Senior Environmental Consultant - EIA, Manchester



Paid • Full Time • Permanent

Sectors: ecology

Closing date: Not specified, apply soon!

Senior Environmental Consultant - EIA


Arup is an independent firm of designers, planners, engineers, consultants and technical specialists offering a broad range of professional services. Through our work, we make a positive difference in the world.

Our Environmental Consulting business consists of over 450 staff in the UK operating out of 15 offices supported by a global network of management and technical specialists. We offer high quality, leading experts across the full spectrum of environmental disciplines to enable clients to achieve their aspirations. We offer services to develop policy, manage projects and assess impacts, engage with stakeholders, design and implement creatively, gain regulatory approvals, report publicly, managing risks and controlling costs. We focus on facilitating developments whilst enhancing community and natural resources.

Our staff are highly qualified trained and accredited to the highest standards. We are thought leaders in our industry and many of people have roles with professional institutions and educational establishments guiding best practice and investing in the next generation of professionals.

Our national impact assessment team guide clients on the environmental, socio-economic, health and equality component of infrastructure and development projects, providing comprehensive strategies and assessments to help obtain development consent for complex, high-profile projects. Recent projects include High Speed Two Phase 1, Phase 2a and Phase 2b, Thames Tideway Tunnel and the Garden Bridge in central London.

As a senior member of an established team, you will be responsible for environmental consultancy delivered from our offices in Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, York, Sheffield, and Cumbria, together with business and team development activities. Your core professional expertise will be in EIA management, ideally with additional related skills.

The role will require travel to our offices throughout the NW & Yorkshire region and elsewhere in UK.

You will initially focus on the delivery of high-quality EIA programmes and authorship of robust Environmental Statements and related documents. These may include projects in urban development, road and rail infrastructure, energy, and water-related development.

You will have the potential to progress towards a higher leadership role, and the appointed candidate will be encouraged to undertake training, coaching and other self-development activities.

You will report to NW & Yorkshire Environment Team Leader and Deputy Team Leader, and will require close liaison with our UK Environment Leader in London, and other sector leaders in the UK and abroad.

You will be required to work directly with senior leadership, directors, project and business leaders, business development officers, marketers and contract staff, and must be comfortable working with staff at all levels.

You will need to work closely with peers throughout the UKMEA Environmental Network, and partners in engineering and other teams.

The Role

This position is for a Senior Environmental Consultant to work within our Environmental Consulting business. We have opportunities throughout our UK business including London, Solihull, Leeds and Manchester to support our impact assessment team on a range of infrastructure development projects including in the rail, road and aviation sectors. The role will involve working in a multi-disciplinary environment alongside other environmental, planning engineering and design specialists to ensure that appropriate environmental and sustainability measures are considered and incorporated into the design and implementation of projects as appropriate.

Key responsibilities will include:

  • Programme/project management of environmental appraisals and impact assessments, and related technical studies and ensure project deliverables to agreed programme and standards;
  • Co-ordination of production, writing and/or technical review of environmental reports, e.g. scoping reports or Environmental Statements;
  • To successfully financially manage environmental projects within budget;
  • Client liaison and stakeholder engagement with project teams, legal advisors and external parties, such as statutory consultees;
  • To coordinate and manage sub-consultants and junior environmental consultancy staff;
  • To prepare impact assessment business development proposals and assist with the preparation of marketing material and event organisation;
  • Ensure adherence to Arup’s health and safety and quality management standards.

Requirements and skills

Essential skills and knowledge:

  • Existing consultancy experience with first-hand experience of managing/co-ordinating environmental appraisals and environmental impact assessments, and the preparation of environmental statements;
  • Good knowledge of UK and European legislation;
  • A focus on meeting and exceeding client requirements and a commitment to excellence;
  • Experience of financial management of environmental projects;
  • Good analytical skills with a strong focus on finding solutions in relation to EIA technical and project management issues;
  • Excellent communication and report writing skills.


  • A good honours degree in a relevant subject such as Environmental Science;
  • Membership of a relevant professional institute (e.g. Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) or the Institution of Environmental Science (IES) – full membership or working towards full membership.

Desirable skills and knowledge:

  • Qualification to MSc level in a relevant course such as Environmental Impact Assessment and Management or Project Management and Environmental Consultancy and Project Management;
  • Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) status;
  • Registered/Associate EIA Practitioner and/or Registered/Associate Environmental Auditor with IEMA;
  • Experience in managing/co-ordinating environmental impact assessments for major infrastructure projects especially in the rail, road and aviation sectors;
  • Good understanding of sustainability issues and consultancy skills in other complementary fields such as Strategic Environmental Assessment, Health Impact Assessment and Equality Impact Assessment.
  • Experience of working in a major project environment collocated with the client

Reward and Benefits

We offer a competitive salary at all levels, and one of the best benefits package in our sector.

Core benefits include cover under the UK Healthcare Plan (private medical insurance), Life Assurance, Accident Insurance, and Income Protection (long term disability) cover. Core benefits are funded by us and made available to all permanent staff in order to support and safeguard your financial, physical and mental wellbeing. You will also have access to a grade-related Flexible Benefits Fund which you can choose to take as extra cash, or spend on a wide range of Choice Benefits to help with your work/life balance and financial security.

In addition all permanent employees are eligible for the Global Profit Share scheme. Subject to scheme rules employees can receive two Profit Share payments per year, which are dependent on the firm’s financial performance.

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