SLR has an excellent opportunity for an experienced ecological professional to join our European team at SLR’s Associate grade and based in our Sheffield regional office.  You will play a managerial role in undertaking and delivering a range of projects across our business sectors, particularly including Built Environment, Power and Mining and Minerals. This role presents an exciting opportunity to be responsible for the delivery of ecology inputs to a wide range of projects, including renewables and residential development and corporate biodiversity policy and strategy.

With over 60 experienced Ecology professionals undertaking a wide range of projects throughout the UK and Ireland, SLR Consulting leads the way in providing exemplar advice and services. We have a real passion for what we do and due to continued commercial success we have fantastic opportunities for experienced professionals to become part of the SLR team.

You should have an ecological specialism, whether it is habitat survey, protected species, ornithology or another skill, plus be able to demonstrate skills in a range of different areas of ecological consultancy practice, able to manage and mentor others in their chosen specialism. Ideally you will also be able to demonstrate experience of business development, client and project management, preferably gained in a commercial consultancy environment.

As a forward-thinking consultancy with ambitious growth plans, SLR is a global consultancy and offers significant potential for career development and enhancement depending on performance. Our 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.

The Role
In this key position  you will manage and oversee ecological aspects of projects, advising clients on schemes such as mixed use and residential developments, minerals/waste projects, infrastructure and energy projects.

Day to day activity will include:

  • Preparation of fee proposals and scope of works, report writing and technical review of peer and sub-contractor reports.
  • Supervision and mentoring of ecology staff.  Based on skills and experience, the role may also include staff management and leading work on particular ecological specialisms.
  • Scheduling, managing and ensuring delivery of complex ecological survey work packages on time and budget, using in-house and occasionally sub-contractor staff.
  • Liaising with other SLR technical teams on a variety of subjects including planning, landscape, hydrology, noise and air quality whilst working closely with senior members of the ecology team in other SLR offices in the UK and other regions.
  • Seeking opportunities through coordinated business development to expand ecology and other services and capabilities in the region.
  • Your role will involve working with other team members located across the UK and other regions, based on client/project sites and your expertise.

About us 
SLR are global leaders in environmental and advisory solutions helping our clients achieve their sustainability goals. We are a consultancy with over 3000+ employees across 6 regions – including over 1000 staff across Europe. SLR’s ‘one team’ culture is at the heart of our business; providing a collaborative and supportive environment for professional development. Along with competitive salaries, our people enjoy a comprehensive benefits package with a company pension plus excellent healthcare offering, travel and life insurance, critical illness cover and a structured career framework with regular reviews offering outstanding opportunities for progression. Alongside 25 day’s annual leave, SLR offer flexible, agile and hybrid working which enables staff to tailor hours worked around core hours, and our family friendly policies help balance the needs of professional and family life.

About you
With a passion for ecology, drive to deliver high quality work and for assisting the career development of other ecological professionals, you’ll use your ecological specialism, whether it is habitat survey, protected species, ornithology or another skill, also able to demonstrate knowledge in a range of different areas of ecological consultancy practice. With an ability to lead and mentor others in your chosen specialism, you’ll also have experience of business development, client and project management, preferably gained in a commercial consultancy environment.

In addition you will bring:

  • Demonstrable field survey skills, including surveying UK habitats and survey and mitigation design for protected species.
  • Demonstrable skills in project management, planning work in line with health and safety procedures, budget management and technical report preparation.
  • A track record in project winning, delivery and management.
  • Work experience within a range of sectors including residential/mixed use, infrastructure, minerals and waste, and energy.
  • Relevant degree level qualification plus appropriate level of membership of CIEEM or equivalent
  • Full driving licence valid in the UK
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at SLR
We are committed to being an equal opportunities employer, and our expectations go beyond purely complying with legislation. Through our Regional DE&I Committees, Global Council and Employee Networks, we foster an inclusive environment where all individuals regardless of their background can thrive.

We welcome applications from all individuals, regardless of their background, including those from groups that are currently underrepresented at SLR, such as: LGBTQ+ people, ethic minority groups, women, and individuals with visible or invisible disabilities, including those who are neurodivergent.

For more information on our commitment to DE&I, and the great work we are doing, please click here: https://www.slrconsulting.com/about/making-sustainability-happen/ and scroll to the bottom of the page.

To apply
If you are interested in this opportunity, we’d love to hear from you, so click apply or you can submit your application at: www.slrconsulting.com/careers.

Should you require any special adjustments throughout the recruitment process with us, please let us know. As a Disability Confident Committed employer, we seek to ensure all applicants have equitable support when applying to SLR.