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AECOM Principal Air Quality Consultant in Leeds, United Kingdom

Company Description

Work with Us. Change the World.

At AECOM, we're delivering a better world. Whether improving your commute, keeping the lights on, providing access to clean water, or transforming skylines, our work helps people and communities thrive. We are the world's trusted infrastructure consulting firm, partnering with clients to solve the world’s most complex challenges and build legacies for future generations.

There has never been a better time to be at AECOM. With accelerating infrastructure investment worldwide, our services are in great demand. We invite you to bring your bold ideas and big dreams and become part of a global team of nearly 50,000 planners, designers, engineers, scientists, digital innovators, program and construction managers and other professionals delivering projects that create a positive and tangible impact around the world.

We're one global team driven by our common purpose to deliver a better world. Join us.

Job Description

Our Air Quality team is looking for an experienced Principal Air Quality Consultant to complement and enhance our team in any of these locations - Birmingham, Basingstoke, Croydon, Leeds or Nottingham (other locations may be considered). This post offers excellent career opportunities in a large, friendly and well established team supporting one of the world's largest integrated engineering, construction and technical services organisations. The team numbers approximately 45 air quality specialists in the UK with over 500 practitioners worldwide.

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate an excellent understanding and knowledge of a wide variety of air quality issues, with the ability to lead and work well in a team and have excellent communication, report writing and mentoring skills. Experience of leading and delivering air quality assessments and reports to clients is essential.

Our UK team of air quality specialists delivers a range of exciting and varied projects across Europe, Middle East, India and Africa region. We work in multi-disciplinary teams delivering solutions to a broad base of client sectors including development, energy, oil and gas, water, government and transportation. There are opportunities to support our clients not only through EIA and planning related services but through the full spectrum of project life services including monitoring, due diligence, occupational exposure assessments, risk management, emissions monitoring and the drafting of good practice guidance.

Our clients are from the private and public sector and our leading UK clients include Defra, National Highways, Thames Water, TfL and GLA, and numerous Local Authorities, as well as leading UK contractors and developers.

We have an impressive portfolio of major national and international infrastructure projects. A selection of our current and recent projects includes:

  • Development and Implementation of a Regulatory Air Compliance Management Program for Kuwait Oil Company

  • Air quality and odour chapter for the Environmental Statement for Thames Tideway Tunnel

  • Baseline, early works and construction monitoring for Thames Tideway Tunnel

  • Air quality assessment for Highways England for the A303 Stonehenge

  • Air quality assessments for numerous developments as part of the London Olympic Legacy

  • Air quality assessments for some of the most prestigious developments and road schemes in Central London including the Silvertown Tunnel

  • Review of ESHIAs for ethical lenders looking to fund sustainable developments in Africa and Asia

  • Air quality assessment of Phases 1 and 2 of HS2

  • Digital based products with wider teams such as sustainability and geospatial teams.

  • Permit applications for carbon capture and hydrogen production facilities

  • Air Quality Tools and Guidance for Transport Infrastructure Ireland

Job Duties:

  • Lead and manage air quality impact assessments and the delivery of reports for clients for developments, roads and industrial facilities

  • Oversee staff to use a range of dispersion modelling software (e.g. ADMS/AERMOD) to predict air quality impacts

  • Manage ambient and workplace monitoring studies

  • Pro-actively assist in business development and take a lead in preparing proposals for internal and external clients

  • Demonstrate quality assurance procedures to review work and document these checks in according with policies and procedures

  • Review health and safety risk assessments for site work to ensure personal and team safety

  • Coordination of resources on projects and support workload management across the team

  • Collaborate with colleagues and clients to gather information, discuss project requirements, and provide solutions to problems

  • Establish good working relationships with other internal teams such as EIA, transportation, ecology, acoustics and sustainability/carbon


  • Degree level in a numerical science,

  • Full membership of a relevant professional body or certificate of successful completion of professional training

Minimum Requirements

  • Consultancy experience completing air quality assessments and providing air quality services for major projects for a range of public and private clients across a variety of sectors

  • Detailed understanding and knowledge of the current and future air quality policies in the UK

  • Enthusiasm for working in the air quality field

  • Excellent report writing skills, communication and presentation skills

  • Extensive dispersion modelling experience

  • Good understanding of ambient air quality monitoring

  • Ability to work independently

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite

Additional Information


AECOM is the world’s trusted infrastructure consulting firm, delivering professional services throughout the project lifecycle – from advisory, planning, design and engineering to program and construction management. On projects spanning transportation, buildings, water, new energy and the environment, our public- and private-sector clients trust us to solve their most complex challenges. Our teams are driven by a common purpose to deliver a better world through our unrivaled technical and digital expertise, a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion, and a commitment to environmental, social and governance priorities. AECOM is a Fortune 500 firm and its Professional Services business had revenue of $13.1 billion in fiscal year 2022. See how we are delivering sustainable legacies for generations to come at and @AECOM.

Freedom to Grow in a World of Opportunity

You will have the flexibility you need to do your best work with hybrid work options. Whether you’re working from an AECOM office, remote location or at a client site, you will be working in a dynamic environment where your integrity, entrepreneurial spirit and pioneering mindset are championed.

You will help us foster a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion – a safe and respectful workplace, where we invite everyone to bring their whole selves to work using their unique talents, backgrounds and expertise to create transformational outcomes for our clients.

AECOM provides a wide array of compensation and benefits programs to meet the diverse needs of our employees and their families. We also provide a robust global well-being program. We’re the world’s trusted global infrastructure firm, and we’re in this together – your growth and success are ours too.

Join us, and you’ll get all the benefits of being a part of a global, publicly traded firm – access to industry-leading technology and thinking and transformational work with big impact and work flexibility. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person’s potential, and we’ll help you reach yours.

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

ReqID: J10098115

Business Line: Environment

Business Group: DCS

Strategic Business Unit: Europe & India

Career Area: Science

Work Location Model: Hybrid