Senior Consultant/Project Manager

Aquatera is hiring a Senior Consultant to be our Project Manager delivering Aquatera’s remit as a partner in the Island Centre for Net Zero project (ICNZ), as well as working on other decarbonisation projects in Aquatera’s portfolio with connection to ICNZ.

Senior Consultant/Project Manager

Aquatera is hiring a Senior Consultant to be our Project Manager delivering Aquatera’s remit as a partner in the Island Centre for Net Zero project (ICNZ), as well as working on other decarbonisation projects in Aquatera’s portfolio with connection to ICNZ.

The Island Centre for Net Zero is an exciting 10 year project that started in 2023 and will run until 2033. As part of the UK and Scottish Government funded Islands Growth Deal, the ICNZ will focus on how to accelerate decarbonisation across Orkney, Shetland and the Outer Hebrides, focusing on what makes sense for the local people and environment. It is being developed by an islands-based consortium, led by EMEC, and including Aquatera, Orkney Islands Council, Shetland Islands Council, Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar, Heriot-Watt University and Community Energy Scotland.

The role will involve leading Aquatera’s diverse expert project team; undertaking all project management tasks including planning, reporting, and budget management to keep our team working efficiently and creatively to deliver our ambitious programme; working closely with our six project partners; delivering Aquatera’s current remit within the project and developing new programmes to be developed through the life of the project. Key aspects of Aquatera’s current remit include establishing, populating and managing a DataExchange of island specific data relevant to decarbonisation and energy transition, and developing carbon calculation and baselining tools. In the year ahead Aquatera will be aiming to develop new areas of work for the project and you will be involved in developing and delivering these ideas. Applicants do not need to have experience in data management, but it would be an advantage.


  • Full time
  • Location – Aquatera is based in Orkney and the ICNZ project spans Orkney, Shetland and the Outer Hebrides. Applicant based in one of these locations would be preferred. Office based in Orkney, remote working in Shetland or the Outer Hebrides, hybrid working or access to shared office space in other locations where available.
  • Salary – competitive salary based on experience 
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience as Senior Consultant or Project Manager


  • Masters degree (or equivalent) in environmental science, renewable energy or another relevant science or technical subject
  • Minimum of 5 years as Senior Consultant of Project Manager or experience in relevant roles  
  • Excellent written communication and reporting skills  
  • Budget management
  • Project team management

Experience in one or more of the following areas would be an advantage: 

  • Development and delivery of decarbonisation and/or renewable projects
  • Carbon assessment including decarbonisation planning and analysis
  • Development and delivery of data services and data management
  • Renewable energy project support including energy system development
  • Project management on multi-partner projects and/or grant funded projects
  • Budget management for grant funded projects


About Aquatera

Aquatera’s aim is simple – to use our integrated capacity and resources to encourage and deliver sustainable development of the world’s communities and resources whilst appropriately safeguarding its ecosystems, associated biodiversity, and cultural heritage. 

We work every day to help support our global community to achieve the three pillars of sustainable development: economic growth, social inclusion and environmental sustainability; and to meet the objectives set out in the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda Sustainable Development Goals.

We are growing our team of professionals and are looking for experienced, creative, visionary people to join our unique team of talent.  Aquatera is not your average consultancy and working with us will not be your average job. We are a nimble, friendly, community-oriented company based in Orkney.  We take on ambitious, pioneering, complex projects all over the world.  Orkney is renowned as a global hub for innovation in renewable energy, hydrogen storage, low carbon planning, and marine services and operations.  Aquatera was born out of this dynamic environment and has been working at its heart for over 20 years, attracting a team of talented staff and associates from around the world. 

We develop enduring relationships with our clients, who range from community organisations and developers to global companies and governments, often supporting them over many years.  Our ability to forge and maintain robust relationships that last through long, complex projects is as vital as our technical expertise.  Collaboration is key to how we operate.  As well as taking a lead in projects, our team takes an active role in supporting all elements of the business.  Our culture is supportive, hard-working and creative.

If our culture, our mission and work inspire you, and you feel you have the experience we need then please get in touch. 

Benefits of working for Aquatera:

  • Flexible working
  • Full IT support (including equipment, software, access to IT technicians)
  • Progressive pay scale
  • 30 days starting annual leave (including bank holidays)
  • Pension contribution matched by Aquatera
  • Opportunities for training and continued professional development
  • Opportunities to travel (UK and internationally)
  • Opportunities to engage in strategic international programmes and initiatives


Please apply by sending your CV and a comprehensive supporting statement outlining how your skills, knowledge and experience make you a good fit for the position to

Deadline for applications: 12pm Monday 8 April, 2024