Principal Ecologist

Balfour Beatty Vinci

West Midlands

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

balfourbeattyvinci.co.uk

Sectors: ecology

Closing date: Wednesday, 31st July 2024  


Are you looking to progress your career by working on Britain’s biggest construction project?

Balfour Beatty VINCI is working with a range of organisations to design and build 90km West Midlands stretch of HS2 - Britain’s new high speed railway. Our work is essential to enable HS2 trains to travel between London and Birmingham as well as continue their journey. It’s an incredibly exciting time to join us - we’re at peak construction with work really ramping up on a broad range of assets including bridges, tunnels and viaducts. Plus you’d join 9,000 people across 72 nationalities working on this exciting section of HS2 across the region.

We currently have an exciting opportunity to join our team as a Principal Ecologist within the Sustainability function. This role will be based on various sites in the west midlands, travel will be required. 

We are looking for passionate and driven ecologists to further strengthen our Ecology Team and are looking for Senior/Principal level ecologists to support the BBV Construction Sublots, BBV Ecology Team, Ecology Technical Specialists and Ecology Junior personnel with:

  • Oversight and management of a small team of ecology personnel; including ECoWs, EPS AAs and AAPs, surveyors and junior ecologists.
  • Reviewing and authorising ecological permits to enable construction works.
  • Project management of ecological mitigation works packages to enable construction activities.
  • Developing and supporting implementation of ecological method statements and associated documents for construction.
  • Overseeing and assuring on-site ecological walk-overs, desk-based reviews and surveys to identify ecological mitigation requirements for construction.
  • Providing pragmatic support and advice to BBV construction teams, environmental managers and sub-contractors to deliver ecological mitigation requirements to programme and to the HS2 Technical Requirements, and to policy and legal requirements.

Experienced required

  • Strong project management experience and good organisational skills.
  • Excellent knowledge and experience of ecological management and mitigation for major infrastructure projects.
  • Educated to degree or Masters level in Ecological related subject.
  • Excellent understanding of ecological legalisation for development and HS2.
  • Full UK driver’s licence and flexibility to travel.
  • Protected species licence holder; desirable to be a mitigation licence holder.

Please note candidates will need to have a current valid right to work in the UK to be considered for this role.

Benefits of working with us

  • Car/ car allowance
  • Flexible working available for some roles
  • Free parking
  • Travel allowance for eligible candidates
  • Family friendly leave policies
  • Excellent pension contributions
  • Healthcare
  • Health risk assessments
  • Access to employee assistance programmes
  • Access to annual flu vaccinations

About Balfour Beatty VINCI

Balfour Beatty VINCI is a long-established joint venture between two powerhouses for the delivery of critical infrastructure across rail, transport and other iconic projects in the UK and beyond. We started working together over 30 years ago to deliver the Channel Tunnel, as members of the TransManche Link consortium. In the Midlands, it is Balfour Beatty VINCI’s role to design and build the route, ready for tracks and signalling to be installed. Our work with HS2 Balfour Beatty VINCI have been awarded a 90km section of the HS2 project from Long Itchington in Warwickshire to the centre of Birmingham and then on to Handsacre in Staffordshire.

Overall, we will be building the following across all our sites:

  • 9.3km of viaducts
  • 62 overbridges
  • 35 cuttings
  • 56 culverts
  • 62 embankments
  • 2 twin bore tunnels and 2 cut and cover tunnels
  • 28 underbridges and 11 underpasses

Diversity and Inclusion

Balfour Beatty VINCI (BBV) is delivering equal oppo te our ability to support our people effectively. We care about being inclusive and that means we encourage applications from people with diverse set of backgrounds and experiences. BBV is a Disability Confident Leader and we welcome applications from candidates with a disability.

Flexible working

We recognise and respect that people work in different ways and we are open to discussing what flexibility you may need during the recruitment process, balanced against our project requirements. rtunities for everyone that is part of the team and for people that are yet to join us. We are an inclusive employer and welcome people from all backgrounds to come and join our team, including people with different physical abilities and neuro diversities. We are working to represent the communities Balfour Beatty VINCI works in through our workforce. We have embedded Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity (ED&I) Champions across our sites and are guided by strong accreditations that ensure we demonstrate our ability to support our people effectively. We care about being inclusive and that means we encourage applications from people with diverse set of backgrounds and experiences. BBV is a Disability Confident Leader and we welcome applications from candidates with a disability.

Flexible working

We recognise and respect that people work in different ways and we are open to discussing what flexibility you may need during the recruitment process, balanced against our project requirements.


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