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Environmental Consulting
SOL0000FK Requisition #

Arup is a multi–disciplinary global firm of designers, planners, engineers, consultants, and technical specialists, working across every aspect of the built environment. Together, we help our clients solve their most complex challenges – turning exciting ideas into tangible reality as we strive to find a better way and shape a better world. As a wholly independent organisation, we are owned in trust for the benefit of our employees. This allows us to determine our own direction and to make clear-sighted, thoughtful, long-term decisions about our priorities as a business and as a member of a sustainable society.


Job Overview

Ending poverty through economic growth while addressing inequality, tackling climate change and preserving the world’s natural capital lies at the heart of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.  But addressing the $3 trillion per annum financing gap to achieve the SDGs and Paris Agreement objectives in developing countries is a key challenge being progressed by the global financial system.  It requires experts from all disciplines and backgrounds to come together and collaborate. 

Arup has made sustainability, including supporting our clients to identify, design, finance and deliver bankable SDG investment projects, its most important priority, through the launch of our Better Way Strategy.  We are already recognised as leading, award-winning consultants in supporting finance-sector clients identify and address environmental, social and governance (ESG) impacts, risks and opportunities of their investments on some of the most important advisory and engineering projects in Africa, Eastern Europe, Central and Western Asia today.  This includes several complex Lenders Environmental and Social Advisory roles, advice and support on sustainable outcome-led design to attract sustainable finance, ESG advice to investors and asset owners, and design and delivery of Green City Action Plans.  Our clients include the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the International Finance Corporation, various commercial banks, Export Credit Agencies, and Development Financial Institutions, other investors along with their clients

Over the next three years we will substantially grow our Lenders’ Advisory, sustainable finance and Green Economy Transition business and so are looking to recruit across a range of skills and grades.  

We are an employee-owned organisation which allows our members a unique opportunity to have a real say in our companies’ future, shape the exciting opportunities it can deliver and pursue work that aligns with their values and those of the firm.

If you want an opportunity to shape the delivery of sustainable finance and green economic transition in international projects and build a career at a firm that shares your passion for a sustainable future, we look forward to hearing from you.

The Opportunity (Is This Role Right For You?)

We currently have an exciting opportunity for an Associate Director to help lead our established and growing Lenders Environmental and Social Advisory practice based in Birmingham, UK. 

You will provide commercial leadership and technical direction for our international Lenders E&S Advisory and green economic transition commissions, with accountability to successfully deliver and grow this business.  You will inspire and grow a diverse, motivated and experienced collaborative team and support the wider growth of our ESG and Sustainable Investment Advisory services. 

We are ideally seeking someone who can call our office in Solihull/Birmingham their home base, but we would consider applicants willing to be based from any Arup office in UK, Europe or Africa.

This position offers scope for personal and professional development.  We encourage independent thinking, focusing on developing existing skills and experience, and the sharing of these experiences with other team members. We expect a passion of continual professional development of self and others. 

The role

As an Associate Director, you will drive, challenge, grow and assure the successful delivery complex Lenders E&S Advisory and Sustainable Finance commissions in emerging markets, using best practice ESG impact and risk management, sustainability and advisory skills.  Your typical activities will include:

Being the accountable project director on complex or high-risk internationally financed/invested projects and programmes that do no harm, contribute to the UNSDGs, and respond to a transition towards a sustainable and green economy.

Provide technical leadership, direction and advice to actual and prospective clients, as well as to Arup personnel and own team members on ESG best practice

Responsible for developing client relationships, generating new work and delivering against business plans.

Building and maintaining mutually beneficial relationships internally and externally, including outside your own discipline, to deliver business success

Leading staff recruitment and development.

Contributing to networks and teams outside your line of command.

Ensuring your team delivers commissions to a high standard of quality and client satisfaction.

Identifying and mitigating reputational and commercial risks to Arup.

Leading the development of new service offerings.


Key qualities we are looking for in candidates include:

Technical and Commercial Skills and Experience

You will be able to demonstrate your understanding, skill, and experience in the following areas:

A passion for influencing the sustainable design and delivery of infrastructure in developing economies with at least eighteen years of transferable or actual experience in addressing environmental and social risks and opportunities in internationally financed projects.

Leading complex Lenders E&S Advisory commissions for Multi-lateral or Development Finance Institution-financed projects, including demonstrable technical and successful commercial management.

Defining and advising on environmental, social health and safety impact and risk mitigation and management best practice across the project cycle in line with Lenders’ environmental and social impact and risk management frameworks (e.g. those of the IFC, EBRD, ADB, World Bank etc)

Defining and negotiating environmental, social and/or sustainability terms in loan agreements or financing documents.

Applying systems thinking to sustainability challenges in an infrastructure, manufacturing, natural resources and/or city planning context.

Building client relationships and generating new work.

Delivering results against a business plan.

Making effective tactical decisions to achieve strategic objectives. Demonstrating how your contributions made a difference.

Ability to get things done through others; leading project teams of 10 or more and being responsible for achieving plans and targets set by you for the team.

Leading staff recruitment and development. Contributing to networks and teams outside your line of command.

Communicating clearly and impactfully to a diverse range of stakeholders in multiple geographies from CEOs, government ministers and bankers, to contractors and project-affected people.

Drawing on ideas from diverse experiences, and project managing the development or delivery of new client services.

You will also be able to demonstrate one or more of the following:

Advising on circular economy, net zero carbon, biodiversity net gain and/or social value.

Leading the delivery or development of sustainability and/or ESG advisory services for financial sector clients

Responsible for delivering projects incorporating sustainable development outcomes.

Ability to work in a language in addition to English (e.g. French / Spanish / Mandarin / Arabic / Turkic family of languages / Swahili etc)

People Skills

You will be able to demonstrate to following people skills:

Shares and demonstrates the Arup corporate values.

Collaborative working, behaving more altruistically than egoistically.

Not asking permission to lead while seeking buy-in and respecting the needs for proper governance.

Confident communicator both written and verbal.

A proven ability to influence peers, managers, and clients.

Self-awareness understanding your own development areas and biases.

Entrepreneurial thinking, ability to innovate and to lead and inspire others to do the same.

Aware of own impact on others and shows behaviours that support equality, diversity, and inclusion.

Technical Skills and Qualifications

Minimum of a good first degree in a relevant subject.

Chartered professional in relevant profession.



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Rewards and Benefits - We care about you and want you to perform at your best. As a result, we offer one of the best benefits packages in our sector click here to find out more!


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.


What Happens Next?

All applications for this role will be considered. Once we have reviewed your application, we’ll get back in touch if we are able to take things further.



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