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ACS Testing Ltd, a Phenna Group Company, have an exciting opportunity to appoint a Principal Consultant to head-up our new regional office in Harlow, Hertfordshire. The consultancy and site investigation sector of our business currently employs more than 15 staff of various levels of qualification and experience.

We are looking for an experienced, business minded, principal consultant to develop this region and help build a strong, adaptable team, led by technical excellence as its core principle.

The scope of our work typically encompasses contaminated land desk studies, site investigation planning, execution and reporting, remediation planning and verification reporting, landfill monitoring, CQA and waste consultancy. We are supported by our in-house specialist services including geotechnical and chemical laboratories, as well as in-house drilling, coring and in-situ testing services.

The employment is based in our newly established office in Harlow, Hertfordshire.

Job Description

With the support of the ACS Geoscience Manager and the ACS Managing Director, you will be responsible for business development, technical delivery, and business management of the region. We are looking for someone who is able and inspired to develop what is a good business into a new area with a well-balanced and energetic team.

The successful candidate will have the following:

  • Bachelor and/or Masters degrees with a geology basis, the other degree being in earth sciences or a related subject.
  • Chartered geologist or scientist (specialising in geo-environmental or geotechnical assessment)
  • At least 15 years working experience, including;
    • specialism/good working knowledge in either geo-environmental and/or geotechnical assessment
    • project management
    • team/people management
  • Able to communicate well with clients, team members, and other members of ACS and the wider Phenna Group.
  • Able and enthused to develop work with clients. Someone who is motivated to look for work and to meet and develop a good relationship with clients.
  • Have a good understanding of commercial imperatives, including;
    • Behaving, and ensuring that the team behave, in such a way to protect the health, safety and wellbeing of the team and all they work with, and to protect the environment in the course of and as part of the work
    • Ensuring that the team deliver work which is of good quality, meets the client’s expectations, and is correct
    • Setting and meeting financial targets, and reporting and discussing the financial productivity of the team to the ACS Geoscience Manager
    • Liaising with the other parts of the ACS team and the wider Phenna Group businesses to provide an excellent and efficient combined service to clients

Basic package details

  • Job Type: Full-time, Permanent;
  • Core Working Hours: 08:00 to 17:00, Monday to Friday, with a requirement for overtime working when necessary;
  • Salary: TBA, subject to qualifications & experience;
  • Vehicle allowance;
  • Medical Insurance Scheme;
  • Professional Membership;