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Environmental Consultant

  • Job reference: IF-001595
  • Sector: Environment, Infrastructure
  • Location: Leeds, Warrington
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Why not...

Atkins is one of the world’s leading engineering and design consultancies; we have the breadth and depth of expertise to respond to the most technically challenging and time critical infrastructure projects. The Contaminated Land & Hydrogeology (CL&H) Practice within Atkins is a well-established, award-winning, multi-disciplinary, environmental and engineering practice with an extensive portfolio of regeneration and development projects and a highly skilled team; notably with staff winning various awards over the past years.

Our Practice provides support to a number of the UK’s largest infrastructure projects as well as a number of national frameworks with some of the UK’s most knowledgeable clients servicing a range of complex and challenging brownfield sites. Our Leeds and Warrington teams have considerable experience working with private clients / developers on the investigation, assessment, remediation and redevelopment of brownfield land as well as servicing internal teams for road, rail and other infrastructure projects.

We currently have opportunities for Environmental Consultants / Scientists / Engineers to join our growing team in Warrington and Leeds and support our expanding project workload and client base. The work involves local, national and international projects being delivered by Atkins across a range of exciting markets, including the development of Energy Infrastructure, Cities and Transportation.

We are looking for highly motivated individuals with proven experience in the field of contaminated land investigation, reclamation and remediation, and capable of delivering the high standard of geo-environmental consultancy services for which Atkins is renowned. The role will include regular site visits and meetings, in addition to office-based responsibilities, which will be predominantly regional, but may at times include national travel.

• Organising Phase 2 site investigation and monitoring works, including contractor supervision, soil sampling and ground gas/vapour/groundwater/surface water monitoring/sampling, scheduling or supporting others in contractor management, liaison and supervision.
• Supervision of contractors for site investigations, remediation and gas holder demolition site works.
• Preparation of H&S Plans for site investigations and managing health and safety during site works.
• Completion / checking of Phase 1 Desk Studies.
• Data management and development of conceptual site models and carrying out qualitative and semi-quantitative risk assessments for human health, controlled waters and property receptors.
• Design Phase 2 site investigations, complete specification, contracts and bills of quantities and preparation of commercial offers.
• Management of own work and projects, including technical delivery, management of finances, and programme delivery.
• Mentoring junior staff.
• Factual and interpretative reporting.
• Supporting senior management with bid preparation and project management to ensure projects are delivered on-time, on budget and to quality and client expectation.
• Working with the local and wider Atkins' team in advancing local and national projects.
• Developing own competence and maintain CPD necessary to fulfill the responsibilities of the role, with support from the business on own training and development needs.


• MEng, MSc, BEng (Hons), or BSc (Hons) in a relevant science or engineering subject (e.g. geology, geotechnics, hydrogeology, chemistry, environmental science).
• Chartered (or actively working towards chartership) with a relevant professional body. If not Chartered, we would expect the candidate, with our support, to become chartered 6 to 12 months after joining.

Essential Criteria
• Demonstrate good, relevant land contamination/brownfield land experience in Phase 1 Desk Studies and Phase 2 Site Investigations.
• Experience of leading a range of site investigation techniques.
• Experience of technical report writing and be able to draft technical reports of acceptable technical quality.
• Knowledge and understanding of conceptual site models and the qualitative/semi-quantitative risk assessment process for controlled waters, human health and property receptors.
• Familiarity with relevant codes of practice and industry standards, and broad understanding of environmental legislation.
• Relevant H&S training, e.g. CSCS, CITB Site Supervisors Safety Training Scheme, HSG47, SHEA Gas and SCO 1& 2, Persons & BESC.
• Ability and willingness to travel throughout the UK and work on short-term assignments overseas.
• Be able to mentor junior staff and technically check their work.
• Full UK driving licence.

Desirable Criteria
• Experience of working on former coal gasification or high voltage electricity transmission sites.
• Experience working with NEC3 contracts, or similar would be advantageous.
• Experience in the supervision of reclamation and / or remediation works.

The Individual
• Highly motivated and proactive, confident and ambitious to join an established and highly reputable team.
• Excellent communication, writing and presentational skills.

Flexible Working
We welcome the opportunity to discuss a flexible working pattern for this vacancy. For roles advertised under the category of flexible working we would encourage you to explore the flexible working options we are able to offer during the interview process.

Atkins develops individuals through a portfolio of activities designed to help you make the best of your abilities and talents. Atkins recognises a range of career development paths and supports individuals to navigate through and across these providing opportunities that meet the most ambitious of aspirations. We offer a certified training Academy to develop staff to achieve Chartership within their chosen technical career and a professionals programme to ensure senior staff continue to develop their expertise. Staff development objectives are reviewed with individuals through an annual appraisal process, the outcome of which is a tailored and personal development plan for each member of our team.

Atkins also invests in the core technical disciplines that comprise our business with established technical network forums for contaminated land and brownfield regeneration which drives knowledge sharing, staff development and innovation across our practice and broader business.

Additional Information
This opportunity is focussed on our Warrington and Leeds teams, however, other locations may be considered.

Rewards and Benefits
Atkins offers a competitive salary and benefits package (including contributory pension scheme) with the opportunity to develop your career with one of the UKs leading environmental consultancies. Please refer to our website for details of our full benefits package

This role may require security clearance and offers of employment will be dependent on obtaining the relevant level of clearance. If this is necessary it will be discussed with you at interview.

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