Associate Director – Cardiff and Leeds

Associate Director – Cardiff and Leeds

Full time, permanent
Competitive salary based on experience

Are you a commercially aware people leader looking for your next exciting opportunity in ecological consultancy? Do you enjoy leading and motivating teams of technical managers and specialists who have responsibility for delivering large complex ecological projects? Have you got previous experience of managing managers, who work remotely in separate locations across the UK? Does the challenge of delivering exceptional work to clients, setting us apart from our competitors, whilst meeting gross profit targets excite you? If so, then we would be delighted to hear from you.

The role

We are looking to appoint an Associate Director for our Cardiff and Leeds regional offices. The post holder will be a strong commercial leader, with overall responsibility for our terrestrial ecology teams based at our regional offices in Cardiff and Leeds, with other offices potentially added. You will have oversight of these regional offices, working closely with the individual regional office managers, who will report directly into you.

You’ll need to be a great people person, leading by example to motivate, engage and develop your team to be the best they can be. You’ll have an approachable and adaptable leadership style and the ability to communicate effectively to achieve the required results in accordance with our company systems and core values. You will be accountable for achieving agreed gross profit targets, hold overall responsibility for delivering high quality work on time and to budget and providing a first-class service to our clients. As this is a regional role, you will need to be more than happy to travel, staying away from home if required, and be inventive in finding ways of communicating effectively with your regional reports.

This is a pivotal position in the business, with the opportunity to shape the way the regional offices operate, including providing significant contribution to how we scope, resource and attract the best possible talent. You’ll have a direct influence over your regional teams’ culture, with autonomy to make key decisions to enable these offices to thrive.

You’ll be joining a happy, friendly workplace, guided by our values of Respect, Integrity, Support and Excellence. You’ll enjoy all the benefits we have to offer, including fantastic on-the-job training, 25 days annual leave (pro-rata), payment of a professional membership, a stakeholder pension scheme, discounted gym membership, free parking and regular social events


Thomson Environmental Consultants are experts in environmental compliance. Our specialist teams have been advising our clients across various sectors, on how to achieve their objectives and meet required environmental compliance since 2004. We cover a breadth of specialisms and are always pragmatic with our advice. With offices in Guildford, Leeds, Cardiff, and Birmingham, our teams assist with, ecological advice, surveys and assessments, habitat design and creation, ecological contracting, invasive species management, freshwater and marine consultancy, arboriculture consultancy and contracting, data management and mapping and last but not least, marine laboratory services (invertebrates, fish and sediment analyses).

Read some of our employee testimonials:

“Working at Thomson has given me so many opportunities to learn and progress in my career. As we work on such a wide range of projects and as everyone is so keen to help each other learn and develop, I have had the opportunity to gain broad experience very quickly. I have always felt so supported by my managers and the wider team and I have learnt so much through the advice I have been given by others as well as shadowing and undertaking training courses.” – Lyn P.

“Thomson has provided me with the opportunity to manage a diverse portfolio of projects from a variety of sectors. The company fosters a positive atmosphere where everyone feels valued. The support team are fantastic and work tirelessly to make life easier for everyone else. Thomson thrives on innovation and actively engages with research institutes to improve the effectiveness of its survey methods. People are recognised for their achievements and there are plenty of opportunities for career progression. I recommend Thomson for anyone considering a career in ecology.” – Will T.

“Thomson offers its staff a great culture in which to thrive in. With an open door policy, supportive team environment and flexible working, it creates a happy and productive work place. Our CEO is always keen to explore new ventures, making Thomson an exciting place to work and let’s not forget our amazing staff parties organised by our very own social team!” – Finance team.

Successful candidates must

  • Have significant experience within a commercial ecological / environmental consultancy
  • Have a degree or postgraduate degree (or equivalent) in an ecological or related subject
  • Be an exceptional leader, able to motivate managers and teams, with hands on experience of managing remote teams
  • Be technically competent, with an in-depth knowledge of ecology, legislation, and survey techniques
  • Be highly organised with considerable experience of managing large, complex projects
  • Have a proven track record of preparing bids and tenders, winning work and generating new business opportunities, with support from a commercial team
  • Be financially adept with the ability to manage budgets and meet gross profit targets
  • Have excellent written communication skills and be able to produce meticulous and accurate technical reports including EPSL applications, EcIA chapters and habitat regulation assessments
  • Have a full UK driving licence, use of a car and be willing and enthusiastic to travel between offices and stay away from home
  • Have a positive outlook and a strong desire to succeed.

Ideally successful candidates will also have

  • Full membership of CIEEM (or to have eligibility if not currently held)
  • Advanced field skills in one or more specialist areas as well as holding protected species licences.

This permanent position can be based at either our regional office in Cardiff or Leeds, with the need to commute to the Guildford head office, as and when required.

Please apply as soon as possible with your CV and a convincing covering letter, outlining your suitability for the role and indicating your preferred location (max 500 words) to