Water Resources and Drought Planning Consultant (Senior/Principal)

Ricardo Energy & Environment

United Kingdom 🇬🇧

Role: Water Resources and Drought Planning Consultant (Senior/Principal)

Location: UK Flexible

Salary range: £35,000 – £55,000 plus benefits

Role ID: 1746

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.

This is a great opportunity to further develop your career through both working with our clients to bring in new projects of work too. There will be a range of water projects such as regional water resources plans, water company drought and water resources plans, drought permit applications and monitoring programmes.

This role forms part of a wider dynamic team of multi-disciplinary water and environmental experts that includes 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.

Key responsibilities

  • Take the lead in liaising with clients and stakeholders and developing client ownership.
  • Provide technical advice to clients related to water resources and drought management, with a focus on environment & planning.
  • Carry out technical inputs to analysis and reporting, and review outputs from others on water resources and drought related projects.
  • Hold an integral role in identifying new opportunities and bid preparation.
  • Support expansion of our offering in water resources within our current water company client portfolio.
  • In addition, look at expanding into new sectors within the UK primarily, but there is scope to expand internationally.
  • Provide a team mentoring role and/or team leadership for junior colleagues. 

Key competencies and experience

  • A Degree or Masters-level qualification in a relevant environmental or water resource management field.
  • Experience of water resource planning and drought management from an environmental perspective.
  • Desirable – experience of groundwater impact assessments.
  • Experience of preparing bids for a range of clients.
  • A background in consultancy, water companies or regulatory perspective.
  • Understanding of the latest regulatory requirements of UK water resources management related to water resource and wider drought planning.
  • Experience of developing new and current client portfolios of work.
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to write high quality, concise, technical reports.

Skills and behaviours 

  • Excellent organisational skills.
  • Good collaborative team working and communication skills.
  • The ability to manage and prioritise workload and assist others in doing so.
  • Effective stakeholder liaison and management skills, including keeping clients and internal project staff up to date with progress, programme changes and tasks.
  • An ability to manage and work to tight project deadlines and under pressure.
  • Track record of provide technical input into winning proposals.
  • Ideally gained or be working towards chartership with a relevant profession body.

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