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Jacobs EIA Associate Director - Water Sector in London, United Kingdom

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

Who we are:

At Jacobs, we're challenging today to reinvent tomorrow by solving the world's most critical challenges for resilient environments, thriving communities, low carbon economies, energy supply, operational advancement, scientific discovery, and cutting-edge technology. With sustainability as a core guiding principle, we turn ideas into practical solutions that transform the world for good.

Our Water & Environment business is recognised as a leader in the provision of environmental consultancy for innovative and exciting major projects across the UK and Europe. We were highly commended as Large Consultancy of the Year Award at the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM)’s 2023 Awards and are part of a company listed as one of the World's Most Admired Companies in engineering and construction by Fortune magazine. Our Sustainable Business Objectives define our aspirations for how we can make a difference in creating a sustainable future for all.

Your Impact:

We are looking for people with a proven track record in environmental leadership roles for major water sector projects to join our team leading some of the largest, most complex and exciting projects in the UK.

You will have a pivotal role in major project delivery, working closely with our clients and helping to lead our environmental assessment and consents workstreams. Your experience will enable you to identify and manage risks to project delivery and maximise opportunities for efficiencies, promote innovation, provide mentorship and support technical development of our staff. You will support profile raising activities, and manage and develop positive relationships with our clients.

About the opportunity:

You will help to lead our environmental assessment and consents workstreams, working closely with our clients. Your project experience will enable you to bring together a diverse team of environmental specialists, working as part of project teams to assess potential effects, embedding environment and sustainability in the design and delivery of our projects.

Our team specialises in nationally significant projects across the UK and Europe, providing technical expertise in all areas of environmental assessment and consenting.

Our team is currently working with a number of key clients, supporting them with water resources management plan development and review, AMP7 Capital Delivery and Strategic Resource Options commitments.

We support agile careers and in addition to roles in the energy sector, we also have opportunities for you to work on wider our portfolio of projects including those in the energy, transportation (highways and railways), nuclear, and flood and coastal risk sectors.

Here’s what you’ll need :

  • A degree in a relevant discipline.

  • Knowledge and experience of environmental assessment in the water sector.

  • Expert understanding and experience of the applicable environmental legislation, the EIA process, assessment methodologies, and best practice approaches for EIAs and ESs.

  • Knowledge and understanding of consenting regimes, such as the Planning Act/Development Consent Orders (DCO), Transport & Works Act, and Town & Country Planning Act.

  • Experience in leading multi-disciplinary environmental teams and providing liaison and integration across project elements.

  • Excellent communication skills and an ability and experience in engaging with internal and external stakeholders, including public and statutory consultees.

  • Strong leadership, project management and governance experience, with demonstrable commitment to health, safety and security and inclusivity, the integration of project legacy into decision making, and champion of innovative thinking to improve project and legacy outcomes

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

Our Culture

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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