Associate (Climate Consultant)

London, United Kingdom
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
Private Sector
Experience Level: 
Not Specified
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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Arup is an independent firm of designers, planners, engineers, consultants and technical specialists offering a broad range of professional services. Through our work, we make a positive difference in the world

Arup's Energy, Cities and Climate Change Consulting team in London is a trusted adviser for city policy and action on climate change, low carbon energy and green cities globally; and a leading consultant in the planning, design and delivery of low carbon infrastructure in the UK. The team has a strong, shared commitment to a low carbon, sustainable and more resilient future. We are a multidisciplinary group of engineers, scientists, analysts, policymakers and planners working across scales from high level policy development through technical design, financial analysis, project delivery and operational optimisation. Over recent years we have gained international recognition for our role in high-profile projects in the field of cities and climate change, working with some of the top tier problem solvers and drivers of change, including the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, 100 Resilient Cities, innovative City Mayors, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, among many others.

We have a new opportunity for an experienced, intelligent and committed Associate to bring technical and strategic experience of low carbon, climate resilient and sustainable development in cities, and to develop and handle related research, modelling and technical analysis projects.

The Role

As an Associate you will be part of the leadership group within our Energy, Cities and Climate Change Consulting team. You will lead in the preparation of bids, project manage some of our projects and most likely, in time, have a small team of direct reports. You may also take on client account management roles.

You will be supported by the Directors in the group and by a strong and diverse team of consultants that will support you. We would expect you to have a technical background in climate (GHG) modelling and analysis and / or in climate risk and adaptation, but you should also be able to write and present clearly, front project teams and support the development of new service climate offerings.


This is a maternity cover post (1 year) in the first instance with potential to go permanent after that. If successful you are likely to be involved with projects such as:

Modelling of energy, emissions, costs, revenues and related data to advise climate change and sustainability strategies

Research and analysis of climate change mitigation, adaptation and resilience action in cities to develop robust evidence bases to advise policy and decision making

Analysis of evolving international and national climate policy to determine strategic and technical priorities for cities and urban actors

Preparing integrated sustainability and resilience frameworks and tools for cities and urban projects

Contributing to low carbon and climate resilient masterplanning for urban projects

Cost-benefit analysis and development of an investment case for low carbon and resilient projects.

Your role will include:

Analysis of qualitative and quantitative data and modelling a range of project and system scenarios

Preparing compelling client- and public-facing reports

Running project teams, and checking and reviewing modelling and report-based outputs

Developing comprehensive strategies and policy recommendations

Preparing and delivering presentations and/or training to client teams

Crafting approaches and methodologies and writing project proposals and bids

Supporting the professional development of junior colleagues

Contributing to the corporate sustainability of Arup as a firm.

Our work is global in scope and requires a strong appreciation of challenges and opportunities across geographic regions.

Requirements and skills

Crucial Skills and Knowledge

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s university degree in Physics, Applied Maths/Statistics, Engineering, Environmental Science, or related topics, with particular interests in energy, climate change and/or sustainability. Other relevant qualifications will be considered.
  • Experience and track record in at least two of: energy system modelling, greenhouse gas measurement/modelling, climate science, sustainability strategy/reporting, economic cost-benefit analysis.
  • Typically, experience working in a relevant field of consulting. Other validated experience in a specialist advisory role will be considered (e.g. city government, international institution, corporation or NGO)
  • Experience of quantitative data analysis and modelling and a track record of producing compelling insights and findings from analysis, i.e. the “so what?” from complex data sets.
  • Experience with writing and editing technical and non-technical reports
  • Project management experience, including project planning and budgeting.
  • Holding or working towards chartership in a relevant professional institution

Preferred Skills and Knowledge

  • Management and mentoring of individuals and project teams
  • Advanced competency in modelling and computation using Excel or coding (Python, R, VBA, etc.)
  • Proficiency in statistical principles and analysis
  • Experience of economic and cash flow analysis and development of business cases
  • Understanding of the principles of climate change and its relationship to the planning, design and operation of the built environment, especially in an urban context.
  • Understanding of energy systems and technologies, including decentralised heat and power generation and distribution.
  • Understanding of energy markets and utility business models (UK or international)
  • Knowledge of current UK and international climate and energy policy and legislation
  • Experience of working in multi-disciplinary teams
  • Experience in a client-facing role
  • Research or project experience outside UK
  • Willingness to travel from time to time.

Crucial Proficiencies

  • Excellent communication skills (both written and oral)
  • Able to handle stressful situations and meet strict deadlines
  • Excellent planning, organisational and time management skills
  • Highly motivated and willing to tackle new challenges
  • Ability to take a strategic approach to complex city challenges

Reward and Benefits

We offer a competitive salary at all levels, and one of the best benefits packages in our sector.

Core benefits include cover under the UK Healthcare Plan (private medical insurance), Life Assurance, Accident Insurance, and Income Protection (long term disability) cover. Core benefits are funded by us and made available to all permanent staff in order to support and safeguard your financial, physical, and mental wellbeing. You will also have access to a grade-related Flexible Benefits Fund which you can choose to take as extra cash or spend on a wide range of Choice Benefits to help with your work/life balance and financial security.

In addition, all permanent employees are eligible for the Global Profit Share scheme. Subject to scheme rules employees can receive two Profit Share payments per year, which are dependent on the firm’s financial performance.

Shape your time

At Arup, you’ll be a welcomed member of the team with opportunities to participate in cultural and social events with the local community (e.g. as a STEM ambassador) or by joining one of our staff networks for women, culture or LGBT+ people. You’ll have access to a range of flexible working options – whether you’re a parent, a carer, a student, or just have a busy lifestyle - we recognise it’s not always easy to commit to standard working hours so if you're interested in flexible start and finish times, working from home or working part-time, please let us know when you apply, and we'll discuss how this could work in your role.

Equality and diversity

We are an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer and welcome all qualified applicants. You will receive fair and impartial consideration without regard to sex, race, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status, genetic data, or other legally protected status. We recognise that not all disabilities are visible and will make reasonable adjustments to cater for diverse applicants in the selection and assessment process.

What happens next?

If this could be the next step in your journey, please apply online. All applications will be considered, and we will try our very best to respond to you within 72 hours of receiving your application.