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Shaping the future of sustainable development

At The Biodiversity Consultancy we know it's the people who make the difference.

We are environmental specialists, data scientists and sustainability experts who are changing how the business, finance and policy world sees and interacts with nature. We recognise the scale of the challenge we face, but it’s our purpose and passion that brings us together to challenge conventional thinking, transform systems of unsustainable practices and provide the means for organisations to drive their own positive actions for nature. We are a small team with a big mission to transform the nature of business. 

A career with us is not just a chance to work on the frontier of ecologically sustainable development, or work with world leaders in conservation and science-based approaches, but a responsibility to see the gaps and create innovative solutions that shape the future of business, policy and practice.

We want to work with those who share our vision, and we work hard to create a diverse, inclusive, supportive and energetic environment for our team to realise their potential and for TBC to realise its goal of integrating nature into everyday business decision-making.

Current Vacancies

Even if you can’t see a position below, we are always willing to hear from talented and passionate people who share our purpose. If this sounds like you, then we look forward to hearing from you!

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Principal Consultant - Renewables (Corporate-level Focus) - £50,000-£65,000

We are seeking a Principal Consultant to join our Sustainable Infrastructure – Renewables team. In this position, you will manage projects and relationships with our renewable energy sector clients and partners (including developers and investors). You will work with our technical experts to respond to market needs through innovative solutions for corporate action on nature and biodiversity. You will lead on projects developing corporate and project-level strategies for renewable energy, nature and biodiversity, developing net positive impact and biodiversity net gain solutions in close collaboration with our clients.

The Biodiversity Consultancy’s mission is to integrate nature into business and finance decision-making through science-based approaches. Your work will also include collaborating with industry bodies, sustainability initiatives, academia, financial institutions and civil society to share experiences, build capacity and help build a nature-positive future.

Responsibilities:

  • Delivering large, complex consultancy projects in the renewable energy sector, with multiple technical and stakeholder inputs, including:
  1. Developing biodiversity strategies and action plans for implementation at the corporate (e.g., portfolio-wide) and individual project levels.
  2. Assessing the impacts and dependencies on nature across direct operations and supply chains of large, multi-national renewable energy companies.
  3. Setting corporate targets for action on nature aligned with global agreements and regulatory requirements (e.g. TNFD, CSRD, SBTN).
  • Interpretation and application of a range of frameworks and business drivers, including global goals, corporate policy, lender requirements and regulatory guidelines.
  • Develop and support work proposals to new and existing clients.
  • Collaborate with partners from civil society and industry groups, such as IUCN, UNGC, WBSCD and Business for Nature.
  • Expand our global business network in the renewable energy sector, engaging with new and existing clients and partners.
  • Public speaking on behalf of the Biodiversity Consultancy, including writing and delivering presentations.
  • Write and review material for best practice guidelines, scientific and business press, the TBC website and publications.
  • Other duties commensurate with the role.

Essential attributes and experience

  • 5 years’ experience of working within corporate sustainability
  • Experience in the renewable energy sector.
  • Good knowledge of global environmental frameworks and action (including regulatory and voluntary).
  • Experience of sustainability of direct operations and within supply chains, and/or of developing or contributing to programmes delivering strategic change
  • Demonstrable consultancy skills. Excellent presentation and writing skills with experience in presenting complex concepts to a business audience, including specialists and non-specialists.
  • Project and people management skills
  • Good Honors degree in a relevant discipline
  • Values and actively supports diversity
  • Passionate about creating positive environmental change
  • Good track record of business development and client relationship management
  • It would be desirable that the right candidate has an existing network with business sustainability leaders

Salary: £50,000-£65,000

To apply, please send a covering letter and CV by email to recruitment@thebiodiversityconsultancy.com

The Biodiversity Consultancy is committed to diversity and inclusion and welcomes applications from all backgrounds.


Executive Assistant - Up to £50,000 DOE

We are seeking an organised, efficient and trustworthy Executive Assistant to provide comprehensive support to 5 members of the executive team. The successful candidate will be responsible for managing a wide range of administrative tasks, ensuring smooth operations, and assisting with important company matters. Reporting to the Managing Director, the Executive Assistant will play a vital role in efficient communication, documentation, and coordination to help drive our mission to transform the nature of business.

