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Jacobs Principal Consultant - Natural Capital Approaches 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.

The role:

There is an exciting opportunity to join our growing Natural Capital Team and be part of our globally leading natural capital capability. The role can be based in any of our UK offices including - London, Reading, Bristol, Cardiff, Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester, Edinburgh, and Glasgow. The natural capital discipline is rapidly evolving, and our nature-based services are in high demand from a range of clients and sectors. At Jacobs we help support our clients to understand what natural assets they influence, the benefits and value they can create alongside the impact of their decisions throughout the asset management lifecycle.

To meet these business needs and future aspirations, we are looking for an enthusiastic and committed candidate to support this expanding team who specialises in natural capital approaches. The role sits within our Environmental Services resource group of the Water and Environment business.

As a Principal Consultant you will support clients understand their relationship with the natural environment as an integral component to ensuring environmental protection, enhancement, and contribution to wider strategic objectives across the climate, biodiversity and social inequity crises.

Experience in undertaking natural capital assessments is essential as there will be the expectation that work can be completed independently to a high standard. The role would provide technical oversight and direction for project team members and would work closely with global experts across the sustainability and environmental disciplines on a wide variety of projects.

At times, there may be the need utilise your wider passion and skillset for sustainability, and we are interested to hear from candidates who have experience in environmental net gain, biodiversity net gain, social value and carbon management.

Stakeholder engagement is an important element of our natural capital work, and we are looking for a candidate who is confident in delivering workshops (virtual and face-to-face) with clients and wider stakeholders. The candidate will proactively remain up to date and influence new developments across the discipline and we will support a candidate in growing their profile internally and externally, providing mentoring opportunities to fully support development.

Here’s what you’ll need :

  • Experience of successful delivery of a similar role

  • Strong data analysis skills and attention to detail

  • Experience of working with relevant guidance i.e. Defra’s Enabling a Natural Capital Approach

  • Excellent skills and experience in report writing, presentations and workshop delivery

  • Understanding of Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

  • A good degree qualification in a relevant environmental/natural science or environmental economics

  • Excellent communication and teamwork skills

  • A focus and desire to work safely

  • Self-starter and strong initiative

Ideally you’ll also have:

  • Chartered status/working towards chartered status to an appropriate institution (IEMA, CIWEM, CIEEM etc.)

  • A Masters level qualification (or equivalent) in a relevant environmental/natural science or environmental economics

  • Understanding of environmental net gain, biodiversity net gain, social value, and carbon management

  • Experience in environmental valuation methods (monetisation)

  • Wider sustainability skillset

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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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