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WSP USA Principal Environmental (EIA) Consultant in Basingstoke, United Kingdom

At WSP, you’ll find yourself challenged in more fascinating and far-reaching ways than ever before. You’ll explore new and inspiring opportunities to make the most of your expertise, broaden your professional horizons and create exciting new possibilities for people, organisations and society in general.

In today’s world it’s important to work for a company that has clear purpose, giving back to communities and supporting what is truly important in the world. When considering a career move it’s vital to work for a business that is aligned to your values and goals, a place where you can belong. See what WSP stands for in 2024 and beyond…

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We are looking for a Principal level environmental professional to support our Environmental Management and Assessment Team in the UK, based from any of WSP’s UK offices. We have an exciting portfolio of projects which span a number of sectors such as onshore and offshore renewables, aviation, nuclear, rail to name but a few. We need people with creative spirit, a dedicated approach and a solid grounding in environmental design, assessment and management at any stage of the development project lifecycle.

As one of the largest environmental consultancies in the UK, WSP gets involved in some of the most challenging and high-profile projects. We work on anything from small developments across every sector, through to major national infrastructure schemes. Our Environmental Management and Assessment Team (https://www.wsp.com/en-GB/services/environmental-and-social-impact-assessment-and-planning) oversees and manages the environmental inputs to these schemes, with involvement through their lifecycle.

Our early engagement at the concept and option stages helps us to shape projects that reflect the challenges of sensitive environments and communities. In supporting continued design through to consent application, we work closely with our wider environmental specialists, as well as other skilled professionals, to develop proposals that fit with and enhance the environment and communities they sit within. We work to build in wider benefits of improved habitats, cleaner air and water, lower carbon and overall environmental gain. And with schemes approved and underway, we work alongside design and construction teams to ensure practice meets commitment. The role is ideally suited to a pro-active individual looking to use their initiative to progress their career.

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In today’s world it’s important to work for a company that has clear purpose, giving back to communities and supporting what is truly important in the world.

When considering a career move its vital to work for a business that is aligned to your values and goals, a place where you can belong.

To find out more about our business click on the following link and discover what awaits you at WSP: Who We Are | WSP (https://www.wsp.com/en-gb/who-we-are)


Work-life balance?

WSP recognises that work is only one part of your life and making time for other things is important – whether that’s for your families, friends, or yourself.

Our hybrid working policy allows the flexibility to work from the comfort of your own home as well as collaborating in our contemporary offices across the UK.

Inclusivity & Diversity?

We want our people to achieve rewarding careers, bringing their whole selves to work. We celebrate integrity and treat people with respect, supporting each other and embracing diversity to create a culture of inclusion and belonging at WSP.

Our employee resource groups VIBE (LGBTQ+ employees), CREED (Championing Racial Equality and Ethnic Diversity) and our Gender Balance Group, in tandem with WSP’s Neurodiverse Community Group, WSP Connect Group (visible and non-visible disabilities) help us promote the right environment for you to reach your full potential.

Health & Wellbeing?

We are committed to supporting our people, giving you the tools to make improvements to your health and wellbeing through our Thrive programme.

Med24 gives you and your family unrestricted telephone access to an NHS doctor where you can call day or night or have a face-to-face video consultation.

Flex your time?

For improved work life balance, WSP offers the “WSP Hour” which enables you to take one hour per day to do as you wish and make up the time earlier or later that day. We also offer part time and flexible working arrangements plus the option to flex your bank holiday entitlement to suit you.

Your development?

We appreciate that development and training is important to you and that’s why we have a supportive environment that invests in your development, whether that’s chartership, training or mentoring.



Here at WSP we positively encourage applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, pregnancy or maternity/paternity. As a Disability Confident leader, we will interview all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria, please let us know if you require any workplace adjustments in support of your application.

Please note WSP reserves the right to close the vacancy before the advertised closing date.

As a Principal EIA Consultant within WSPs Environmental Assessment and Management team, you will work with a range of technical environmental specialists and design teams across multiple sectors to lead environmental teams and inputs to project designs and assessments. You will be instrumental in improving the environmental performance for a diverse range of projects across multiple sectors.

The role would suit an enthusiastic individual looking to influence, lead and deliver environmental elements of engineering projects, within a wide range of sectors including rail, highways, energy and commercial / residential, from feasibility through to planning, detailed design, construction and handover / maintenance. You will have responsibility for leading projects including tasks relating to bidding, project team management, project delivery, and financial management. A typical week could include:

  • Providing environmental advice and support to clients, project managers and colleagues

  • Working with colleagues, diverse environmental specialists, clients and engineering teams to promote sustainable design and environmental enhancement

  • Leading large, multiple, and complex projects, overseeing our performance on technical, quality, commercial, and health and safety

  • Building relationships with clients and identifying opportunities to provide support in areas such as resourcing, programming, strategy development and project delivery.

  • Proactively seeking to develop new client relationships and actively seeking opportunities for marketing services and cross-selling, including presenting at conferences on behalf of WSP.

  • Undertaking activities to secure new work, including developing proposals for complex opportunities, delivering strategic level bids and framework opportunities, and undertaking business development opportunities.

  • Leading on and contributing to the development of innovative techniques to shape the way we do our business whether through Digital EIA, Technical Excellence, Future Ready EIA etc.

  • Driving performance improvement and career advancement opportunities across team.

  • Promoting and building team culture and being identified as a ‘go to’ person within the wider team, supporting others in problem solving and achieving team and business goals.

  • Promoting an inclusive workplace, demonstrating an understanding of Health and Safety whilst living the values of our health, safety, and wellbeing culture.

  • Undertaking actions that contribute towards the success of the WSP business strategy, whilst being self-motivated towards goals relevant to the role, team, and your projects.

  • A relevant environmental degree level qualification in EIA, or similar

  • Achieved or demonstrably working towards Chartered Environmental Status and Full membership of IEMA, or similar qualification with a relevant professional body

  • Excellent experience of EIA and EIA processes and working with limited supervision within multi-disciplinary teams

  • Sound knowledge and experience of relevant environmental and planning legislation

  • First rate verbal and written communication skills including report writing and reviewing with an attention to detail

  • Experience in large scale infrastructure projects, for example, rail, highways, energy, commercial / residential

  • Comprehensive project management skills, including commercial and risk aspects, forecasting, and quality assurance