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Principal Sustainability Consultant (Renewable Energy)




Smart Energy & Sustainability

Employment type

Full time

Contract type



37.5 Hours

We have an exciting opportunity for a Principal Consultant who specialises within renewable energy to join our SES team. Our team have a national presence and as such we welcome applications from candidates who can commute to any of our offices across the UK.  

As an inclusive employer we are open to flexible working arrangements to suit people’s personal circumstances. We welcome applicants who are seeking part time or full-time hours and promote hybrid working within our teams! 

Your role will include: 

As a specialist within renewable energy, you will act as the technical and project lead for the delivery of grid scale/Front of the Meter (FTM) renewable energy generation and/or storage consultancy projects. This role will be predominately battery and solar power based but experience with other technologies would be beneficial. Other responsibilities include: 

  • Overseeing project delivery for your own portfolio of schemes. 
  • Managing and developing key client relationships. 
  • Commercial management of projects. 
  • Resource management for the team. 
  • Team leadership, recruitment, and development.

Our Smart Energy & Sustainability division: 

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. Find out more with our YouTube pitch here

As a team we are passionate about addressing the climate and energy challenge with positive solutions. As a business we are committed to being net-zero by 2030, we’re signed up to the Science Based Targets Initiative and we’re also active members of the UK Green Building Council and Business in the Community. 

Our work across the wider team 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

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. 

To succeed in this role, you’ll ideally have experience within: 

  • Distribution and Transmission grid connection application, negotiation, and delivery processes for FTM renewable developments (c20-500MW scale). 
  • Renewable energy and storage development including process, market, commercial structures, revenue streams, supply chains, routes to market, procurement, build out and energisation. 
  • Renewable energy revenue opportunities including grid services, ancillary markets, application process, auctions, etc. 
  • Strategic technical knowledge of feasibility and concept design, procurement and operation for renewable and energy storage technologies which may include – PV, Wind, Hydro, Anaerobic Digestion, Battery Energy Storage Systems. Long Duration Energy Storage, Hydrogen. 
  • Strategic TNO/DNO liaison, including at site finding/viability stage. 
  • Working with developers acting as key technical lead/development management lead for renewable energy projects
  • Working knowledge of planning process for various development scales (LPA, TCPA, DCO, NSIP)
  • Existing relationships for supply chain and partner engagement e.g. IDNO/ICP, equipment suppliers, specialist designers/consultants, DNO/TNO.
  • Ongoing understanding of industry changes and opportunities these may present for our team e.g., Ofgem, NGESO, REMA, 5-point plan, network reforms, revenue markets.

It would benefit your application (but is not essential) if you had experience within: 

  • Business development and sales of consultancy services across the renewables sector, ideally larger scale/FTM. 
  • Team operations including resource planning and ensuring deadlines are met across numerous consultancy projects. 
  • Management and development of junior staff members. 
  • Development and improvement of in-house delivery processes and technical expertise. 

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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