Junior EIA Consultant

London, North West, Country
London Central, Manchester, England
Industry Sector:
Water Jobs, Environmental Jobs, Environment Jobs
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Education Level:
Bachelors degree
£22,000 to £23,000 per annum
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Ricardo Energy & Environment
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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 Water & Environment practice 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 committed to maintaining and developing a positive and encouraging environment for our staff to thrive in, providing regular company-wide and team-specific communications, actively seeking feedback from our employees and our customers and encouraging staff to provide regular feedback to their colleagues. Our passionate HR team develop and assist with numerous schemes aimed at improving our employee health and wellbeing as well as their ability, motivation and flexibility to undertake their role to the best of their abilities. At Ricardo, we are acutely aware of the importance of our roles in safeguarding and enhancing our environment and fully believe in our mission to create a world fit for the future.

Our environmental team has worked tirelessly to support key clients with essential work throughout the Covid-19 outbreak following a smooth transition to home-based, and where necessary, flexible working patterns. Our Planning and Infrastructure team are looking to re-enforce and grow our team as we look to support clients entering periods of significant investment in environmental services.


We are looking for a Junior EIA Consultant to join our Planning and Infrastructure team. The role will support Project Managers across the Water & Environment practice and potentially the wider Ricardo Energy & Environment group delivering our broad portfolio of projects to public and private sector clients. We will support the Junior Consultant to develop project management skills leading to full project management responsibilities including achieving project budget and deadline requirements. Opportunities for technical specialism and development are available depending on the candidate.

Key accountabilities:

You will provide support on planning, EIA and SEA projects and have responsibility for the delivery of project tasks to satisfy client requirements. You will support on a variety of tasks, coordinate a wide range of studies and interact with clients. Specific duties associated with this post will include:

* Working as part of the Planning team to support on a range of Planning and Environmental projects. This will include working alongside other disciplines as part of multi-disciplinary teams;
* Writing and reviewing planning deliverables to a very high standard. This includes high-level options appraisals, preparing and reviewing planning documents, and also planning policy preparation and advice;
* Working on non-core planning activities such as site work to develop skills and support other parts of the business;
* Identifying potential health and safety hazards of specific projects and demonstrating a commitment to your own safety and that of those around you;
* Communicating and liaising effectively with colleagues;
* Supporting additional work opportunities to the Planning and Infrastructure team through building strong relationships with our existing internal and external client base;
* As the role progresses and where necessary you will have responsibility for the financial monitoring of projects, document control, progress reporting and other project management tasks.

Key competencies and experience:

* Bachelors (2.1 or above), Masters or PhD in a relevant environmental discipline
* Knowledge of EIAs or SEAs
* Knowledge of the UK planning system
* An understanding of how Local Planning Authorities operate
* An understanding of current Planning issues and ideally an understanding of the Planning process, especially regarding major development schemes and infrastructure projects
* Strong team working capabilities;
* Excellent written and oral communication skills;
* A focus on results and project delivery
* Membership of, or a desire to work towards membership of, the RTPI, IEMA or similar professional body
* Good IT skills in Microsoft software and experience in QGIS would be beneficial

What we offer

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

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.

Ricardo Energy & Environment has an ambitious diversity, equality and inclusion approach.

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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