Water Policy Consultant / Senior Consultant


London, UK 🇬🇧

Overview / Responsibilities

Do you have a keen interest in Environmental Policy and an enthusiasm for developing solutions to complex and challenging problems? Are you looking for the ideal opportunity to take you career in environmental consultancy to the next level? If so, we are seeking a high-calibre consultant or senior consultant to join our Advisory Services team with a focus on Water Policy.

Wood has a long established and evolving business delivering environmental consultancy and advice to clients within the UK and worldwide. This role will sit within our Environmental Policy and Economics team, a part of our Advisory Services team, which focuses on delivering sustainability advisory services, working in partnership with our clients to deliver the UN Sustainable Development Goals.  Our Advisory work covers a broad range of services incorporating environmental policy, climate action, circular economy, waste management and decarbonisation, supporting Wood’s purpose to unlock solutions to deliver a net-zero future and enable a more sustainable, resilient and liveable world.

Our Environmental Policy and Economics Team is at the forefront of providing policy, technical and economic advice on the development and implementation of environmental policy and business response to policy.  In the field of water policy we work alongside our Wood team of water specialists, who cover all aspects of water science, as well as technical experts across other relevant technical disciplines such as climate change.

Our current projects in the area of Water Policy are for customers such as the European Commission, European Environment Agency, National Governments across Europe, international organisations (e.g. World Bank), industry associations and companies.  Our projects directly influence the development and improvement of environmental policies at national and international level.

The successful candidate would both support and lead the delivery of projects, and in winning new work.  We are particularly interested in candidates who have some water science background – either academic or through work experience – which would help inform the implementation of some of the technical aspects of these projects.

If you have: a keen interest and proven experience in public policy on water; are able to analyse and interrogate data; and communicate clearly both verbally and in writing then we want to hear from you. This is an exceptional opportunity for the right candidate.

This is an exciting opportunity to make a significant contribution to the continued success and growth of a reputable and successful team, contributing to a wide range of high-profile projects.  At Wood we help our clients to shape a more sustainable future and the projects we work on cross the multiple sectors and geographies our business works in. As such you will be exposed to a wide range of UK and international projects with opportunities to travel.

Key Responsibilities

This role will support our Environmental Policy and Economics Team, working with a range of clients in industry, local and national government bodies and/or international institutions such as the European Commission and World Bank. 

Working across multiple projects to provide innovative solutions for our clients, you will be comfortable working in a team environment, be self-starting and ready to take the initiative to make effective decisions.  You will have the opportunity to manage projects and lead the preparation of proposals to secure new work for the team. You will have experience in a consultancy environment or other relevant industry with a core specialism in water policy. You will work in multi-disciplinary teams, contributing to policy development, implementation and evaluation; cost-benefit analysis; model development; information/ data collection and analysis; stakeholder consultation; report writing and verbal presentation.

Skills / Qualifications

Skills / Experience


  • Knowledge and proven experience working in development and/or implementation of water policy and legislation (such as the Water Framework Directive, Drinking Water Directive, Floods Directive)
  • A keen interest in furthering your career in environmental policy
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to write concise reports in English
  • Demonstrable experience in some of the following: policy development and implementation; evaluation of technical / policy measures; cost-benefit analysis; data collection, validation and analysis; and stakeholder consultation (with a focus on water policy)
  • Analytical economic techniques such as: survey design and execution; market analysis; socio-eco//nomic analysis; regulatory impact assessment
  • Some knowledge/experience of the practise of water science
  • Understanding of the development of public policy and the methods for assessing the economic and environmental impacts of government action



  • Postgraduate qualification in environmental science / technology, economics, engineering, law or policy OR relevant undergraduate degree and relevant experience

You will join an enthusiastic and supportive team and will experience a challenging and fulfilling work environment.  There are significant opportunities for ongoing and structured career development within the field of Water Policy and across Wood’s wider consultancy business.  Our people are central to our success as a business.  As a consequence, we are committed to providing a comprehensive framework for the professional development of our staff, including:

  • A wide range of internal and external training opportunities
  • A global mentoring programme
  • Support for gaining and maintenance of chartership through professional institutions

Fairness, support in development and a safe and healthy work environment – these are of great importance to us. Where people look out for each other, are respected and are recognised. Where people work ethically and safely. We are an equal opportunity employer that recognises the value of a diverse workforce. We truly believe that diversity within our workplace promotes an incredible diversity of ideas. We are happy to consider applicants who are interested in the role on a part-time basis and support flexible working arrangements.

Company Overview

Wood is a global leader in engineering and consultancy across energy and the built environment, helping to unlock solutions to some of the world’s most critical challenges. We provide consulting, projects and operations solutions in more than 60 countries, employing around 45,000 people. www.woodplc.com

Diversity Statement

We are an equal opportunity employer that recognises the value of a diverse workforce. All suitably qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment on the basis of objective criteria and without regard to the following (which is a non-exhaustive list): race, colour, age, religion, gender, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran status, or other characteristics in accordance with the relevant governing laws.

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