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Technical Director: Environment Impact Assessment


Company Description

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Job Description

Start here. Grow here.

Are you passionate about improving the environmental performance of infrastructure development projects?

If so, we’d love to hear from you at AECOM.

We are recruiting an experienced Technical Director Environment to join our Environment & Sustainability business that has over 650 staff working across the UK and Ireland. As we are a national team, we are flexible in terms of office location – this includes offices in Basingstoke, Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Chesterfield, Croydon, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, Leeds, London Aldgate, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, Plymouth, St Albans, Warrington. However, do get in touch if this does not work for you because, for the right candidate, we’ll explore other options. We would welcome interest from candidates looking for either a part-time or full-time position.

As a Technical Director you’ll lead environmental inputs to large-scale development projects that are transforming our infrastructure, such as:

Energy generation projects, including those that include carbon capture and storage, hydrogen and renewables (including solar and offshore)

Energy distribution and transmission projects (including international connectors)

Strategic national and regional rail projects

Highway improvements and greenway projects

Regeneration projects, including portside developments

Developments within the ecommerce, minerals and waste, water, defence, aviation, commercial/ residential and industrial sectors

As a Technical Director you’ll lead environmental inputs across all project life stages, from early strategy development and site identification studies, through feasibility, optioneering/ option selection, outline design, to detailed design, discharging of conditions, construction, and scheme operation/ maintenance. You will have the opportunity to work across a portfolio of development projects covering multiple consenting regimes (DCO, TCPA, TWA, hybrid Bill etc.). You will also play an instrumental role in helping to seek out and secure new commissions, and be actively engaged in client relationship management.

You will work daily with technical experts within our established Environmental Impact team. We are a founding member of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) EIA Quality Mark, whilst everything we do aligns with our environmental, social and governance (ESG) strategy.

Your role will include:

Lead: multidisciplinary environmental inputs across a wide range of projects, supporting projects to gain development consent

Provide Expertise: Lead the preparation of EIA screening and scoping reports, environmental assessments/ Environmental Statements (and in the future Environmental Outcomes Reports) and supporting documents, including the technical review of specialist chapters

Collaborate: Work as part of integrated design teams to identify environmental constraints, avoid impacts and develop solutions in accordance with the mitigation hierarchy, as well as delivering benefits where possible

Ensure Quality: Working in partnership with internal supply teams and members of the wider business

Oversee: Direct resources, delegating activities, monitoring and managing project budgets (with support as applicable). Lead business opportunities and associated fee and technical proposal development

Champion: AECOM’s environmental services to both internal and external audiences


Ready to push the limits of what’s possible?

Here’s what we’re looking for:

To apply for this will role, you’ll need to be able to demonstrate experience of directing and managing multidisciplinary environmental inputs to infrastructure development projects. You should also have:

  • Experience of leading consultancy services and a strong understanding of the EIA processes, environmental assessment methods
  • A detailed understanding of relevant consenting and licensing regimes
  • Confidence when engaging with a wide variety of stakeholder groups and clients
  • The ability to work collaboratively as part of an established team, leading inputs from specialist technical teams
  • Excellent verbal and report writing skills, including technical reviewing
  • Project director skills, including programming, staff resource management and budget management
  • A degree in a relevant environmental discipline (preferably a Masters degree) and an appropriate professional membership

The following would be a bonus:

  • Chartered Environmentalist status
  • Interest in line management duties and staff mentoring
  • Experience of the DCO and/ or TWAO consenting regimes

Additional Information

We celebrate diversity, including neurodiversity, and believe it enriches our team. We welcome applications from all backgrounds and abilities. If you are an applicant with a disability that requires reasonable accommodation to complete the application process, please contact us at [email protected].

At AECOM, we value everyone's unique contributions and perspectives.

If you meet some of the requirements above or have transferable skills you believe would benefit us, we would be delighted to hear from you!


AECOM is the world’s trusted infrastructure consulting firm, delivering professional services throughout the project lifecycle – from advisory, planning, design and engineering to program and construction management. On projects spanning transportation, buildings, water, new energy and the environment, our public- and private-sector clients trust us to solve their most complex challenges. Our teams are driven by a common purpose to deliver a better world through our unrivaled technical and digital expertise, a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion, and a commitment to environmental, social and governance priorities. AECOM is a Fortune 500 firm and its Professional Services business had revenue of $14.4 billion in fiscal year 2023. See how we are delivering sustainable legacies for generations to come at and @AECOM.

Freedom to Grow in a World of Opportunity

You will have the flexibility you need to do your best work with hybrid work options. Whether you’re working from an AECOM office, remote location or at a client site, you will be working in a dynamic environment where your integrity, entrepreneurial spirit and pioneering mindset are championed.

You will help us foster a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion – a safe and respectful workplace, where we invite everyone to bring their whole selves to work using their unique talents, backgrounds and expertise to create transformational outcomes for our clients.

AECOM provides a wide array of compensation and benefits programs to meet the diverse needs of our employees and their families. We also provide a robust global well-being program. We’re the world’s trusted global infrastructure firm, and we’re in this together – your growth and success are ours too.

Join us, and you’ll get all the benefits of being a part of a global, publicly traded firm – access to industry-leading technology and thinking and transformational work with big impact and work flexibility. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person’s potential, and we’ll help you reach yours.

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.