Jacobs Senior / Technical Director- Air Quality in Manchester, United Kingdom

Senior / Technical Director- Air Quality


JACOBS is one of the world’s largest and most diverse providers of technical and management services. We offer a full-spectrum of consultancy support to commercial, government and industrial clients across many sectors. It is a leading service provider in planning and environmental consultancy and advice, supporting projects at all stages from initial conception through to construction and maintenance, across the UK and internationally.

At Jacobs we provide the resources to turn great ideas into reality, and we’re looking for the most talented and passionate individuals out there to be our next generation of leaders.

Our Environment, Maritime & Resilience business provides a focus for advising our clients on sustainability issues including renewable energy, low carbon economies, impacts of climate change and waste and resource management. Our environmental capabilities comprise of in excess of 1000 staff based predominantly in the UK, but with reach into the Middle East and in India.

To meet our growing UK business needs and future development aspirations we are looking for a Senior/Technical Director- Air Quality (depending on experience).The position will ideally be based in either Manchester, London, Leeds, Winnersh or Birmingham however alternative office locations will be considered for suitably qualified candidates.

Applications are welcomed from candidates who are seeking reduced hours contract s and those returning from a career break. We offer flexible working patterns and will discuss these options and the support available with candidates at interview.

The successful person will become part of a respected and ambitious company with excellent career prospects and international opportunities. Responsibilities will include;

  • Provide Air Quality consultancy services for a range of environmental projects for key public and private sector clients.

  • Provide robust technical advice to clients on compliance with environmental regulations and issues related to Environmental Impact Assessment and Permitting.

  • Work closely with clients’ technical specialists to incorporate detailed aspects of scheme design within environmental assessments.

  • Maintain our high quality of environmental deliverables whilst working within project budgets and timescales.

  • Support, develop and maintain client relationship.

  • Actively support business development activities.

  • Work closely with our India team and UK team to develop capability.

  • Mentor less experienced members of the team, including in UK and India.



  • A good degree qualification in a relevant environmental/natural science or engineering discipline.

  • Relevant UK experience in Air Quality road/highway assessment work. This will include Air Quality Assessments for highways schemes or other substantial road transport schemes.

  • A track record of successful delivery of Air Quality projects to key public and private sector clients.

  • Proven ability to work within large multidisciplinary teams.

  • Proven ability to conduct technical work within budgetary and time constraints.

  • Ability to develop and follow safety procedures / method statements produced by both Jacobs and client organisations.

  • An excellent understanding on relevant UK technical guidance including the DMRB, LAQM Technical Guidance and relevant documents from the IAQM and EPUK.

  • Proven ability to use Air Quality models (such as ADMS, ADMS-Roads, ADMS Urban, Aermod, AirViro, CALROADS, CMAQ and CALPUFF).

  • Highly proficient in the use of standard office software (Word / Excel / Powerpoint).

  • Experience working to ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 standards.


  • Candidates should have, or be working towards, chartered membership of a recognised professional institution.

  • Detailed understanding of wider infrastructure and technical professional services business.

  • Experience working across multiple business sectors.

  • Ability to interpret environmental regulations and guidance.

  • Experience of working on major road schemes.

  • A track record in successful business development and /or the management of air quality teams.

  • The candidate should be willing to work out of other Jacobs offices and at client sites in the UK as required

  • A full UK driving license would be preferred.

  • Able to develop Excel based spreadsheet solutions to efficiently manipulate large and complex datasets.

  • Experience working with GIS packages and statistical software (such as the Openair package in R).

  • An understanding of the output from traffic models and methods for manipulation

  • Emergency First Aid Qualification.

At Jacobs, we help prepare people for new opportunities and challenges. With positions at every level, openings in multiple disciplines, expertise in a range of markets and offices around the globe, we create an environment where you can learn, grow, and thrive. From our competitive benefits program to our Health and Safety initiative of Beyond Zero workplace injuries, we believe that you’ll find a flourishing career here at Jacobs.

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.

JACOBS is an Equal Opportunities Employer and is committed to the safety and wellbeing of all.


Primary Location United Kingdom-United Kingdom Countrywide-Manchester

Req ID: BIA0000M4