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Jacobs Director/Senior Associate Director of Environmental Economics in London, United Kingdom

Your Impact:

At Jacobs, we'll inspire and empower you to deliver your best work so you can evolve, grow and succeed – today and into tomorrow. With more than 55,000 people in 40+ countries, working at Jacobs offers an exciting range of opportunities to develop your career within a supportive and diverse team who always strive to do the right thing for our people, clients and communities.

People are Jacobs’ greatest asset, and we offer a competitive package to retain and attract the best talent.

In addition to the benefits you’d expect, UK employees also receive free single medical cover and digital GP service, family-friendly benefits such as enhanced parental leave pay and free membership of employee assistance and parental programmes, plus reimbursement towards relevant professional development and memberships. We also give back to our communities through our Collectively program which incorporates matched-funding, paid volunteering time and charitable donations.

Work-life balance and flexibility is a key focus area for Jacobs. We’re happy to discuss hybrid, part-time and flexible working hours, patterns and locations to suit you and our business.

About the Opportunity

As Director/Senior Associate Director of Environmental Economics, you’ll provide technical direction to the Business Case and Economics team. You’ll be involved in some of the most interesting and exciting infrastructure projects in the world and this leads to excellent opportunities to be involved in a diverse range of projects. We apply our environmental economics capability across many different contexts such as systems approaches for water catchments and placemaking urban regeneration. For each unique commission we seek to develop bespoke approaches and toolkits, innovating our approaches whilst remaining true to established environmental economics theory.

Our environmental economics capability includes:

  • Natural capital accounting and six capitals approaches

  • Ecosystem services valuation

  • Environmental Social Governance

  • Social Value Measurement and Wellbeing Valuation

  • Green finance and creating a market for nature-based solutions

Some examples of projects our environmental economics are contributing to include;

  • Hydrogen business case at one of UK’s busiest airports

  • Development of business cases for High-Speed Rail lines in Sweden and the UAE

  • Net Zero Carbon Strategy Development for Enfield Council.

  • Natural capital assessment of Coastal Development Masterplan in Al Sharqia.

  • Economic appraisal of PFAS chemicals in the UK for the Environment Agency.

  • Wider economic assessment of UK’s largest reservoir proposal for 40 years.

  • Developed Low Emission Zones and Clean Air Plans for multiple local authorities across the UK such as Edinburgh, Greater Manchester, and Birmingham.

  • Assessed active travel schemes for Transport Scotland and local authorities in Scotland.

  • Thames Water assessing the benefits of a smarter catchment approach including nature-based solutions

  • Developed a resource for appraisal and adaptive planning for stormwater management in New Zealand

  • Working with our global ESG climate response teams to deliver TCFD-aligned assessments

Work-life balance and flexibility is a key focus area for Jacobs. We’re happy to discuss hybrid, part-time and flexible working hours, patterns and locations to suit you and our business. This role can be based at any one of our London, Birmingham, Bristol, Manchester, York, Leeds, Glasgow or Edinburgh offices.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • Considerable experience as an Environmental Economics practitioner operating in the infrastructure sector on significant projects

  • Able to demonstrate a high level of experience and expertise in leading delivery within economics field

  • Has led successful bids – strategy, resourcing, solution development, commercial negotiations and delivery

  • Qualified with one of the main professional bodies (e.g. CIWEM)

  • Driven by innovation, engages passionately with the digital agenda

  • Has experience of driving efficiency, effectiveness and best practice

  • Capable of acting as technical lead or technical day-to-day main contact for a project where required under the terms of the commission

  • Has developed an external profile within the broad field

  • Experience of leading, growing and developing a team

  • Has developed meaningful client relationships which have led to long-term value for each partner

If you don’t meet every requirement of the job and/or your experience doesn’t align perfectly with the criteria, we encourage you to apply anyway. You could be the right candidate for this role, or for other roles within Jacobs. We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive workplace - our success depends on having a diverse team of visionaries, thinkers and doers, who collaborate to harness all perspectives to make a positive impact.

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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. Find out more about life at Jacobs. (https://careers.jacobs.com/life-at-jacobs/)

We aim to embed inclusion and diversity in everything we do. We know that if we are inclusive, we’re more connected, and if we are diverse, we’re more creative. We accept people for who they are, regardless of age, disability, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, mental health, race, faith or belief, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background, and whether you’re pregnant or on family leave. This is reflected in our wide range of Global Employee Networks centred on inclusion and diversity – ACE, Careers, Enlace, Harambee, OneWorld, Prism, Vetnet, and Women’s – find out more about our employee networks here. (https://www.jacobs.com/about/inclusion-and-diversity?_ga=2.1062705.1096535124.1626879887-1704311048.1575562676)

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