Analyst Consultant (Water)

Ricardo Energy & Environment

Sheffield, UK 🇬🇧

Role: Analyst Consultant – Water

Location: Sheffield – Hybrid working  

Salary range: £20,000 – £30,000 per annum plus benefits

Role ID: 1741

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.

The Water and Environment practice of Ricardo Energy & Environment offers a comprehensive range of specialist services within the environmental consultancy sector. Nationally and internationally recognised for our expertise in planning and overseeing complex and sensitive projects, our skills have been utilised by a wide range of clients within the public and private sectors including the European Commission, government, water companies and developers.

We are currently looking for an Analyst Consult/Environmental Scientist to join our Water team.

Key responsibilities

Much of our work in the Water and Environment sector requires the skills of an environmental scientist to help us understand the impact of flows on ecology, water quality and sediment dynamics for water resource planning and supporting new development. While much of our work is around assessing the effect of normal and low flows, particularly for drought planning, we also undertake a diverse and interesting array of projects, ranging from habitat restoration work through to infrastructure work at airports. In these projects the contribution of an environmental scientist is paramount.

  • You will input into a range of environmental assessments where understanding that hydrology has an impact on habitats and flood/drought management.
  • You will need to be able to work effectively with water companies, developers, design engineers, contractors, planner and other regulators to help achieve positive outcomes of our projects. You will provide technical input into a wide range of projects.
  • You will ideally have a strong background in hydrology who is qualified, numerate and willing to learn and apply their knowledge and skills to our diverse projects and their associated hydrological conditions.
  • Our preferred candidate could also ideally demonstrate the ability interpret and run hydraulic models and experience in Environmental Impact Assessment would also be an advantage.
  • While much of your work will be office based there is highly likely to be a related fieldwork component where you can apply your skills and expertise.
  • The successful candidate will be part of our water team but will need to work closely with our environmental impact assessment and ecology colleagues.
  • There is also the opportunity to work with other parts of our business with the aim of helping to develop a portfolio of projects where hydrological expertise is an important element.

Key competencies and experience

  • Bachelors (2.1 or above) and ideally a postgraduate degree in a relevant subject, with a strong background in hydrology and its impact of the natural world.
  • Numerate and keen to analyse, interpret and explain hydrological data to support environmental impact understanding.
  • Ability to work independently and be curious about data and the implications from analysis.
  • Understanding and knowledge of associated drought and flood policies and data sources especially EU and UK.
  • Demonstrable ability to write effectively.
  • A full UK driver’s license.

Skills and behaviours 

  • Enthusiastic, keen to learn and able to act quickly and be flexible across projects.
  • Strong communication skills and a close attention to detail.
  • Excellent team working.
  • Excellent report writing skills.
  • Ambitious, enthusiastic and self-motivated to thrive in this busy and demanding environment.
  • Self-organized.
  • Competent with commonly used office software, e.g., Microsoft Office.


  • Understanding of the UK water industry and planning.
  • Experience of data manipulation and interpretation using appropriate software or language.
  • Experience of using relevant numerical models (e.g., hydrological or habitat models).
  • GIS capabilities.
  • Some industrial or consultancy experience would be useful.

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.


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.





IHE Delft MSc in Water and Sustainable Development