Responsibilities

Operational Management

  • Co-ordinate and manage the diary and schedules of the Executive Team with an understanding/awareness of workloads and conflicting priorities
  • Provide administrative support and office management services including typing of correspondence and reports and general support to the Executive Team
  • Coordinate and organize the wide range of weekly/monthly/quarterly Director meetings ensuring effective communication and support for attendees
  • Take accurate minutes for senior meetings to capture key discussions and action items to ensure essential duties and responsibilities are met promptly
  • Ensure the timely preparation and distribution of all agendas and supporting papers/documentation for meetings as directed
  • Ensure all client meetings are well-prepared for, including printouts and resources
  • Organise and arrange for signatures, certified copies of important documents, Companies House certificates and notarised documents as required
  • Handle personnel and confidential matters discreetly and professionally
  • Provide timely reminders for important deadlines, such as company insurance renewals
  • Assist in coordinating travel arrangements and accommodation for the Executive Team as required
  • Arrange venues and travel for important meetings
  • Manage and organise expense claims and receipts for the board
  • Act as a point of contact for the board, maintaining open lines of communication and providing necessary support
  • Help compile presentations and reports, ensuring accuracy and professionalism
  • Support the Executives in managing inboxes/communication
  • Lead internal projects as required

Essential attributes and experience

  • Proven experience, ideally five years as an Executive Assistant
  • Strong organisational and time-management skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication abilities
  • Attention to detail and a high level of accuracy in handling documents
  • Proficiency in MS Office suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Teams)
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and handle sensitive information with discretion
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively with various stakeholders
  • Experience of minuting Board and Executive level meeting
  • Project management experience
  • Experience of supporting individuals in hybrid and fully remote settings
  • Flexibility to handle multiple tasks and prioritise effectively in a dynamic environment.
  • Collaborative team player capable of building productive working relationships in a culturally and geographically diverse environment
  • Experience of working in a global business is desirable
  • Experience of working in a consultancy/professional services business would be beneficial.

To apply, please send a cover letter, two examples of your written work and a CV by email to recruitment@thebiodiversityconsultancy.com.

The application deadline is 15th March 2024. Early applications are encouraged. We reserve the right to appoint earlier should the right candidate be found.

The Biodiversity Consultancy is committed to diversity and inclusion and welcomes applications from all backgrounds.


Consultant - Life Cycle Analysis for biodiversity - £40,000-£50,000

We are ideally looking for someone with a solid understanding of biodiversity concepts but will also consider fast learners with LCA experience in a different context (e.g. climate change).

In this role, you will: 

  • Evaluate the ecological and broader sustainability impacts of value chains for industry clients and specific commodities
  • Support and contribute to value chain projects through all stages: planning, data collection, analysis and presentation, and reporting using indicators and metrics to transform complex data into insight
  • Present and explain results to clients, helping them to understand the key messages, results, assumptions, and uncertainties.
  • Support the development of value chain strategies and associated biodiversity targets for industry clients
  • Project management, consisting of client relationship management, scoping and scheduling, coordinating resources and reviewing to ensure timely delivery of on-budget products to a high level of quality
  • Relationship building with industry, government, NGO, international finance, and scientific institutions
  • Other work, commensurate with the role.

Essential: 

  • Experience designing, scoping, analysing and interpreting life cycle analyses, including familiarity with prominent LCA software such as SimaPro or GABI
  • Very good knowledge of common LCA datasets: Ecoinvent, Exiobase, Sphera, etc.
  • A Master degree, ideally in biology, agronomy, environmental science, or similar.
  • At least two years’ practical experience in a relevant field e.g., agricultural supply chains, biodiversity conservation, environmental sustainability, natural resource management, socio-economic assessment or environmental (ecological) consultancy
  • Demonstrable knowledge and experience in managing and analysing large and complex data sets, including database software, and spatial analysis metrics, in addition to advanced Excel skills
  • Familiarity with key environmental issues that impact nature across supply chains (e.g., water, land-use change, biodiversity, pollution, climate change etc.)
  • Excellent communication skill, especially in report writing and presenting to a non-technical audience
  • Ability to understand, engage and convince diverse, multinational stakeholders. 

