-disciplinary team of experts to assess the water resources, hydro-ecology, geomorphology and water quality implications of proposed water resource schemes and drought management measures including strategic water resource options and plans:
    • You will provide a technical lead to a portfolio project, as well as direct, coach and mentor junior staff on all technical aspects of environmental appraisal to support.
    • Offer technical input into proposals and to win work under our frameworks and beyond.
    • Understand the links between appraisal elements, have a strong background in hydro-ecology, interpretation of WFD and an analytical mind. 

Key competencies and experience

  • A strong track record in water consultancy and working directly with UK water companies.
  • An understanding technically how environmental appraisal supports best environmental and customer outcomes related water resources planning outcomes and can identify risks and opportunities.
  • An understanding UK water policy and legislation, water resources management and the how the Water Framework Directive is integral to/embedded with environmental assessments.
  • Taking the lead technically on complex environmental appraisal water resource projects.
  • Regulatory and stakeholder communications and management.
  • Able to interpret models, review and analyse statistical trends.
  • A degree in a relevant environmentally based subject with a strong understanding of the links between hydrology, ecology and water resource planning.

 

Skills and behaviours 

  • Excellent team working and communication skills with a close attention to detail.
  • Enthusiastic and self-motivated to thrive in this busy and demanding environment.
  • Good IT experience (including ideally understanding of relevant software/models).
  • Innovative thinking.
  • Excellent report writing and bid-writing.
  • Excellent communicator.
  • Ability to give presentations at all levels including to regulators and external stakeholders.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent organisational skills.
  • Clean driving licence. 

Working here

 

Ricardo is an exciting and rewarding place to work and you have the opportunity to make a difference. You will work with teams of talented, dedicated, and supportive individuals. Alongside having a fantastic opportunity to develop your career with us through our broad range of projects, mentoring opportunities and a personalised approach to your learning and development. We are always keen to hear from people who have driven, ambition and a flair for innovative thinking.

 

Wellbeing and work life balance

 

We offer flexible approaches to work, whether that's working from home, being in the office, or as a hybrid worker. We're happy to discuss flexible working arrangements. Wellbeing is at the core to our culture, allowing employees to flourish and to achieve their full potential. Our People are important to us, and we take pride in our wellbeing programmes and policies that support individuals including flexible working, carers policy, mental health first aiders and readily available support through our extensive Employee Assistance programme.

 

Diversity, Equality and Inclusion statement

 

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person's potential, and we'll help you reach yours. We have an ambitious diversity, equality, and inclusion approach as explained here. We value diversity; recognising that a more diverse workforce creates a richer and more varied working environment. Diversity also drives innovation, by allowing us to offer our clients the best consultancy service that we can. As part of our commitment to engage positively and pro-actively with all our employees and ensure a culture of inclusivity, we are a recognised as a 'disability confident' employer.

 

Benefits

 

Our core benefits include 25 days' annual leave, plus 8 flexible bank holidays, a competitive company pension scheme, life assurance and professional subscriptions reimbursement. We also offer a wide range of flexible benefits to suit your lifestyle.

 

Once you have submitted your application a member of our Recruitment Team will be in touch. Please be aware that the timing can vary dependent on the volume of applications that we receive for each role and in some cases, we may start to review applications prior to the closing date.

 

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Responsibilities

What a success candidate will look like:

The successful individual will be expected to provide a technical lead to a portfolio projects, as well as direct, coach and mentor junior staff on all technical aspects of environmental appraisal to support. The post- holder will also be expected to provide technical input into proposals and to win work under our frameworks and beyond. The post holder must understand the links between appraisal elements, have a strong background in hydrology and impacts on ecology and critically interpretation of WFD and its applicability. In summary the candidate will expected to be able to:

  • Relevant technical background with the ability to lead for example key WINEP scheme appraisals and support the development of Water Resource Management and Drought Plans that are environmentally sound.
  • Direct and provide technical input into a wide range of water resource management, drought management environmental, WINEP schemes.
  • Work effectively with water companies, regulators, planners, developers, design engineers, contractors to achieve positive outcomes for water resource strategies and scheme developments.
  • Build and maintain relationships with our clients through project and bidding activities.
  • Develop/recommend innovative solutions and approaches to answer client’s problems.
  • Direct technical inputs from junior staff and sub-consultants.
  • Lead, mentor and coach junior colleagues in aspects of water resources hydrology, WFD and planning related to environmental appraisal to support asset planning.
  • Drive innovation within the field of water resource environmental appraisal to meet future challenges faced by our clients and identify opportunities for develop our services through internal cross-practice working.
  • Extend our portfolio of work in your area of expertise to support the growth of our business offerings. 

Qualifications

Key competencies and experience: 

You will need to demonstrate that you have:

  • A strong track record in water consultancy and working directly with UK water companies.
  • An understanding technically of how environmental appraisal supports best environmental and customer outcomes related water resources planning outcomes and can identify risks and opportunities.
  • Understanding UK water policy and legislation, water resources management and the how the Water Framework Directive is integral to/embedded with environmental assessments.
  • Ability to take the lead technically on complex environmental appraisal water resource projects.
  • Regulatory and stakeholder communications and management experience
  • Able to interpret models, review and analyse statistical trends.
  • A first degree in a relevant environmentally-based subject with a strong understanding of the links between hydrology, ecology and water resource planning.

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