Climate Change and Sustainability Specialist

Climate Change and Sustainability Specialist

Location: Guildford 

Are you a commercially minded and innovative Climate Change/Sustainability Specialist, looking for your next exciting opportunity?  Do you want to work for a growing and ambitious company, and play a key role in our drive to be a positive disruptor in the climate/net zero space?

Are you up for the challenge? If so, we would love to hear from you.


The role

We are looking for someone with vision and technical expertise with a passion for climate change/sustainability. Your primary responsibility will be to research and develop Thomson’s commercial offering to the market on climate change and sustainability. This will include researching opportunities and developing strategic propositions to enable clients to achieve climate resilience at project and corporate level, and positively contribute to achieving the UK’s 2050 net zero target. Growth-minded, you will build and lead a team of climate change specialists to develop a targeted suite of climate change and sustainability services and deliver these professionally.  This could include, for example, development of predictive/assessment models, data visualisation and corporate training. You will also work with our EIA team to incorporate proportionate assessment of climate change/sustainability into our EIA offering. You will proactively seek out opportunities to build relationships with niche consultancies and academic/research institutions to develop a commercial service for clients, including local authorities, utilities providers and developers across multiple sectors. This is a highly interesting role, allowing for autonomy and an ability to develop your own practice as well as grow your own team.

Ideal candidates are likely to be currently working at Principal/Associate Director level, with the commercial acumen to take charge of growth within this new sphere of the business. You will be a sound communicator, confident when liaising and building relationships with clients and key stakeholders, as well as design teams and planning authorities. You will be comfortable managing high-performing teams to deliver commercial outcomes. You will be a skilled project manager, consistently delivering projects on time and to budget, helping the business to achieve its ambitious growth plans.  An expert in the climate change field, you will have a detailed knowledge of climate/net zero methodology and best practice, as well as broader sustainability matters. You will promote compliance and comply with all company systems and policies.

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, discounted gym membership, free parking (location dependent) and regular social events, with the odd cake thrown in for good measure!


Successful candidates must

  • hold a degree or postgraduate degree in environmental science or other relevant discipline
  • have previous experience of climate change/sustainability at Principal or Associate Director level
  • be able to evidence a successful track record of project management with strong commercial outcomes
  • have experience of driving commercial outcomes through innovative approaches
  • be commercially minded, with a track record of delivering projects on time and to budget
  • have a demonstrable track record of identifying and winning work
  • have excellent verbal and written communication skills, with experience of liaising with clients, planning authorities and key stakeholders, as well as writing technical reports and reviewing those produced by others
  • be a strong team player, with the ability to integrate quickly and engage other technical specialists within the business
  • have the desire to develop and grow a high-performing team
  • have initiative and be a self-starter
  • have a full UK driving licence, use of a car and be willing to travel using public transport, where appropriate.


This permanent position will be based from our Head Office on the picturesque Surrey Research Park in Guildford. There will be opportunity for some remote working, and part-time will also be considered.


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



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 Birmingham, Cardiff, Guildford and Leeds, our teams provide consulting advice, undertake 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).


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What you can expect from us? Read some of our employee testimonials:

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.

William 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!

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I’ve found the culture of the company refreshing – there’s a fast-pace approach to decision making which means that ideas are not just discussed but implemented!

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