Environmental Impact Assessment EIA Specialist
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About the job
STRI is a world leading sports surface solutions, environment and green infrastructure development focused business with its head office in Bingley, West Yorkshire. It is part of the STRI Group, a number of businesses focused on sport and outdoor recreation, sustainable development, green infrastructure, and water management sectors.
The company has over 90 years of history and has worked on some of the biggest national and international projects which in recent years has included the 2012 Olympics in London, numerous FIFA World Cups, UEFA competitions and has delivered other unique projects such as the Saudi Cup turf racetrack in Saudi Arabia.
As the company expands, it is looking to bring in the right person to help deliver development projects of this nature, working as part of a team producing high quality facilities, sustainable developments, and sports surfaces on behalf of our clients.
STRI has a number of specialist consultants, designers, and technicians as well as project management capability and digital designers that can help realise and deliver our clients aspirations. The successful candidate would be working as part of a wider development team within the Planning and Environment department, working alongside other specialist development consultants.
If you are a suitably qualified, competent, and enthusiastic planner or consultant with a good level of experience of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process and want to work as part of a dynamic and forward-looking organisation, then we would like to hear from you.
As a consultant at STRI you would be expected to collaborate with other specialist in the team to provide technical assistance on projects that will impact on the environment and related activities in support of clients' development projects. You would work as part of a team, but with overall responsibility for preparing EIAs / Environmental Statements (ES) and associated Management Plans in compliance with the regulations and requirements. You would also undertake project delivery activities such as report writing, organising data collection and survey field work, performing data and literature reviews, developing recommendations, and providing advice for clients.
We would expect you to work within quality / budget / schedule expectations and scope-specific assignments in collaboration with internal and external specialists, clients, and other relevant stakeholders.
You will be an effective communicator (with the public, with clients, with sub-contractors and various other parties) and will assist with defining project scope and selecting the right approach. You will be able to analyse and interpret data for non-technical audiences and, to be successful in this role, you need to reach useful conclusions based on your understanding. Ideal candidates are driven, meticulous and observant.
Your work would include, among other things:
Co-ordinating relevant consultants and on-site assessments
Processing, capturing and analysing data
Compiling technical reports and findings
Planning field work
Discussing requirements with clients
Writing reports (most notably environmental statements)
Presenting proposals to clients for approval and agreeing timescales
Seeking the opinions of locals, businesses through public engagement
Liaising with other professionals such as architects, consultants, planners, engineers, and project managers
You would be based at the UK head office in Bingley, West Yorkshire, but the job would entail travel throughout the UK.
Minimum requirements for this role:
Hold a relevant degree such as Town Planning / Environmental Management
Be a member of RTPI / IEMA (or working towards membership of these or similar professional bodies)
At least 3+ years post (academic) qualification experience
Understand the EIA process and have worked with it for 3+ years
An interest in the environment and sustainable development, good verbal and written communication, an eye for detail and lateral thinking, IT skills, and client management skills – commercial awareness is important
Ability to multi-task, maintain flexibility, and work independently with minimal supervision
Hold a full UK driving licence
Experience of working in the sports sector
Experience of working on multidisciplinary projects regionally, nationally, or internationally
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