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Mott MacDonald • Newcastle, UK / Leeds, UK / Sheffield, UK

Senior Associate - Environment & Sustainability

2 days/week at home

A little flex time – We’re happy to talk flexible working and how we can support your responsibilities beyond the workplace. We offer a range of options depending on your role, so please discuss this with your recruiter.

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Job Description

Mott MacDonald

We’re a global engineering, management, and development consultancy.
Our purpose is to improve society by considering social outcomes in everything we do, relentlessly focusing on excellence and digital innovation, transforming our clients’ businesses, our communities and employee opportunities.

A fundamental part of this is respecting each person’s differences and striving to meet their needs.

We are proud to be a one of Glassdoor’s top employers to work for in the UK, as well as being recognised as a Top Inclusive Company in the UK.

Our values: Progress, Respect, Integrity, Drive, Excellence.

About the division

Environmental and social considerations are central to Mott MacDonald’s Purpose and its offerings across all sectors and territories. Our environment and social business provides essential services and innovative solutions which anticipate our clients' needs across all sectors.

Overview of role

The Environmental & Sustainability Services (ESS) team consists of over 130 environmental and sustainability professionals located across 18 offices throughout the UK and Spain. ESS are involved in a diverse range of projects across a number of different sectors, including but not limited to energy, ports/marine, defence, water, rail and urban development projects for a variety of clients including local authorities, government agencies, utility companies, Network Rail, National Grid, contractors and many more.

ESS lead on the coordination, delivery and management of environmental and sustainability workstreams at all stages of the project lifecycle, from business case development and optioneering through to supply chain procurement and construction. The ESS team are pivotal to advocating for environmental and social outcomes on projects and embedding sustainability into the decision-making process, working closely with environmental technical specialists, stakeholders, design team and clients.

Digital innovation is also at the forefront of all work undertaken, with several team members skilled in the use of GIS, and ESS fully embracing the use of emerging digital technologies. As well as delivering ESS workstreams, there are opportunities to work alongside technical teams where skills and interests align including climate resilience, carbon and our wide range of environmental and social disciplines. Working with our sectoral and client account leaders to provide technical leadership and advice on UK wide major infrastructure projects, you will also be working to develop internal and external relationships in the North East, Yorkshire and Humber Region supporting the Regional Environmental Lead to win and deliver local work. We are looking for a Senior Associate with level consultant with at extensive experience to join our North of England ESS Team, working on projects across the UK. We would be very keen to talk with you if you are interested in working across a diverse portfolio of projects, delivering environmental and sustainable outcomes for our clients and also helping to develop our people.

We are looking for someone to be based out of our Newcastle, Leeds or Sheffield city centre offices. We are seeking someone to help manage and lead the growing Newcastle team, working alongside the ESS North of England & Scotland Team Leader, including local business development, managing resources, some line management duties, cascading key messages such as regarding health and safety, aiding with the technical development of junior staff and looking out for their wellbeing in the working environment. Alternatively, we are seeking someone to be based out of our Sheffield or Leeds offices to support the current ESS Team Leaders with providing technical leadership, mentoring and potential line management of staff and local work winning and delivery.

Candidate specification


  • Relevant academic/professional qualifications
  • Chartership through a relevant organisation
  • Highly experienced in EIA, relevant UK environmental planning legislation and/or ESG, sustainability strategy development for infrastructure projects and national and local sustainability priorities
  • Experience of working in a client-facing environment and ability to build relationships and influence stakeholders to deliver positive outcomes
  • Well organised with strong planning and management skills, with ability to produce high quality deliverables and manage budgets and programmes
  • Experience working in diverse multi-disciplinary teams and leading teams to produce environmental and sustainability deliverables to a high standard


  • Bid/tender delivery experience including development of cost and quality responses
  • Experience of working on TWAO and/or DCO schemes, and experience of the energy, marine and rail sectors, would be beneficial
  • People management experience and supporting staff development including progression with professional qualifications
  • Confident delivery of environmental and sustainability workshops or training, both online and in person


Equality, diversity, and inclusion

We put equality, diversity, and inclusion at the heart of our business, seeking to promote fair employment procedures and practices to ensure equal opportunities for all. We encourage individual expression in our workplace and are committed to creating an inclusive environment where everyone feels they can contribute.


