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AECOM Principal BNG Specialist in Manchester, United Kingdom

Company Description

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Job Description

What your new role will entail;

The Principal Biodiversity Net Gain Specialist will lead and deliver biodiversity net gain (BNG) assessments for infrastructure and development projects across the UK. This role requires a deep understanding of blue and green infrastructure (GI), ecosystem services, and natural capital. The specialist will play a crucial part in ensuring that development projects contribute positively to biodiversity, enhancing natural environments while complying with UK planning policies and legislation.

Key Accountabilities

  • Strategic Leadership: Provide strategic direction and leadership for biodiversity net gain initiatives, ensuring alignment with national and local planning policies and legislation. Working closely with the BNG lead to continue to develop the BNG Vision and Strategy for AECOM and work closely with our ecologists to ensure survey standards are maintained

  • Project Delivery: Lead multidisciplinary project teams to deliver high-quality biodiversity inputs and assessments for infrastructure and development projects, ensuring projects are completed on time and within budget.

  • Technical Expertise: Serve as the technical authority on BNG, green infrastructure, ecosystem services, and natural capital, providing expert advice and solutions to clients and project teams.

  • Quality Assurance: Oversee the checking and approval of proposals, reports, and assessments, ensuring compliance with quality assurance protocols and standards.

  • Client Engagement: Engage and communicate effectively with clients, stakeholders, and project teams to promote the benefits and importance of biodiversity, green infrastructure, and ecosystem services.

  • Mentorship and Development: Manage and mentor junior staff, fostering their technical and professional growth within the field of biodiversity and environmental management.

  • Data Management: Lead the electronic capture, analysis, and presentation of biodiversity data, ensuring accuracy and relevance for project requirements.

  • Environmental Advocacy: Advocate for and implement best practices in biodiversity and natural capital within project designs to achieve positive environmental outcomes.

Being part of the 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.

At AECOM, our commitment to shaping a sustainable future is embodied in the Environment & Sustainability Business in one of the Top Environmental Consultancies. This seamlessly integrates Planning & Communities, Carbon & Advisory, and Nature that collectively deliver sustainable solutions for our clients, promoting social and environmental benefit.

Our Nature team encompasses two Practices — Ecology and Natural Capital — which together comprise experts spread across multiple offices, who form a synergistic alliance dedicated to pioneering innovative solutions to support an environmental carbon and nature positive future. From large-scale ecological survey programmes to integrating nature into decision-making and investment planning, our team champions nature-based solutions.

With a wealth of experience, knowledge, and specialist skill sets, our Ecology team consisting of 150 professional experts includes national and global leaders located across the UK and Republic of Ireland, from species licence holders to experts in impact assessment, habitat creation, ecosystem restoration, enhancement, and management. Our Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) professionals not only influence policy and guidance but steer practical and collaborative design decisions that promote positive outcomes.

Our award-winning Ecology Team were Highly Commended in CIEEM’s 2023 Large Consultancy of the Year, and our work at Abberton Reservoir for Essex & Suffolk Water won both a Green Apple Environment Award and CIEEM's NGO Impact Award for Impact on Nature and Society. Now is the time to join!


Here's what we need from you:

  • Candidates should demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of the UK planning system, relevant policies, and legislation, along with technical proficiency in biodiversity assessments and reports.

  • Experience in managing multidisciplinary schemes, project management, and quality assurance is essential.

  • Strong analytical, communication, and organizational skills are necessary to effectively manage time, prioritize deadlines, and engage with various stakeholders.

Additional Information


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: J10110130

Business Line: Environment

Business Group: DCS

Strategic Business Unit: Europe & India

Career Area: Science

Work Location Model: Hybrid