Senior Environmental Consultant (Water)

Ricardo Energy & Environment

Bristol, UK 🇬🇧

London, UK 🇬🇧

Harwell, UK 🇬🇧

Manchester, UK 🇬🇧

Glasgow, UK 🇬🇧

Role: Senior Environmental Consultant – Water

Location: Flexible – Hybrid. Bristol/ London / Harwell/ Manchester/Glasgow

Salary range: £35,000 – £45,000

Role ID: 1781

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 Senior Environmental Consultant to join our Water team.

Our excellent track record in supporting the water industry and airports is resulting in substantial and exciting growth of our Water & Environment Team. We have established long-term relationships with many of the UKs water companies and airport operators. Consequently, we are servicing multiple environmental frameworks and some sizeable capital water and wastewater projects. Our growing focus on water and environmental solutions, alongside a wider array of consultancy services, means we are seeking to appoint an experienced Senior Environmental Consultant with both a strong technical background and the ability to manage projects throughout their lifecycle.

Key responsibilities

  • You will work as part of a wider team of multi-disciplinary water and environmental experts that include specialists in the fields of water resources, hydro-ecology, ground and surface water hydrology, flood risk, geomorphology, water quality, aquatic and terrestrial ecology, natural capital, environmental impact assessment and planning.
  • Elements of all of these disciplines can feature in our work which can include a focus on water resources, drought planning, surface water runoff and water and wastewater investigations.
  • As such, critical to this role is understanding various environmental strands and linkages to support us in helping solve sometimes complex environmental challenges with a well organised and collaborative approach.
  • Together with strong project management/coordination skills, you will have an ambition to help drive our business forward by delivering excellent services and winning new work.
  • A key requirement is for the effective support and coordination to large projects, from bidding through to execution and close-out.
  • The role will require strong organisation skills and ability to communicate with colleagues and clients to deliver projects to budget and programme.
  • Maintaining quality of service provision is essential, whilst balancing client needs and environmental regulatory requirements within the confines of contractual terms.

Key competencies and experience

  • We are looking to appoint a Senior Environmental Consultant who has relevant experience in the water sector and/or airports. Of particular interest is an understanding of and experience in one or more water related environmental assessment and monitoring technical disciplines, such as surface water management, groundwater and general water quality. We also require the following key competencies and experience:
  • Understanding of the UK water industry and its regulation.
  • Understanding of one of the following disciplines:
  • Water quality chemistry
  • Environmental permitting
  • Groundwater risk assessment
  • Water Framework Directive.
  • Ability to manage water environmental projects.
  • Strong project management skills to ensure a high level of service.
  • Experience in supporting on proposals.
  • An environmentally related degree (ideally with a post-graduate qualification also).
  • A clean full UK driving licence.

Skills and behaviours 

  • Excellent organisational, communication and presentation skills.
  • Collaborative people person who has ability to coordinate colleagues.
  • Ability to effectively manage projects and prioritise own and others’ workstreams.
  • A proactive self-motivated thinker.

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.





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