Principal Environmental Appraisal Consultant

  • APEM
  • Flexible
  • 27 May, 2022
Full time Consultant Other Environmental Management Environmental Health

Job Description

Job Title:   Principal Environmental Appraisal Consultant
Salary:  Competitive and Rewarding + Benefits          
Hours:  Standard Business
Reports to:   Associate Director – Physical Aquatic Division
Location:  Flexible

Deadline for applications: 1st July


Our people are the difference!

Who we are and what we do is why we’re the award-winning, industry-leading, thriving global environmental consultancy we are today. We’re APEM Ltd and we’re expanding.

As a people-first business we’re accountable for our aspirations, actions and what we get because of them. We believe inspiration and insight come from everywhere, so no matter history or choices in life, we will empower you to be your best, so we can be our best, together.

If you’re driven, ready to guide governments, shape private client projects across the planet and improve the natural world, then we want the whole you.

The WOW factor

When home became work, we learned that flexibility, understanding and balance allowed us all to move forward and grow together.

So no matter where you’re based, the hours you keep, or the toddlers you have to entertain, we’re committed to our ways of working (WOW) with each other so we can continue to be our best.

About the role

Do you have environmental science consultancy experience (or perhaps you come from a regulatory body, academic background or water company)? Can you work across multiple technical disciplines? Are you looking for a diverse project portfolio? Can you shape a role and flourish within a growing, dynamic and world class consultancy?

The main focus of this role is the co-ordination of technical projects within the Environmental Assessment sector of the business, following the guidelines set out by our central Project Management Office. APEM is home to a large number of specialists, covering a diverse range of technical disciplines such as water quality, fisheries, hydromorphology, bathymetric survey, Invasive Non-Native Species (INNS), macrophytes etc, and we have a need for specialist integrators, that have the ability to coordinate projects. These will often be large, strategic-level projects that span multiple disciplines, and the role will entail taking a lead role in coordinating and managing inputs from others, pulling overarching themes and arguments together, taking ownership of reporting, managing finances and project milestones and ensuring successful and high-quality delivery of report and data outputs. Example projects could include a HMWB investigation into a proposed change to a public water supply compensation release, a HRA to support a new pipeline project or a WFD assessment for a marine dredge. 

The role is more than a project manager, you will be a technical coordinator and you will promote and be a figurehead within the business for multidisciplinary assessments. You will have the ability to be the client interface communicating and coordinating across multiple disciplines, you will have a technical oversight of the project direction coordinating inputs from others (e.g. fisheries inputs, water quality inputs, hydrological flow change inputs etc) and be able to design scopes, write and polish technical reports (including integrating technical inputs from others) such as Environmental Assessment chapters, research reports, Water Framework Directive assessment reports etc. The role will include leading on tendering and marketing activities within this work area. The role will involve working across a range of sectors including water resources, infrastructure, development, and power, across the UK. Applicants with experience in assessment of the effects of developments on the water environment would be particularly welcome. We expect demonstrable experience of environmental assessment requirements across e.g. EIA, SEA, WFD assessments, HRA and/or HMWB assessments.

You will be a commercially minded individual with a proven track record in consultancy, tendering and marketing activities and complex environmental project delivery within a large organisation. 

A key aspect of the Principal role will be line management responsibilities as you will be leading other consultants and be responsible for the mentoring and training of individuals and staff development via APEM’s internal development scheme.

Business development is an important aspect of the role including maintaining relationships with existing clients and seeking new clients and integrated, multidisciplinary project opportunities. You will be encouraged to attend or present at conferences / events and undertake training to develop your skills, giving you the chance to influence how we best meet our client needs in a growing and ever-changing market.

About you

The successful candidate will work with a wide variety of environmental & engineering consultancies, government agencies and regulatory bodies as well as other external stakeholders. You will be highly motivated and proactive, with a desire to achieve excellence in delivery and in the quality of your outputs. 

We are looking for an individual with a strong team ethic who is keen to work with colleagues across a range of disciplines, including across APEM’s Physical Aquatic, Freshwater Biological and Marine divisions. You will be able to demonstrate a flair for drawing together inputs to construct compelling and rigorous assessments focussed on client’s needs. You will be driven by the requirements for sustainable development and the need for environmental protection and effective management.

You will have over 3 years of experience in a relevant role undertaking or contributing to environmental assessments, preferably within a consultancy setting (ideally water environment and/or cross disciplinary environmental assessments). You will have a good track record of client management, and successfully developing, maintaining, and managing external stakeholder relationships.

Able to demonstrate an excellent understanding of general, or specific environmental science subject areas and assessment, with relevant commercial awareness. The successful candidate will have a detailed knowledge and understanding of policy/legislation relevant to environmental appraisals and its application for environmental assessments.

A high level of attention to detail, the ability to work to tight timeframes, good communication and delegation skills and the provision of specialist technical input are key aspects of the role. You will also be keen to work closely with the senior management team to expand APEM’s environmental assessment capabilities and project portfolio.

The successful candidate will ideally have line management experience and/or a strong aspiration to continue to develop their skills within a line management role, with a drive to effectively develop and mentor members of your team. 


Required skills:

You will ideally have the following experience:

  • M.Sc. or Ph.D. in Environmental Science or related discipline
  • Demonstrable understanding of relevant environmental legislation
  • Ability to organise and coordinate multifaceted environmental project plans
  • Coordination, completion and review of environmental impact assessments (including HRA, EIA, WFD assessment)
  • Excellent business development and client engagement skills
  • Extensive experience of stakeholder engagement including with SNCBs
  • Experience of the water sector 
  • Line management experience and / or aspirations for line management
  • Managing and delivering large scale environmental projects

In addition, you will have 

  • Excellent communication and reporting skills
  • Extensive use of Word and Excel

Proficiency in GIS software packages would be advantageous.

We recognise that everyone’s story is different. 

The opportunities, experiences and challenges faced in life shape who we are today and we understand that these are the things that make us individual and unique. Embracing our differences means we’re able to approach what we do from every dimension. Inspiration and insight can come from anywhere, and no matter your history or choices in life, we empower our people to be their best, so we can be our best, together. 

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