Principal Consultant - Air Quality & Environment

London, South East, Country
Oxfordshire, London Central, Spain
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Air Pollution Jobs, Air Quality Jobs
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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 Air Quality & Environment Practice team of over 100 consultants, scientists and engineers develop and apply state-of-the-art tools and techniques to deliver effective solutions to difficult air quality problems. Our team includes knowledge leaders on air quality measurement, inventory development, modelling, exposure assessment, chemical modelling, public health impacts, information management and data visualisation. We are one of Europe’s leading consultancies supporting national Governments, the European Commission and international bodies such as the Asian Development Bank in the development, implementation and appraisal of air quality policy. Policy development and analysis is a critical component of the services we provide. Working closely with colleagues in our Policy, Strategy and Economics Practice, you will be involved in analysing the impacts of new and existing policies and measures and the development of effective air quality action plans to tackle challenges at city, regional and national levels.

We deliver hundreds of projects every year, to public and private sector clients in the UK and overseas, including flagship programmes such as the UK’s national air quality measurement network (AURN), the National Atmospheric Emissions Inventory (NAEI) and the annual national scale air quality modelling assessment on behalf of UK Government. We are the lead contractor for the European Commission on air quality and emissions policy delivering multiple studies related to the Air Quality, National Emission Ceilings and various sectoral Directives. We are also delivering high profile studies in the Middle East and China with significant modelling components.

We have an opportunity for a Principal Consultant to support a wide range of exciting and innovative projects within our modelling and policy teams. We welcome applications from those with relevant work experience internationally. Applicants will have a solid understanding of air quality policy and legislation (particularly European), as well as a robust experience in air quality modelling at different scales, used preferably in informing policy. Ideally, you will have experience in leading or working on proposals and projects for clients such as international development banks, the European Commission and national governments.


You will be responsible for the delivery of technical projects including communication with clients and managing your time across several projects and business areas. You will work closely with colleagues in the London, Harwell, Glasgow, and Manchester offices to deliver high quality solutions on a range of projects including characterizing the impacts of policy on air pollution levels, developing and modelling policy scenarios, and making intensive use of data to support decision making. The role will include significant technical work using relevant modelling and data processing software, preparation of technical reports, providing technical advice to clients and colleagues, project management and proposal writing. You should have the ability to interact with air quality professionals including policy makers at national and/or international level and to write reports in English to a professional standard.

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Specific tasks will be dependent on your level of experience but are likely to include business development and the preparation of proposals to win new contracts, managing projects to time and costs and the technical delivery of projects. You will be responsible for the quality and delivery of your work and will work alongside other consultants including Knowledge Leaders and Business Area Managers to incorporate your contribution into wider project outputs.

Key competencies and experience:


* A Bachelors (2.1 or above), Masters or PhD in a scientific subject
* Knowledge of MS Excel is essential.
* Knowledge of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) (e.g. ArcGIS, QGIS).
* Knowledge of air quality modelling techniques at different scales.
* Good understanding of the European air quality legislative framework as well as those in other countries around the world.
* Demonstrable experience in supporting the development of air quality policy by using models.
* Fluency in at least one European language (e.g. French, Spanish, German) apart from English.


* Experience in a consultancy or in a customer facing commercial environment.
* Experience in leading or working on proposals and projects for clients such as international development banks, the European Commission and national governments.
* Experience using data processing software such as R.
* Experience using Eulerian models (e.g. CMAQ, WRF-Chem).
* Knowledge of European models relevant for air quality and emissions (e.g. IIASA GAINS, TREMOVE, PRIMES, CAPRI).

Skills and behaviours:

* Strong problem solving and creative thinking skills
* Effective communication skills, both written and oral and basic presentation skills.
* Excellent organisational and time management skills
* Accuracy and attention to detail
* Flexibility, resilience and enthusiasm
* Strong team working 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.

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