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Senior Sustainability Consultant

London, United Kingdom
Closing date
4 Mar 2024

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Contract Type
Full Time
About Us

At HDR, we specialize in engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services. While we are most well-known for adding beauty and structure to communities through high-performance buildings and smart infrastructure, we provide much more than that. We create an unshakable foundation for progress because our multidisciplinary teams also include scientists, economists, builders, analysts and artists. That's why we believe diversity is our greatest strength. HDR is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and an affirmative action employer.

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We believe that the way we work can add meaning and value to the world. That ideas inspire positive change. That colouring outside the lines can illuminate fresh perspectives. And that small details yield important realisations. Above all, we believe that collaboration is the best way forward. You will be part of an organisation that is 100-percent employee owned, that supports and creates many opportunities for you to advance, succeed and fulfil your career aspirations.


As a Senior Sustainability Consultant, you will have the opportunity to work across the division and services to perform a support and delivery function, assisting the leadership team in ensuring the services meet the needs of our clients and are delivered successfully against internal requirements. Effectively deliver and lead delivery of sustainability tasks with appropriate supervision: co-ordinating with internal divisions and project teams, other project disciplines and the client. Support and advise internal and external project teams in targeting and achieving specific sustainability strategies and solutions. Proactively mentor and direct junior colleagues to ensure their professional development and task delivery is successful.


  • Understand the technical quality audit system. Undertake technical quality audits on your own work and of others as required.
  • Professionally, proactively and successfully assist and support all aspects of your specialist division's activities and services.
  • Ensure successful assistance and support in the management and delivery of sustainability services to our Clients in a timely, integrated, and technically proficient manner.
  • Proactively participate in team development activities, transfer of knowledge, and mentor junior colleagues to support the achievement of objectives: individual; team; performance; and development.
  • Maintain and nurture good working relationships with colleagues and project team members.
  • Proactively seek input from within your division, or the project teams, to enable successful completion of your responsibilities.
  • Maintain professional accreditation(s), awareness and understanding (e.g. CPDs) of relevant industry standards, regulations, legislation and policies appropriate to the services of the division.
  • Understand the relationship and process of task delivery in relation to fee, resources and allocation of hours to ensure a timely delivery, meeting the objectives.
  • Accurately maintain a wide range of manual and computerised records /management information, media and quality systems, providing guidance to junior colleagues to meet the required business standards.
  • Handle a wide range of tasks, projects and queries, for all activities to meet service standards, and when assigned be the point of contact.
  • Assist in gathering, monitoring and reporting of data and financial information related to project tasks to support the successful production of final deliverables, and management reporting of service performance.
  • Effectively work independently or as part of a team to meet business requirements, as required both within the office, remote working environment and during site visits.
  • Maintain appropriate level of courtesy and professionalism in dealing with other people, both internally and externally, with the ability to ask questions and exchange information using tact and diplomacy to achieve a satisfactory outcome.
  • Assist in completion of administrative tasks relating to any part of the business as required, for example: timecards, marketing, HR and procurement.
  • Carry out any other duties which fall within the broad spirit, scope and purpose of this job description and which are commensurate with the grade of the post.


Key Skills and Experience

  • An appropriate Bachelor's Degree, or equivalent in a relevant subject and desirable to have a Sustainability / Environmental / Architectural / Geography Master's Degree or equivalent.
  • Membership of an appropriate industry association e.g. IEMA. Desirable to be Practitioner / Chartered (or equivalent) member of an appropriate industry association e.g. IEMA
  • Form of accreditation in two of more of the following; BREEAM, CfSH, HQM, WELL
  • Appropriate amount of people management experience, with the ability to demonstrate successful development of others.
  • Successfully delivered two or more of the following; BREEAM NC / RFO, CfSH, HQM, WELL AP. Desirable to have successfully delivered one or more of the following; Estidama Pearl, Fitwel, Greenstar, LEED, Ska.
  • Delivery in each of the following sectors; Mixed use, Office, Residential and Retail.
  • Successful report delivery in each of the following; Sustainability Statements, Climate Adaptation Study, Functional Adaptability Study and Material Efficiency Study.
  • Understanding / knowledge of at least two of the following; Estidama Pearl, Fitwel, Greenstar, LEED and Ska
  • Knowledge and ability to read Architectural, Civil/Structural, MEP and specialist drawings and specifications.
  • Experience working in a consultancy service within a busy office environment.
  • Experience of setting up and managing varied content across both internet and intranet platforms.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication, presentation and team working skills.
  • Personable self-starter with the ability to project a positive 'can do' professional attitude at all times.
  • Ability to cope with frequent and varied tasks and prioritise workload according to the needs of the Service, maintaining good working relationships at all times.
  • Developing skills in project management and supervision.
  • Competent in MS Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint and SharePoint
  • Skilled in using at least one of the following or equivalent: Tracker+, One Click LCA.
  • Able to establish excellent rapport and good working relationships within the Sustainability team(s), company, project teams and with Clients.
  • Good organisational ability and attention to detail.
  • Ability to work under pressure, handle a varied workload and keep to tight deadlines.
  • Awareness / understanding of equal opportunities and other people's behavioural, physical, social and welfare needs.
  • Understanding of corporate equality standards and diversity issues and impact in immediate work and service area.
  • Understanding / knowledge of independent reports to successful review and complete a Sustainability Statement and/or green certification assessment including:

Desirable Experience

To have an understanding / knowledge of independent reports to successful review and complete a Sustainability Statement or/and green certification assessment in the following:

  • Commissioning
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Environmental Product Declarations
  • Green Guide to Specification
  • Red list of building materials
  • Life Cycle Costing
  • The London Plan


At HDR, we know work isn't only about who you work for; it's also about what you do and how you do it. Led by the strength of our values and a culture shaped by employee ownership, we network with each other, build on each other's contributions, and collaborate together to make great things possible. When you join HDR, we give you license to do the same. We help you take charge of your career, giving you multiple growth opportunities along the way.


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