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Physical Climate Risk and Climate Change Adaptation Consultant

  1. Cambridge, Eynsham, Epsom, Bristol

Atkins (part of the SNC-Lavalin Group) is one of the world’s most respected design, engineering and project management consultancies and the largest engineering consultancy in Europe. Atkins Water Management Consultancy (WMC) operates at the interface between people and the water environment; we work with our clients in providing innovative research and advisory services. Using our digital capability, we enable our clients to make the right decisions on infrastructure, development and land management. Within WMC, the Climate Futures team is focused on promoting Climate Action for sustainable development by providing expertise in:

  • Climate Risk & Vulnerability Assessment
  • Climate Change Adaptation
  • Climate Change Mitigation
  • Climate Finance & Economics
  • Foresight & Scenario Planning
  • Innovation & Emerging Agendas

We work directly with several UK and international clients, as well as internally within Atkins on major infrastructure projects in the UK and beyond. A large part of work is in the water sector, but we also work with colleagues across the business, for example on urban development, transport and energy. Greenhouse gas management and climate change mitigation are led from other departments, although close links are maintained. Climate Futures also has close links with Atkins’ Advisory & Economics.

Due to our expanding portfolio of projects and clients, we are looking to recruit a consultant into our Climate Futures team.  The successful candidate will take a leading role in our internationally focussed work, managing bids and working on a range of projects with our international clients including the AfDB, UK DFID, UK FCO, EBRD, EIB, EuropeAid and the World Bank.

Although some of our work is related to the core functions of the Water and Environment business e.g. assessing the impact of climate change on future water supplies, the focus of the role is much broader and covers multiple sectors. We welcome candidates with unique sector and technical, economic, or financial advisory expertise related to the assessment of Physical Climate Risks and Climate Change Adaptation responses.

The post holder must have a degree in a relevant discipline and preferably relevant post-graduate, with experience and interest in the assessment of physical climate risk, climate change adaptation and climate finance.


  • At least 5 years of related experience. Experience of working with financial institutions an advantage, but not essential.
  • The ability to critically review evidence and produce high quality, succinct and timely summaries.
  • A combination of technical and commercial bid writing experience.
  • An ability to communicate clearly and effectively with clients/project stakeholders.
  • Good numerical skills. Related quantitative analysis experience an advantage but not essential.
  • Taking responsibility for the successful delivery of key tasks on projects or on bids and managing contributions from junior team members.
  • A willingness to travel overseas for short assignments or missions, but not essential.
  • Fluent in English. At least one other language an advantage, but not essential.

The Individual

  • Motivated and proactive; focused on achieving and delivering technical excellence.
  • Well organised - able to plan ahead and deal with multiple projects running at the same time.
  • Attention to detail and desire to work to high standards.
  • Team worker, comfortable working in large teams with range of specialists from different technical backgrounds.
  • Skilled at collaborative working, have good interpersonal skills and an ability to communicate effectively.


Support (or lead) the development and delivery of opportunities and projects across a range of key service areas with support from the wider team, including:

  • Climate Risk & Vulnerability Assessment
  • Climate Change Adaptation
  • Climate Finance & Economics
  • Foresight & Scenario Planning
  • Innovation & Emerging Agendas

Atkins develops individuals through a portfolio of training and development activities designed to help you make the best of your abilities and talents. These are reviewed with individuals through an annual development process. We support staff in achieving and maintaining membership of relevant institutions. You will also be part of our global Technical Networks, which provide a flow of technically orientated information and ideas through the company. For this role, you will be expected to participate in our water resources planning technical network to support your learning.

Atkins will support you in your ongoing professional development, whether with the ICE, CIWEM or others.  This includes paying your annual membership and providing access to training.

We offer a competitive salary that is regularly tested against other consultants with a default 25-days leave each year plus bank holidays and options to buy some or sell of that leave.

To support and safeguard your physical and mental wellbeing we provide an employee assistance programme offering advice and support in times of need.  Our offices run their own sports and social clubs providing a wide range of activities.  You will also have access to our Flexible Benefits, where you can opt in to a wide range of benefits to complement your work/life balance: such as medical insurance, gym membership, the cycle-to-work scheme, child care vouchers, charitable giving, additional pension contributions etc.

Please refer to our website for details of our full benefits package.

This role may require security clearance and offers of employment will be dependent on obtaining the relevant level of clearance. If this is necessary it will be discussed with you at interview.

If applying to this role please do not make reference to (in conversation) or include in your application or CV, details of any current or previously held security clearance.

ATKINS, part of the SNC Lavalin Group, is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce. As an Equal Opportunities Employer, we value applications from all backgrounds, cultures and ability.

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