Senior Embodied Carbon and Circular Economy Specialist, London

About Atelier Ten

Your overarching goal is to support Atelier Ten’s continued success. We cover a wide range of building services engineering disciplines and provide award-winning sustainability and environmental design consultancy.

You will be responsible for delivering environmental and sustainability advice on projects for both internal teams and external collaborators and clients. This will involve consulting on sustainability, environmental design, embodied carbon, lifecycle impacts, circular economy, and relevant sustainability benchmarking and implementation. Your consultancy will be demonstrated through sound analytics. Your projects will range from regional-scale master planning to detailed design of specific buildings across all typologies and locations of the globe. Your work will often be coordinated with an approach to the mechanical and electrical servicing concept developed in-house.

As an Associate or Senior team member, you will also be responsible for leading and maintaining a range of project workstreams relating to embodied carbon and circular economy, leading and maintaining design inputs for internal teams, and/or providing specialist knowledge to other projects/teams. Using industry benchmarks and internal standards, you will ensure the timely delivery of considered and accurate project information. Where projects are being delivered to external collaborators and clients, you will be our key point of contact for the relevant workstreams. You will be responsible for leading and co-ordinating the internal efforts of junior staff across Atelier Ten, providing appropriate frameworks and tools, agreeing appropriate standards, and co-ordinating delivery against these standards.

You will also be responsible for developing and disseminating our knowledge to your local peers, to our international offices, and beyond, furthering our reach and impact in the wider industry. We will encourage you to take part at industry-wide initiatives, review and implement the latest standards and industry best practices, and engage with relevant institutions with the aim to maintain and further advance our position as the leading-edge consultancy in this area.

Role specific technical abilities and accountabilities
As an embodied carbon and circular economy specialist you will be expected to:

Technical abilities

  • Demonstrate specialist knowledge in embodied carbon, environmental impact of materials, and circular economy
  • Have expertise and experience in carrying out lifecycle embodied carbon analyses (LCA), and develop circular economy strategies with a focus on driving optimal low-carbon design over whole lifecycle
  • Have a proven track record of providing consultancy, setting targets, and advising project teams with ambitious low-carbon design goals on embodied carbon and circular economy
  • Be an expert on standard and best practice on embodied carbon and circular economy, including intimate familiarity with RICS professional statements, London planning requirements, and relevant standards and guidance from other industry bodies such as CIBSE, IStructE, CWCT, UKGBC, LETI, and RIBA
  • Remain abreast with the changes to these and other emerging practices and standards as they evolve
  • Be an expert in use of relevant software such as OneClickLCA (preferred) or other similar tools (e.g. eTool, Panda, etc.)
  • Coordinate inputs to and outputs from complex calculations in a consistent, verifiable, and replicable manner
  • Critically review embodied carbon and circular economy related deliverables developed by others
  • Develop and standardise new methods and tools to improve the quality and effectiveness of embodied carbon and circular economy workstreams and further our leading-edge position in the industry
  • Be knowledgeable about relevant requirements in sustainability benchmarking systems such as BREEAM, LEED and Living Building Challenge
  • Lead knowledge growth and knowledge exchange by engaging with
    • – local and international counterparts in other Atelier Ten offices
      – representatives in external organisations
  • Work towards and maintain professional accreditation in your field of specialism
  • Have a working knowledge of key building elements and how buildings are constructed, preferably with site or construction experience

Project and team management abilities

  • Demonstrate empathy with Atelier Ten’s approach, core values, and ways of working
  • Commit to the development of high-quality, high-performance, and sustainable buildings via the appropriate technical standards, costs, and programme
  • Help to frame client briefs in terms of environmental and sustainable aspirations
  • Liaise with client, architect, and members of the internal and external team with clarity and confidence
  • Maintain overview on project status, progress of works against scope, and project budget
  • Be aware of both our agreement and the contractual relationships on the project
  • Deliver technical solutions in accordance with client brief
  • Communicate embodied carbon and circular economy knowledge clearly and concisely to internal and external clients and peers with little or no specialist knowledge on the subject
  • Proactively train and supervise peers involved in whole lifecycle carbon and circular economy works
  • Organise junior colleagues to achieve solutions within agreed time scales
  • Support, mentor, and nurture junior members of the team
  • Demonstrate an awareness and understanding of other disciplines


  • Appreciate and assist in the need to generate business
  • Report any feedback or issues concerning your works and projects
  • Foster positive relationships with clients and other members of the design team

Who are you?

You have proven track record and practical knowledge of:

  • successfully developing, co-ordinating, implementing, and delivering circular, low embodied carbon strategies for projects covering a wide variety of scales and typologies located around the world
  • engaging and negotiating with senior management and peers on projects
  • engaging with and influencing peers outside of formal management relationships
  • committing to and effectively implementing consistent standards and metrics
  • managing small project teams coupled with the understanding to select frameworks/tools that are appropriate to circumstances

Qualifications and skills


  • Engineering or architecture related disciplines desirable

General skills

  • Ability to work with minimal supervision
  • Ability to prioritise and think strategically about the timing and delivery of project information
  • Ability to structure the delivery of project information against evolving client briefs in such a way as can be clearly explained to senior managers at the start of a project
  • Strong writing skills for producing written reports
  • Effective IT skills
    • – for producing relevant material, including knowledge and application of appropriate software
      – to develop new and bespoke assessment methods for project specific tasks and rendered in a manner that allows re-use


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