Senior Ecological Consultant


Oxfordshire and Wolverhampton

Paid • Full Time • Permanent 01942 493255 Angela Dewhurst

Sectors: ecology

Closing date: Monday, 3rd December 2018  

With over 75 years’ experience, ADAS has an amazing track record of providing environmental consultancy and research expertise to an enviable range of clients both in the private and public sector. We are a recognised and highly respected leader in the environmental and rural sectors.

ADAS has recently been acquired by the RSK Group Ltd which is one of Europe's leading multidisciplinary environmental consultancies and is ranked number 42 in the Sunday Times Fast Track 200 which rates the success of private companies in the UK. There has never been a more exciting time to join.

Our Ecology business comprises a highly skilled team focused on providing services to a wide range of clients, particularly developers, utility companies and the renewable energy and rural industries, and as a result of our success in this area, we have a vacancy for a Senior Ecological Consultant. The successful candidate will join a team of Ecology professionals who work closely with colleagues in other disciplines, such as Planning, Landscape and Archaeology.

Senior Ecological Consultant – Milton Park and Wolverhampton

The Role:

To manage the delivery of key ecology contracts and provide consultancy and mitigation works in a fast moving, client focussed commercial environment. To meet the Ecology team targets including taking part in sales initiatives to grow our ecology business. This will involve:

  • Managing the delivery of project work for key contracts, this will involve managing the deployment of resource and equipment.
  • Carrying out sales activities, including attending sales meetings, to meet team sales targets. This will include working with the Ecology Director on sales initiatives to develop business with existing clients and to grow the ecology business with new clients.
  • Instructing and co-ordinating subcontractors and technical experts, both internal and external. Preparing specifications, reviewing and managing delivery of work completed by ADAS staff and subcontractors.
  • Undertaking a wide range of ecological surveys including extended Phase 1 habitat and EcoCheck surveys as well as protected species surveys and mitigation and more demanding ecological work.
  • Leading and writing ecological sections of Environmental Impact Assessments.
  • Carrying out desk studies, consultations, research, data management and analysis and report writing.

Successful candidates will:

  • Manage client contracts and the delivery of work on key contracts. This will involve planning, organising, managing and monitoring to ensure that work is completed to the required CIEEM and other standards, is delivered on time, meets the project profit target, and is delivered to the clients’ satisfaction.
  • Lead and efficiently undertake a range of ecological surveys and report writing common to development projects ensuring that work is delivered on time and within budget.
  • Lead and write ecological sections of Environmental Impact Assessments and guiding others in this, to ensure that legislative guidelines are met.
  • Preferably have a good knowledge and experience of freshwater ecology.
  • Train junior ecologists to improve their skills and accurately quality control their work to ensure it meets CIEEM and other applicable standards.
  • Achieve team sales targets through building good client relationships, undertaking sales activities such as writing proposals, assisting with larger tenders, approaching new clients and undertaking sales meetings.

Person specification

  • A full driving licence will be required as will the need for flexible working with regard to type of work, timing and location.
  • Derogation licence holder for at least one European Protected Species.
  • Relevant degree in ecology.
  • Desirable – Chartered membership to CIEEM or the Society for the Environment.

Salary and benefits:

  • Competitive salary
  • Contributory Pension Scheme
  • A flexible benefits programme including the option to buy additional holidays, childcare vouchers and private health care
  • Regular training and career development

As an entrepreneurial organisation, we encourage and foster the growth of our employees. When joining ADAS, a mentor works with you to ensure you set and achieve your goals. We want to accelerate your professional development, including opportunities for a promotional fast track.

Further, retaining staff is the building block of a successful organisation. As a company, ADAS wants to ensure you maintain a healthy work life balance, with many opportunities for flexible working hours, locality flexibility, social activities, and community involvement projects.

The company prides itself on providing its staff with a rewarding and challenging career, encouraging Continuous Professional Development, allowing employees to reach their full potential.

All candidates applying for positions with RSK Group must be eligible to work in the UK/European Economic Area. Candidates should confirm this when applying with their CV and covering letter.

To apply for this position, please send your CV and a covering letter outlining your current salary, confirming that you are eligible to work in the UK, and identifying how you meet the job criteria. Applications to be sent to Angela Dewhurst, 14 Beecham Court, Pemberton Business Park, Wigan, WN3 6PR, Tel 01942 493255 or email by Monday 3rd December 2018 stating which location you wish to apply for. If you require further information on this position, contact Angela Dewhurst as above.

ADAS is committed to our Corporate Responsibility strategy. We seek to minimise our impact on the environment; to engage positively with the community and education groups; to provide a safe and supportive atmosphere in which to work; and to promote Corporate Responsibility throughout our supply chain.

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