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Environmental Consulting
UNI00009M Requisition #

Job Title: Senior Environmental & Social (E&S) Advisory Consultant
Location:  Any of Arup’s UK/ European/ African offices

Job Overview
Ending poverty through economic growth while addressing inequality, tackling climate change and preserving the world’s natural capital lie at the heart of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.  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 recognised as leading consultants in supporting finance-sector clients identify and address environmental, social and governance (ESG) impacts, risks and opportunities on some of the most important infrastructure investments in Africa, Eastern Europe, Central and Western Asia today.  This includes several complex Lenders Environmental and Social Advisory roles, ESG advisory services and advice and support to attract sustainable finance.  Over the next three years we aim to substantially grow our Lenders’ E&S Advisory and Sustainable Investment Advisory 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
We currently have an exciting opportunity for a Senior Consultant to join our established and growing Lenders Environmental and Social Advisory team.  

You will manage the delivery of Lenders’ environmental and social consultant (LESC), ESG advisory and project preparation commissions for complex and internationally high-profile infrastructure projects. In addition, and as part of an enthusiastic and ambitious team, you will collaborate with colleagues across all Arup regions to contribute to the growth of our business, our skills and our personnel.  This includes building and growing client relationships, sharing and developing your ideas and contributing to innovation and research in new products and services that aim to shape a sustainable future.


  • Manage and deliver E&S and ESG advisory services to Lenders, financial investors and their clients including gap analyses, due diligence, independent monitoring, ESIAs / ESMPs, sustainability appraisals, E&S/ESG management and reporting systems and Environmental and Social Action Plans (ESAP). 
  • Contribute to the team’s business development including seeking and developing opportunities, preparing and delivering thought leadership and leading on the preparation of proposals and promotional materials.  
  • Line-manage more junior team members and help grow the team through recruitment, development and training.
  • Contribute to and pursue opportunities to influence the sustainability of infrastructure, the built environment and our own processes and services, through thought leadership and innovation.
  • Undertake regular short-term travel to project sites overseas.
  •  Establish and maintain trusted relationships with external clients, and colleagues within Arup. 
  •  Represent Arup at external meetings with clients, stakeholders and partners.
  • Work independently with limited supervision.


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 across the project cycle in developing economies with at least ten years of transferable or actual experience in addressing environmental and social/ESG risks and opportunities in internationally financed projects.
  • A degree or post graduate degree in an environment, social, health and safety or sustainability related science.
  • Practical application of IFI environmental and social (E&S) risk management frameworks (e.g. e.g IFC/World Bank, EBRD, ADB, IADB, AfDB, Equator Principles etc) to lender-financed projects in a project finance context (PPP or sovereign structured finance) in a developing country context. 
  • Managing the delivery of Lenders E&S/ESG Advisory commissions, including gap analyses, ESDD, ESIA, performance monitoring and assurance etc for a complex Category A project.
  • Communicating clearly and impactfully to a diverse range of stakeholders from CEOs, government officials, bankers and lawyers, to contractors and project-affected people.

In additional to the above we are looking for members of the team to have a passion for delivering a sustainable future and for continual improvement of both self and the team. As you would be required to present to senior management including CEOs, investors and board members, excellent written and verbal communication skills in English are required, along with a strong commercial awareness with proven ability of managing self and others (including subcontractors) deliver multiple work streams within tight budgets and time constraints, checking the work of others, managing commercial risks, liaising with and managing clients and developing business.

In addition, candidates with the following will have a distinct advantage:

  • Recognised professional profile (e.g. chartership) with a relevant Professional Body or organization.
  • Site-based or 'in-house' experience, working with contractors and consultants to deliver practical solutions to comply with Lenders E&S frameworks under Public Private Partnership contracting models
  • First-hand experience of developing and implementing the necessary environmental and social management, monitoring and reporting systems for complex projects to meet Lenders standards or equivalent.
  • Professional experience working in a construction EHS site management or supervision role on projects in countries and / or with workers from countries where EHS standards (or their enforcement) are less well-regulated or enforced than the UK (or equivalent).
  • Applying systems thinking to sustainability challenges in the infrastructure context.
  • Ability to work in one or more foreign languages.

Rewards and Benefits

We offer a competitive salary at all levels, and one of the best benefits packages in our sector.

Core benefits include cover under the UK Healthcare Plan (private medical insurance), Life Assurance, Accident Insurance, and Income Protection (long term disability) cover. Core benefits are funded by us and made available to all permanent staff in order to support and safeguard your financial, physical, and mental wellbeing. You will also have access to Choice Benefits to help with your work/life balance and financial security.

In addition, all permanent employees are eligible for the Global Profit Share scheme. Subject to scheme rules employees can receive two Profit Share payments per year, which are dependent on the firm’s financial performance.

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?

If this could be the next step in your journey, please apply online. All applications will be considered, and we will try our very best to respond to you within 72 hours of receiving your application.

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