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Burns & McDonnell Senior Environmental Sustainability Advisor - Environmental Services (Birmingham, UK) in Birmingham, United Kingdom


Provide on-site field monitoring and project level advice and support to ensure construction compliance with national environmental legislation and regulations, conformance to company environmental and sustainability policies, processes, standards and procedures.

  • Conduct on-site field monitoring to ensure continued compliance of ongoing construction activities at project sites with environmental legislative and regulatory requirements, company standards and others as applicable.

  • Work with the Quality & Compliance Manager and H&S Manager to develop, review and ensure implementation of the Environmental Management System including ISO 14001 certification.

  • Advise and support with obtaining environmental licences, permits and consents and monitor their compliance on construction projects.

  • Collaborate with our subcontractors and supply chain to deliver best value solutions whilst aligning with our corporate Environmental and Sustainability strategy, goals and objectives.

  • Collaborate with other environmental specialists, sub-contractors and sub-consultants, in fields of hazardous material management and remediation, ecology, archaeology, hydrology, environmental planning and consents, traffic, etc.

  • Interface with external stakeholders such as local authorities, EA, SEPA, Natural England, etc.

  • Performance reporting

  • Collation of data and data analysis and subsequently providing recommendations for future actions and measures.

  • Conduct environmental incident investigations.

  • Prepare and deliver communications, including bulletins, alerts, toolbox talks, briefings and training

  • Maintain personal development keeping up to date with knowledge and competency levels in relation to environmental management and sustainability.


Strongly Recommended

  • Educated to a degree level or equivalent in a related discipline.

  • Active credential and/or recent project experience as a CEEQUAL Assessor or an Envision Sustainability Professional (from the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure).


  • Chartered or working towards chartership of a relevant professional Institution (e.g., CIEEM, CIWEM, IEMA, IES, etc.).

  • Project experience or working knowledge of:

  • the SuRe standard for sustainable and resilient infrastructure (from GIB: Global Infrastructure Basel),

  • PEER (power system performance and electricity infrastructure),

  • RELi (project resilience, including hazard mitigation and adaptation).

  • Working knowledge of or familiarity with:


  • LEED,

  • Green Globes,

  • Sustainable SITES.

  • Experience of preparing briefing materials and training

  • Experience of EMS and developing policies and procedures.

  • Experience of auditing and inspection.

  • The ability to remain calm and focused when under pressure.

  • Good interpersonal skills, operating with empathy, clear communicator and influencer.

  • Excellent organizational and time management skills.

  • A passion for environmental protection and making a real difference.

  • A self-starter and finisher. Able to work on own or as part of a team.

  • Computer literate.

  • Familiarity with concepts such as:

  • materiality assessment

  • risk/opportunity matrix

  • climate risk assessment

  • resilience

  • climate adaptation plan

  • biodiversity

  • ecosystem services and co-benefits

  • green (versus grey) infrastructure

  • low-impact development (LID)

  • onsite wastewater treatment

  • sustainability action plan

  • environmentally preferred material

  • environmental product declaration (EPD)

  • chain-of-custody

  • by-product synergy

  • socioeconomic sustainability

  • circular economy principles in construction

  • net embodied carbon and energy

  • lifecycle assessment

  • triple-bottom-line cost-benefit analysis

  • carbon and water footprint

  • greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions

  • science based GHG reduction targets

  • design for manufacture and assembly (DfMA)

  • modern methods of construction (MMC)

  • sustainable construction plan

  • 7 years minimum in an environmental position in a high compliance construction industry.

  • Ideally 2-3 years’ experience of an environmental position in a power T & D related industry.

Ability to travel nationally is required for the role, including stays overnight. Level of travel may vary significantly over time depending on project and client requirements; however, overnight stays could be expected to be up to 3 nights a week.

Ability to travel internationally may also be required; however, international travel is expected to be minimal.

At Burns & McDonnell qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identify, disability or protected veteran status. We believe an inclusive culture is necessary to grow a successful and strong organisation.

Job Environmental

Primary Location GB-Birmingham UK-Birmingham

Schedule: Full-time

Travel: Yes, 15 % 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: 225639