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Analyst Consultant (Air Quality, Vehicle Emissions)

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Ricardo Energy & Environment is a leading sustainability consultancy combining energy, climate change, environmental and chemical risk expertise with strong IT and economics capability. Operating across the world, we work in partnership with our customers to help transform the way they work, empowering business leaders with award winning consultancy advice. With unrivalled sector insight and a reputation for producing innovative solutions, we offer a stimulating and rewarding environment in which to work. The Air Quality & Environment Practice team of over 130 consultants, scientists and engineers develop and apply state-of-the-art tools and techniques to deliver effective solutions to difficult air quality problems. Our team includes knowledge leaders on air quality measurement, inventory development, modelling, exposure assessment, chemical modelling, public health impacts, information management and data visualisation. Our clients benefit from the full range of air quality services that result in solutions and strategies tailored to addressing challenges at local, city and national scales. We deliver hundreds of projects every year, to public and private sector clients in the UK and overseas, including flagship programmes such as the UK’s national air quality measurement network (AURN), the National Atmospheric Emissions Inventory (NAEI) and the annual national scale air quality modelling assessment on behalf of UK Government. With growing pressure on businesses and governments around the world to meet stringent standards and regulations, the ability to accurately measure particles in the air is an essential requirement that can pose a significant challenge. Accurate measurements of the spatial and temporal distributions of particles and understanding their behaviours enable businesses to improve their product performance, reduce costs and demonstrate conformance to industry regulators and with government air quality standards. Ricardo Energy & Environment’s experts help industry and government comply with legislation, supporting organizations through our key services – such as equipment calibration (essential for demonstrating to regulatory authorities the validity of measurements), and we carry out monitoring and quantifying airborne particles in a wide variety of scenarios. We have ambitious growth plans and are now seeking to strengthen our laboratory and technical support team at our Ludbridge Mill Laboratory. Role Purpose / Key Accountabilities: As an Analyst Consultant in the Particle Measurement Centre (PMC) you will be required to follow documented procedures to ensure that equipment checks and calibrations are made to a high standard, and that data are accurately recorded and made available to project staff and customers in a timely manner. Duties will initially include working alongside colleagues in the PMC and providing support for off-site experimental work. Once fully trained you will be expected to work independently both within the Ricardo laboratory facilities and at client sites. Some UK (mainly in the West Midlands), and potentially overseas travel will be required. The successful candidate will be expected to work away from home for extended periods for up to two weeks per month on average. Other technical duties will include the preparation and routine maintenance of equipment, and ensuring that laboratory, workshop and store areas are kept in good order for use by colleagues and clients including senior technicians, scientists and engineering staff. Client liaison will be a key feature of the role.

Key competencies and experience:

  • This role requires a Full, clean UK driving licence with solid driving experience - checks will be made
  • Good numerical and computer literacy skills are essential;
  • A degree in Physical Sciences or Engineering is an advantage, but not essential; candidates who can demonstrate relevant experience will also be considered
  • There will be some physical requirements to this role: either through travel or lifting of equipment, etc.
  • Although practical familiarity with monitoring equipment and calibration procedures would be desirable, we recognise that suitable candidates will be able to gain these skills rapidly with suitable training

Skills and behaviours:

  • IT literacy
  • Strong communication and team working skills
  • Excellent organisational and time management skills
  • Accuracy and attention to detail
  • Self-reliance and good problem solving skills
  • Awareness of site safety issues


This is a fast-paced and challenging environment offering you the opportunity to make your mark. You will have support from the wider business for your career to develop into a wide range of future opportunities within Ricardo Energy & Environment.

In return for your commitment, drive and enthusiasm, we offer an attractive remuneration and benefits package and the opportunity to make a difference in a challenging and rewarding field.


Ricardo Energy & Environment is an equal opportunities employer.

This is an exciting and rewarding place to work, with the opportunity to make a difference. What sets us apart is our People. You will work with an exceptional team of talented, dedicated and supportive individuals. You will have a fantastic opportunity to develop your career with us through our broad range of projects, mentoring opportunities and a personalised approach to your learning and development.

Our People are important to us and we take pride in our wellbeing programmes and policies that support individuals including flexible working, carers policy, mental health first aiders and readily available support through our extensive Employee Assistance programme.

Ricardo Energy & Environment has an ambitious diversity, equality and inclusion approach as explained in this message by our CEO.