Principal Consultant (Natural Capital Accounting Lead)

Ricardo Energy & Environment

London, , GB

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.

The Water and Environment practice of Ricardo Energy & Environment, offers a comprehensive range of specialist services within the environmental consultancy sector. Nationally and internationally recognised for our expertise in planning and overseeing complex and sensitive projects, our skills have been utilised by a wide range of clients within the public and private sectors including the European Commission, government, water companies and developers.


We are currently developing a range of tools to support the assessment of Natural Capital and Ecosystem Services.  We are currently focusing on the needs of the Water Industry across the UK to support their business planning.  This requires a combination of skills to understand and evaluate natural capital elements and supporting ecosystem services associated with a range of programmes and projects.  This work also requires an understanding and assessment of the associated cost benefit for each project or combination of approaches.

We are now seeking a Natural Capital technical lead to develop new work on ecosystem services, natural capital and cost benefit work within the water, ecology and wider environmental sectors and to support our ambitions to grow and develop our business in this area with the support of others in our team.   

We believe this role is central to the development of the work on natural capital and ecosystem services.  We are therefore looking for a proven expert in this field, ideally with both a background in the water environment and/or ecology and applied environmental economics.

The role will support the Head of the Water team within the water and environment practice as well as building capacity within our current staffing resources. The individual will be expected to lead and manage projects and provide technical direction. The individual must be able to demonstrate strong technical expertise, as well as the ability to win work and show an aptitude and enthusiasm to develop business opportunities and ideas both within our practice and by working with others across other practices within the business.

Key accountabilities:

You will lead technically on environmental projects in the natural capital accounting sector of the business.  You will project manage and co-ordinate a wide range of projects. You will have the responsibility to manage the technical work of more junior staff and sub-consultants as well as identify and win new business opportunities.

Key competencies and experience:


  • Bachelors (2.1 or above), Masters or PhD in applied environmental economics  
  • Proven background in the UK water industry and/or aquatic ecology
  • Consultancy experience
  • Demonstration of excellent project management
  • Proven experience of leading projects from a technical perspective
  • Proven ability to mentor and support more junior members of the team
  • Ability to generate new business areas


  • Experienced in winning work and demonstrable business development understanding
  • Strong existing client network would be advantageous
  • International experience would be beneficial
  • Experience in the water industry

Skills and behaviours:

Excellent team working skills
Strong communication skills and a close attention to detail
Excellent report writing
Bid-writing skills
Ability to develop new work streams and generate innovative ideas
Ambitious, enthusiastic and self-motivated to thrive in this busy and demanding environment
Good IT skills in commonly used software, e.g. Microsoft Office, internet, email
Excellent organisational skills

This is a fast-paced and challenging environment offering you the opportunity to make your mark. You will have support from the wider business for your career to develop into a wide range of future opportunities within Ricardo Energy & Environment.

In return for your commitment, drive and enthusiasm, we offer an attractive benefits package, a personal development plan, and the opportunity to make a difference in a challenging and rewarding field.  Ricardo Energy & Environment is an equal opportunities employer.