Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Consultant – Principal grade

Do you have proven experience in leading or delivering EIA, Sustainability Appraisal (SA) and Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) projects in a variety of fields or sectors?
Are you ready to develop your career with an exciting environmental and engineering company?

We are seeking an enthusiastic and dynamic Principal EIA Consultant, or Technical Director commensurate with experience, (although other grades would be considered for exceptional applications) to join our growing environment team working on a range of exciting projects across the UK. It is expected that the successful applicant(s) will also have demonstrable experience in leading SEA and SA projects.

This person will develop the exciting work we are doing in this area and become a key contact for EIA/SA/SEA projects and practice.

As an Environmental Consultant you will work collaboratively with a multi-disciplinary team, alongside design engineers, planners and a range of environmental specialists, and engage with a diverse range of clients and stakeholders.

The successful candidate will, amongst other things, be responsible for:

  • Company-wide technical leadership on EIA, SA and SEA, including training provision.
  • Providing our clients with expert advice on EIA, SA and SEA using your wealth of experience in this area.
  • Leading in the delivery of strategic-level environmental assessment, including (but not limited to) SA and SEA, including technical review of products and reports.
  • Business development in EIA, SA, SEA and associated assessments.
  • Coordinating statutory and non-statutory project-level environmental assessment / EIA, or leading on / delivering work within another relevant discipline (e.g. ecology, landscape, stakeholder engagement, etc.)


This role will be based in our office in Saltaire, West Yorkshire, BD18 3LF.

JBA supports agile working which provides for greater flexibility with the way that we work.

Further information: 

For an informal discussion about the role contact:

Steve Maslen t: +44 (0)1274 714269 or +44 (0)7973 252727

Harriet Thomlinson t: +44 (0)1274 714269

Joanna Walker t: +44 (0)1444 473652


Apply by completing a JBA application form and returning with current CV to careers@jbagroup.co.uk

Key Information
  • Job Ref: RNO22-28
  • Closing date: 28.02.23
  • Location: Saltaire
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Qualifications and experience

We are looking for candidates with a positive and professional attitude, who can demonstrate a proactive and creative approach to problem solving.

  1. A robust level of demonstrable experience in leading or delivering EIA, SA and SEA projects in a variety of fields / sectors.
  2. Experience with site-level projects, whether EIA or as part of another discipline as described above.
  3. Other associated assessments such as Health Impact Assessment (HIA) and Equalities Impact Assessment (EqIA) desired but not essential.
  4. Strong understanding of environmental legislation, relevant policy and guidance and awareness of updates.
  5. Demonstratable understanding of strategic planning and spatial development.
  6. Strong awareness and understanding of relevant stakeholders for SA / SEA / EIA.

Core skills required:

  1. EIA, SA, and SEA fluency, both theory and practice; ability to ensure compliance / fluent in key case law; ability to develop and implement bespoke approaches and methods.
  2. Environmental impact and sustainability in different sectors (including several of the following): local / spatial planning, minerals planning, waste management planning, transport planning, flood risk management, water resources management, energy / nuclear.
  3. EIA coordination and delivery
  4. Technical report writing and editing.
  5. Awareness of other strategic-level assessments: HIA, EqIA, HRA, etc.
  6. Business development – tenders/bids and fee proposals.
  7. BSc (or equivalent) in environmental science or related discipline.
  8. Member of a relevant professional body (e.g. the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA)).

Desirable skills:

  1. Post-graduate degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline, or equivalent level of experience.
  2. Chartered status and Full Membership of a relevant professional body (e.g. IEMA).
  3. Project management.
  4. HIA and EqIA, both theory and practice.
  5. Geographical Information System (GIS) skills / ability to navigate GIS software.
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