7 months ago
About the Role
As one of the world’s leading engineering, professional services and technical consultancy firms, at WSP, we’re passionate about the big questions. And big answers, naturally. For us that’s all about reaching beyond the expected to do work that’ll make a profound impact felt long into the future. We work on a great range of national significant and smaller niche challenging projects across a variety of sectors.
We are looking for a Principal / Associate environmental consultant with post graduate experience in environmental consultancy, with good understanding of the UK EIA process and legislation, ideally including the planning and consents process. Whilst the post will be based in our Birmingham office, the role will involve work across the rest of the UK and there may be occasional opportunities to be involved in projects abroad. The post will be within our Environmental Assessment, Management and Town Planning (EAM&TP) team which is a service line in WSP’s wider Planning and Advisory business.
You will fit into and support an established team and you will be responsible for delivering into a wide range of projects. The role will include helping to develop new and existing work streams (internal and external) and to actively manage client relationships.
A typical week would include:
* Management and coordination of multidisciplinary teams working on a variety of projects from initial optioneering studies to Environmental Statements
* Business Development through either writing tenders, meeting clients etc
* Project management with effective budgetary control on projects and prospects
* Providing support and guidance to junior consultants, mentoring and overseeing their work
* Organising and managing work in a professional and responsible manner, collaborating closely across the nationwide EAM&TP team
* Liaising with internal and external clients and statutory bodies, and public consultation, as necessary
* Managing and preparing consent applications which may include Town and Country Planning, Development Consent Order, Transport and Works Act etc.
The successful candidate will need to be commercially aware and familiar with managing budgets as part of project delivery. They will be working on a broad range of work including bidding, inception, design/assessment and consenting. Excellent report writing and communication skills are essential for this post which will also include exposure to clients. Our work involves infrastructure and development projects in most sectors, in particular Highways; Power; Rail; Aviation, Residential / Commercial Development and Water.
You will be able to work on your own initiative as well as part of the wider project team. An understanding of the importance of keeping projects to time and budget is required together with a focus on client needs to support fast and cost-effective responses to demands. You will be working in a highly dynamic environment alongside many top planning and environmental consultants from the industry.
We'd love to hear from you if you have:
* Previous experience of delivering EIAs and similar deliverables, working with multi-disciplinary teams, preferably working with engineers
* Thorough knowledge and experience of the UK planning and consents regulations and experience of liaising with planning authorities and stakeholders
* An understanding of a range of technical environment disciplines
* Experience of Sustainability Appraisal and Strategic Environmental Assessment - desirable
* Experience of health impact assessment also beneficial.
What if we can?
What if we can have work-life balance? What if we can be rewarded in ways that support our individual needs? What if we can be accepted for who we are? Here at WSP – we can!
WSP recognizes that work is only one part of our lives and making time for the other things in our life is important – be that our families, our friends or ourselves. So, if working from home, working part-time or having flexible start and finish time will help with this let us know as part of your application.
As well as rewarding you with competitive pay, WSP offers standard benefits including a 37.5 hour working week, 25 days annual leave, pension schemes, life assurance, personal accident cover and paid professional subscriptions, and some not so standard benefits as part of our flexible benefits scheme – so if you would like to hop on a new bike (cycle to work scheme) or thrill the family with your Lego building skills (Discount at Legoland Windsor) – WSP can help!
Be you, be happy - we strive to have a friendly and inclusive culture which respects and maximizes the contribution individuals can bring to WSP. We recognise the benefits that people with varying backgrounds and experiences can bring. Our VIBE (LGBT + employee network) and PLEDGE (Promoting Leadership, Encouraging Diversity & Gender Equality) networks work with the business to help ensure we continue to promote the right environment to enable LGBT+ and female employees to reach their full potential, and to ensure we continue to promote equality, inclusivity and diversity for everyone.
Here at WSP we positively encourage applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, pregnancy or maternity/paternity. We will interview all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria.
In addition we support our people to achieve their personal health and well-being goals through our Thrive programme.
A little about us:
Together, our people make up one of the world's leading engineering professional services consulting firms. We’re dedicated to the communities where we live and work in the UK and propelled by international brainpower. Staying curious is what drives us. Looking at challenges from fresh angles helps us deliver future-ready solutions that break paradigms.
With around 7,900 talented people in 70+ offices across the UK, and 43,000 around the world, we engineer projects that will help societies grow for lifetimes to come.