Environmental Economist - UK Wide


Ref: WSP02789


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As one of the world’s leading engineering, professional services and technical consultancy firms, at WSP, we’re passionate about the big questions. And big answers, naturally. For us that’s all about reaching beyond the expected to do work that’ll make a profound impact felt long into the future.

Our Environmental team in the UK is growing and we have an exciting senior position available in our ecology team to develop our capacity in environmental economics, working closely with our biodiversity and natural capital specialists. We are looking for someone who is well established as an environmental economist in the UK and who has experience using a range of environment economics tools and approaches. The successful candidate would preferably be located in Cambridge, London, Manchester, Bristol, Birmingham or Glasgow, although other locations will be considered. The role provides an exciting opportunity to bring innovative solutions to a range of projects, working with both public and private sector clients. The role will focus primarily on UK projects but with potential to engage in our international work.

This is a new role at WSP to contribute towards continued growth and investment in our environmental capabilities. You will be joining a small team of experts in biodiversity and natural capital, delivering technical input across a range of projects for both internal and external clients. As such, you will also be working closely with colleagues within the environmental discipline and wider disciplines across WSP.

A typical week would include:

  • Undertaking a range of environmental economics work at WSP, supporting the Natural Capital Technical Lead to embed natural capital concepts across projects to support decision-making
  • Application of economics tools (for example: cost-benefit analysis, natural capital accounting) and contributing to the development of new tools and approaches
  • Providing specialist environmental economics input to fee bids and proposals and deliver environmental economics outputs for projects.
  • Developing close contact with key clients for WSP as well as establishing connections with new clients, supporting them to use economics to better understand how the environment is a material issue for business and society more broadly
  • Representing WSP through general business development activities as appropriate.

About You

We'd love to hear from you if you have:

  • A postgraduate degree (MSc or PhD) in economics, development studies or related discipline.
  • Significant experience in relevant area, with a demonstrated track record of applying economics to matters of environmental policy research and analysis either in consultancy, business or the public sector.
  • In depth knowledge of environmental economics, sustainable development issues and the interface between socio-economics and the environment.
  • Experience using a range of environmental economics tools and techniques including corporate natural capital accounting.
  • Experience in collecting, managing, analysing and presenting qualitative and quantitative data related to environmental economics.
  • A solid understanding of ecological concepts including comprehensive knowledge of the ecosystem services approach and natural capital assessments.
  • The ability to apply technical excellence in a commercially astute manner.
  • Excellent research, analytical, writing and presentational skills.
  • Good project development and implementation skills.
  • Self-starter and capable of setting and achieving own targets, especially as part of cross-disciplinary teams.
  • Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with colleagues and with external stakeholders.
  • Preparation of proposals and proven work winning skills.
  • A willingness to travel to meet clients and other WSP staff across the UK.
  • Strong contacts within the UK, effective communicator and a good reputation amongst peers.
  • A full UK driving licence

About Us

What if we can?

What if we can have work-life balance? What if we can be rewarded in ways that support our individual needs? What if we can be accepted for who we are? Here at WSP – we can!

WSP recognizes that work is only one part of our lives and making time for the other things in our life is important – be that our families, our friends or ourselves. So, if working from home, working part-time or having flexible start and finish time will help with this let us know as part of your application.

As well as rewarding you with competitive pay, WSP offers standard benefits including a 37.5 hour working week, 25 days annual leave, pension schemes, life assurance, personal accident cover and paid professional subscriptions, and some not so standard benefits as part of our flexible benefits scheme – so if you would like to hop on a new bike (cycle to work scheme) or thrill the family with your Lego building skills (Discount at Legoland Windsor) – WSP can help!

Be you, be happy - we strive to have a friendly and inclusive culture which respects and maximizes the contribution individuals can bring to WSP. We recognise the benefits that people with varying backgrounds and experiences can bring. Our VIBE (LGBT + employee network) and PLEDGE (Promoting Leadership, Encouraging Diversity & Gender Equality) networks work with the business to help ensure we continue to promote the right environment to enable LGBT+ and female employees to reach their full potential, and to ensure we continue to promote equality, inclusivity and diversity for everyone.

Here at WSP we positively encourage applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, pregnancy or maternity/paternity. We will interview all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria.

A little about us:

Together, our people make up one of the world's leading engineering professional services consulting firms. We’re dedicated to the communities where we live and work in the UK and propelled by international brainpower. Staying curious is what drives us. Looking at challenges from fresh angles helps us deliver future-ready solutions that break paradigms.

With around 7,900 talented people in 70+ offices across the UK, and 43,000 around the world, we engineer projects that will help societies grow for lifetimes to come.


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