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Principal Consultant, Environmental Economist - AQSCONS-009

  • Edinburgh
  • Chester
  • Southampton
Looking for a new challenge? We have an exciting opportunity for you!

Salary: comensurate with experience

Closing date for applications: Sunday 29th September 2019


About APEM

APEM Limited is Europe’s largest specialist aquatic environmental consultancy. We offer our clients an integrated approach to every aspect of the investigation and management of freshwater catchments and marine habitats and operate UK wide and internationally. Our consultants are recognised experts in their fields, and as a company we pride ourselves on our commitment to scientific rigour and an excellent service in providing solutions to our clients.

 2019 has been a big year for APEM so far. We have been awarded water industry consultant of the year, have successfully secured places on a number of key water company AMP7 frameworks and we completed a management buyout. We are heading for a new record turnover and are pushing forward into a number of new areas as well as expanding our teams in our traditional areas and are looking for an experienced environmental economist to support us achieve this.

About the role

You will work within a dynamic team of aquatic environmental scientists with cross-cutting expertise in ecology, hydrology, geomorphology, water quality, fisheries and natural capital, to deliver a range of projects for the UK water and energy industries, and their environmental regulators. The purpose of the role will be to support the development and delivery of APEM’s natural and social capital service and to provide economic support to water industry and energy sector projects. The role will require the application of economics tools (for example: cost-benefit analysis, natural capital accounting), leading and contributing to the development of new tools and approaches.

Key features of the Principal Consultant role will be managing a range of projects and project teams to ensure the delivery of high quality outputs on time and within budget. This role will also require leading the production of competitive tenders, client liaison and business development.

There are excellent opportunities for career progression and development.


About you

As a recognised expert in this field, you will support the Natural Capital lead to embed natural capital concepts to influence and shape current work streams, expanding the current customer base across the UK as well as the current skillset offered by the wider consultancy team.

You will be an enthusiastic self-starter with an interest in the environment. You will be qualified to a minimum of BSc. level in a relevant discipline, with evidence of experience relevant to the grade you are applying for. Whether you are an applicant with academic, regulatory, consultancy or third sector experience you will need to demonstrate your ability to apply your skills in a fast-paced commercial consultancy context through experience of managing projects and dealing with people effectively and professionally.

You will be primarily office-based, although site visits and client meetings will be required.


 Required skills

  • Typically 5-10 years’ professional experience
  • Experience in a client-facing role
  • Proven expertise in a relevant environmental discipline
  • Track record of successful project management and proposal writing including management and control of budgets
  • Business development experience desirable 


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68J Innovation Dr
OX14 4RT Abingdon Directions 01235 824 840


71 Regent St
CB2 1AB Cambridge Directions 01223 346 809


Apem Ltd
SK4 3GN Heaton Mersey, Stockport Directions 0161 442 8938


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EH26 0PJ Penicuik Directions 0131 526 3186


Hawarden Airport
CH4 0GZ Saltney Ferry Directions 01244 520 460


SO14 0DA Southampton Directions


  • 25 days holidays (increasing with length of service to 30 days)

  • Company bonus scheme

  • Company maternity, paternity & adoption pay

  • Cycle to work scheme

  • Death in service insurance

  • Group personal pension scheme

  • Payment of professional membership fees

  • Private Medical Insurance & health cash plan

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