Sustainable Procurement Senior or Principal Consultant

London, North West, South East
Oxfordshire, London Central, Manchester
Industry Sector:
Sustainability Jobs, Environmental Jobs, Green Jobs, Environment Jobs, Renewable Jobs, Circular Economy Jobs
Job Category:
Consultancy, Project Management, Policy, Advisor, Analyst, Procurement
Job Type:
Education Level:
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£40,000 to £60,000 per annum
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Ricardo Energy & Environment
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Ricardo Energy & Environment is a leading sustainability consultancy combining energy, environmental, climate change and chemical risk expertise with strong IT, data science and economics capability. Ricardo is held in very high regard by our clients for the in-depth sector insight we demonstrate, our passion for delivering quality, and our reputation for producing innovative solutions. We are acutely aware of the importance of our role in safeguarding and enhancing our environment and fully believe in our mission to create a world fit for the future.

Our business consists of a team of over 650 consultants, engineers and scientists with world-leading energy, climate change and environmental expertise complemented by powerful digital and techno-economic capabilities. Our Sustainability business area has grown rapidly over the last year from 36 to 55 staff and we expect continued strong growth over the coming years.

The opportunity
We are looking for a Sustainable Procurement Senior or Principal Consultant (depending on experience) to support the delivery of projects within the circular economy team, working within our existing team, developing our capabilities, and contributing towards the growth of the business. Our circular economy team works to create practical and scalable solutions that directly support organisations in moving towards a more sustainable future.

You will advise clients on how to embed sustainable procurement practices and increase the procurement of low carbon and sustainable products. You will work within a team that wins and delivers a wide range of sustainable procurement projects covering policy and strategy development, market engagement, strategic spend reviews and production of procurement and contract management documentation. Your work will involve technical delivery of sustainable procurement projects including analysis, stakeholder engagement, capacity building (e.g. workshops, training, guidance production) and report writing.

You will also undertake business development activities which will include competitive bidding and client relationship management. You will have experience of competitive bidding in a consultancy environment. You will have a strong commercial awareness and energy and enthusiasm to support the growth of our sustainable procurement technical area.

Key competencies and experience
• Undergraduate degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline.
• At least five years of demonstrable experience of delivering sustainable procurement support.
• Strong track record in client relationship management with an ability to manage technical projects and deliver client outcomes.
• Effective and proactive team member, capable of supporting the development of peers and junior staff members.
• Excellent report writing skills.
• Experience of competitive bid writing in a consultancy environment or similar.
• Excellent understanding of the UK procurement policy landscape.

Skills and behaviours
• Strong problem solving and creative thinking skills.
• Effective communication skills (e.g. written, oral and presentation skills).
• Excellent organisational and time management skills.
• Accuracy and attention to detail.
• Flexibility, resilience and enthusiasm.
• Strong team working skills.
• Comfortable working on a variety of tasks and different projects in a fast-paced consultancy environment.

This is a fantastic opportunity to join a highly successful and exciting business area within a leading environmental consultancy.

This is an exciting and rewarding place to work, with the opportunity to make a difference in the world. 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 project, mentoring and coaching opportunities and a personalised approach to your learning and development.

Our Sustainability business area was created to bring a technical focus to the services we deliver in both the public sector and corporate sustainability market. Through this team, we offer a range of ‘joined up’ sustainability services supporting our client’s diverse needs and continue to expand our circular economy and sustainability offering.

Working here:

This is an exciting and rewarding place to work, with the opportunity to make a difference. 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.

We are always keen to hear from people who have driven, ambition and a flair for innovative thinking. Ricardo Energy & Environment has an ambitious diversity, equality, and inclusion approach as explained here.

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.

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.

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