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Central London, London 109 The Print Rooms London SE1 0LH Mattinson Partnership Environmental Planner
Reference #: 20938_1651680801
Location: Central London, London
Salary: £23000 - £31000 per annum
Type: Permanent
Posted On: 04/05/2022

Job Title: Environmental Planner

About the Company:

This company is one of the world leaders in the advancement and management of solar projects. The purpose of this company is to deliver affordable and sustainable solar power for businesses and communities around the world.

With renewable energy sources such as solar set to increase tenfold in the next 20 years, this company is brilliantly positioned to capitalise on this growth. By joining this company, you have a chance to 'be the change' - driving the world's energy transition to a more sustainable future.

The role:

The Environmental and Social Planning team are recognised as industry experts with significant experience in all facets of solar farm planning.

This role will focus on identifying, tracking, and reporting environmental and social planning risks at the project and portfolio level, as well as analysing and addressing gaps in processes.

The role will involve working within the Environmental and Social Planning, New Markets team and working closely with the company's in-house International Business Development (IBD) team (who are responsible for identifying all new markets), Technical, Legal, and relevant in-country development teams in the completion of due diligence assessments of acquisitions, Co-Development, and Greenfield projects/portfolios within new market countries.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Researching and reviewing information to develop knowledge of planning/permitting processes and typical environmental and social risks within new market countries.
  • Reviewing Fatal Flaw Analysis / Feasibility Studies / Red Flag Reports undertaken by external Technical and Legal Advisors and commenting critically on the environmental and social planning findings of these reports.
  • Identifying and reporting on environmental, social, and permitting/planning risks, gaps in information, processes and timeframes for individual projects and portfolios.
  • Tracking risks and Co-Developer responses/solutions.
  • Working with in-country teams on tracking Co-Development partners progress on pre-construction planning obligations and post-construction planning compliance audits for operational assets.

The role may include occasional international travel.


  • Applicants should have a sound working knowledge of environmental and social planning and permitting processes (i.e., EIAs/ESIAs, community consultation, review of permit conditions, implementing planning obligations etc.).
  • Understanding of the Due Diligence and risk analysis / feasibility assessment process


  • Relevant planning experience, beneficial if experience is in more than 1 jurisdiction.
  • Ideally experience in ground mount solar PV or other renewables energy/infrastructure projects.
  • Degree level planning or environmental qualification required.
  • Fluent English essential, additional European languages highly beneficial.
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Royal Town Planning Institute.

The RTPI represents planning professionals in the UK and Ireland and aims to encourage the development of vibrant and prosperous places and communities. Our Senior Consultant Freddie enthusiastically attends the annual Planning Convention, and we host several events throughout the year to show our support, including drinks networking and a literal pub quiz. We also keep in close contact with our friends down under, at the Planning Institute Australia and New Zealand Planning Institute. In addition, we sponsor the London Planning Summit, an event designed to address the biggest challenges facing the industry. This is our opportunity to stay on top of the latest changes in town planning by meeting with other key professionals in the sector, while celebrating our achievements.

Land Securities Group Plc.

One of our clients, LandSec, are the clever people behind Girls Can Do It Too, an initiative designed to encourage girls to consider a career in construction. Currently, only 11% of the construction workforce are female, and LandSec are attempting to increase this number by providing education and engagement projects and workshops for girls aged 11-13. Featuring workshops on demolition and tower building, as well as challenging the girls to design a planning project of their own (with a focus on budgeting and environmental considerations), LandSec have proven their dedication to addressing the need for diversity in this very male dominated industry. Ruth assists the project by sharing her fascinating insights into the industry and is even on the project judging panel!

Urban Land Institute.

In partnership with Urban Land Institute we are able to play an imperative role in creating a larger and more diverse pool of candidates within the planning & property professions. Working in schools we take part in the Urban Plan Educational workshops programme, which has now reached more than 2,500 pupils in 100 schools since its launch. Alongside more than 200 industry volunteers engaged across the country, we provide invaluable industry & careers advice to students while guiding them through their workshops and helping judge their presentations.

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Carbon FootprintTM works to help organisations offset their CO2 through tree planting and community projects worldwide. By partnering with Carbon FootprintTM, we have planted native trees and shrubs such as Whitebeam, Hazel, Field Maple, Silver Birch, Rowan, Beech, Blackthorn, Holly and Dog Rose to create a Mattinson Forest that spreads across South East England. Carbon FootprintTM work in conjunction with the Florestal Santa Maria Project (FSM-Redd Project), designed to reduce deforestation in the Amazonian Rainforest. So, for every tree we plant in the UK we guarantee a tonne of CO₂ offset in Brazil too. Carbon FootprintTM have allowed us to not only do our bit for the environment but also commemorate moments of growth for our clients and candidates.