Divisional Director (Terrestrial Ecology)

  • Manchester
  • Edinburgh
  • Chester
  • Southampton
Do you want to work in a role where you can help us to deliver our ambitions for growth and innovation?

Competitive salary plus benefits

Deadline for applications: Sunday 1st March 2020

About APEM

This role would be ideal for a candidate with a background in terrestrial ecology. But what you will definately have is business acumen and people management skills to be able to successfully lead the division. 

APEM is Europe’s largest specialist aquatic environmental consultancy. We offer our clients an integrated approach to the investigation and management of freshwater catchments and terrestrial 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 was a big year for APEM. We were awarded water industry consultant of the year and we completed a management buyout. In 2020 and beyond we will continue our ambitions for growth and innovation.

APEM is a highly reputable company, renowned for our quality and long list of trusted clients, who once secured, provide repeat business year after year, trusting us to deliver a high-quality service at a fair price.

About the role

This is an exciting opportunity for a high-calibre, motivated and commercially-minded terrestrial ecologist to lead the expansion and management of our terrestrial ecology services and support this developing, expanding business area. Project work will likely include water company, development, energy, rail and highways infrastructure and capital schemes across the UK, as well as aspects around river and wetland restoration and various regulator investigations. As a Divisional Director you will be a member of the operational board of directors for APEM Limited, working with APEM’s wider senior management team with a remit to create and implement company strategy. You’ll work with internal and external teams liaising with clients, Natural England, Natural Resources Wales, County Ecologists, Local Authority planning officers, and stakeholders.

You’ll provide authoritative ecological advice and innovative mitigation solutions/ enhancement considerations across a range of sites and schemes with varying levels of environmental and ecological sensitivities, including National and European designations. You’ll have a detailed understanding of Ecological Impact Assessments, planning regulations and nature conservation legislations. You’ll have a good knowledge of legislation and policy requirements associated with Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and Special Areas of Conservation (SAC) and other relevant designations.

Ideally you’ll be familiar with GIS systems and understand environmental technical disciplines at a high level allowing you to coordinate and project manage their input into the delivery of the project. Across APEM you’ll work as part of a team of specialists and you’ll have great written and verbal communication skills with the ability to work closely with internal and external stakeholders.

A key part of this role is to ensure that this division is working towards APEM’s agreed strategic goals as agreed by the group board, as well as working closely with the other APEM divisions. You will work with the operational board of directors to manage the marketing, operations and business development of the division and expand APEM’s business and will have direct accountability for all Commercial, People and Technical drivers. You will have a keen interest in the subject area and have demonstrable experience in strategy, driving growth, business development and leadership and will have a solid understanding of general finance and budgeting. You will have the ability to build consensus and relationships among managers, clients and employees and possess excellent communication skills.


About you

You will be self-motivated and able to work independently as well as within project teams drawn from our regional offices. You will also have the drive and enthusiasm to expand and manage the current terrestrial ecology portfolio within APEM and to represent it externally.  Thus, the ability to communicate effectively with clients in all sectors and a sense of pride in, and responsibility for your work are paramount for this position. Excellent verbal and written communication skills are essential, as well as the ability to work to tight deadlines.

Candidates will have a minimum of an MSc or PhD in a relevant discipline and be a member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environment Management (CIEEM) or an equivalent organisation.

You will be primarily office-based managing projects, although site visits, client meetings and fieldwork are likely to be required, which may include overnight stays and work may also take you abroad, though not for more than a few weeks at a time; therefore, a full driving licence and personal flexibility is essential.


Required skills:

  • Experience in a client-facing role
  • Proven expertise in a relevant environmental discipline
  • Demonstrable experience in strategy, driving growth, business development and leadership
  • Solid understanding of finance and budgeting with a track record of managing projects to budget, proposal writing and management and control of budgets


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  • 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 income protection policy

  • Group personal pension scheme

  • Payment of professional membership fees

  • Private Medical Insurance & health cash plan

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