Circular Economy Technical Lead

North West, Country
Manchester, England, Scotland
Industry Sector:
Circular Economy Jobs
Job Category:
Job Type:
Full Time
Education Level:
Bachelors degree
£40,000 to £80,000 per annum
Salary Description:
Start Date:
Ricardo Energy & Environment
Job Ref:

Do you want to work for a leading international sustainability consultancy in a growing team?

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.

Our company vision is to create a more sustainable world for the future, which is the driver behind everything we do as a business. Our reputation for innovation, passion and integrity in the work we deliver means we are recognised as an organisation that provides high quality advice to our clients. We know we bring about positive sustainable change and are looking for someone equally driven to deliver our vision.

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 have an exciting opportunity for an experienced circular economy specialist to join our team and lead the circular economy technical area. The technical area sits within our established Sustainability Business Area and is part of a 200 person strong ‘Sustainable Infrastructure & Operations’ business unit.

Our circular economy team works to create practical and scalable solutions that will directly support organisations in moving towards a more sustainable future. You will lead a fantastic team of consultants that win and deliver a wide range of circular economy projects covering policy research, strategy and action plan development, sustainable procurement, sustainable packaging, circular business model design and implementation.

As a recognised expert in the field of circular economy, you will lead on developing consultancy services whilst contributing to the strategic development of the company and its services with a focus on the circular economy. You will direct and deliver consultancy projects for a wide range of clients at local, regional and national level primarily in the UK but internationally as required. You will be adaptable and able to balance priorities spanning technical delivery, business development and team management.

You will have responsibility for leading business development activities including competitive bidding and client relationship management. You will work with a wider business development team and leadership team responsible for developing other offerings to support new opportunities across different areas of work. We are looking for someone to take advantage of our excellent capability and track record, leveraging it continue the growth trajectory of this team.

This is an exciting opportunity for a professional and consultative technical leader within an innovative and fast paced environmental consultancy business to make a significant impact the environmental agenda.

Key accountabilities:

You will have overall responsibility for our circular economy business development and delivery including the following:

* Design and implement a plan to continue the growth of the circular economy area in conjunction with the Sustainability Busines Area leadership team.
* Establish and maintain existing and new relationships at senior levels within your customer base and internal stakeholders who can support the breadth of delivery our clients need.
* Establish internal relationships with consultants across Ricardo working actively together.
* Work closely within the Sustainability Business Area to ensure clear communication of customer requirements and match this to resources and capability to ensure delivery to the highest level.
* Contribute to identifying new offerings and market requirements that the business can develop and sell to existing or new customers through established or new channels.
* Maintain the Ricardo strong brand and track record of delivering customer excellence.
* Identify and communicate intelligence on market requirements and opportunities.
* Creating profitable customer solutions.
* Proactive management of sales funnel and activity for opportunities you and your team are responsible for.

Key competencies and experience:

* A Degree / Masters or equivalent experience in a related topic.
* Practical career experience and be able to demonstrate relevant technical capability, effective project management and excellent communication skills.
* Strong leadership skills, with the ability to drive consensus across a broad range of internal and external stakeholders.
* Ability to advise client on the impact of current and future circular economy policy.
* Experience of identifying and developing business opportunities and securing new projects and/or clients
* Ideally have experience of working in the consultancy sector, to demonstrate that you have the necessary commercial awareness, but we are also interested in hearing from candidates that are performing environmental roles directly within industry especially where they have a strong commercial awareness.

Skills and behaviours:

* Analytical skills with ability to identify, develop and implement solutions.
* Excellent writing skills to communicate clearly and without errors – accuracy and attention to detail are vital.
* Strong client and stakeholder communication skills (e.g. influencing, negotiation, presentation and relationship management skills).
* Project management skills that demonstrate ability to manage and account for time spent, and to deliver work on time and budget.
* Team working and leadership and ability to coordinate and prioritise activities to ensure delivery of agreed targets.
* High level of computer literacy, including familiarity with the full Microsoft Office software suite and potentially industry analysis tools.
* A flexible approach – able to see where help is needed and support colleagues as necessary.
* Be comfortable juggling a variety of tasks in a sometimes fast-paced operational environment.

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