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


  • Provide strategic, corporate, operational and project level advice and support to ensure compliance with environmental legislation and conformance to company environmental and sustainability policies, processes, standards and procedures.

  • Leadership and management teams, project delivery teams, design and engineering teams, corporate team in the USA.

  • Clients, contractors and supply chain, subconsultants, statutory bodies, professional bodies, other interested parties.

  • Conduct business development activities to support the growth of Burns & McDonnel Environmental Services

  • Develop relationships for a potential client base for Environmental Services.

  • Ensure continued compliance with legislative and regulatory requirements, company standards and others as applicable.

  • Provide a source of knowledge, advice and support to the business on all matters of environment and sustainability.

  • Work with the Quality & Compliance Manager and SHES 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 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.

  • Co-ordinate with the 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.

  • Establish and maintain relationships with external stakeholders such as local authorities, EA, SEPA, Natural England, etc.

  • Undertake environmental advisory visits and assurance activity.

  • Provide guidance on environmental studies/assessments and Risk Assessments and Method Statements to mitigate risks and prevent harm to the environment.

  • Performance reporting, monitoring, collation and analysis of data, providing recommendations for future actions and measures.

  • Investigate Environmental incidents, near misses and other incidents.

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

  • Promote good and best practices and techniques, innovations and lessons learnt across the business and more widely.

  • Lead by example, influencing and inspiring our managers, teams, and supply chain to strive for excellence in environmental management and sustainability.

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

  • Coach and mentor others working at Burns and McDonnell on environmental management and sustainability


  • Educated to a degree level or equivalent in a related discipline of environmental engineering, geology, and natural sciences.

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

* Desirable *

  • 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:BREEAM, LEED, Green Globes.

  • Required to be competent in understanding, assessing and advising on matters concerning noise and noise control in line with legislation and site-specific planning controls.

  • Required to be competent in understanding, assessing and advising on matters concerning contaminated land, remediation and disposal in line with legislation and site-specific planning controls.

  • Required to be competent in understanding, assessing and advising on matters concerning air quality in line with legislation and site-specific planning controls.

  • Required to be competent in understanding, assessing and advising on matters concerning waste management in line with legislation and site-specific planning controls.

  • 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.

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, 50 % of the Time

Req ID: 214095