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Thomson Environmental Consultants

Job title Climate Change and Sustainability Specialist
Location Guildford
Date posted 26-Jan-21
Apply by 27-Feb-21

Company Description

Thomson Environmental Consultants are experts in environmental compliance. Our specialist teams have been advising our clients across various sectors, on how to achieve their objectives and meet required environmental compliance since 2004. We cover a breadth of specialisms and are always pragmatic with our advice. With offices in Birmingham, Cardiff, Guildford, Leeds and Manchester, our teams provide: ecological advice; undertake surveys and assessments; habitat design and creation; ecological contracting; invasive species management; freshwater and marine consultancy; arboriculture consultancy and contracting; data management and mapping; and marine laboratory services (invertebrates, fish and sediment analyses).

You can find out more about the type, size and scope of the projects we work on here:

You’ll be joining a company which is ambitious, progressive, rapidly growing and offers certainty in times of change. One where you play a key part in shaping the future and where you will be directly rewarded for your contributions to its growth, as we are proudly employee owned. We are constantly innovating and being opportunistic to market changes. This is demonstrated through many recent in-house development projects and the addition of climate change and biodiversity net gain to our commercial offering to our clients. It really is an exciting time to join #teamthomson!

Our workplace is happy and friendly - we are commercial but not corporate, guided by our values of Respect, Integrity, Support and Excellence. As an Employee Owned Trust (EOT) our collective efforts generate results that translate into greater rewards for everyone. You’ll enjoy all the benefits we have to offer, including EOT approved bonuses (after a qualifying period), the opportunity to contribute to and lead on high-profile, once in a life-time projects, 25 days annual leave, discounted gym membership, free parking (location dependent) and regular social events, with the odd cake thrown in for good measure!


Are you a commercially minded and innovative Climate Change/Sustainability Specialist, looking for your next exciting opportunity? Do you want to work for a growing and ambitious employee-owned company, and play a key role in our drive to be a positive disruptor in the climate/net zero space?

Are you up for the challenge? If so, we would love to hear from you.

The role

We are looking for someone with vision, technical expertise, a passion for climate change/sustainability and some entrepreneurial flair. Your primary responsibility will be to research and develop Thomson’s unique commercial offering to the market on climate change and sustainability. This will include researching opportunities and developing strategic propositions to enable clients to achieve climate resilience at project and corporate level, and positively contribute to achieving the UK’s 2050 net zero target.

Growth-minded, you will build and lead a team of technical specialists to develop and deliver a targeted suite of climate change and sustainability services including development of predictive/assessment models, data visualisation and corporate training. You will also work with our EIA team to incorporate proportionate assessment of climate change/sustainability into our EIA offering as well as integrating with the wider business. You will proactively seek out opportunities to build relationships with niche consultancies and academic/research institutions to develop an outcome focused, commercial service for clients, across multiple sectors. This is an interesting, high profile role, with autonomy and the opportunity to develop your own practice as well as grow your own team.

Ideal candidates are likely to be currently working at Principal/Associate Director level, with the commercial acumen and entrepreneurial vision to take charge of growth within this new sphere of the business. You will be an engaging communicator, confident when liaising with clients and key stakeholders, as well as design teams and planning authorities. You will be a skilled project manager, delivering projects on time and to budget, to support the business to achieve its ambitious growth plans. You will have detailed knowledge of climate/net zero methodology and best practice, as well as broader sustainability matters.


Successful candidates must

  • hold a degree or postgraduate degree in environmental science or other relevant discipline have previous experience of UK climate change/sustainability at Principal or Associate Director level
  • be able to evidence a successful track record of project management with strong commercial outcomes, delivering projects on time and to budget
  • have experience of driving commercial outcomes through innovative approaches
  • have a demonstrable track record of identifying and winning work
  • have excellent verbal and written communication skills, with experience of liaising with clients, planning authorities and key stakeholders, as well as writing technical reports and reviewing those produced by others
  • be a strong team player, with the ability to integrate quickly and engage other technical specialists within the business
  • have the desire to develop and grow a high-performing team
  • have a full UK driving licence, use of a car and be willing to travel using public transport, where appropriate.

Other information

This full-time, permanent position will ideally be based in our Head Office on the picturesque Surrey Research Park in Guildford. There will also be opportunity for some remote working.

Please apply as soon as possible using our bespoke application form:

What can you expect from us? Read some of our employee testimonials:

"Thomson has provided me with the opportunity to manage a diverse portfolio of projects from a variety of sectors. The company fosters a positive atmosphere where everyone feels valued. The support team are fantastic and work tirelessly to make life easier for everyone else. Thomson thrives on innovation and actively engages with research institutes to improve the effectiveness of its survey methods. People are recognised for their achievements and there are plenty of opportunities for career progression. I recommend Thomson for anyone considering a career in ecology." - William T

"Thomson offers its staff a great culture in which to thrive in. With an open-door policy, supportive team environment and flexible working, it creates a happy and productive work place. Our CEO is always keen to explore new ventures, making Thomson an exciting place to work and let’s not forget our amazing staff parties organised by our very own social team!" - Finance Team

"I’ve found the culture of the company refreshing – there’s a fast-pace approach to decision making which means that ideas are not just discussed but implemented!" - Tessa H

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