Senior Policy Consultant

Join an independent B-Corp environmental consultancy focused on a circular economy for products, materials and waste.

  • Location Glasgow

  • Type Permanent

  • Salary £30-£47k


Senior role working at the forefront of environmental policy developments.

Work for a company ranked in the top 5% of B-Corps within the same size group.

Excellent company culture built on respect and passion for the environment.

This is your opportunity to join an independent environmental consultancy committed to creating a world that is sustainable for all.

In line with increasing new business demands, the team are now looking to hire a Senior Consultant in the Policy team. This role will be a great fit for you if you are motivated by impactful work in the environmental policy sector, have a keen interest in sustainable resource use, and are a rigorous analyst. Operating at the forefront of environmental policy, you will support clients at all stages of policy development, from preliminary research through to policy design and evaluation.

What you’ll be doing:
As a Senior Consultant, you will play a key role in delivering consultancy contracts in the Policy workstream, including proposal writing, project management, and applying your technical expertise. Recent work in the UK has included circular economy policy, marine pollution, waste crime, and digital innovation in recycling systems. In addition, the team work on projects that cover extended producer responsibility, DRS, textiles, and global policy best practice. International work includes supporting governments of low- and middle-income countries to develop the evidence and strategies needed to tackle plastic waste.

Primary duties include:

  • UK/Devolved nation policy research and analysis: You will work with clients including government departments and public bodies, private sector, environmental NGOs, and other organisations with an interest in circular economy, resources and waste policy.
  • Project management: You’ll manage a range of projects, with the support of the project director. You will use project management software, being upskilled where required.
  • Client relationship management: You will maintain excellent relationships with clients, ensuring they are well-informed, engaged, and receive the value they seek.
  • Business development: You will develop and manage proposals for new work, supporting the Policy Lead.
  • Strategic planning: Working closely with the Policy Lead, you will help to shape the strategic direction of our consultancy work and its impact.
  • People management: You will have line management responsibilities, playing a role in training and mentoring junior colleagues. You will be supported to develop your skills in this area.

What experience you’ll need to apply:
The team are looking for a Senior Consultant who can demonstrate transferable skills in the duties listed above and their experience in a relevant policy area. It is highly desirable that the successful candidate has strong project management skills and a positive attitude to problem solving.

We’re keen to hear from you if you have:

  • A degree in a relevant subject or equivalent experience.
  • Proven experience working within the environmental policy space.
  • Project management experience. You will have a track record of successfully managing and delivering projects on time and to budget. This could be for a consultancy, thinktank, government body, NGO or similar. Experience from academia is valued but would ideally include commercial consultancy experience.
  • Demonstrable subject knowledge related to at least two areas of circular economy/waste policy such as extended producer responsibility (EPR), deposit return schemes (DRS), reuse, eco-design, product passports, electronics, textiles, construction, plastics, packaging, waste crime, waste exports, marine litter, etc.
  • Confident quantitative analysis skills, ideally including data modelling. This could include experience in economic and/or environmental impact assessments, carbon modelling or similar forms of statistical analysis.
  • Qualitative analysis skills such as designing and conducting interviews, surveys, and writing literature reviews.
  • Excellent report writing skills are critical. Excellent communication skills, with experience producing reports and giving presentations to a range of audiences.
  • IT skills, particularly in Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.

What you’ll get in return for your experience:
This is a full-time (37.5 hours a week) PERM role in the Glasgow or Bristol office, with a hybrid working option (ideally 2-3 days a week in the office, though more remote working options will be considered). The team is also able to accommodate working part-time (minimum 4 days a week), please get in touch for more information.

This role includes a competitive base salary of up to £47k (dependent on experience) and:

  • 25 days holiday (plus Bank Holidays) a year.
  • 1 volunteer day each year.
  • A generous ethical pension plan, with the company matching up to 7% of your contribution.
  • Life assurance cover.
  • Employee assistance program, offering 24/7 GP access, mental health and wellbeing support, and financial and legal guidance.
  • Cycle to work scheme, with on -site secure bike parking and showers.
  • On-site charging for electric vehicles at the Bristol office.
  • Subsidised professional membership, such as CIWM or IEMA.
  • Training to support your continued professional development.
  • 2 annual team away days including evening socials.

The employer is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applicants from all backgrounds. They will always consider flexible working options where possible. The team are highly collaborative and are keen that all company members contribute to decision making and the future of the business. The team also have a Consultative Group platform; a representative group of employees that provides an anonymous vehicle for employee voice, raising issues and engaging senior management. There are regular line manager 1:1s and performance reviews, with opportunities to discuss and build targets that inspire and push you professionally.

What’s next?
If you would like to work as a Senior Policy Consultant for an independent and B-Corp certified environmental consultancy, please apply for the position or get in touch with Roy for more information.

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