Principal 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 Bournemouth or Reading, UK ⚠️

**Principal Sustainability Consultant (Whole Life Carbon)

Bournemouth or Reading**

About us

A fantastic career opportunity has arisen for a creative and driven Principal Sustainability Consultant to join our Sustainability Group. The role is based in our Bournemouth or Reading offices and will be part of our broader Sustainability group which has a presence in every Hoare Lea office across the country.

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.

Hoare Lea were an early adopter of Design for Performance (DfP), taking our pioneer project (Timber Square) to become the UK’s first NABERSUK Design for Performance project to complete the Independent Design Review and score 5* design reviewed target rating.

With a focus on human-centred, environmentally sustainable design, Hoare Lea delivered the world’s first workplace fit-out to achieve both BREEAM Outstanding and WELL Certified Gold. Our clients are industry leading, always striving to achieve the best and to push the boundaries of sustainability.

At Hoare Lea you’ll have the opportunity to not just work on exciting projects but to also engage with the industry. Hoare Lea regularly collaborate with UKGBC, CIBSE and were one of the first to sign up to support the Building Services Engineers Declare initiative.

You’ll be part of progressive and exciting projects, able to experience innovative schemes and gain knowledge across all sectors. With a structured Career Paths Framework, you’ll have a clear understanding of the pathway for advancing your career.

The role

As part of the role you will:

•    Take ownership and deliver small scale projects.

•    Support senior team members on large scale projects and take ownership of specific workstreams.

•    Lead workshops with the client and design team and communicate information in a clear and concise manor.

•    Effectively delegate, manage and review work undertaken by others.

•    Support the training and development of junior members of the team.

•    Undertaking a range of modelling and analysis, which may include but not limited to: embodied carbon of materials, circular economy opportunities and building performance simulation.

•    Supporting the drive towards realising net zero whole life carbon in our projects.

•    Working with other members of the Sustainability Group on research and development initiatives to allow us to stay at the cutting edge of knowledge in our industry.

•    As well as project-related work, the Group engages directly with industry undertaking research and development studies, and authoring industry guidance. 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:

You will have detailed knowledge, competence and qualifications in a selection of the following fields. It is not expected that applicants will have expertise in all of the below topics. Applicants will be expected to have focus areas and detailed knowledge within them and should demonstrate a willingness to gain expertise in other topic areas.

•    Whole life carbon

•    Energy strategies

•    Building Regulations Part L assessments using Elmhurst and IES

•    NABERS UK modelling

•    In-Use energy modelling and assessment

•    Dynamic modelling for thermal comfort assessments and overheating risk assessments

•    BREEAM and HQM assessments

•    Bespoke sustainability charters

•    Health and wellbeing strategies and certification

•    Production of planning documents including sustainability statements, energy statements, whole life carbon reports and circular economy statements

•    Net zero carbon strategies and embodied carbon calculations

•    Circular economy strategies.

About you:

•    Experience working within sustainability 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 an applicable field) and a passion for creating sustainable solutions.

•    You will be confident in leading sustainability workshops with design teams.

•    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

•    Electric car (salary sacrifice scheme) or travel allowance (principal)

•    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

How to apply

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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.

Positive action statement

We know that to be the best at what we do we need a diverse workforce underpinned by an inclusive culture. That’s why we particularly welcome applications from women, global ethnic majority, neurodiverse and disabled candidates, as they are under-represented within leadership roles at Hoare Lea

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

  • Whole life carbon
  • Energy strategies
  • Building Regulations Part L
  • NABERS UK modelling
  • In-Use energy modelling
  • Dynamic modelling
  • BREEAM assessments
  • HQM assessments
  • Sustainability charters
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Planning documents
  • Net zero carbon strategies
  • Embodied carbon calculations
  • Circular economy strategies

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