Associate Director / Technical Director of Ecology (London Ecology Team Leader) - Hybrid Working

Lanpro London Office Ecology

19 Jul 2024

Lanpro London Office



Full Time and Part Time opportunities


50000 - 70000 GBP

Lanpro is a market leading multi-disciplinary consultancy who specialise in Planning, Design and the Environment.

We work on projects at all scales within town, semi-rural and rural contexts, across a variety of sectors that includes residential, historic sites and estates, renewable energy, and mixed-use commercial developments.

We have an exciting opportunity for you to work closely with our Director of Ecology to grow a new ecology and biodiversity team in our London (Liverpool Street) office. Ecology and biodiversity is a relatively new offering for Lanpro, complementing our strong planning and design capability. The role will suit you if you are excited by leadership, autonomy and ownership.

About Lanpro

Lanpro is a fast growing, unique and rewarding environment. Through its agile team and comprehensive service, it has allowed growth nationwide across Cambridge, London, Norwich, Manchester, Edinburgh and York. Our multidisciplinary proposition spans across the following disciplines: Planning, Architecture, Arboriculture, Ecology, Archaeology and Heritage, Masterplanning, Landscape Architecture, Geomatics and Urban Design.

We thrive on creating a culture and environment which provides a great variety of projects, recognition of success, continuous professional development and collaboration across an array of different professions.

We are proud that together, our teams are supporting delivery of some of the largest solar and battery storage schemes in the United Kingdom and Europe. We have a strong pipeline of opportunities across the energy, residential and infrastructure sectors.

We offer an environment that is diverse, entrepreneurial and encourages innovation and your professional development.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person’s potential, and we’ll help you reach yours.*

*Please note, we have full time and part time options for the vacancy to suit

Job Purpose

As an Associate Director / Technical Director and London ecology team leader you will be responsible for all aspects of growing and managing a successful ecology business at a local (south east area) level. You will report to our Director of Ecology, Hannah Broughton, who is responsible for leading the ecology and biodiversity business across the UK. You will work closely alongside, and be supported by, our Associate Director of ecology in Cambridge, Rebecca Little, who will be your counterpart in the Cambridge area. We do not work in silos, you will contribute to the success of the ecology business across the UK.

The role will suit you if you are a natural people leader and manager, who gains significant job satisfaction from seeing their team flourish. You will steer the career paths of your team, set a healthy culture, and lead by example. You will take a leadership role in planning projects, and coordinating and overseeing delivery. You will be an ambassador for the company, undertaking business development through building upon existing client relationships and actively seeking opportunities for future business, whilst also taking a leadership role in developing the team’s core competencies.

Key Responsibilities

Developing ourselves and others

  • Builds and leads a successful ecology and biodiversity team based in the London area.
  • Demonstrates effective management and the ability to influence and persuade across a range of stakeholders both internally and externally.
  • Helps to ensure all members of the team are effectively developed and is committed to personal CPD in pursuit of continuous learning and self-improvement.
  • Brings fresh ideas to team growth and structure in a challenging recruitment market.
  • Inputs into team objectives and delegates effectively.
  • Takes responsibility for line management, coaching, mentoring, training, wellbeing and performance management.

Collaboration and innovation

  • Ability to work collaboratively and iteratively within a multi-disciplinary design team.
  • Champions the Lanpro client centric agenda internally and externally.
  • Establishes, consolidates, and builds on relationships with new and existing clients and colleagues.
  • Maintains strong client, sector and discipline networking across the London area.
  • Ensures client expectations are managed appropriately and that their needs are identified and met (or exceeded).
  • Provides technical input into projects and bids and uses technical knowledge to identify and realise new client opportunities.

Defining our future

  • Develops business opportunities with new and existing clients with little or no support and demonstrates excellent judgement and ability in targeting strategic and profitable projects.
  • Makes decisions at a tactical level with some strategic input to overall functional strategy and regional Business Plan.
  • Freedom to make decisions affecting the function within the overall business strategy.
  • Has a strong professional profile and reputation both internally and within the industry and utilises this effectively to leverage business opportunities.

Delivering our projects

  • Day to day line management of the London ecology and biodiversity team.
  • Performs a challenging range and variety of complex technical and professional activities in the pursuit of project excellence.
  • Ensures compliance and adherence to all applicable SHEQ procedures for self and others.
  • Takes a key role in projects within relevant specialist field.
  • Project Director / Project Manager / Discipline Lead for projects of all scales and complexities.
  • Maintains continuing professional development in accordance with the requirements of CIEEM.

 Qualifications & Experience

  • In excess of 10 years relevant experience.
  • MCIEEM / CEcol / CEnv preferred.
  • Leadership / management experience preferred.

Essential Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

  • People leader, culture leader, team player
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Strong client management and resolution including the ability to present at senior levels and across a range of stakeholders
  • Excellent project management skills coupled with timeliness and accuracy.
  • Strong report writing skills and ability to quality assure colleagues’ work providing constructive feedback.
  • Strong commercial knowledge.
  • Exemplary knowledge and expertise of relevant legislation and policy.

Looking after you

As a valued employee of Lanpro, you can expect to feel looked after. We offer the following great benefits as standard:

  1. Non contractual growth bonus scheme
  2. Enhanced Annual Leave entitlement
  3. Loyalty Leave (Continuous Service Accrued Annual Leave up to 5 days)
  4. Hybrid working environment (flexible work)
  5. Centrally based City office (Devonshire Square)
  6. Vitality Health Care - Private Medical Insurance
  7. Enhanced Company pension
  8. Death in service cover
  9. BUPA Cash Plan
  10. Protected CPD (Department, individual and company wide)
  11. E Learning portal access 
  12. Professional Body membership contribution
  13. Career progression framework and development, including two defined promotion windows annually.
  14. Discounted Gym membership
  15. Cycle to work scheme
  16. Discounts and perks - amazon prime, Free Odeon Cinema tickets, Apple benefits and Cafe Nero
  17. Employee Assistance Program - including Financial and Mental Health support from external expertise.