RSK Group plc

  • Contracts Advisor

    Contract Type
    £Commensurate with experience
  • Overview

    The Geosciences team within RSK Group is one of the UK’s largest geotechnical and contaminated land consultancies with ambitious plans for growth in the future. The Geosciences team provides consultancy and design services to a range of external clients including engineers, developers, house-builders, infrastructure, power supply, oil companies and local authorities. Our current workload includes major infrastructure projects, housing and distribution warehousing developments and landfills. RSK prides itself on providing its staff with a rewarding and challenging career, encouraging Continuous Professional Development and allowing employees to reach their full potential.

    RSK is currently recruiting for a Contracts Advisor to join the Geosciences team. This will be a national role to support of the UK offices for the business unit.


    Contracts Advisor – National Role


    The successful candidate will be a supporting member of the Leadership Team for an RSK business unit, specifically liaising with professional staff with regard to all aspects of contract, commercial and project management. In particular, in the area of design and site implementation work on behalf of the teams within an RSK business unit, in the effective development of pre-qualifications and tenders for large projects, in the management of major projects and in reviewing and agreeing the contractual terms agreed by RSK with their Client and administering any contracts on behalf of the Client.

    To provide technical leadership, guidance and support to Regional Directors and to all staff completing design and contract work in all work sectors.



    More specifically you will be:

    • Participating in the identification and tracking of major and strategic project opportunities across the RSK group and input to RSK group opportunities as appropriate.
    • Providing advice and guidance on major project opportunities and participate in strategic business development initiatives.
    • Maintaining high level business contacts within the environmental consultancy sector.
    • Working with regional project teams to provide and deliver professional services with regard to the contractual and commercial aspects of environmental consultancy project work. Guide: Approximately 50% of time (fee earning).
    • Assisting with researching and cascading the latest contractual guidance, best practice and implement methods of working to improve the business’ efficiency and accuracy. Guide: Approximately 25% of time.
    • Identifying market trends and obtaining new opportunities and develop the strategy for bidding for work based upon a network of industry contacts. Guide: Approximately 25% of time.
    • You will be set annual objectives in term of chargeable time (current 875h/annum billable time budget) and make a contribution to new gross business value for RSK Group and undertake agreed specific tasks (to be confirmed at annual appraisal) to place the RSK business unit as a market leader in the environmental consultancy sector.
    • You will have direct line manager responsibility to the Managing Director of the RSK Business Unit. The role will require you to will have reporting responsibility to the Divisional Director and other RSK Group Directors with regard to the wider application of environmental consultancy services, the provision of design solutions and implementation strategies across the Group. Also, liaise with Regional/Office Directors and the other Heads of discipline.


    Person Specification:

    • Typically, a Chartered professional member of at least one recognised Institution and member of the Association of Project Management.
    • Typically requires a second degree in a relevant discipline and hold appropriate post-graduate qualifications in contract management and/or contract law.
    • Ideally an Accredited Project Manager for the NEC3 form of contract.
    • Minimum of 7 years of experience, preferably in the environmental consultancy sector, and accustomed to leading a team of staff on large, complex projects.
    • Typically, at least 12 years’ post-graduate experience, including at least 3 years relevant experience at Principal grade.
    • Proficient using Microsoft Project and ideally Primavera programming software.
    • A detailed understanding of the standard forms of contract, methods of measurement and common specifications used for the environmental consultancy sector.
    • The ability to advise on the most technically and economically appropriate solution on a project by project basis.
    • The ability to convince clients, regulators and other stakeholders as appropriate.
    • The post holder will need to liaise with other RSK divisions as appropriate, primarily anticipated as the Geosciences, Engineering and Contracting Division and specialist colleagues in the International Division, pertaining to contract terms, fees, programme, strategies and implementation
    • Have a respected area of expertise, be a confident leader and reliable contributor to any team.
    • Be decisive, be a good negotiator and always act with integrity.

    Salary and benefits:

    • £Commensurate with experience;
    • Contributory Pension Scheme;
    • Free life assurance cover;
    • A flexible benefits programme including the option to buy additional holidays, childcare vouchers and private health care;
    • RSK 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 and ranked first for contaminated land and remediation consultancy (Environmental Analyst, December 2016), and number 42 in the Sunday Times Fastrack 200 which rates the success of private companies in the UK, there has never been a more exciting time to join.


    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.

    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.

    As an entrepreneurial organisation, we encourage and foster the growth of our employees. When joining RSK, a mentor works with you to ensure you set and achieve your goals. We want to accelerate your professional development, including opportunities for a promotional fast track.

    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.

    For more information please call Nikita Soni, HR Advisor on 07741 726422 or email

    RSK is committed to our Corporate Responsibility strategy. We seek to minimise our impact on the environment; to engage positively with the community and education groups; to provide a safe and supportive atmosphere in which to work; and to promote Corporate Responsibility throughout our supply chain.

    RSK Group is an Equal Opportunities Employer.



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