Associate Director - Head Of Marine Ornithology 1516788 | Eden Scott

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Associate Director - Head Of Marine Ornithology

  • Edinburgh
  • £60000 - £80000 per annum
  • Permanent

Our client an industry leading environmental consultancy is seeking an Associate Director - Head of Marine Ornithology to join their team on a permanent basis.

Flexible across the UK

Up to £80k per annum

Purpose / Scope of role

To lead on further developing the marine ornithology workstream, setting a future vision and ensuring the growth ambition is delivered for the service line. To collaborate with our experienced marine ornithology team leads in order to expand the capabilities of the team and ensure continued excellence in delivery. To assist in resource planning for the topic area, including timely recruitment of staff to meet future needs. To work with the leadership team within the Marine Science division in developing new service lines to support group growth into new sectors and regions eg. Biodiversity Net Gain and Compensation.To raise the external profile of marine ornithology services, including development of relationships with key strategic clients, representation at relevant conferences, and through a variety of thought leadership platforms. To take a technical lead role on high profile projects, including expert witness roles as required.

Our clients marine ornithology teams provide critical consenting and environmental input to major development projects, in particular, take a lead on topic-related technical inputs to offshore wind and other major infrastructure project consent applications led by our market-leading marine planning and environmental business, as well as collaborating with other strategic partners Increasingly, this will include support to international developments due to our successful expansion into new sectors and territories.

What success looks like in this role

  • You will work with your sector and divisional director to develop growth plans for your area of responsibility.

  • You will plan and execute efficient ways of working, supporting resource planning, development of staff, and ensuring a pipeline of work with our business development leads.

  • You will work with your team leads to establish a strong ornithological community across the Group, collaborating across teams and engaging with workstreams involving marine birdlife.

  • You will implement a culture of high performance, consolidating a centre of excellence, preparing white papers and research, advising regulators and presenting at industry recognised events.

  • You will keep abreast of emerging ideas and opportunities within the industry and ensure that your team are ready to deliver as advice changes or as new ways of working present themselves.

Key Responsibilities

  • To lead on development of the business plan and growth strategy for the marine ornithology service line together with your sector and divisional director.

  • To oversee operations and be responsible for all aspects of marine ornithological service delivery (including resourcing, quality, and pipeline)

  • To monitor the team's performance by gathering relevant data and produce detailed reports for management review.

  • To work collaboratively with the senior management team in the Marine Infrastructure Sector to align objectives and business processes.

  • To lead and mentor the marine ornithology consulting team, including co-ordinating their training and professional development.

  • Responsible for driving and improving employee engagement within your team.

  • To successfully develop, maintain and manage internal and external stakeholder relationships, actively seeking new clients and business opportunities.

  • To encourage sharing of efficiencies, best practice, and new ideas across the wider teams.

  • To ensure compliance with relevant national and international standards, including health and safety standards.

  • To have accountability for technical quality of marine ornithological input/deliverables.

  • To provide specialist technical advice to colleagues and clients as required (potentially expert witness positions).

  • To maintain a culture of continuous improvement and quality assurance.

  • To carry out any additional activities that may be reasonably required or requested.

  • To take reasonable care for the health and safety of yourself and others; make use of the tools, equipment, training, and resources; and actively engage with colleagues at all levels to contribute to the continuous improvement of health and safety management.



  • Relevant degree or equivalent qualification, preferably with chartered status or working towards: Full Member of IEMA/IES/CIEEM and/or CEnv

  • Demonstrable topic expert in the field of marine ornithological consultancy

  • Experience of managing and delivery of EcIA / EIA for large UK and/or Irish infrastructure projects, ideally offshore wind

  • Detailed knowledge of marine planning and consents processes and strategies to support for major development projects: England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland (awareness of global approaches beneficial)

  • Experience in a multidisciplinary consultancy and integration /interface management of various workstreams or teams

  • Excellent team leader, including leading high performing teams, managing change and effective delegationGood client facing experience, with experience of developing relationships and winning new business, within ornithology or cross-selling.


  • Working knowledge of marine species ecology, demography and phenology

  • Biodiversity Net Gain and Compensation knowledge and awareness

  • Confident with public speaking and presenting

  • Experience in managing a geographically widespread team who work remotely

  • Track record of developing team members and supporting their careers

  • Subcontractor management

Our Values

Our most important assets are our people who work for the firm. We all work as one team and rely on each other. We wish to create a working environment to which our people are proud to belong, by maintaining our values at the forefront of everything we do. These values are:

  • Integrity - We do the right thing

  • Quality - Quality in everything

  • People - We care

  • Forward thinking - We focus on the future

  • Positivity - We believe we can

  • Fairness - We champion equality

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