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Senior Consultant- Natural Capital Lead

  1. Peterborough, Eynsham, Epsom, Bristol
  1. Environment & geoscience

Senior Consultant- Natural Capital Lead


Please Note :This role will be closed by 16th July 2020

SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins business is one of the world’s most respected design, engineering and project management consultancies, with over 50,000 employees worldwide. At Atkins, we offer more than just a job. We offer an opportunity to make a difference and shape the world to benefit future generations and the natural environment. 

As part of this commitment, we understand the need for a diverse and flexible workforce, where a work-life balance is important. So, by default Atkins offers flexible working, where there is no fixed 9 ‘till 5, no need for a 5-day week, no requirement for a full-time contract, and no requirement to spend all your working time in the office.  Our IT systems support home-working, so where you have parental or carer duties; or you simply need to be elsewhere for a parcel, servicing your car, or waiting in for a tradesperson; Atkins will work for you.  Similarly, Atkins’ corporate social responsibility provides the opportunity to give something back to the community, and we run professional networks supporting groups such as local schools, charities, parents, those coming out of the armed-forces and women in engineering.

Our Water Management Consultancy operates at the interface between people and the water environment. Our key services cover all aspects of water management including: flood and coastal erosion risk management, integrated catchment management, regulation and assurance, strategic asset management, water resources and water quality planning, hydrogeology and hydrology, aquatic ecology, hydromorphology and river restoration, climate futures and resilience, coastal and marine environmental management, natural capital assessment and economic appraisal.

We have a vacancy for an enthusiastic and ambitious individual to lead and grow our natural capital team, as we as contributing to a wide range of projects across our Water Management Consultancy and other areas of the business. Our current vacancy is for a senior position in Epsom, Bristol, Oxford, Peterborough and Warrington, although consideration will be given to exceptional candidates in other locations. We have a growing portfolio of natural capital and environmental economics related projects, supporting our clients in making the right strategic investment decisions for critical infrastructure in areas as diverse as water resources, flood management, green infrastructure and transportation. We work for clients across the UK and overseas, including central government, regulators, the water industry, NGOs and local authorities.

To support this growing workload, we are seeking technical experts with a developing technical profile in environmental economics and natural capital capable of leading on the delivery of natural capital related projects. You will have the chance to develop opportunities and support international projects through our increasing portfolio of overseas work, and with our staff in Canada, USA, India, Africa and Asia Pacific.

You should have good project management skills, commercial awareness, and the confidence to lead technical work as well as mentor junior team members in developing their skills. You must be client focused and able to build strong relationships with our clients with a high degree of collaborative working skills to ensure we get the best from our working relationships with client teams.

As a major engineering, environmental and design consultancies Atkins offers opportunities for talented consultants to work on a wide variety of high profile projects.  We have, for example, ongoing projects related to natural capital for the water industry, local authorities and regulators. 


·         Must have a degree in a relevant discipline and preferably relevant post-graduate qualification.

·         Demonstrable experience in environmental and economic appraisal.

·         Experience in project management and technical leadership of projects

·         Excellent writing skills - clarity in scientific writing is key. Able to adapt writing style to produce documents for different types of audience, including non-specialists.

·         Be available to travel across the UK and occasionally overseas.

·         Preferably chartered through an appropriate institution



Your day to day activities will involve: developing and agreeing the scope of services, managing and supervising junior resources, and actively progressing a suite of projects under your control. You will have an excellent grasp of project procedures including financial and change control, report writing, ability to present, and quality assurance through checking and reviewing. In addition, you will be required to lead bidding and work-winning activities. 

You will be required to produce high quality client facing reports, and to undertake and lead data analysis to support projects. On an on-going basis, you’ll be supporting project managers and directors in delivering a range of projects, including strategic infrastructure projects where we may also provide an internally facing consultancy service.


The Individual

·         Highly motivated and proactive; focused on achieving and delivering technical excellence.

·         Strong technical performance.

·         Skilled at collaborative working, have good interpersonal skills and an ability to communicate effectively

·         Flexible and prepared to take on new challenges

·         Well organised; able lead multiple projects running simultaneously

·         Attention to detail and desire to work to high standards consistently


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, our Economics network will support your learning, but there are many others you could also join.

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

Rewards and Benefits

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 club providing activities such wine tasting, as surf trips, and a kids’ Christmas party.  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.

We encourage the opportunity to discuss a flexible working pattern for this vacancy, and we ask you to explore the flexible working options during the interview process.


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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