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AECOM Associate Director EIA, Solar and battery in Croydon, United Kingdom

Company Description

Work with Us. Change the World.

At AECOM, we're delivering a better world. Whether improving your commute, keeping the lights on, providing access to clean water, or transforming skylines, our work helps people and communities thrive. We are the world's trusted infrastructure consulting firm, partnering with clients to solve the world’s most complex challenges and build legacies for future generations.

There has never been a better time to be at AECOM. With accelerating infrastructure investment worldwide, our services are in great demand. We invite you to bring your bold ideas and big dreams and become part of a global team of nearly 50,000 planners, designers, engineers, scientists, digital innovators, program and construction managers and other professionals delivering projects that create a positive and tangible impact around the world.

We're one global team driven by our common purpose to deliver a better world. Join us.

Job Description

What your new role will entail;

We are recruiting an experienced Associate Director of EIA to join our Environment & Sustainability business and deliver our increasing portfolio of renewables and net zero projects, with a particular focus on the solar sector .

As an Associate Director you’ll lead and oversee EIAs for renewables and solar projects, lead environmental inputs across all project life stages, from early strategy development and site identification studies, through feasibility, optioneering/ option selection, outline design, to detailed design, discharging of conditions/requirements, construction, and scheme operation/ maintenance. Depending on the scale of the project you may fulfil a delivery role as day-to-day EIA project manager, whilst on other projects fulfilling the role as EIA project director and overseeing the EIA team. You will have the opportunity to work across a portfolio of development projects covering multiple consenting regimes. You will also play an instrumental role in helping to seek out and secure new commissions, and be actively engaged in client relationship management.

You will work daily with technical experts within our established Environmental Impact team. We are a founding member of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) EIA Quality Mark, whilst everything we do aligns with our environmental, social and governance (ESG) strategy.

Your role will include:

  • Direct/ lead multidisciplinary environmental inputs across a wide range of projects, supporting projects to gain development consent

  • Direct/ lead the preparation of EIA screening and scoping reports, environmental assessments/ Environmental Statements (and in the future Environmental Outcomes Reports) and supporting documents, including the technical review of specialist chapters

  • Work as part of integrated design teams to identify environmental constraints, avoid impacts and develop solutions in accordance with the mitigation hierarchy, as well as delivering benefits where possible

  • Client engagement and management

  • Working in partnership with internal supply teams and members of the wider business

  • Direct resources, delegating activities, monitoring and managing project budgets (with support as applicable)

  • Supporting staff development and mentoring

  • Lead business opportunities and associated fee and technical proposal development

  • Promoting AECOM’s environmental services to both internal and external audiences

Being part of the team;

As we are a national team, we are flexible in terms of office location – this includes offices in Basingstoke, Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Chesterfield, Croydon, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, Leeds, London Aldgate, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, Plymouth, St Albans, Warrington

AECOM is working on many solar farm and battery applications currently, of all sizes from 1MW schemes through to several of Europe’s largest solar farms. This includes 14 UK solar projects classified as Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIPs), such as Sunnica Energy Farm, Longfield Solar Farm, Gate Burton Energy Park, East Yorkshire Solar Farm, Fenwick Solar Farm, Tillbridge Solar Farm, and Fosse Green Energy. We are well placed to secure new, exciting solar projects in the UK and internationally and keen for you to be part of our growing team.

We offer a flexible hybrid working model. As a member of our team, you will enjoy a comprehensive benefits package with a range of flexible choices covering health, finance, lifestyle, well-being and more.


Here’s what we will need from you;

You’ll need to be able to demonstrate experience of directing and managing multidisciplinary environmental inputs to infrastructure development projects. You should also have:

  • Experience of leading consultancy services

  • An excellent understanding of the EIA processes, environmental assessment methods

  • A detailed understanding of relevant consenting and licensing regimes

  • Confidence when engaging with a wide variety of stakeholder groups and clients

  • The ability to work collaboratively as part of an established team, leading inputs from specialist technical teams

  • Excellent verbal and report writing skills, including technical reviewing

  • Project management skills, including programming, staff resource management and budget management

  • A degree in a relevant environmental discipline (preferably a Masters degree) and an appropriate professional membership

The following would be a bonus:

  • Experience of the DCO consenting regimes

  • Solar and or other renewables experience

Additional Information

You can learn more about us here: 2023 AECOM Candidate Brochure (



AECOM is the world’s trusted infrastructure consulting firm, delivering professional services throughout the project lifecycle – from advisory, planning, design and engineering to program and construction management. On projects spanning transportation, buildings, water, new energy and the environment, our public- and private-sector clients trust us to solve their most complex challenges. Our teams are driven by a common purpose to deliver a better world through our unrivaled technical and digital expertise, a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion, and a commitment to environmental, social and governance priorities. AECOM is a Fortune 500 firm and its Professional Services business had revenue of $14.4 billion in fiscal year 2023. See how we are delivering sustainable legacies for generations to come at and @AECOM.

Freedom to Grow in a World of Opportunity

You will have the flexibility you need to do your best work with hybrid work options. Whether you’re working from an AECOM office, remote location or at a client site, you will be working in a dynamic environment where your integrity, entrepreneurial spirit and pioneering mindset are championed.

You will help us foster a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion – a safe and respectful workplace, where we invite everyone to bring their whole selves to work using their unique talents, backgrounds and expertise to create transformational outcomes for our clients.

AECOM provides a wide array of compensation and benefits programs to meet the diverse needs of our employees and their families. We also provide a robust global well-being program. We’re the world’s trusted global infrastructure firm, and we’re in this together – your growth and success are ours too.

Join us, and you’ll get all the benefits of being a part of a global, publicly traded firm – access to industry-leading technology and thinking and transformational work with big impact and work flexibility. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person’s potential, and we’ll help you reach yours.

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

ReqID: J10097398

Business Line: Environment

Business Group: DCS

Strategic Business Unit: Europe & India

Career Area: Science

Work Location Model: Hybrid