Director Ecology

Bristol or Cardiff
Attractive Base Salary + Package Benefits (Flex)
21 Jan 2022
04 Feb 2022
Contract Type

The Company  

Our client is an award winning environmental planning and assessment, landscape design, historic environment and ecology consultancy, working primarily across the UK but also internationally. The business has high client satisfaction and has won numerous industry and employer awards. With a team of more than 200 skilled professionals, the company brings great depth of knowledge and experience to work across the private and public sectors. The consultancy works with a wide mix of clients such as; renewable energy developers, Royal Parks & Palaces, commercial developers, utility companies, voluntary organisations, Government agencies and Local Authorities.

The Requirement – Director Ecology

Following several years of sustained growth, the company is seeking to further develop its team through the appointment of a Director or Associate Director Ecology based in Bristol and/or Cardiff. The role will report to the Board Director for Ecology and activities will include:

  • Leading and developing the Ecology teams in Bristol and Cardiff, with potential to take a wider leadership role across Ecology in England and Wales.
  • Identifying new work opportunities and leading business development initiatives in line with the company’s Strategy.
  • Managing tenders and pricing exercises.
  • Managing projects in line with the company’s established procedures and protocols. Projects will range across a variety of scales, ecological discipline and client.
  • Delivering projects, including both field and office elements.
  • Managing and mentoring less experienced colleagues and contributing to team-wide training and development initiatives.
  • Representing the company externally in professional networks and the wider market.

The role includes the opportunity to share and participate actively in the management and ownership of the business through the Employee Ownership Trust, which places full ownership of the company with the employees.

Purpose of the Role

The role will allow the company to grow to their capacity and reach in the South West of England and in Wales, as well as participating in the leadership of the wider Ecology function within the business. The successful candidate will be responsible for developing new work opportunities, delivering projects to a high standard, and developing the skills of their colleagues. 

Person Specification

The successful candidate will complement an existing enthusiastic and dedicated ecology team. The person will share commitment to high quality science and be motivated to help grow and develop the business, as an equal partner. 

Experience Needed

  • An experienced Ecologist – Demonstrable knowledge of a wide range of ecological issues, survey methods and assessment types (including a working knowledge of Biodiversity Net Gain and Ecological Impact Assessment).
  • Experience of managing a complex portfolio of ecological consultancy projects.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the development management process as it relates to biodiversity.
  • Understanding of the upland environment as it relates to renewable energy projects.
  • Appropriate professional qualification (e.g. CIEEM) at a relevant level.
  • Experience of stakeholder engagement and negotiation.
  • Experience of line management and team development.
  • Demonstrable work-winning and business development skills – ideally within the renewable energy marketplace with developer clients.

Please email your CV to us if this opportunity is suitable.