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Principal/Senior Sustainability Consultant - BREEAM Lead




Smart Energy & Sustainability

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Full time

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This is an outstanding opportunity to join our highly influential Smart Energy and Sustainability team. From local authorities to universities, and from masterplan developers to hotel chains, we’re proud to be shaping the approach that organisations are taking to decarbonisation and a net-zero future.

Right now, we’re looking for an enthusiastic and experienced Senior or Principal Sustainability Consultant to lead and grow our BREEAM services and team locally, based in our city centre office in Manchester.

You’ll be part of our collaborative and growing team across the UK and will help with the development and delivery of a pipeline of exciting and complex projects. 

We have a true enthusiasm for what we do. If you do too, we’d love to hear from you.

So, what will you be responsible for?

This is an opportunity for you to develop our growing Smart Energy and Sustainability offering locally, as part of wider team across the UK. You will be naturally proactive and help support the development of the local service offering in response to evolving national and local legislative drivers. 

Your key responsibilities will be to provide support in the following areas (list not exhaustive): 

  • Leading the delivery of BREEAM projects, with support from a senior member of the team.
  • Part L, Energy Strategies and LCA assessment
  • Managing your own workload to meet project deadlines.
  • Reviewing project details and develop targets for sustainability.
  • Reviewing documentation provided by project teams, assess this against the project’s targets and provide feedback or follow-up.
  • Set up and maintain projects via the project evidence tracker. 
  • Communicating sustainability requirements to internal and external team members.
  • Producing reports providing advice and guidance to clients and project teams.
  • Attending site visits to review progress against sustainability targets.
  • Reviewing the performance of designated projects on a monthly basis and update the team’s project tracker with progress information.
  • Assisting in preparing bids and proposals for new work.
  • Engaging with skills networks to exchange best practices and processes.
  • Attending and contributing to team meetings.
  • Completing relevant training to become certified as a BREEAM assessor / AP.

To succeed in this role, you’ll need:

  • Ambitious, self-motivated and enthusiastic.
  • Excellent communication, presentation and writing skills.
  • Thorough understanding of the construction industry and built environment. 
  • Ability to manage projects. 
  • Client relationship management skills. 
  • Proven track record of project delivery.
  • Part L modelling experience (TAS preferable) and LCA experience (Oneclick preferable).
  • Experience developing and managing others (Principal/Associate grades only).
  • Emerging business development and sales skills.
  • Strong business development experience (Associate grade only).

We are also keen to know if you can offer any of these attributes:

  • Working knowledge of building performance modelling techniques and experience with software such as IES Virtual Environment, Spacemaker AI etc.
  • Knowledge of or technical ability in energy/renewables/built environment / environmental science-related disciplines
  • An ability to apply analytical skills across a range of scales, i.e. buildings, campuses, cities
  • Experience in presenting analytical information in a clear and concise manner
  • Knowledge of planning, environmental impact assessments or wider sustainability policy and legislation
  • Understanding of structural engineering, architectural design and materials specification and supply chains
  • Experience in producing Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) 
  • Qualifications within PAS 2050/2060/2080 standards
  • Experience in using CIBSE TM65 embodied carbon calculation methodology
  • Capability to lead a team and develop new products in an ever-expanding market
  • Graphic design capabilities including the ability to use software packages such as Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, and BlueBeam.
  • Ability to develop digital toolkits for use internally and by clients

We are also keen to know if you can offer any of these attributes:

  • Hold a relevant degree, BEng (Hons) or BSc (Hons) or equivalent/higher.
  • Qualified BREEAM Assessor
  • Background in building physics/environmental design, environmental science or sustainability related disciplines.
  • Working knowledge of building performance modelling techniques.
  • Knowledge of planning, environmental impact assessments or wider sustainability legislation.
  • Knowledge of or technical ability in building services related disciplines.

Sounds good? This is Smart Energy & Sustainability

So, what are we about? 

This is the elevator pitch. We are helping clients to unlock cheaper, cleaner and more reliable energy and maximise the potential economic and environmental value of their projects, whilst delivering on wider environmental and sustainability principles. Alternatively, here’s the YouTube pitch.  

Our work includes:

  • Net-zero carbon studies at project and master planning levels
  • Planning application support documents including energy strategy and environmental assessments
  • Climate change studies
  • ESG strategy
  • Life-Cycle Carbon and Cost Analyses (LCCA)
  • Renewable energy development and consultancy
  • Carbon management verification

We’re passionate about our subject matter and shaping the UK’s response to the climate emergency – here’s our Divisional Director, Josh Bullard talking about the subject matter in the summer of 2020.  

Our team is a unique blend of engineers and consultants and this means we can deliver a wide range of project inputs for our clients from the earliest inception stages and onwards. 

Most importantly, you’ll find us a lively, good-spirited team, excited about what we’re doing and enjoying each other’s company, and we’ll be sure to give you a warm welcome too.

What's great about Hydrock 

We are a British-owned integrated multi-disciplinary engineering consultancy of over 900 staff in 21 offices across the UK. Our driving motivation is to be a ‘Force for Good’, as it is our aim to improve the quality of people’s lives from our employees to our clients, through to the communities we work in and our planet as a whole through the work we do.  

From the buildings that surround you, the roads and bridges you cross, all related to the infrastructure that we create, we aim to offer the most sustainable possibilities to shape the places, communities and society that we live in through meeting our client’s needs. Through the path we are on to delivering a green future, the result is something that everyone can be proud of. 

Named as Building’s Engineering Consultant of the Year in 2023, we’re known for delivering outstanding sustainable projects for our communities, planet, and society.

Some of these projects have recently received industry accolades, including Cleveland Pools winning the Conservation and Regeneration category at the Construction Excellence South West Awards 2023; Bay Technology Centre named Commercial Project of the Year at the British Construction Industry Awards 2022; YGG Tan-y-Lan picked out in the Integration and Collaborative Working category at Construction Excellence Wales Awards 2022; The Deaf Academy singled out for its Universal Design at the Civic Trust Awards 2022; and Bristol’s iconic waterfront Wapping Wharf Living sweeping up at the Bristol Property Awards.

Take a look at our 2023 end of year film and get a feel for what we’re all about. 

What we can offer you: 

  • Inspiring and supportive colleagues 
  • Reward for progression and hard work 
  • An opportunity to develop your soft skills, as well your technical skills
  • Competitive starting salary 
  • Excellent health benefits 25 days of holiday (buy/sell up to five days), accrue 1 day extra every 2 years, with bonus holidays too!
  • An earlier finish on Friday (4pm!) 
  • An opportunity to give back: “Day off for good cause” (on a workday) 
  • A huge range of flexible benefits, including climate perks and an EV car leasing scheme 

A place to feel included

We champion diversity, equity and inclusion. As an Equal Opportunities Employer, we commit to supporting our employees and ensure we create a safe environment that nurtures you to perform at your best. Offering our people flexibility is an important factor in achieving this aim.  

We consider all application individually with the required qualifications and knowledge without regard to any of the protected characteristics. We would like to provide everyone with a fair selection, assessment and employment experience so we ask with are made aware of any physical or neurodiverse condition within your application for which appropriate reasonable adjustments can be made by us. 

Looking for the next steps? 

Once you have completed your application through our careers site, we aim to review and respond to you as soon as your application’s been reviewed.

If shortlisted, a member of our Talent Acquisition Team will call you for an initial pre-screen by phone (typically 30 minutes) to help us assess your motivations and interest in the position and Hydrock.

If you progress following this telephone pre-screen, you will be invited to attend a formal interview by video conference (Microsoft Teams) or in our offices. 

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