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Burns & McDonnell Environmental Director - Environmental Services (Birmingham, UK) in Birmingham, United Kingdom


This position is responsible for the strategic development of our Environmental Services group in the United Kingdom. This includes responsibility for environmental and sustainability market segments, growing the practice in a dynamic and profitable manner based on Burns & McDonnell’s (BMcD) core values of client satisfaction, commitment, dedication, integrity, safety, and overall outstanding service.

  • Lead the UK Environmental Services (ENS) Practice.

  • Identify key target clients for BMcD to organise a focused sales approach strategy.

  • Define an organization and work with UK leadership to build and recruit a multidisciplinary environmental and sustainability team.

  • Identify, develop, and directs the implementation of business strategies for the practice, including operational strategies and procedures, marketing strategies, pricing strategies, and sales and customer retention strategies.

  • Deliver profit and achieve agreed targets and standards for financial performance.

  • Plans, coordinates, communicates, and facilitates activities of several disciplines on projects of all sizes from conception through completion.

  • Develop a long-term strategic plan for growth and sustainability of the ENS business. Work with Global and UK leadership to integrate into the existing UK Practice and assist in maintaining current client support and staff progression.

  • Identify project opportunities early and facilitate go/no-go decisions in cooperation with UK leadership and ENS practice leadership. Facilitate strategy development to pre-sell projects before Tender release. Undertake proposal development and contract negotiations.

  • Responsible for coordinating project planning including scoping, budgeting, maintaining schedules, communicating and managing deadlines and establishing and performing to critical project objectives.

  • Ensures quality and safety standards by adhering to BMcD Quality Control program and BMcD Safety program.

  • Develop relationships with key partners and subconsultants.

  • The role will include direction, management, and growth of a team to potentially include the following environmental and sustainability disciplines and therefore experience/knowledge in some or all of these disciplines is advantageous:

  • UK (and European) regulatory guidance, risk assessment methodologies, best practices, contaminated land issues, etc.

  • Field projects such as groundwater sampling, drilling, etc., including site attendance for such works

  • Soil and groundwater management and remediation works, e.g., excavation, in-situ treatment, etc.

  • Health & safety, sustainability and environmental management in all stages of works (design, planning, implementation, review)

  • Phase 1 and Phase 2 land contamination assessments

  • UK environmental permitting applications and management

  • Measures of Performance: (These performance measures will be quantified in cooperation with the Global Practice Leadership and UK Leadership).

  • Attainment of billable time targets for ENS staff.

  • Ability to maximise profitability on projects.

  • Ability to attract, hire, develop, and retain the best people into BMcD.

  • Ability to execute projects meeting or exceeding client expectations for quality, schedule, and budget.

  • Ability to execute projects in a manner to meet and exceed internal expectations for quality, schedule, labor/cost budgets, project profitability, safety, and client satisfaction.

  • Growth of the UK ENS Practice based on sales, revenue, profitability and staff size.


  • Bachelor’s degree in geology, environmental science, BEng, construction management or related field from accredited program.

  • Minimum 12 years related professional experience (20 preferred) and possess strong leadership skills that include current and previous management experience.

  • Experience must include successful management of projects, proposal development, contract negotiations, project planning, design team coordination & communication, budgeting, schedule management, and client coordination.

  • Previous consulting experience preferred.

  • Professional registration preferred.

Job Environmental

Primary Location GB-Birmingham UK-Birmingham

Other Locations GB-Birmingham UK-Birmingham

Schedule: Full-time

Travel: Yes, 10 % of the Time

About Burns & McDonnell

Burns & McDonnell is making the world a more amazing place with more than 7,000 engineers, architects, construction professionals, scientists and consultants on staff and growing. We strive to create amazing success for our clients and amazing careers for our employee-owners. We take on some of the world’s toughest challenges with the industry’s best thinking.

We have offices and projects spanning the US and the globe. We are proud to rank among FORTUNE magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For. Our culture of 100% employee ownership plays a major role in supporting that outcome. Each employee shares in the ownership of the firm, bringing the commitment of an owner to our projects. Clients appreciate that and have rewarded us with a 90% repeat business rate and decades-long partnerships. Pretty cool for a 100 year old firm that grows organically.

At Burns & McDonnell, you’ll have the opportunity to make a difference every day while fulfilling your personal and professional ambitions. Our entrepreneurial culture lets you guide your destiny and shape the path your career travels. And with more than 350 service specialties, your career and development options are abundant.

Burns & McDonnell is an Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Females/Disabled/Veterans

Req ID: 225861