Graduate Sustainability Consultant

Hoare Lea

We are an award-winning engineering consultancy with a creative team of engineers, designers, and technical specialists. We provide innovative solutions to complex engineering and design challenges for buildings. Irrespective of the scale or complexity of a project, we provide a full range of MEP, environmental and sustainability services, bringing buildings to life and ensuring that they perform in operation as well as they look.

Only considering candidates eligible to work in Reading, UK ⚠️

**2024 Graduate Sustainability Consultant


Competitive salary + benefits**

About us

A fantastic career opportunity has arisen for a creative and driven Sustainability professional to join our Sustainability Group.

We provide a diverse sustainability consultancy service promoting sustainable development for a range of projects, across all sectors. Our Sustainability Group is an industry leader in its approach to sustainability design, construction and building operation.  Focused on achieving ever greater standards of environmental sustainability, the Group thrives on its dynamic, innovative, and ambitious working culture.

This is a rare opportunity to grow not only your own career, but the industry approach to your field of expertise as a whole.

Why work for us?

Hoare Lea is an award-winning engineering consultancy with a creative team of engineers, designers, and technical specialists. We provide innovative solutions to complex engineering and design challenges for buildings.

•    You’ll collaborate with the industry’s best, working with a wide range of built-environment specialists.

•    You’ll be part of progressive and exciting projects, able to experience innovative schemes across all sectors.

•    You’ll advance your career, your way, thanks to our structured Career Paths framework.

The role

As a Graduate Sustainability Consultant you’ll have the opportunity to learn a wide range of energy and sustainability skills whilst helping internal teams to deliver sustainability tasks for a variety of projects.

As part of the role you will have the opportunity to:

•    Undertaking building performance simulation and energy related workstreams, using a range of modelling approaches, tools, and techniques.

•    Developing energy strategies with our clients to lead sustainability innovation on a series of developments.

•    Supporting the development of holistic Sustainability Strategies, where necessary.

•    Assist in the delivery of environmental assessments (such as BREEAM, WELL, HQM, etc) from  early design stages through to completion.

•    Develop an understanding and knowledge of whole life carbon reporting to support clients Net Zero Carbon strategies.

•    Communicate and engage with clients, design teams and contractors on projects, with opportunities to visit sites during construction phases.

•    As well as project-related work, the Group engages directly with industry undertaking research and development studies, and authoring industry guidance. We hold key positions on national design commissions and influential industry bodies. The role also presents the opportunity for involvement in this aspect of the Group’s work to those keen to have a direct influence on the industry.

What we are looking for

Key Skills & Knowledge:

•    Educated to degree level in Engineering, Architecture or the Built Environment.

•    Knowledge/ awareness of one or more of the following is desirable:

  • WELL
  • Whole Life Carbon
  • Energy Modelling

•    Appreciation of broader sustainability issues, such as; sustainability governance and reporting, sustainability strategies, climate change adaptation, behaviour change, etc.

About you

•    Experience working within the built environment sector.

•    Already working within a sustainability or engineering consultancy, you will be looking for a new challenge within a practice at the very forefront of our field.

•    You will bring expertise (with a degree in engineering / science, and experience in the field) and a passion for creating sustainable solutions.

•    You will relish being part of dynamic team within a progressive and well-respected firm.

•    You will have good communication skills and an enthusiasm for working within a team environment.

•    Like us, you will be serious about sustainability.

Our benefits

To reward your hard work and commitment we offer both core and flexible benefits, a competitive salary and industry leading training and development to support you throughout your career.

Core benefits

•    Private medical scheme

•    Life Assurance

•    Income protection

•    25 days annual leave, increasing to 30 with length of service

•    Contributory pension scheme

•    Employee Assistance Programme

•    Enhanced Paternity, Maternity & Shared Parental Leave

•    Season Ticket Loans

•    Professional membership subscription

•    Flexitime

Flexible benefits

•    9-day fortnight – the firm offers all employees the option to work a 9-day fortnight

•    Hybrid Working – activity-based approach

•    Employee stock purchase plan – a voluntary program which allows eligible employees to purchase Tetra Tech common stock at a 15% discount

•    Holiday buy & sell up to 5 days

•    Study Assistance

•    Cycle to work scheme

•    Employee Referral Scheme

•    Sabbatical Leave

•    Other flexible benefits include gym and retail discounts, travel & dental insurance and GAYE (Give as you Earn)

•    Flexible working - We’re happy to discuss flexible working.  There is no obligation to raise this at the application stage but if you wish to do so, you are welcome to.  Flexible working will be part of the discussion at offer stage

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Equal opportunities statement

Hoare Lea is committed to ensuring that the most suitably qualified and experienced candidates are appointed to positions within the firm on the basis of job-related criteria.

Reasonable adjustments statement

We're proud to be an inclusive, equal opportunities employer, and we’re committed to ensuring that all candidates are treated fairly throughout the recruitment process. If you have a disability that might affect your performance at any stage of the recruitment process, please let us know about any help or reasonable adjustments as soon possible before any interview or assessment. We’ll work with you to make sure any appropriate support is in place.


Leading independent engineering consultancy specializing in MEP, environmental, and sustainability services.

Working Week

We work a 9 day fortnight. That's 9 slightly longer days over 2 weeks (80 hours total), with every second Friday off.

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Our Vacation Policy

We offer 30 days of PTO, includes annual leave and additional flexible leave options

Remote Working Policy

We offer hybrid working environment with flexible location options.

Company Benefits

  • Health insurance
  • 401(k) company contribution
  • Flexible working hours
  • Generous parental leave
  • Equipment allowance
  • Life & Disability Insurance
  • Professional Development Budget
  • Opportunties for Sabbaticals
  • Mental Health Support

Our Team

We're a team of 1.2k across 17 departments:

  • engineering
  • education
  • consulting
  • finance
  • +13 more teams

Desirable Skills and Experience

  • Sustainability assessments
  • Energy modelling
  • Sustainability governance
  • Climate change adaptation
  • Whole life carbon reporting

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