Senior/Principal Consultant - Sustainable Transport Policy

  • Confidential
  • London, UK
  • 04 Nov, 2021
Full Time Consultant

Job Description

Our client is a leading, award-winning sustainability consultancy combining energy, climate change, environmental and chemical risk expertise with strong policy and economics capability.


We are looking for an experienced consultant with a track record of winning and delivering Transport Decarbonisation Policy-related projects via international donors such as the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Development Bank of Latin America (CAF), national development cooperation agencies (e.g. GIZ, AFD, BEIS), and the World Bank, with a track record in Latin American countries.

You will work within a team that wins and delivers a wide range of projects covering policy development, design, impact assessment and evaluation, as well as detailed technical analysis on the future of decarbonisation technologies and the impacts of policies on businesses. Our client is one of the leading European consultancies on sustainable transport policy and this role will help to expand their activities internationally, with a particular focus on Latin America. This will likely require a wide range of capacity building and stakeholder engagement activities including workshop and training course delivery and guidance production. It will also require close collaboration with other teams in the Practice that already deliver extensive international work across many energy and climate change disciplines. They include national climate change and energy strategies, technology innovation incentive mechanisms, carbon pricing policies, energy efficiency policies and product standards.

Your work will involve identifying new opportunities and leading bids for multilateral development banks and donor organisations, identifying key partners locally and building effective project delivery teams, project management, technical delivery and other business development activities, including competitive bidding, client and partner relationship management and participation in promotional events. Many of our client's projects are complex multidisciplinary studies often involving several partner organisations and challenging logistical aspects, such as the organisation of workshops or training events overseas - we require candidates with some experience managing such projects. You will also be responsible for technical leadership and in supporting the development of more junior staff within the practice. You will work flexibly within the business, collaborating with specialists in fields such as energy systems and climate change.

You will have the capability to work across the project life cycle, from early-stage prospecting through bidding and the successful delivery of projects. You will have a deep commercial awareness and enthusiasm for growing the business in your technical area. You will have experience in leading or working on proposals and projects for clients such as development banks, the European Commission and national governments.


Monitoring market developments and shaping company business development activities to take advantage of emerging opportunities.
Development and maintenance of close client and partner relationships at high level to support the winning of new business.
Leading, managing and contributing to multi-disciplinary proposals.
Leading the delivery of large, complex projects or tasks within such projects. Responsibility for client satisfaction, timely delivery, coordination of partner inputs, project financial management and ensuring high-quality outputs.
Leading and mentoring other staff in their involvement in bids and projects.
Carrying out detailed technical work to contribute to high quality project delivery.
Leading and participating in capacity building activities including workshop facilitation and presentation delivery.
Presenting Ricardo Energy & Environment's work at client meetings and international conferences.



Educated to at least Master's degree level specialising in scientific, engineering, environmental or economic fields.
Experience leading business development and/or competitive bid writing in a consultancy environment or similar.
Experience working within multidisciplinary team and managing complex projects.
Previous experience managing or working within projects for donor organisations such as the IDB, the CAF, national development agencies (e.g. GIZ, AFD, BEIS), European institutions (e.g. European Commission, EBRD, EIB) and UK GovernmentDesirable:

Candidates should demonstrate their access to an existing network of relevant client and partner contacts (with a focus on Latin America) and be able to grow and develop this further as needed.
Understanding of the sustainable transport policy landscape, gained during studies or work experience, in one or more of the following areas:
EU Sustainable Transport and Energy policy especially the measures implemented under the Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Directive, REDII, CO2 emission performance standards.
Sustainable transport measures and policies being considered and implemented by countries through nationally-determined contributions (NDCs) and under the Paris Agreement on climate change.
National policies and measures being considered or implemented in Latin American countries to decarbonise transport, including introduction of e-mobility and alternative fuels strategies and regulations.
Strong awareness of key sources of data for sustainable transport projects (especially in Latin America).

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