Principal Sustainability Consultant


Dublin or Belfast

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

[email protected]

Sectors: sustainability, carbon, climate & energy

Closing date: Not specified, apply soon!

We are currently recruiting for an established and enthusiastic Principal Sustainability consultant to join our UK & I wide Climate Change, Sustainability and Resilience practice. The practice has a well-deserved reputation for working with clients on Net Zero planning, producing robust climate assessments, carbon footprints and reduction plans that can be used with confidence in decision making supporting the transition to Net Zero whether it be for major infrastructure projects or global businesses. We also help clients develop sustainability strategies and support integration into delivery and disclosure. The practice works across a wide range of sectors including highways, rail, aviation, power, water utilities, urban regeneration, manufacturing, food & drink, pharmaceutical and finance/investment.

The successful candidate will manage project teams to deliver a range of climate change and sustainability projects for infrastructure projects as well as multi-national businesses as well as supporting senior leaders in the practice and wider Environment & Sustainability Business Unit to grow our climate change and sustainability services across Ireland (Northern Ireland and Rep. of Ireland).

A typical week could involve:

  • Conducting and delivering technical work across a range of climate change and sustainability projects;
  • Leading project/task teams to deliver projects;
  • Managing tasks and projects covering technical, quality and financial management;
  • Supporting and mentoring team members building capacity and expertise;
  • Liaising and collaborating with colleagues, clients and advisors to deliver work on time, budget and achieving technical excellence;
  • Leading the preparation of technical reports;
  • Multitasking: working across several projects and proposals, including those around climate assessment, sustainable infrastructure, climate change/sustainability strategy, carbon footprints for products and enterprises, and Life Cycle Analysis (LCA);
  • Preparing costed proposals and other business development materials ;
  • Building long term client relationships; and
  • Supporting the team leadership to identify and secure new opportunities with a particular focus across Ireland.

Minimum Requirements

We are looking for enthusiastic candidates with the following:

  • Strong experience in carbon accounting (covering Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions) and reporting (across a range of protocols and regulatory regimes);
  • A demonstrated understanding of sustainability and climate accounting, management and disclosure standards and guidance for example PAS 2080, WRI, ISO14064, PAS2050, TCFD, SASB, GRI etc.;
  • Familiarity with climate projections including using them to build the case with colleagues, clients and their advisors to resilient design;
  • Demonstrated experience in advising on and integrating low carbon and resilient solutions into infrastructure design and business planning;
  • Strong understanding and practical application of the requirements for climate assessment in EIA and ESIA;
  • Holistic understanding of sustainability, with a particular interest in carbon management;
  • A desire to delivery technical excellence;
  • Project and financial management experience;
  • Commercial awareness for business development, marketing, and proposal preparation;
  • Great communication skills in English, fluency in other languages an advantage;
  • Solid numeracy skills, confidence in working with large data sets and advanced Excel skills;
  • Problem solving abilities. Self-starter, who can design and deliver work under own initiative

Preferred Qualifications

  • A science-based background i.e. relevant MSc or equivalent qualification in Sustainability, Carbon, Energy or similar, and a strong undergraduate degree in a STEM based..

Your benefits will include:

Helping our employees achieve a healthy work-life balance is important to us. If you join AECOM, as well as receiving a competitive salary, you’ll also be able to explore flexible working arrangements through our FREEDOM TO GROW way of working. Core benefits include 25 days’ annual leave, company pension scheme, private medical insurance, life assurance and one paid annual professional institution membership fee. You can also choose from a wide range of flexible benefits to suit your lifestyle.

You’ll also be able to give back to communities with up to two paid CSR days each year. Through our charity, The AECOM Foundation, you can volunteer to support children in developing countries. And if you’re a member of the Reserve Forces you’ll receive an additional 15 days paid leave for training commitments.

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