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Are you inspired by creating a sustainable future for society and the environment? Do you want to leave a positive footprint on the world? This is an exciting entry level opportunity for someone to join our dynamic and highly skilled team of marine environment specialists.

“Sustainable progress of society. Excellence in project delivery across disciplines.”

NIRAS Group (UK) Limited is dedicated to developing the next generation of professionals driving sustainable change. We have an exciting opportunity for an entry level position to join, learn and progress within our UK based team of marine environment specialists.

Given the growing demand for our services to advise on marine and coastal development – both in the UK and internationally – in this position you will support delivery of our existing assignments and contribute to expanding our portfolio of work. Depending on your specific background and qualifications, you would come in as either a project officer or a scientific officer. In either case, you would be expected to support our professional team across a wide area of the business, in order to gain a broad commercial and professional experience. You will join a cadre of young professionals across NIRAS’ global reach, with training and technical development built-in to the role. You will have an opportunity for joint learning experience as part of this cadre. We are keen to see you progress and develop in the company: after 2 years you would be expected to have gained sufficient expertise and experience to join our professional consultant ranks.

You will have the opportunity to get involved in a range of interesting and challenging projects in the UK and overseas, with the space and support to develop your own areas of expertise. Consultancy requires an open mind and flexibility to innovate under pressure; efficient and results-focused team working, a growth and learning mindset. You will work under tight deadlines, and at times with challenging clients. The role will include process management, time and resource management and stakeholder engagement to ensure client delivery requirements are met.

You will work with some of NIRAS’ most high profile clients including blue-chip technology companies expanding global fibre and electrical cable infrastructure and international financing institutions and development banks.

You will work with compliance staff across NIRAS to ensure any assignments you are involved in are managed in line with integrity standards and with effective risk management.

You will support the team in delivering existing marine permitting work and will contribute to the future direction and shape of NIRAS’ domestic and international sustainable marine development portfolio.

Technical areas NIRAS is interested in recruiting in during 2022 include one or more of the following:

  • Marine ecology (we work in key areas including nature conservation, ornithology, benthic ecology, marine mammals and fish)
  • Geographic information systems and databases
  • Marine and coastal planning
  • Offshore energy planning and policy
  • marine development portfolio.

Main responsibilities

The balance of work between delivery (consulting, research, support to project team) and business development (supporting responses to tenders and call-offs) will vary from year-to-year depending on NIRAS’ project portfolio.

You will work across our team. You will work with staff from various technical backgrounds and in particular with the Market or Sector Focal Points and Business Development team. The idea is to give you experience across the business to build a rounded set of skills.

You will support bid teams throughout the bid process. Tasks typically include:

  • Conducting contextual research and identifying appropriate partners;
  • Preparing Expressions of Interest or call off requests, including gathering relevant administrative documents and materials and presenting track record and personnel according to client requirements;
  • Providing organisational and administrative support, e.g. the development of bid schedules, and compliance checklists;
  • Preparing marketing and technical content, including CVs/pen portraits, project experience / track record, graphics, work plans and other inputs.

In project delivery work, you will provide high quality analytical support to project teams, such as:

  • Desk research, for example to understand which designated sites are relevant to a project and what datasets currently exist to inform an assessment
  • Utilising GIS to process data, present data and to inform assessments such as HRA Screening
  • Establishing the basis of ornithological assessments such as foraging ranges, collision risk and population viability analysis
  • Preparation of written outputs or presentations
  • Liaison with NIRAS’ graphic design team on diagrams and other report outputs including digital EIA.

International travel is likely. Depending on the project portfolio and timing requirements, there may be opportunities for medium term (3m) secondments to NIRAS country offices to support your experience-based development.

About you

We encourage applications from those who want to be part of a supportive culture, often working to tight deadlines across multiple time-zones and in multi-cultural teams and environments. Technical skills can be taught, so we will be as interested in your attitude and work ethic; your passion for learning and development.

You will be an effective communicator and able to contribute to flexible solutions in line with business needs. You will be highly professional, ambitious, entrepreneurial and keen to play a key role in a growing consultancy company. A strong interest to develop your understanding of the function and pursue continued professional development is desirable.

Essential requirements

  • Relevant Master’s degree or professional qualification.
  • Effective organisation skills and ability to express ideas, information clearly and accessibly.
  • Knowledge of one or more of our sectoral areas – marine ecology, geographic information systems and databases, marine and coastal planning, offshore energy planning and policy, climate change; energy; environmental management or monitoring.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a multicultural team spread over a variety of countries.
  • Excellent verbal communication and written skills in English.
  • Ability to be adaptable and flexible, prioritise work effectively and balance conflicting demands without close supervision.
  • Strong attention to detail and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to establish good working relationships with a number of teams.
  • Ability to work in a complex, fast-moving, dynamic operating environment.
  • Ability to adapt communication to express ideas clearly and accessibly across the team.
  • Understanding of quality, attention to detail and commitment to delivery of high quality work.
  • Ability to utilise Microsoft Office Suite, especially Word and Excel.

Desirable requirements

  • 1+ years’ relevant experience.
  • Experience with GIS (ESRI products, QGIS)
  • Marine survey experience
  • Working knowledge of a foreign language (e.g. French, German, Spanish, Arabic).

We offer you

This is a permanent, full-time position (37.5 hours per week, routinely Monday to Friday). We anticipate the role will be based from one of our vibrant UK offices, where you can fully immerse with our dynamic, highly skilled team. We can accommodate a hybrid working arrangement with a blend of office and home working.

The starting salary for this is £28,000 per annum (full-time equivalent) – dependant on experience, with progression subject to achieving objectives, behaviour standards and development.

Our Learning & Development strategy supports a fantastic range of development opportunities to support you in your role and future aspirations!

Our employee benefits include:

  • 25 days paid annual leave plus UK public/bank holidays
  • Employer pension contributions, and optional salary sacrifice pension arrangements.
  • Flexible working
  • 24/7 access to our Employee Assistance Programme
  • Employee Life Assurance
  • Company Sick Pay
  • Enhanced provisions for family-friendly leave/pay
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Paid time off for volunteering activities
  • Free parking at our offices

Equal Opportunities

We are committed to encouraging equality, diversity, and inclusion amongst our workforce. We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome suitably qualified candidates regardless of age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, race, religion or belief and marriage and civil partnerships.

Let’s talk about the possibilities….

Applicants must have the right to work in the UK. This role may be eligible for sponsorship under the Skilled Worker route but cannot be guaranteed. Any offers of employment will be conditional subject to satisfactory completion of pre-employment checks including right to work in the UK and references.

Please send your CV and cover letter , detailing your interest in the role and how your experience matches our requirements. Apply by 17:00 GMT on Friday 1st July 2022 . Applications will be reviewed as they arrive so early application is encouraged.

We look forward to receiving your application!

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