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Jacobs Principal Consultant – Performance & Operational Excellence in Leeds, 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.

Start your Jacobs career with a company that inspires and empowers you to deliver your best work so you can evolve, grow and succeed – today and into tomorrow.

Your Impact:

Performance & Operational Excellence is a diverse and capable group of management orientated consultants from a range of professional backgrounds. We have a focus on adopting best practice ways of working and driving continuous improvement wherever we work. We often support other lines of business, typically as part of larger project teams. Our work direct to clients continues to grow and we often work alongside our Strategic Consulting colleagues and external partners as blended, agile teams.

The breadth of opportunities suits those who have the curiosity to experience new environments and capability to quickly adapt. The deliberate agile construct of Strategic Consulting gives you the opportunity to exercise your wider capabilities and areas of interest. Our wider consultancy capabilities include asset management advisory, transactions and commercial advisory, business case & economics, transformation management, organisational design and data analytics.

You will enjoy success in delivery with a proactive approach to identifying opportunities for improvement. An interest in best practice ways of working and the ability to impress these on others is critical. You must be comfortable working in diverse and potentially challenging team environments where you will often be expected to facilitate collaboration and pursuit of performance improvement. We support from technical delivery through to senior management suites and you will need to be comfortable engaging with a range of stakeholders. We drive a digital by default approach; technical capability in data management and analytics is beneficial.

We are a growing, connected and fun team who welcome new members from all corners of the Jacobs community. Our focus is finding those who truly Challenge Today and drive us to Reinvent Tomorrow.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • A strategic, yet delivery-oriented, thinker

  • Demonstratable ability to facilitate reliable delivery, process improvement and high performing teams

  • Experience in Agile and Scrum philosophy, methodologies and ways of working

  • Exposure to new product or solutions development incubators and/or accelerators

  • Digital mindset and acumen and exposure to digital analytics tools such as PowerBI

  • Experience in operating in a programme and/or project environment with multiple stakeholders and of operating in cross-business teams

  • Experience in stakeholder engagement with strong presentation and communication skills

  • Analytical thinking ability and problem-solving skills

  • A mindset to constructively challenge the accepted norms and always seek a better way

  • Client and end-customer focus

  • Motivated and enthusiastic with a personal drive for high quality work, continuous improvement and the direct application of lessons learnt

Ideally, here’s what you’ll also have:

  • Previous exposure to consultancy environment

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.

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.