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Associate Director (Freshwater)

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18 Jan 2022

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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.

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. 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.

About the opportunity:

The Aquatic Ecology team are part of the 2400 strong Water and Environment group, supporting clients across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Working as part of large multidisciplinary teams, our team deliver environmental monitoring programmes, support planning applications, undertake consenting and advisory roles and post project appraisal of a wide range of projects. We are currently delivering a number of high profile national infrastructure developments, power, water and transport infrastructure projects, national flood defence and restoration schemes. Jacobs are a globally respected and ambitious organisation, (ranked #1 Ecology/Wildlife consulting firm in 2019, runner up CIEEM Large Consultancy of the Year 2020 and #1 Environmental Consultant to the UK public sector (Environment Analyst 2020).

The Associate Director (Freshwater) role is an opportunity to develop and shape a dedicated technical team, build upon the existing extensive project portfolio and lead the team to change. As a team leader you will have responsibility for setting the strategic direction of the team and join the management team for the wider Aquatic ecology team. You will enthusiastically lead from the front, being the first point of contact in the provision of expert advice to both clients and stakeholders. Experience in engagement with clients, customers and environmental regulators is essential. As a leader you will support the growth, development and resilience of the team, through empathic leadership and individuals personal development.

Day to day you will have the opportunity to demonstrate your technical skills, contributing to Environmental Impact Assessment, Habitat Regulations Assessment and Water Framework Directive assessments, providing expert advice and managing the UK freshwater team. The ability to develop networks across disciplines within the business will set you apart from others. Many of our projects are complex in nature and you will be required to work with other disciplines to create effective solutions. Creating an environment accessible to other specialist is essential to our project success.

As well as driving delivery of our current portfolio you will contribute to the identification, bidding and winning of work through the Water and Environment business unit Sales team. This will best leverage the capability of the team to win and deliver new and challenging work. Engagement with Jacobs wider corporate functions to promote the capabilities of your team is an exciting component to the role, lifting our profile both internally and externally.

We are looking for curious individuals that bring diverse thought and a willingness to challenge the accepted. In return we will empower you to work on complex and innovative projects, consider new ways of doing things differently and add value to creative client solutions. We actively support the professional development of staff, through our Global Career Framework, Chartership Academy Programme, Employee Networks and our Communities of Practice networks, which connect us to over 600 Jacobs ecologists globally.

We are looking to recruit into one of our UK offices, of which there are 14 between Exeter and Edinburgh). The role will require a mixture of hybrid working, although the flexibility to travel between offices and time spent within one of our core offices is expected.

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.

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As a Disability Confident employer, we will interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for a vacancy. We welcome applications from candidates who are seeking flexible working and from those who may not meet all the listed requirements for a role.

If you have any queries regarding the application process, please contact the team here .

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. Here's What You'll Need:
  • A background in freshwater ecology and 15 years of relevant industry experience
  • Experience in the production of EIA, WFD, HRA and technical reporting
  • Demonstrable experience working on large scale environmental projects
  • Chartered membership of a professional body (or experience to obtain chartership)
  • Willingness to undertake line management responsibilities and a business leadership role
  • Strategic mindset able to contribute to wide team leadership
  • Confident to take on a mentor role to junior staff
  • Flexible approach to working, with occasional travel required across the UK and Ireland
  • Inquisitiveness and willingness to learn
  • A 'hands on' work ethic and good self-awareness
  • Ability to adapt to working on a wide range of projects
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