Role details 

  • Life Cycle Analysis Consultant
  • Permanent
  • UK, or home-based elsewhere
  • Full-time (near full-time also considered)
  • Benefits (25 days’ holiday, work pension scheme, life insurance and flexible working opportunities). 
  • Salary, £40,000-£50,000 dependant on experience

Please see the job description on our website for full details about the role.

Application details

To apply, please send a cover letter and CV by email to recruitment@thebiodiversityconsultancy.com. The deadline is February 29, 2024.


Life Cycle Assessment R&D consultant - £40,000-£50,000

Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) plays an important role in this. However, the LCA and biodiversity assessment worlds have often developed independently. We are looking for an innovative technical specialist who can help us to bridge the divide.

In this role, you will:

  • Lead technical innovation in the application of LCA to assessing impacts (midpoints and endpoints) of private sector activities on biodiversity.
  •  Ensure TBC is up to date on key developments in LCA modelling for biodiversity assessment (emerging impact assessment methods like Life Cycle Initiative from UNEP, policies and approaches)
  • Evaluate the ecological and broader sustainability impacts of value chains for industry clients and specific commodities
  • Support and contribute to value chain projects through all stages: planning, data collection, analysis and presentation, and reporting using indicators and metrics to transform complex data into insight
  • Support the development of value chain strategies and associated biodiversity targets for industry clients
  • Project management, consisting of client relationship management, scoping and scheduling, coordinating resources and reviewing to ensure timely delivery of on-budget products to a high level of quality
  • Relationship building with industry, government, NGO, international finance, and scientific institutions
  • Screening new work opportunities according to TBC’s due diligence processes, communicating risks and opportunities to the senior team
  • Other work, commensurate with the role.

Essential attributes

  • PhD in LCA-related field or equivalent experience
  • Core understanding of key environmental issues that impact nature across supply chains (e.g., water, land-use change, biodiversity, pollution, climate change etc.)
  • Experience designing, scoping, analysing and interpreting life cycle analyses, including familiarity with prominent LCA software such as SimaPro or GABI
  • Knowledge of LCA models used to assess Biodiversity damage (e.g. included in ReCiPe, LC-Impact, Impact World+ set of methods) and ability to discuss pros and cons
  • Knowledge of and willingness to engage with main research centres dedicated to the development of LCA methods (e.g., ETH Zurich, Joint Research Center European Commission, Norwegian University and Science (NTNU), CIRAIG, Life Cycle Initiative from UNEP, etc.)
  • At least two years’ practical experience in a relevant field e.g., agricultural supply chains, biodiversity conservation, environmental sustainability, natural resource management, socio-economic assessment or environmental (ecological) consultancy
  • Demonstrable knowledge and experience in managing and analysing large and complex data sets, including database software, and spatial analysis metrics, in addition to advanced Excel skills
  • Proven ability in statistics, and familiarity with statistical analysis software such as R studio and scripting experience, e.g., Python
  • Familiarity with other tools and metrics used to measure impact on biodiversity
  • Excellent communication skills, especially in report writing and presenting to a non-technical audience
  • Ability to understand, engage and convince diverse, multinational stakeholders
  • Familiarity with scientific publishing.

Role details:

  • Life Cycle Assessment Consultant or higher role depending on experience
  • Permanent
  • UK, or home-based elsewhere
  • Full-time (near full-time also considered)
  • Benefits (25 days’ holiday, work pension scheme, life insurance and flexible working opportunities).
  • Salary, £40,000-£50,000 dependant on experience

Please see the job description​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ on our website for full details about the role.

Application details:

Early applications are encouraged but a start later in 2024 can be considered.

To apply, please send a cover letter and CV by email to recruitment@thebiodiversityconsultancy.com. The deadline is February 29, 2024.

The Biodiversity Consultancy is committed to diversity and inclusion and welcomes applications from all backgrounds.


Principal Consultant – Nature Finance - £50,000-£65,000

Financial institutions, including banks, investment managers and increasingly insurers, are accelerating action on the challenges posed by nature loss and the opportunity of transitioning to a nature positive future. The purpose of this role is to support and guide these financial institutions as they integrate nature into their operational model, products and financial decisions.

This is a unique opportunity to define the future of financial services by guiding leading financial institutions on their nature integration journey, connecting them with the technical and scientific excellence for which The Biodiversity Consultancy (TBC) is renowned.

