RSK Group plc

Technical Director - Biodiversity

Contract Type
Cheshire or Bristol
£commensurate with experience


RSK Group is one of Europe’s fastest growing solutions focused environmental and health and safety consultancies, with offices in the UK, Europe, Africa and the Middle East.  It provides a range of services for a wide range of clients within the property, manufacturing, oil, gas and energy sector.  Since 1989, our philosophy has remained the same: employ, develop and retain talented people. Working for RSK is an opportunity to evolve as a professional, to innovate and to make a difference.


Our success is founded on the talent of our employees, so we recognise the importance of personal growth, encouragement and earned rewards. As a company, we want you to share in our achievements and we want to be a conduit for your success.


RSK’s International Projects Group (IPG) is a geographically diverse team that works on global environmental and social management projects. We work with major clients to meet the increasingly stringent legislative requirements of lending institutions including the IFC, EBRD and ADB. We have project resources and experience spanning the UK, Europe, the FSU, the Middle East and Africa and an excellent track-record for delivering high quality ESIAs on time and within budget.


We now have an exciting opportunity for someone working at Technical Director level to join the team.  The role will be full time, 40 hours per week. The preferred location for this role is in either Helsby (Cheshire) or Bristol, however working from another location would be considered, depending on the strength of the candidate’s application. Travel to and collaboration with other RSK offices and staff working globally will be required.


Technical Director – Biodiversity/Ecology - Helsby (Cheshire) or Bristol


Key responsibilities will include: 


  • Leading on the biodiversity elements of screening, scoping and delivery of international projects including feasibility studies, scoping reports, environmental and social impact assessments (ESIAs), critical habitat assessments, biodiversity action plans, biodiversity offset strategies (No Net Loss/Net Gain), monitoring programs, etc.
  • Implementing corporate biodiversity programmes, including issues such as design and field-testing of baseline survey methods, biodiversity metrics, impact assessment protocols, mitigation programmes and biodiversity offsets, in collaboration with our ecological specialist
  • Leading on the planning and coordination of biodiversity tenders / components of tenders for the IPG team
  • Project management of IPG biodiversity projects as required, including management and mentoring of less experienced team members
  • Management of in-house ecological specialists and subcontractors including capacity-building of teams in the countries in which we work
  • Providing business development support to the Biodiversity Team Leader including preparation of marketing materials, meetings with existing and potential new clients, participation in relevant industry events, etc
  • In addition to your normal duties, you may occasionally be required to undertake additional work necessary to meet the needs of the business, and to travel to other work locations in the UK or abroad for periods of time 

Person specification: 


  • Degree in a relevant discipline
  • Relevant postgraduate qualification desirable but not essential
  • Minimum 15 years’ experience working on biodiversity projects, including biodiversity components of ESIAs
  • Experience on oil and gas pipeline projects is ideal but not essential
  • Proven skills in a particular ecological specialism would be particularly advantageous (especially botany but other disciplines also welcome)
  • Familiarity and experience with relevant international Lender standards (including Equator Principles, International Finance Corporation’s Performance Standard 6, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development’s Performance Requirement 6 and the European Investment Bank’s Environmental and Social Practices Handbook) is essential
  • Excellent communication skills. Ability to read, write and converse professionally in a second language would be highly advantageous
  • Team player, with the ability to work comfortably within multi-cultural teams in different environments and countries
  • Positive and enthusiastic self-starter, with the ability to work autonomously and make leadership decisions when necessary within pressing situations 

Salary and Benefits 

  • £commensurate with experience
  • Contributory pension scheme
  • A flexible benefits programme including the option to buy additional holidays, childcare vouchers and private health care
  • Flexible working hours
  • Regular training and development. 

All candidates applying for positions with RSK Group must be eligible to work in the UK/European Economic Area. Candidates should confirm this when applying with their CV and covering letter to Sarah Murphy, HR Manager, at or for more information please call 0117 300 4295.


We operate an open and relaxed management culture that nurtures continuous improvement and innovation. This also enables us to achieve a staff turnover rate that's consistently below the industry average. Adopting a proactive growth strategy helps us to run a sustainable and profitable business while providing new and exciting career opportunities for all.


The company prides itself on providing its staff with a rewarding and challenging career, encouraging Continuous Professional Development, allowing employees to reach their full potential. Having been recently placed within the top 10 UK environmental consultancies (Environmental Analyst, December 2016) and number 42 in the Sunday Times Fast Track 200 which rates the success of private companies in the UK, there has never been a more exciting time to join. 


RSK Group plc is an Equal Opportunities Employer.




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