Environmental & Social Impact Assessment - Associate or Principal grade, any office England or Wales, UK
Office Location: UK
Salary: Competitive salary, comprehensive benefits inc pension, BUPA, car allowance, agile/flexible working
Discipline team: Environmental & Social Impact Assessment
SLR’s Planning and EIA team boasts a wealth of expertise across the European region (and wider global business) within diverse sectors including minerals, waste, power; and the wider Development sector and associated Local Authority work. To complement this expertise and help ensure SLR’s continued presence as consultancy-of-choice for our prestigious client base, we are looking to appoint an Associate or Principal level Planner/EIA Coordinator with an expert knowledge of the development planning process and a track record of successfully securing planning permissions to provide strategic support in the successful delivery of projects, and leadership and guidance of associated Planning and EIA teams across these sectors
The role could potentially be based in any of our English or Welsh offices but would be particularly suited to Bristol, Bradford on Avon, Cardiff, Nottingham, Shrewsbury or Worcester due to the presence of existing team members in these offices.
As a forward thinking consultancy with ambitious growth plans, and listed in The Times’ top 100 “One To watch”; SLR is a truly multinational consultancy and offers significant potential for career development and enhancement based on performance. Our “one team” culture, flat management structure and straightforward approach to project and budget management gives everyone the opportunity to progress; and to work on interesting projects with valued clients.
Our staff all enjoy Agile Working, which allows them to tailor their full time working hours around SLR’s core hours of 10am-4pm to best suit their own personal circumstances. We strive to ensure that opportunities both for new starters and for existing staff are open to all, and we have family friendly policies aimed at helping staff balance the needs of professional and family life. These include remote working facilities, as well as the potential for part time, job share and other flexible working arrangements.
Along with a competitive basic salary, the successful candidate will also receive a comprehensive benefits package including pension, 25 days annual leave (plus statutory); flexible working arrangements; car allowance; private health cover; death-in-service cover; professional membership subscription; and pension.
MAIN DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The successful candidate will lead a variety of projects from major EIA applications to smaller submissions, variation of conditions and planning policy work; and taking applications from initial inception through to consent and discharge of planning conditions. The main types of applications relate to energy, minerals, waste and general development.
We are particularly keen to hear from experienced MRTPI qualified planning professionals with experience of successfully securing planning permission through the Town & Country Planning or Planning Act development processes. A detailed knowledge of the development management process would be beneficial as would consultation with stakeholders.
The work will involve coordinating a range of in-house and external technical specialists together with taking the lead on the preparation of a range of high quality technical reports. With 30 individual Environmental, Advisory and Engineering disciplines, SLR can offer clients an unrivalled breadth of expertise from which to draw upon for project delivery.
The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work within an experienced team and be involved in a series of exciting challenges with one of the leading environmental consultancies in the UK and will have the opportunity to work with the SLR offices around the UK and Ireland. The role will involve short term travel across the UK/Europe depending on client/project sites as required.
PERSON SPEC – SUMMARY
Candidates should be able to demonstrate:
• Proven capabilities in successfully delivering applications under the Town & Country Planning/Planning Act within timescale/budget constraints.
• Proven consultancy (or similar) experience managing and leading multidisciplinary teams and leading on client management/contact and bids/tenders.
• Planning or EIA related degree and either holding professional qualification (e.g. RTPI or IEMA) or working towards membership.
• Good knowledge of the English Planning system and EIA Regulations (knowledge of Welsh system would be beneficial but not essential).
• Good report writing and computing with an understanding of EIA methodologies and experience of reviewing related reports.
• Strong organisational, communication and interpersonal skills. An ability to work as part of a team, and to manage a team of internal or external consultants.
• Holds full driving licence.
SLR Consulting is an equal opportunities employer but our expectations go beyond just complying with legislation. It is SLR's intention that active steps are undertaken to ensure that opportunities are open to all and that as a business, we continue to strive to promote diversity and inclusion and reduce the gender pay gap.
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