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EIA Principal /Associate Director

51,075 P.A. ?


Our Water and Environment business provides a focus for advising our clients on environmental assessment and sustainability issues. The environmental impact assessment (EIA) of new infrastructure requires co-ordinators with a broad range of knowledge of environmental and sustainability matters and excellent people management skills in order to bring together a diverse team of specialists to assess the impact of the infrastructure on the environment and influence design through mitigation. We also have to consider the environmental sustainability of the development into the future in the face of climate change, the need for renewable energy, low carbon economies, and material resource and waste management. Our environmental staff also develop project management skills in the directing assignments.

Our Environmental Assessment team works on some of Jacobs's most complex and demanding projects, for clients such as HS2, Highways England, Network Rail, the Environment Agency, and many more.

About the opportunity

We currently have opportunities for Principal and Associated Director environmental staff to be based in various offices around the UK and Ireland. The successful candidates will become part of a respected and ambitious company with excellent career prospects and international opportunities.

We are looking for experienced environmental professionals with a proven track record in leadership roles for major infrastructure projects, as EIA co-ordinators or in other senior leadership roles such as technical reviewers, consents manager or environmental risk managers, within highly motivated management teams on flagship projects. We also have opportunities for leading SEAs of plans, projects and proposals, as well as Integrated Impact Assessments and Sustainability Appraisals. Our staff are expected to work at various stages of the project cycle, from project inception, through to optioneering; feasibility studies; screening, scoping, and assessment of the proposed project; discharge of consents; and environmental management during construction. As well as delivering excellent technical work, senior environmental professionals also contribute to project management and business development.

Primary Job Responsibilities

  • Leadership roles in EIA and consenting for a range of infrastructure projects such as transportation (highways, rail, ports and airports), coastal and river flood defences, water and wastewater treatment, conventional and renewable energy, nuclear, and urban regeneration.

  • Technical review and sign off of all environmental deliverables, including Scoping/Screening Reports, Environmental Statements, and materials produced for consultation and consenting.

  • Communicating and liaising effectively with our clients, project teams and colleagues in related disciplines.

  • Supporting project managers with financial monitoring of projects, document control, progress reporting and other project management tasks.

  • Working with our Stakeholder team to deliver effective consultation as part of the EIA and SEA processes.

  • Overall responsibility for health and safety of environmental staff on projects.

  • Participation in bid preparation, especially with regards to drafting technical submissions

  • A good degree qualification, preferably in a relevant environmental / natural science / planning subject.

  • Proven track record in delivering EIAs and other types of assessments for a range of public and private sector clients such as Highways England, the Environment Agency, local planning authorities, Network Rail, National Grid and the nuclear sector.

  • Proven track record delivering EIAs through various consenting regimes, such as Town and Country Planning, Development Consent Orders, Transport and Works Act, and Hybrid Bills.

  • An excellent understanding of environmental impacts associated with major infrastructure developments and assessment methodologies sufficient to lead technical reviews of Environmental Statements.

  • An excellent understanding of key environmental legislation and policy and an appreciation of the potential changing legal and policy framework for environmental studies.

  • Excellent organisational skills to co-ordinate multi-disciplinary EIA teams, work collaboratively within large teams, and influence decision-making.

  • Chartered Environmentalist and Full member of a relevant professional body. If the candidate does not meet this requirement, they would be expected to achieve this within the probationary period.

Why Jacobs?

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We aim to make inclusion and diversity core attributes of our identity, embedded in all our employment and business practices in all locations. We know that if we are inclusive, we're more connected, and if we are diverse, we're more creative.

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As a Disability Confident employer, we will interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for a vacancy. We welcome applications from candidates who are seeking flexible working and from those who may not meet all the listed requirements for a role.

If you have any queries regarding the application process, please contact the team here .

Successful candidates will be asked to complete a Baseline Personnel Security Standard Pre-Employment check and will be required to undergo various checks including: Identity, Right to Work; Employment/Education History and Criminal Record. If you are unable to meet this and any associated criteria, then your employment may be delayed or rejected.