Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Consultant/ Senior Consultant (Water Practice)

Ricardo Energy & Environment
Various, United Kingdom
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
Private Sector
Experience Level: 
Not Specified
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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Job Description

Ricardo Energy & Environment is a leading sustainability consultancy combining energy, climate change, environmental and chemical risk expertise with strong IT and economics capability. Operating across the world, we work in partnership with our customers to help transform the way they work, empowering business leaders with award winning consultancy advice. With unrivalled sector insight and a reputation for producing innovative solutions, we offer a stimulating and rewarding environment in which to work.


We are looking for an experienced Consultant / Senior Consultant to join our Planning and Infrastructure team within our reputable Water Practice. You will be involved in a variety of exciting infrastructure projects, including some of the biggest strategic resource options in the UK. You will also play an integral role in the continued growth and success of the Water practice and wider business.

You will lead and manage your own projects, collaborate with multi-disciplinary teams and deliver all aspects of consultancy from tendering, budget control, leading projects, generating new business and nurturing existing client relationships.

Although, this role will sit within our Water Practice you will provide environmental assessment work across all practice areas.

Key accountabilities:

You will work with consultants across the Ricardo business who are recognised nationally and internationally for their specialist skills and expertise. Within the water sector our positive reputation has seen our team win a large quantity of environment-related frameworks for water companies across England and Wales.

Day to day, you could expect this role to involve:

  • Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) work, particularly for UK Water companies
  • High-level environment and planning advice to public and private sector clients
  • Project management
  • Development of new and existing work streams and clients

These are just a few examples of the role responsibilities and work we are currently delivering.

Key competencies and experience:

You will be an experienced consultant, with an environmental assessment or town planning degree or post graduate qualification and ideally working towards or with chartered status (RTPI, IEMA). You will also possess in-depth practical working knowledge of the UK planning system and consenting process including the SEA regulations. Experience of SEA and Sustainability Appraisal is required, and experience in the water sector is desirable. You will have strong technical ability with experience in the management and delivery of SEA documentation as well as a track record of business development, winning work and client management.

Skills and behaviours:

You should be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Proven professional consultancy experience
  • Experience of project management and budget control
  • Experience of leading teams on projects and tasks
  • Proposal writing and winning public and private sector consultancy projects
  • Client management and business development expertise
  • Experience in negotiating with planning authorities, regulators and stakeholders
  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal
  • A proactive and enthusiastic person who is ready to support junior members of the team

What we offer:

This is an exciting and rewarding place to work, with the opportunity to make a difference. What sets us apart is our People. You will work with an exceptional team of talented, dedicated and supportive individuals. You will have 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.

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.

Ricardo Energy & Environment has an ambitious diversity, equality and inclusion approach.

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.