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Jacobs Principal /Associate Director Environmental Impact Assessment in Birmingham, United Kingdom

Our People & Places Solutions business – reinforces our drive to improve the lives of people everywhere and epitomizes the "why" of what we do – the tremendous positive impact and value our solutions bring to our communities and society as a whole. From facilities delivering life-saving therapies and ensuring clean water to enabling the connection of people through all modes of transportation and providing access to technology – we're integrating a multitude of these solution elements to build the smart environments of tomorrow.

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Your Impact:

Our Water & Environment business addresses environmental and sustainability challenges and engages with communities to understand what really matters. While we shape some of the very largest and most challenging landmark projects in the UK, we also delivery local projects that protect communities. We lead with the environment, and make social and natural capital central to how we solve our clients’ challenges. We are helping to create the sustainable and resilient cities and communities of the future, making attractive places for all to live and work.

Our team specialises in infrastructure in the UK and Europe, providing technical expertise in all areas of environmental assessment and consenting for clients such as HS2, Highways England, Network Rail, the Environment Agency and many more. We are at the forefront of developing best practice and pragmatic approaches to the delivery of environmental assessments and consents and have extensive capability in environmental impact assessment (EIA), strategic environmental assessment (SEA), integrated impact assessment (IIA) and sustainability appraisals across the full project cycle. Our work focuses on providing better infrastructure which considers future challenges such as climate change, the need for renewable energy, low carbon economies, and material resource and waste management. The EIA of new infrastructure requires individuals with a broad range of knowledge of environmental and sustainability issues and excellent people management skills in order to bring together a diverse team of environmental specialists to assess the impact of the infrastructure on the environment and influence design through mitigation.

We currently have opportunities for Principal and Associate Director Environmental Impact Assessment Consultants to work on our portfolio of projects in the transportation (highways and railways), flood and coastal risk, electricity transmission, water and wastewater treatment, and conventional and renewable energy sectors. We are looking for talented and motivated environmental professionals with experience in co-ordinating, managing and delivering EIAs and associated consenting. The successful candidates will join one of our local Environmental Assessment teams within the national Environmental Assessment discipline, while becoming part of a respected and ambitious company with excellent career prospects and international opportunities.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • A Masters degree in a relevant discipline, or equivalent level of experience

  • Proven track record in delivering EIAs and other types of assessments for a range of public and private sector clients such as Highways England, the Environment Agency, local planning authorities, Network Rail, National Grid and the nuclear sector.

  • Proven track record delivering EIAs through various consenting regimes, such as Town and Country Planning, Development Consent Orders, Transport and Works Act, and Hybrid Bills.

  • An excellent understanding of environmental impacts associated with major infrastructure developments and assessment methodologies sufficient to lead technical reviews of Environmental Statements.

  • An excellent understanding of key environmental legislation and policy and an appreciation of the potential changing legal and policy framework for environmental studies.

  • Experience in client facing roles, and in working closely with client bodies and engaging in proactive consultation with key stakeholders such as Natural England.

  • Excellent organisational skills to co-ordinate multi-disciplinary EIA teams, work collaboratively within large and diverse teams, and influence decision-making.

  • Team leadership experience and strong communication skills and capability in engaging motivating and influencing staff and clients.

  • Chartered status and Full Membership of a recognised relevant professional body (e.g. Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA). Where a candidate does not meet this requirement, they would be expected to achieve this within their first year.

Ideally, you’ll also have:

  • An established market reputation and network, ability to support business development.

  • Experience preparing for and participating in local and public inquiries and DCO examinations on environmental matters.

  • Understanding of sustainability strategy and environmental management in major projects, with knowledge and experience of addressing challenges and opportunities relating to circular economy and resource efficiency, decarbonisation, energy management, community and social value, life cycle assessment and/or sustainable procurement.

  • Experience in leading and managing larger teams, with demonstrable commitment to health, safety and security and inclusivity.

  • Project management and governance experience.

Why Jacobs?

We clear the way for inventive thinking so you have the support, means and space to deliver the boldest solutions for the extraordinary and every day. Jacobs. A world where you can.

Our Culture:

We’re invested in you and your success. Our values stand on a foundation of safety, integrity, inclusion and diversity. We put people at the heart of our business and we truly believe that by supporting one another through our culture of caring, we all succeed. We value positive mental health and a sense of belonging for all employees.

We aim to make inclusion and diversity core attributes of our identity, embedded in all our employment and business practices in all locations. We know that if we are inclusive, we’re more connected, and if we are diverse, we’re more creative.

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Successful candidates will be asked to complete a Baseline Personnel Security Standard Pre-Employment check and will be required to undergo various checks including: Identity, Right to Work; Employment/Education History and Criminal Record. If you are unable to meet this and any associated criteria, then your employment may be delayed or rejected.


At Jacobs, we’re challenging today to reinvent tomorrow by solving the world’s most critical problems for thriving cities, resilient environments, mission-critical outcomes, operational advancement, scientific discovery and cutting-edge manufacturing, turning abstract ideas into realities that transform the world for good. With $13 billion in revenue and a talent force of more than 55,000, Jacobs provides a full spectrum of professional services including consulting, technical, scientific and project delivery for the government and private sector.