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Environmental Planner - Associate Director

Environmental Consulting
LON0002UH Requisition #

Arup is an independent firm of designers, planners, engineers, consultants and technical specialists offering a broad range of professional services. Through our work, we make a positive difference in the world.  Arup offers a multidisciplinary service aimed at developing policy, assessing impact, creative design and implementation, gaining regulatory approvals, reporting publicly, managing risk and controlling costs.

Arup’s impact assessment team form part of the Environmental Consulting business, which comprises teams covering a range of environmental specialisms. The team coordinates, manages and produces impact assessments, working with a variety of technical disciplines on a wide range of development types. The team have expertise in environmental impact assessment (EIA), strategic environmental assessment (SEA), health and equalities impact assessment, integrated impact assessment, environmental and social due diligence, preliminary environmental appraisals, feasibility studies and contribution to guidance documents.

We have a track record of delivering impact assessments for a range of development types, including high profile, major infrastructure projects and are currently undertaking impact assessments for some of the most significant infrastructure projects in the UK.

We are seeking an energetic, enthusiastic and experienced lead impact assessor to work within our impact assessment team, winning, leading and delivering projects and being instrumental in growing our impact assessment business.


The position is for a full time Lead Impact Assessor to join our Environmental Consulting business in London.

You will lead and deliver impact assessments for projects at all stages (optioneering, screening scoping and assessment and post-consent support), including major national infrastructure, transport and urban development projects through different consent regimes including the Transport and Works Act.

Additional skills and experience in assessment of policies, strategies and plans are desirable.

Clients include private developers, public sector authorities and other organisations. 

You will be working in a multi-disciplinary environment alongside other environmental, planning, engineering and urban design specialists, and will work closely with technical disciplines (both internal and external to Arup) to deliver high quality environmental consultancy services and which support our goal of placing sustainable development at the heart of what we do.

Your remit will be to lead assessments and to oversee and develop our impact assessor co-ordinators. You will be the primary client interface on projects as well as with designers to promote optimised designs. A key aspect of this role will be to develop client relationships, win work and increase and expand our portfolio of assessment projects and to track, manage and improve our business success.

We are pursuing a transition to digital-EIA and a keen interest and ability to support this is desirable.

Specifically, you will be responsible for:

  • Contributing towards Arup’s global agenda of embedding sustainable development into all that we do as a business.
  • Through an approach of total environmental design, promote early environmental input such as site selection, optioneering and preparation of environmental design standards through to incorporation of construction and design measures within projects to prevent and reduce adverse effects and promote enhancement measures where possible.
  • As Project Lead, be responsible for all stages and aspects of EIA with compliant, robust and proportionate outputs documented in the ES as well as providing strategic direction and overseeing delivery.
  • Be a first point of contact for clients; seek their feedback to improve our services and disseminate relevant feedback to others in Environment.
  • Engaging and negotiating with stakeholders as part of the impact assessment process.
  • Oversee effective (on time, profitable, QA compliant) leadership of projects.
  • Identify ways to improve efficiencies, quality and speed of undertaking assessments, including application of digital techniques.
  • Develop and improve the commercial success of the business through repeat work, winning new work, networking and recruiting.
  • Interface with multi-disciplinary project teams within and outside of Arup.
  • Undertake project reviews and disseminate key points of learning to others in Environment.
  • Cultivate business opportunities, network within and beyond Arup, review and respond to selected bids and support the growth of the impact assessment business including preparation of marketing material and activities to raise the profile of our work.
  • Line manage mid-grade impact assessors in the team and oversee their development including regular, informed feedback.
  • Provide support to the impact assessment team leader in the management and leadership of the team.
  • Be willing to support non-EIA projects e.g. Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA), Health Impact Assessments, Equalities Impact Assessments and Integrated Impact Assessment (IIA) etc.
  • Take an active interest in the work of other environmental teams and allied business areas, to understand service offering and promote cross-selling.

Skills and knowledge

You will be a motivated, enthusiastic and competent individual with considerable impact assessment experience across a range of projects and consenting regimes.

You will require the following knowledge, skills and attributes:

  • Strong proven consultancy skills and ability to focus on and where possible exceed client expectations.
  • Experience of working across sectors, clients and different consenting regimes e.g. TCPA, TWAO, DCOs etc.
  • Up to date understanding of environmental legislation and anticipated changes, and experience of application of relevant legislation, policy and guidance in respect to impact assessment for a range of project types.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and to work on multiple projects / business initiatives at any one time.
  • Extensive experience of setting up and leading impact assessment projects including technical specialists and multi-disciplinary teams and sourcing sub-consultants where necessary.
  • Demonstrable experience of line managing and development staff.
  • Strong analytical skills with a solutions focused mindset to resolve issues.
  • Must be a strong communicator in all regards – listening, presenting, writing etc.
  • Experience of working within a commercial environment, including client liaison, programme and time management, quality assurance and financial/budget control.
  • Critical thinker, able to spot opportunities that can achieve commercial benefits and contribute towards sustainable development.
  • Ability to work under own initiative making good use of more junior resources to work efficiently.


  • Education to degree level.
  • Full member of an appropriate institute e.g. Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment (IEMA) or equivalent.


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Different people, shared values.

At Arup, we believe when talented people collaborate, great things are possible. Arup hires people with proven skills and open minds. We are taking deliberate action to create an inclusive culture that is grounded in our purpose to shape a better world.

At Arup, we welcome candidates from all backgrounds, regardless of age, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background, and any other protected characteristic. Our internal employee networks - BAME, Culture, Disability, LGBTQ+ and Women - provide a space for you to express your views and to make a positive difference - discover more about life at Arup here.

At Arup, we are committed to making all stages of our recruitment process accessible to candidates with disabilities. Please speak to our recruitment team and we will work with you to make reasonable adjustments to ensure you can perform at your best throughout your application.

At Arup, we appreciate that everyone’s circumstances are different and having the freedom to flex the way we work is essential to our wellbeing. If flexibility matters to you let us know when you apply, and we will discuss how this could work in your role.


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