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Senior Principal Consultant, Biodiversity

The Biodiversity Consultancy


Posted over 30 days ago...

Join the forefront of integrating nature into global business, shaping sustainability in the mining sector and beyond


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£65000 - £75000

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3e King's Parade

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Expires at anytime

Organisation summary: Become a key player in a pioneering consultancy dedicated to integrating environmental sustainability into business practices. Work with leading mining companies, finance institutions, and various industry organisations to revolutionise the integration of nature into business decision-making. This is your chance to influence the future of nature sustainability within the mining sector and expand your impact to infrastructure, ports, and agriculture.

Role Summary:Lead complex project management including technical design, ensuring on-time, on-budget delivery with high quality.Conduct environmental and social due diligence and risk assessments across various sectors.Develop innovative strategies for new and existing clients to promote business growth.Engage in public speaking, writing, and representing the company to enhance brand visibility.Collaborate with the R&D team to create new tools for assessing biodiversity impacts.Stay updated on nature-related international business and development project issues.

Role Requirements:Minimum of ten years' experience in infrastructure development projects including mining.Expertise in applying International Finance Corporation’s Performance Standard 6.Proven consultancy experience and success in managing multiple complex projects.Exceptional writing and verbal communication skills.Competency in GIS analysis.Willingness to travel globally and tackle challenging environments.Proven business development and client relationship skills.Relevant Honours degree.Desirable: Field conservation experience, QAQC skills, proficiency in French or Spanish, experience managing teams, postgraduate or PhD, and work experience in Africa, Latin America, or Asia.

  • Preferred location: UK. Other strategic locations in Europe considered.
  • Salary range: £65,000-£75,000

The purpose of the role is to work with leading mining companies, industry organisations and finance institutions in the integration of nature into business decision-making. You will be playing a crucial part in shaping the future of nature sustainability for the mining sector. The role will also involve working across a broader range of sectors including linear infrastructure, ports and agriculture through the application of lender safeguards, notably the International Finance Corporation’s Performance Standard 6.


  • Project Management: consisting of technical design of complex projects, ensuring timely delivery of on-budget projects to the requisite level of quality and technical substance.

Projects may include:

  • Undertaking assessments to understand site level project risks and impacts and identifying opportunities for mitigation including offset.
  • Environmental and Social Due Diligence of large, complex projects across mining, infrastructure, and agriculture sectors
  • Undertaking assessments to identify portfolio level risks, impacts and dependencies on nature and preparation of strategies to mitigate risks and optimise opportunities.

Strategy and business development

  • Developing strategic and innovative proposals of work with new or existing clients. Expand the business through networking and relationship building with global business forums, academia, NGOs etc.

Innovation and communication

  • Public speaking on behalf of TBC, including writing, reviewing and delivering webinars and in-person presentations to elevate our visibility as a trusted brand for the mining sector.
  • Writing and reviewing material for scientific and business press, TBC website and publications

Work with senior staff and our technical research and development team to develop approaches, metrics and tools for assessing and mitigating biodiversity impacts of complex, large-scale projects in areas of sensitive biodiversity.

  • Keeping abreast of current nature-related issues for international business and development projects.

Essential attributes

  • At least ten years’ relevant experience in infrastructure development projects including mining
  • Experience of applying lender requirements, particularly International Finance Corporation’s Performance Standard 6, to development projects in emerging economies in extractives, and/or agribusiness sectors
  • Solid consultancy experience
  • Experience of managing and delivering multiple complex projects
  • Excellent writing and verbal communication skills
  • Sufficient GIS skills to design and evaluate analyses with our GIS team
  • Willingness and enthusiasm to travel globally and work in challenging environments
  • Good track record of business development and client relationship management
  • A good Honours degree in a relevant discipline.

Desirable attributes

  • A background as a field conservation specialist, understanding how to make conservation theory work in practice with communities and governments.
  • Experience of reviewing work and providing QAQC
  • Proven ability to work in French or Spanish
  • Experience of supervising or managing individuals and/or small teams
  • A postgraduate qualification or a PhD in a relevant discipline.
  • Experience working in Africa, Latin America, or Asia.

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