The core function of this role is to lead the delivery of our services for financial institutions, such as nature-related impact and dependency portfolio analysis, standards and policy evolution, capacity building, strategy development and financial materiality analysis. The individual will lead and line manage a small team of multi-disciplinary consultants to deliver these services, drawing upon the deep and extensive technical expertise from across TBC (in areas such as data analytics and on-the-ground field experience).

The role-holder will need to be familiar with state-of-the-art nature-related data, such as biodiversity footprinting, and with reporting standards, such as TNFD and CSRD.

This post will involve co-developing and applying pioneering approaches to integrating nature into financial decision-making, demonstrating the financial materiality of nature loss and the practical, robust and commercially compelling steps that financial institutions can take on the road to a nature positive future. This means the individual needs to be motivated by and comfortable working in an innovative environment.

Responsibilities 

Project delivery 

  • Manage and deliver projects for leading global financial institutions, including banks and investment managers, on-budget and to a high standard.

  • Act as the point of contact for clients

  • Design and deliver leading-edge approaches to mapping the interface between finance and nature, and to integrating nature into finance.

This includes but is not limited to guiding financial institutions to: 

  • Map and report upon their relationship to the natural world, via both their own operations and financed companies

  • Evolve nature-related policies and client/ portfolio company engagement strategies

  • Design nature-related strategies for banks and investors

  • Build capacity to internalise the role of nature across their business

  • Map the financial materiality of nature (e.g. financial risks posed by nature loss) 

Strategy and business development

  • Support the development of a pipeline of work with financial institutions. This includes confidently representing TBC at events and webinars, helping to build our profile and contacts among banks and investment managers and identifying and responding to requests for proposals

  • Deliver concise, compelling proposals for new work

  • Contribute to TBC strategy development

Innovation and communication

  • Create and review externally-facing content, including marketing materials and thought leadership

  • Adept at communicating complex ideas to different audiences

Team management

  • Line manage a small team of consultants

  • Support and mentor junior members of the team

Who We're Looking For

We're seeking a professional with a strong background in biodiversity, ecosystem services, and natural resource management, especially in emerging economies. You should bring substantial experience in the field, solid technical data analysis skills, and a history of effective project management. Excellent communication skills are crucial, as you will be presenting complex concepts to a wide array of stakeholders. A passion for creating positive environmental change and the willingness to travel globally is essential. 

Essential Skills and Experience 

  • 5-10 years of professional experience, with at least 3 years working with or for private financial institutions and/or private sector companies on nature-related topics.

  • Knowledge of nature-related and sustainability topics, such as nature-related pressures and their underlying drivers, and the methodologies to map the relationship between the economy and the natural world (e.g. footprinting methods and life-cycle analysis)

  • Knowledge of global environmental frameworks, initiatives and action, including TNFD, SFDR, SBTN, Finance for Biodiversity, Nature Action 100 etc.

  • Good understanding of relevant datasets, tools and metrics for assessing nature-related impacts, dependencies and controversies.

  • Excellent presentation and writing skills (in plain English)

  • Project and budget management experience

  • Consulting experience

  • Relevant undergraduate qualification e.g. biology, ecology, zoology etc., but we would also be interested in those with a finance background and a deep interest in biodiversity.

  • We appreciate the integration of nature into mainstream finance (by global financial institutions) is an emergent field, and so are open to a range of nature-related professional experiences.

  • Fluency in a language other than English, particularly French is desirable. 

If you would like to apply for the role, please share:

  • Up-to-date Curriculum Vitae
  • A short application letter explaining your interest in the job, showing clearly how you meet our job and person requirements
  • Details of where you would prefer to be based

To apply, please them to: recruitment@thebiodiversityconsultancy.com

Join Our Team

Please see the job description on our website for full details about the role.

Application deadline is 12th March 2024, but early applications are encouraged, and we reserve the right to appoint earlier should the right candidate be found.

The Biodiversity Consultancy is committed to diversity and inclusion and welcomes applications from all backgrounds.


Principal Biodiversity Specialist - £50,000-£65,000

We are on the lookout for a Principal Biodiversity Specialist, an expert in the field, to guide renewable energy companies, finance institutions, and governments, particularly in emerging markets like South America, Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe. Your role will be vital in shaping the future of biodiversity sustainability within the renewable energy sector.

