Business Transformation: Principal Consultant - UK Wide

  • Job Reference: 00002739-1
  • Date Posted: 13 March 2023
  • Recruiter: Atkins
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  • Location: London
  • Remote Working: Some remote working possible
  • Salary: On Application
  • Sector: Construction, Engineering & Design, Other Rail Jobs
  • Job Type: Permanent

Job Description

"You might know Atkins SNC Lavalin for the great work we do across our wide variety of projects. We're proud to say this is thanks to our people's diversity of thought, expertise, and knowledge. And when you join us, you'll be a part of this genuinely collaborative environment, where everyone's voice is valued and treated equally. We're passionate about what we do, but we don't take ourselves too seriously. Simply put, this a great place to be. So, when it comes to your life outside of work, ask us about our flexible and remote working policies designed to help you get the most out of life.”

The roles we are seeking to fill sit within the Business Transformation team in our Transportation business, which has an excellent record of delivery for a wide range of clients, including some of the largest public and private sector organisations in the UK, particularly in rail, highways, and local transport markets. We create a culture and environment to inspire our people, ensure collaboration with our clients and continue to shape the future of mobility. We are passionate about the importance of net zero and the role that transportation must play in meeting the global requirements.

Our Team thrives on:

Based in our Transport Consultancy and Advisory (TC&A) practice, our Business Transformation team is supporting leaders to think differently by re-aligning their strategic priorities, providing support to re-organise their businesses and develop processes to support new operations. We help uncover and then overcome cultural and organisational challenges which are hindering success.

We do this by:

Putting people at the heart of all we do and taking time to understand what really matters, respecting knowledge and complementing it with our own, and

committing to valuing, inspiring, and empowering everyone to be successful, while ensuring organisations, projects and programmes have the best chance to deliver on their commitments. We believe that both our own and our client’s organisations, projects and programmes thrive because of people, their culture and strength of relationships engaged and motivated people in the right environment and with the tools, capabilities and recognition they need will thrive.

The Individuals:

We are looking to recruit talented individuals that are passionate about leading excellence in transformation and complex business change. Like our team, these individuals will take pride in delivering an authentic and hands-on approach to understand our client’s business challenges and help achieve their ambitions.The roles we hope to fill will enhance our existing business consulting expertise: strategy setting; organisational and operational design; implementing and managing transformational change programmes, including cultural and behavioural leadership; business performance improvement; benefits realisation; and complex stakeholder engagement.

You will have responsibility for managing client-facing work from the outset, building, and fostering a network of professional working relationships, where you understand and help our clients solve multi-faceted business issues. As a skilled and experienced member of the team you will lead workstreams, to deliver measurable outcomes.

You will be expected to support achievement of challenging operational and consultancy revenue targets, undertaking bid management and delivery activity.

Experience of the Transportation sector is of interest but not essential.

The roles can be based in any of our London, Epsom, Birmingham, Bristol, Warrington, Manchester, or Cardiff offices. Travel to attend client sites across the UK and occasionally overseas, as required, is key.

What you can bring:

We are looking for people that bring a blend of consulting capabilities and a deep understanding of transformation techniques including:

  • Cultural and behavioural development.
  • Change and implementation management. 
  • Strategy development - both business and delivery. 
  • Operational improvement and organisational development.
  • Business process improvement - continuous improvement.
  • Research and analysis.

In particular we are seeking individuals with excellent client-facing experience developing and leading teams to deliver complex business change.

You will need to: 

  • Hold at least a degree or equivalent qualification (post-graduate qualification and relevant technical certifications in change/business development activity would be desirable).
  • Hold or be willing to work towards Chartered Management Consultant (ChMc) status. 
  • Be able to lead across competing tasks and operate successfully even when under pressure.
  • Be a highly collaborative individual, developing and maximising the value of stakeholder networks within and outside Atkins, including with our market facing teams.
  • Have well-developed emotional intelligence with the ability to flex your style to suit different stakeholders and support others in your team to do the same as part of wider development activity.  
  • It is also essential that you can provide technical assurance of other’s deliverables, have excellent written communication skills, and can present, deliver, and oversee outcomes which are compelling, accurate, and engaging both to clients and in support of our business development and work winning activities.

If you want to know before applying, then please get in touch.

Atkins recognise that work is only one part of our lives and making time for families, friends and ourselves is just as important. The recent pandemic has enabled us all to re-think our work/life balance, and as such, if flexible, part time working or working from home, will help with your quality of life, or if you're returning from a career break, then let us know so we can discuss how we can accommodate individual requirements.

Why work for Atkins?

Our Transportation teams are reinventing transport for a challenging yet exciting future. We're creating new ideas and smart solutions for cities, people and the environment. You'll be working alongside some of the top people in our industry, solving challenges that bring together traditional engineering and new technologies. As part of our organisation, you'll be in a privileged position, delivering what's right for governments and communities. You'll be helping us to improve our leading environmental performance while enabling others to do the same.

Meeting your needs:

To help you get the most out of life in and outside of work, we offer employees "Total Reward." It's a package that can be tailored to your changing lifestyle, career and personal needs. You'll enjoy benefits such as partner discounts, leadership training, professional, accreditations, and career planning for any stage of your career.

Making sure you're supported is important to us. So, if you identify as having a disability, tell us ahead of your interview. And let's talk through any adjustments you might need.

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More about us:

Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, is a top global consultancy with over 80 years of design and engineering expertise. With us, you'll be surrounded by the skills, knowledge and support to help you succeed.

Together, we can deliver projects which have a positive, sustainable impact on the world.

Atkins, ranked as one of LinkedIn’s Top 25 Companies, where UK professionals want to work and stay once they join.

Check out some of our recent, most exciting projects.

Additional Information:

This role may require security clearance and offers of employment will be dependent on obtaining the relevant level of clearance. If this is necessary, it will be discussed with you at interview. If applying to this role please do not make reference to (in conversation) or include in your application or CV, details of any current or previously held security clearance.

We are committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community - a place where we can all be ourselves, thrive and develop. To help embed inclusion for all, from day one, we offer a range of family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements and employee networks to support staff from different backgrounds. As an Equal Opportunities Employer, we value applications from all backgrounds, cultures and ability.