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Avian Ecology

Ecology Technical Director

Avian Ecology is looking for a new Ecology Technical Director.

Since 2007, Avian Ecology has earned a reputation for professional excellence and delivering services to the highest standards across the UK, from Nationally Significant Infrastructure projects to smaller-scale commissions. Our clients are from both the public and private sectors and our project portfolio is diverse, varied and challenging, with a strong focus on energy infrastructure and renewables, as well as across the minerals, waste, commercial and housing sectors.

The Company provides a professional and progressive working environment with the flexibility and benefits associated with a medium-sized consultancy. We are committed to attracting and retaining the highest calibre of personnel and provide them with opportunities to flourish as part of in a team where excellence and progression is encouraged, supported and rewarded.

We offer a strong remuneration package in a friendly and flexible working environment, and we support and encourage professional development and training.

The successful candidate will be based in our Lower Stretton (near Warrington) office, although an element of remote / home working will be available.

We are looking for someone with high level technical experience in ecology and consultancy to join our leadership team. The successful candidate will have strong communication skills and will be joining an experienced team with an existing and growing portfolio of projects. As Technical Director they will help further the development and direction of the business and manage our excellent Ecology team.

The key skills and responsibilities for this role are:

  • Day to day team management, including recruitment, development and appraisal, and training of individuals;
  • Technical input and review of projects to maintain high quality standards;
  • Maintain a clear overview of emerging ecology issues, legislation and policy to direct Avian Ecology’s service delivery and its valued advisory role for clients;
  • Long-term planning to achieve quality, sales and profit targets;
  • Management of systems to ensure effective financial project control;
  • Monthly reporting to the Managing Director on sales/profit and quality performance.

Other skills and requirements include:

  • Experience in Project Management and delivery of a wide range of Ecological Projects;
  • Delivery of Ecological assessments for a range of public and private sector clients;
  • Able to provide robust, pragmatic and cost-effective advice to clients;
  • Input into cross-disciplinary projects (e.g., Hydrology, Landscape, Environmental Impact Assessment, Design & Engineering);
  • High-level liaison skills with clients, regulators, sub-contractors and colleagues; and,
  • Ability to maintain and develop positive client relationships and build our project portfolio.
  • Candidates must be self-motivated and organised, able to work closely within a team and demonstrate 7+ years’ experience in ecological consultancy including working at a principal/senior level.

The following criteria are essential for the role:

  • Passion and enthusiasm for Ecology and for people, and a commitment to developing the careers of others;
  • Experience of successful team leadership and development;
  • Consultancy experience including Project Management and delivery of large-scale projects;
  • Honours or Master’s degree in Ecology or relevant discipline;
  • Chartered, or in the process of/willing to work towards chartership
  • Strong understanding of relevant legislation and guidelines across the UK;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; and,
  • a Full Drivers’ licence.

Salary & Benefits

Avian Ecology offers an attractive salary, dependent on experience.

Other benefits include; 25 days annual leave (plus Bank Holidays), contributory pension scheme, profit-share bonus scheme, health care plan, and long-term opportunities to develop your professional career. We also provide opportunities paid ‘volunteer days’ where people can contribute their time to conservation projects.

This is a permanent position based at our offices in Lower Stretton (south of Warrington) in Cheshire. The successful candidate must live within commuting distance or be prepared to relocate, as this leadership role requires a regular office presence. An element of remote/flexible working will be considered.

Contact

To apply or obtain more details on the above position, please send your CV and cover letter to Rachel.Hughes@avianecology.co.uk.

For an informal discussion, please call 01925 730281 and ask to speak to Howard Fearn or Una Maginn.

Delete Date: 11/11/2021  Location: Lower Stretton, Warrington

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