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Environmental Advisor - Consents

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Job Introduction

Reporting to the Environmental Consents Manager, the Environmental Advisor - Consents will support the coordination of multidisciplinary inputs required to obtain the environmental consents necessary for the delivery of the HS2 works, meeting consent approval timelines in accordance with construction start dates and deadlines.

Although part of the Consents & Engagement team, you will work seamlessly with the Environment team, to help provide a focal point of contact between the SCS construction delivery teams and all the key environmental stakeholders.


Flexible working: We welcome you to ask about the flexibility you need. This might be part-time, remote working, or compressed hours for example. Anyone who applies for a role can ask about flexibility at interview. In return, we will explore what is possible for the role. 

Role Responsibility

  • Provide advice and guidance to project delivery teams in understanding the environmental consents requirements relevant to their works;
  • Support the timely delivery of environmental consents by coordinating input from design, engineering, construction, environmental and other colleagues required to obtain all required legal consents, licenses and exemption;.
  • Support the Environmental Consents Manager in maintaining good working relationships with external stakeholders such as local authorities, Natural England, Environment Agency, Thames Water and others as required and directed;
  • Prepare and deliver briefings to delivery teams on consent requirements and obligations;
  • Support the document control processes to ensure effective and timely document review, approval and distribution in order to support the projects delivery programme;
  • Record, monitor and report on consenting activities;
  • Understand the Client and Joint Venture Partners' Environment and Sustainability Policies, Processes and statutory requirements as they affect the contract's operations and ensure that the requirements are implemented on the project.

The Ideal Candidate

  • Degree or equivalent in Environmental Sciences or suitably applicable fields.
  • Sound understanding of environmental legislation with regards to air, waste, noise, ecology, water and heritage matters
  • Environmental advisory experience in the environment and construction industry
  • Good organisational and time management skills, able to work independently and off their own initiative.
  • Confident speaker with experience preparing and delivering presentations.
  • Demonstrates a passion for the Environment and Sustainability, driving innovation and a desire to positively influence and develop those around them


  • Associate or Practitioner Member of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) or equivalent
  • Internal auditing experience.
  • Rail, highways or tunneling project experience

About the Company

The role will work on the HS2 project. HS2 is the UK’s new high speed rail network. It will be a catalyst for economic growth across Britain, freeing up space on the existing railways and connecting 8 out of the UK’s 10 biggest cities with fast, reliable and frequent high speed services

The Skanska | Costain | STRABAG (SCS JV) is delivering the HS2 London Tunnels Contract. Scope of works includes twin-bored tunnels (TBM), SCL tunnels, shaft sinking, bridge demolition and reconstruction, services diversions, earthworks and the construction of site compounds.

You’ll be a welcomed member of the wider team, with opportunities to take on additional responsibility, join one of our networks for women, military or LGBT+ staff, and participate in cultural and social events with the local community (e.g. as a STEM ambassador).

Your personal and professional development is important to us. We welcome a discussion about how we can support you with further study, or professional membership or attainment for example.

HS2 – working with Skanska, Costain and STRABAG, closely monitors job applications, to ensure an inclusive recruitment process. To ensure we are able to maintain this, and to recruit a diverse workforce, we require candidates to complete the diversity form as part of their application so we are able to monitor and improve our approach to diversity.  Please note, all responses are anonymous and we will not share any of your data with other parties. All data will be held securely, (as stated within the Data Protection Act 1998) and will be reported to HS2.

It is an SCSJV requirement that all employees, Design House,  and Supply Chains must implement and comply with the requirements of ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System, ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management System with guidance for use”, OHSAS 18001:2017  Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems and ISO/IEC 27001:2013 Information Security Management System, Policies, Plans, Procedures and Processes, and statutory requirements as they affect the Joint Venture ‘s operations and ensure that the requirements, as applicable within their discipline, are effectively implemented on the project. Develop a culture of safety on the project through the absolute commitment to the Zero Accidents target and ethos, and develops a wider awareness of quality, environmental issues and demonstrates commitment to achieve continual improvement and Zero tolerance.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

SCS Railways is a Disability Confident Leader.  We want to encourage disabled people to apply for our roles and have an opportunity to display your skills, talent, and abilities.  We will ensure that a fair and proportionate number of disabled applicants that meet the minimum criteria for this position will be offered an interview.

Please see the disability confident commitments:

To be considered for an interview under this scheme you have:

  • A physical or mental impairment, which has a substantial and long-term effect (over 12 months) adverse effect on your ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities
  • Demonstrated in your application and pre-interview stage that you meet the minimum job criteria and person specification for the role

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