Associate Director (Terrestrial Ecology)

  • Edinburgh
  • Chester
  • Southampton
  • Oxford
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

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 help expand and manage 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 river and wetland restoration and various regulator investigations. As an Associate Director you will work with the terrestrial ecology Divisional Director and APEM’s wider senior management team to help implement the 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.

You will have line management responsibility within the terrestrial ecology division and work with the divisional director to implement the marketing, operations and business development of the division and expand APEM’s business. You will have a keen interest in the subject area and have demonstrable experience in general finance and budgeting.


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 these positions. 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. Ideally you would also hold various protected species licences and be able to assist in gaining any necessary consents and licences.

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; 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 marketing and leadership
  • Solid understanding of finance and budgeting with a track record of managing projects to budget and proposal writing.


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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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