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Principal Sustainability and Climate Change Consultant




Smart Energy & Sustainability

Employment type

Full time

Contract type



37.5 Hours

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 asset managers, we’re proud to be shaping the approach that organisations are taking to decarbonisation and a climate resilient future.

Right now, we’re looking for an enthusiastic and experienced principal sustainability & climate change consultant to join our team. 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.

As an inclusive employer we are open to flexible working arrangements to suit personal circumstances. We welcome applicants from all backgrounds and walks of life.

So, what will you be responsible for?

  • Working with client teams to identify opportunities for sustainable design measures and energy and carbon reduction initiatives including hosting project workshops and attending meetings.
  • Coordination of technical disciplines for early and effective incorporation of climate change within EIA.
  • Highlighting the most impactful areas of influencing decision-makers to foster improvement and identifying value drivers.
  • Preparation of high-quality energy, sustainability and climate change reporting to provide advice to clients and project teams and support planning and EIA applications.
  • Effective data management including setting up and maintaining project databases and calculation sheets.
  • Participating in relevant external expert forums to advance and standardise environmental sustainability performance quantification.
  • Training and upskilling junior team members on relevant workstreams and project management activities.
  • Regional business development activities and sales generation.

To succeed in this role, you’ll need:

  • Hold a relevant degree, BEng (Hons) or BSc (Hons) or equivalent/higher.
  • Background in one, or more, of these areas: environmental planning; EIA; climate change; DCO; town planning; urban planning; urban design; urbanism; placemaking; Masterplanning; or, public realm.
  • Experienced project leader experience in a similar role.
  • Significant working knowledge of environmental impact assessments (EIA), with specific experience delivering sustainability and climate change expertise to Environmental Statements, unlocking new developments for clients.
  • W are also keen to know if you can offer any of these attributes:
  • Hold chartership / membership of relevant technical institution(s) (e.g., RITP, RIBA, EI, IEMA, IEEM etc.).
  • Experience contributing to an EIA on a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIPs) and/or Developments of National Significance (DNSs).
  • Experience in pre-application public consultations and stakeholder engagement.

Sounds good? This is Smart Energy & Sustainability:

So, what are we about?

This is the elevator pitch. We’re 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 masterplanning levels
  • Sustainability appraisal and strategy development at masterplanning levels
  • Planning application support documents including energy and circular economy statements and environmental assessments
  • Climate change studies on physical risk and adaptation
  • ESG strategy and/or Sustainability frameworks for organisation
  • Power procurement and infrastructure delivery planning
  • Whole Life Carbon assessment (WLC)
  • Renewable energy development and consultancy
  • Carbon management verification
  • Third party accreditations including BREEAM, WELL and NABERs

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, now Stantec

We are a 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, now Stantec.

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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