In this position, you will leverage your strong project management skills and technical expertise in renewable energy impacts to support the development and implementation of biodiversity-positive strategies. Your work will involve building strategic partnerships, developing new client relationships, managing and delivering complex projects, and contributing to our broader mission. You'll focus on creating positive environmental changes and work on a range of initiatives, including conducting biodiversity risk screenings and implementing biodiversity action plans and offsets.

Responsibilities

Strategy and business development

  • Building strategic partnerships within the renewable energy sector, in particular wind, to build co-ordinated positive actions for nature between developers, finance institutions, governments, and other stakeholders.
  • Identifying potential new clients, and developing and maintaining existing and new client relationships, including using your network.

Project delivery

  • Bid preparation: consisting of developing technical scopes of work and associated budgets, including identifying team members and external support (as necessary), liaising across TBC with technical consultants and the business support team, liaising with the client to understand and refine the scope of work, planning/scheduling tasks, and completing associated internal administrative processes.
  • Project Management: consisting of technical design and critical review of complex renewable energy projects with respect to (but not limited to) biodiversity issues and considerations, liaising with and managing internal teams and external consultants (as relevant), monitoring technical progress and budget, acting as client point of contact, and generally ensuring timely delivery of on-budget projects to the requisite level of quality.
  • Technical project-level and client portfolio-level work across biodiversity and ecosystem services management, including elements such as:
  • Carrying out biodiversity risk screening and interpretation.
  • Designing and supporting implementation of baseline surveys,
  • Advising on appropriate biodiversity metrics for both project-level and portfolio (corporate) level use.
  • Ecosystem services reviews.
  • Advising on key potential impacts on biodiversity associated with renewable energy projects and advising on/supporting impact assessment.
  • Reviewing and advising on implementation of the mitigation hierarchy, including biodiversity offsets.
  • Reviewing and advising on biodiversity monitoring approaches and actions to achieve net positive impact.
  • Inputting into biodiversity sensitivity mapping projects in emerging markets.

Innovation and communication

  • Developing approaches, metrics, and tools for assessing biodiversity losses and gains of complex, large-scale projects in areas of sensitive biodiversity in emerging economies.
  • Developing guidance, tools, and frameworks, generally in collaboration with leading industry, NGO, and/or financial sector partners, for best practice approaches for biodiversity and renewable energy sector.
  • Attending industry-focussed events and webinars on behalf of The Biodiversity Consultancy, including writing and delivering presentations
  • Writing and reviewing material for scientific and business press, our website and publications

Who We're Looking For:

We're seeking a professional with a strong background in biodiversity, ecosystem services, and natural resource management, especially in emerging economies. You should bring substantial experience in the field, solid technical data analysis skills, and a history of effective project management. Excellent communication skills are crucial, as you will be presenting complex concepts to a wide array of stakeholders. A passion for creating positive environmental change and willingness to travel globally is essential.

Essential attributes

  • At least 5 years’ relevant experience.
  • Background in biodiversity, ecosystem services, natural resource, and livelihood issues, especially in emerging economies.
  • Experience in applying lender standards, especially International Finance Corporation Performance Standard 6, production of Biodiversity Action Plans, biodiversity offsets and monitoring plans.
  • Experience of managing and delivering multiple complex projects, as well as project sponsorship/oversight
  • Excellent writing and verbal communication skills
  • Willingness and enthusiasm to travel globally and work in challenging environments.
  • A good Honours and Master’s degree or other postgraduate qualification in relevant disciplines or equivalent experience.
  • Consultancy experience is desirable.
  • Familiarity with GIS software and approaches, including the ability to design and evaluate, and potentially conduct, spatial analyses in collaboration with our GIS team.
  • Ability to work in French would be desirable.

Join Our Team:

This is an opportunity to make a significant impact in the renewable energy sector, contributing to projects that influence biodiversity conservation and sustainability on a global scale.

To apply, please send a covering letter, two recent examples of your written work and a CV by email to: recruitment@thebiodiversityconsultancy.com  

The Biodiversity Consultancy is committed to diversity and inclusion and welcomes applications from all backgrounds.