We want you to perform your best at every stage in the recruitment process. If you are disabled or need any support to enable you to apply or attend an interview, please contact us at reasonable.adjustments@mottmac.com and we will talk to you about how we can support you.

Agile working

Happy to talk Flexible Working and how we can support your responsibilities beyond the workplace.

We offer some fantastic benefits including:

Health and wellbeing

  • Private medical insurance for all UK colleagues.
  • Health cash plan to support you with every day health costs and treatments.
  • Access to Peppy, providing free support from menopause experts for all UK colleagues.
  • A variety of wellbeing support is available through our comprehensive wellbeing program, including access for you and your family.
  • Ability to flex your salary to opt into a wide range of health benefits, many of which can be extended to your family too.

Financial wellbeing

  • We match employee pension contributions between 4.5% and 7%.
  • Life assurance equal up to 4 x your basic salary, with an option to increase the level of cover to 6 x your salary.
  • Our income protection scheme provides a financial benefit, as well as absence and return to work support due to long-term illness or injury.
  • Flexible benefits, including increased life assurance cover, critical illness insurance, payroll saving and will writing.
  • As an independently owned business we share the financial success of the business with all our colleagues in various ways including annual bonus schemes.


  • A minimum of 33-35 days holiday each year, inclusive of public holidays and dependent on level, with the ability to buy or sell leave through our flexible benefits programme.
  • Holiday entitlement increased to a minimum of 35 days after 5 years’ service.
  • Variety of employee saving schemes and discounts from high-street retailers.

Enhanced family and carers leave

  • Enhanced family leave policies, including 26 weeks paid maternity and adoption leave, and two weeks paid paternity/partner leave.
  • Our shared parental leave matches maternity leave meaning we pay up to 24 weeks at full pay.
  • Up to five additional days leave are provided for those with significant caring responsibilities, two of which are paid.

Learning and development

  • Primary annual professional institution subscription.
  • A broad range of opportunities to enhance both technical and soft skills through mentoring, formal training, and self-development options.

Networks, communities, and social outcomes

  • Join a wide range of groups including our Advanced Employee Networks which support our LGBTQ+, gender, race and ethnicity, disability, and parents/carers communities.
  • Make a difference within our communities through our social outcomes.

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Company benefits

Open to part-time employees
Adoption leave – 26 weeks full pay
Open to part time work for some roles
Buddy scheme
Flexible working week
Enhanced sick pay
Dental coverage
Compassionate leave
Health assessment
Eye Care Support – Eyecare vouchers
Private GP service – Private Medical care for all UK staff
Season ticket loan
Theme park discounts
Religious celebration leave
Buy or sell annual leave
Accrued annual leave
Caregiver Leave
Enhanced maternity leave – 26 weeks
Enhanced paternity leave – 2 weeks
Shared parental leave – We match up to 24 weeks full pay
Pregnancy loss leave
Tax-free childcare
In office yoga classes
Cycle to work scheme
Faith rooms
Salary sacrifice
Life assurance
Annual pay rises
Pension match/increase
Life insurance
Annual bonus
Income protection
Employee discounts
Professional subscriptions – We pay for your primary professional annual subscription
Lunch and learns
Employee assistance programme
L&D budget
Teambuilding days
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Work-life balance
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Role modelling
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Working at Mott MacDonald

Company employees

18,000 worldwide

Gender diversity (male:female)


Office locations

UK Wide; London, Croydon, Birmingham, Derby, Altrincham, Manchester, Whitehaven, Newcastle, Middlesbrough, Durham, Bristol, Southampton, Reading, Cambridge, Peterborough, Brighton, Norwich, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Inverness, Cardiff, Newport, Exeter, Leicester, Leeds, Skipton, York

Hiring Countries

United Kingdom

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