Senior Consultant - climate change policy

Role Title: Senior Climate Change Policy Consultant

Salary range: �35-45,000 + benefits including flexible working and 25 days holiday

Location: London/Didcot/Manchester/Madrid/Homeworking

The opportunity

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 have an opportunity for a Senior climate change policy specialist to support project delivery and business development within our Policy, Strategy and Economics Practice. We are one of Europe’s leading consultancies supporting the UK Government, the European Commission, overseas governments and multilateral development agencies in the development, implementation and appraisal of climate change policy.

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The team within which you will work

You will work within a team that wins and delivers a wide range of policy projects covering policy option development, design, impact assessment, evaluation and carries out a wide range of capacity building and stakeholder engagement activities including workshop delivery and guidance production.

The team works across many climate change mitigation policy areas and you will bring strong knowledge of one or more of these. They include international climate change agreements, national mitigation policy instruments especially carbon pricing and market-based measures, industry sectoral incentives, energy markets, and innovation technologies and funding.

Your role

Your work will involve technical delivery of policy projects. This will include the management of medium sized projects (�50-100k) and leadership of tasks within larger projects. Technical work will include analysis, stakeholder engagement, capacity building (workshops, training, guidance production) and report writing.

You will also undertake business development activities which will include competitive bidding, client and partner relationship management and participation in promotional events. You will have experience of competitive bidding in a consultancy environment and be capable of managing medium sized consortium bids. You will have a strong commercial awareness and energy and enthusiasm for growing the business in your technical area. Ideally, you will have experience in leading or working on proposals and projects for clients such as development banks, the European Commission and national governments.

Key accountabilities:

The role is a position with responsibility for:

* Monitoring market developments and inputting to company business development activities to take advantage of emerging opportunities.
* Development and maintenance of close client and partner relationships to support the winning of new business.
* Contributing to complex proposals and leading simpler ones.
* Leading medium sized projects or tasks within larger projects
* Supporting the delivery of projects. This involves working within teams to achieve client satisfaction, timely delivery, strong project financial performance and high quality technical outputs.
* Participating in capacity building activities including workshop facilitation and presentation delivery.
* Presenting Ricardo Energy & Environment’s work at client meetings.

Key competencies and experience:

* Educated to at least Bachelor’s degree level specializing in scientific, engineering, environmental, legal or economic fields.
* Experience contributing to business development and/or competitive bid writing in a consultancy environment is essential.
* Experience working within multidisciplinary teams is essential, and experience managing project teams would be an advantage.
* Previous experience working within projects for clients such as the European Commission, World Bank, GIZ, EBRD, Asian Development Bank and UK Government would be desirable.
* Good understanding of the energy and climate change policy landscape, gained during studies or work experience, in one or more of the following areas:
* EU energy and climate change policy especially the measures implemented under the Energy Efficiency directive, EU Emissions Trading Directive and the Effort Sharing Regulation.
* International climate change negotiations especially the market mechanisms envisaged under the Paris Agreement.
* Carbon taxes and trading systems in place or planned around the world.
* UK low carbon initiatives especially the Net Zero agenda, Clean Growth Strategy, Industrial strategy and decarbonisation policy measurers.

Skills and behaviours:

* Strong project delivery skills with track record in contributing towards large and/or complex projects.
* Experience leading projects or tasks within large projects is essential.
* Excellent written and spoken English essential; fluency in other European languages will be an advantage. Strong Spanish or French language skills proven in a consultancy environment will be considered a particular strength.
* Strong oral and written communication essential, including concise and precise report writing.
* Strong analytical skills essential.
* Good team worker.
* Strong level of commercial awareness and appreciation for project financial management principles would be an advantage.


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.

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