Principal Consultant - Water Quality

APEM Limited

United Kingdom 🇬🇧


About The Role

Are you an accomplished Senior Water Quality Scientist, brimming with enthusiasm for safeguarding the health of our precious aquatic environments? Do you thrive when faced with intricate environmental challenges, using data-driven approaches to find innovative solutions? If you’re eager to propel your career to new heights, taking the lead in managing teams, projects, and clients, then we have an enticing opportunity awaiting you within our thriving water quality team at APEM.

At APEM, we take pride in the diversity of our water quality team’s responsibilities, providing an array of projects and addressing critical issues being faced by the water industry. Our expertise encompasses comprehensive water and sediment quality monitoring, offering analysis and interpretation services for all aquatic environments – rivers, lakes, canals, and reservoirs. Additionally, we’re at the forefront of understanding the impact of overflows and discharges on water quality, employing innovative biological data monitoring and analysis (e.g. SOAF). Moreover, we play a pivotal role in coordinating APEM’s response to pollution incidents. Our capabilities extend to algal bloom and taste and odour compound assessment and management, along with providing Ecological Clerk of Works services.

In this crucial position, you’ll lead your team in winning and delivering projects across our comprehensive range of water quality technical services. Your expertise will be instrumental in crafting high-quality and compliant tenders, while your analytical skills will drive the delivery of high quality data analysis and technical reports. Collaborating closely with our Associate Directors and other Principal Consultants, you’ll play a key role in shaping the future of the Water Quality team. Your influence will extend to expanding our work streams, customer base, and service offerings, allowing you to make a profound impact on the industry and the environment.

To be successful in this role, you’ll need:

  • BSc or MSc degree in a relevant subject and at least five years’ professional experience in freshwater environmental water quality work.
  • Knowledgeable in water and sediment quality assessment and management including at least one of the following: water quality impact assessments, modelling, reservoir management, catchment management, algal blooms, taste and odour, lake nutrient budgeting, and lake restoration.
  • An understanding of key UK environmental legislation.
  • Some staff management/development.
  • Experience of supporting proposals and tenders.

You will be offered the chance to work on a variety of projects, many of our employees have worked on projects that have been of personal interest to them. We match this with a commitment to continuous development and learning to support your career. We also offer benefits to look after you, from private medical insurance for all employees, access to mental health first aiders and comprehensive income protection if you cannot work. We also offer superb flexible working options, balancing work with your life.

Next steps

We are focused on creating a diverse and inclusive team. If you can’t tick every box on our job description, then we are still keen to hear from you and are open to supporting your development. That may be working part time or supporting you to gain experience in a specific area – we are a growing company and are able to adapt roles to reflect individual skills. 

If you think you have what it takes to join our fast-growing business, then please apply immediately on our website. All we need is some basic information and your CV, we will review all applications quickly and will respond to all applications.

About Us

The APEM Group is a global environmental consultancy, we work with a range of clients including large corporations and governments to help them understand and solve a wide variety of environmental projects in the UK and globally. Our successful pioneering work has enabled us to grow and combine forces with other businesses who share our ethos and integrity. At our core, our people are working towards the protection of the environment across the globe.





IHE Delft MSc in Water and Sustainable Development