E&S Principal Consultant

Risk & Policy Analysts Limited (RPA) is an employee-owned, B Corp certified, independent consultancy with an established reputation and proven expertise in the fields of UK and EU sustainability, focusing on economics, the environment, social policy, and chemical management.

We provide multi-disciplinary, innovative, expert advice and strategic analysis, assisting both public and private sector decision makers in the development and implementation of sustainable policies. We offer a broad range of services and use a variety of skills to produce high quality, tailor-made outputs. The work we do places us directly at the centre of European and UK legislative processes, providing us with an opportunity to help ensure public and private sector entities achieve their sustainability goals.

Over the past 34 years, we have innovatively and proudly pushed forward the boundaries of how impact assessments and evaluations, as well as broader policy analyses, are carried out across a range of different fields. Our work has often been used as examples of best practice. Our clients come to us for innovative approaches, creative thinking, and critical analysis.

About the role:

We are seeking a principal consultant for our Environment & Society team. We have an opening for an individual to lead on delivering and growing our portfolio of work linked to marine and/or fisheries. Our mission is to help clients create a better environment and society.

You will be working with a multidisciplinary team, in a supportive and dynamic environment, working on multiple projects at the same time. You will thrive working against deadlines whilst delivering to a high quality.

As a principal consultant, you will probably have:

  • Typically, 8+ years of experience within policy consultancy, focusing on regulatory and policy development, implementation processes, monitoring and evaluation in the EU, UK or wider (e.g. international development).
  • in environmental science, marine/ocean science/biology, marine conservation, fisheries science, marine biology or similar.
  • Detailed knowledge of marine and/or fisheries including current issues and challenges and the policies, programme and strategies that are being implemented to address those issues and challenges
  • Excellent project management and organisational skills and experience in scoping, planning, monitoring, and leading relevant projects for public or private sector clients within budget and time constraints. Ability to manage subcontractors and projects with multidisciplinary teams.
  • Experience in leading and writing tenders for the public and private sector, ability to maintain excellent client relationships and generate new business leads.
  • Experience in policy analysis, development and evaluation of policy measures, data collection, validation and analysis, and stakeholder engagement.
  • Exceptional critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written. The ability to communicate clearly and effectively with a wide range of stakeholders is essential. Demonstrable experience in presenting technical subjects to a wide range of audiences and writing concisely in good English.
  • Demonstrable experience in gathering data from stakeholders, running surveys in EU survey or other platforms, interviews and site visits.
  • You will be interacting with private businesses and therefore an understanding of Confidential Business Information, and how to treat, aggregate and share confidential data are essential.

Additional skills that are desirable include:

  • Experience of applying economic or value for money assessments, ecosystem services and/or natural capital as applied to the marine environment (e.g. marine Natural Capital Ecosystem Assessment).
  • Experience in contributing toward business development and mentoring more junior colleagues, including line management.
  • One or more EU languages besides English.

Salary and benefits

RPA operates a transparent pay policy and pay is based on relevant experience. The principal consultant level starts at £50,000.

We offer up to 38 days holiday a year. After 6 months you will gain equity in the business via the Employee-Owned Trust which brings tax free profit share and a voice in the future of the company. We offer private health care to all employees from day one, 5% pension contribution, enhanced pay family policies, 20 days full sick pay, 5X salary death in service cover, paid volunteering leave and B Corp discounts.

We operate an agile working policy allowing flexible working hours and location meaning each employee can manage how often and when they are in the office.  We believe this helps our co-owners to have a good work life balance. When you want to be in the office, you will be based at either our head office in Norwich or one of our hubs (we have hubs in London, Cambridge, North West and the South West (Bristol area)).

The position is permanent and can be full time or part time. We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons. You must have the right to work in the UK.

If you want to be part of a dynamic, multi-disciplinary team with ample opportunity to help steer future direction of our UK and EU work, potentially enhancing our international development work, and contributing to positive impact on the environment and society, please send your CV, and why you are looking to join RPA to  applications@rpaltd.co.uk (REF: RPA PRINCIPALCONSULTANT ENVIRONMENT), or use the form below and upload your CV .  If you would like to discuss the role with us before applying, please contact Teresa Fenn (Director) or Pippa van Kuijk (Principal Consultant) by emailing Teresa.fenn@rpaltd.co.uk or Pippa.VanKuijk@rpaltd.co.uk

The deadline for applications is Friday 10th May 2024 earlier applications are encouraged as interviews will be ongoing. 

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