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AECOM Principal Biodiversity Consultant in Birmingham, United Kingdom

United Kingdom - Nottinghamshire, Nottingham

Job Summary

AECOM is seeking a Green Infrastructure and Biodiversity Consultant to join our dynamic and forward-thinking Central Ecology Team. The role could be based either in Nottingham, Chesterfield or Birmingham. If you are passionate about the environment and want to influence the design of development to help create sustainable places that benefit both people and nature, we can give you the platform to develop new skills and achieve your goals within an established and successful business that has welfare and wellbeing as core values and encourages ‘freedom to grow’.

We provide mentors to support personal and professional development and promote a healthy work-life balance: including flexible working hours and location.

We offer our clients a full range of ecological services including specialist habitat and species surveys, impact assessment, advice on biodiversity mitigation, offsetting, enhancement, and management planning for biodiversity. Our projects include high profile transport and other infrastructure, as well as commercial and residential development projects. We pride ourselves on developing innovative techniques to improve the delivery, efficiency, and environmental outcomes of our projects.

Job Summary

The role requires knowledge and experience in blue and green infrastructure (GI), biodiversity net gain (BNG), ecosystem services and natural capital, especially in relation to land-use and planning in the UK for infrastructure and other development projects. The ideal candidate will be highly motivated, with a history of successfully working in a consultancy environment (or similar) including client liaison, work winning, collaborating in multi-disciplinary teams and completion of projects to a high standard, on time and within budgets.

As a Principal Consultant, you will be highly motivated, organised, and proactive, with experience in managing staff, projects and budgets. Excellent analytical and communication skills are essential, in addition to sound technical knowledge. You will have the opportunity to lead on high profile, challenging and innovative projects and support the future growth of our GI and BNG services.

Role Responsibilities

  • Working as part of the existing network of AECOM ecologists and collaborating with our wider teams to promote sustainable development;

  • Working independently and with others to coordinate input to assessments, design and implementation of successful mitigation and compensation strategies for biodiversity, including approaches for delivering green infrastructure and net gain;

  • Leading in the winning, delivery and management of the ecological requirements within multi-disciplinary tenders and projects;

  • Inputting to reports and numerical calculations; and providing technical review of deliverables as required in accordance with set deadlines;

  • Assisting with managing the technical and financial performance of projects;

  • Building and maintaining both internal and external client relationships, through effective communication within projects to clients, project managers and other key stakeholders

  • Developing and promoting innovation across the ecology business;

  • A strong presence in representing AECOM externally through projects, client management, publications and presentations;

  • Compliance with internal business management procedures, including in relation to health and safety and technical quality of all advice and outputs; and development of the team to support wider environmental business goals, as required.

  • Managing and mentoring staff;

  • Undertaking other tasks which add value to the development of the ecology team or support wider environmental business goals, as required.

  • AECOM has a proactive "working global" initiative which means that there are opportunities to work on and in International Projects.

Minimum Requirements

  • A thorough knowledge of the planning system in the UK, and current position with respect to relevant policy and legislation

  • Experience of working in an environmental job role in the public/ private sector; providing advice on the benefits and importance of biodiversity, green infrastructure, natural capital and ecosystem services

  • Experience of inputting to assessments and/or design on infrastructure projects to deliver good environmental outcomes

  • Technical proficiency, evidenced by biodiversity inputs to assessments and reports, and to the delivery of projects to a high standard, on time and within budgets;

  • Strong project management skills and experience of working within multidisciplinary schemes. Familiarity with project management procedures and protocols, including the checking and approval of proposals and project outputs and budget management;

  • Excellent communication skills, using clear and appropriate language, styles and techniques to provide advice and engage clients, project teams and stakeholders

  • Excellent organisational skills, ability to manage own time, prioritise competing deadlines

  • Electronic data capture, analysis and presentation;

  • Experience in line management as well as technical leadership of teams on major projects

Preferred Qualifications

  • A recognised degree in an environmental or related discipline;

  • Full Member of CIEEM or IEMA (or eligible to meet relevant criteria),or other relevant professional body

Your benefits will include:

Helping our employees achieve a healthy work-life balance is important to us. If you join AECOM, as well as receiving a competitive salary, you’ll also be able to explore flexible working arrangements through our FREEDOM TO GROW

  • way of working. Core benefits include 25 days’ annual leave, company pension scheme, private medical insurance, life assurance and one paid annual professional institution membership fee. You can also choose from a wide range of flexible benefits to suit your lifestyle.

You’ll also be able to give back to communities with up to two paid CSR days each year. Through our charity, The AECOM Foundation, you can volunteer to support children in developing countries. And if you’re a member of the Reserve Forces you’ll receive an additional 15 days paid leave for training commitments.

What We Offer

When you join AECOM, you become part of a company that is pioneering the future. Our teams around the world are involved in some of the most cutting-edge and innovative projects and programs of our time, addressing the big challenges of today and shaping the built environment for generations to come. We ensure a workplace that encourages growth, flexibility and creativity, as well as a company culture that champions inclusion, diversity and overall employee well-being through programs supported by company leadership. Our core values define who we are, how we act and what we aspire to, which comes down to not only delivering a better world, but working to “make amazing happen” in each neighborhood, community and city we touch. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person’s potential, and we’ll help you reach yours.

Job Category Sciences

Business Line Environment

Business Group Design and Consulting Services Group (DCS)

Country United Kingdom

Position Status Full-Time

Requisition/Vacancy No. 253942BR

Additional Locations UK - Birmingham - Colmore Plaza, UK - Chesterfield

Virtual: No

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.