Discipline: Environmental (inc Ecological and Sustainable Design) We are an independent firm of designers, planners, engineers, consultants and technical specialists offering a broad range of professional services. Through our work, we make a positive difference in the world. As a wholly independent organisation owned in trust for the benefit of its employees, the firm determines its own direction. The result is clear-sighted, thoughtful decisions about our priorities as a business and as a member of a sustainable society. We have an opportunity for an experienced Senior Ecologist to join our ecology team in Solihull. The ecology team forms part of the successful multidisciplinary Environmental & Sustainability team of 30+ enthusiastic professionals working on a wide variety of exacting, high-profile and challenging projects. We deliver ecological assessment, mitigation and enhancement across a broad range of sectors, including some of the biggest infrastructure schemes and most complex projects in the country. You will manage existing projects, working with internal and external clients to deliver and give clear, consistent and considered advice to achieve project goals and benefit biodiversity. Based in Arup Campus in Solihull, with regular travel to sites in the Midlands Region and beyond, you will report to the Midlands Ecology Skills Leader and ultimately the Associate Director responsible for the Environment & Sustainability Team Role • Maintaining high standards and consistency of work and managing the resource requirements for tasks from survey planning and ecological impact assessment through to mitigation implementation • Responsible for setting and monitoring budgets, controlling expenditure and meeting agreed deadlines • Represents Arup at external client meetings and represents the ecology team at internal meetings with leaders of other parts of the business • Produces high quality ecological reports, checking and approving the work of more junior colleagues • Responsible for the performance and development of others, providing guidance training, motivational and directional feedback • Positive and proactive individual keen with a desire for continual improvement of both self and the team Requirements and Skills Essential Skills and Knowledge • Extensive technical experience in a range of ecological and protected species surveys. Holder of Natural England personal survey licences • Proven success of working in a multi-disciplinary team environment • Strong experience of providing ecological advice in the design and delivery of a range of projects • Strong commercial awareness with demonstrable experience of liaising with and managing clients • Comfortable and confident in a client-facing role • Experienced at selecting and managing sub-consultants and reviewing their performance • Experience of designing and implementing successful ecological mitigation including under EPS licences for bats and GCN • Ability to work calmly under pressure to meet deadlines and to work on multiple projects • Excellent written and verbal communication skills Desirable Skills and Knowledge • Management experience of individuals and teams with an interest and aptitude for developing more junior ecologists • Strong ability to build a diverse network of contacts both internally and externally to develop new business • Experience of providing ecological advice in the design and delivery of Infrastructure projects Qualifications • Bachelor’s Degree and/or Master’s Degree in Ecology or related subject • Full Membership of CIEEM. Chartered Status • Typically seven years’ professional ecology experience in a consultancy environment Shape your time with us We are keen to support flexible and part-time working wherever the role allows. If you wish to explore the possibilities associated with this opportunity, please let us know what you’re looking for in your cover letter when you apply. Reward and Benefits We offer a competitive salary at all levels, and one of the best benefits package in our sector. Core benefits include cover under the UK Healthcare Plan (private medical insurance), Life Assurance, Accident Insurance, and Income Protection (long term disability) cover. Core benefits are funded by us and made available to all permanent staff in order to support and safeguard your financial, physical and mental wellbeing. You will also have access to a grade-related Flexible Benefits Fund which you can choose to take as extra cash, or spend on a wide range of Choice Benefits to help with your work/life balance and financial security. In addition all permanent employees are eligible for the Global Profit Share scheme. Subject to scheme rules employees can receive two Profit Share payments per year, which are dependent on the firm’s financial performance.