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Sustainable Aviation Associate

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Job Description

Are you looking for a new opportunity to make the aviation industry more sustainable?

We currently have an exciting opening for an individual who understands the complexities of sustainability solutions and can apply these in an aviation context. This role will work with companies across the value chain to decarbonise the aviation industry, accelerate the transition to a circular economy, and make the industry more sustainable.

This role sits within our dedicated Sustainable Aviation team, part of the Aviation, Travel and Tourism consulting division, and would offer a range of opportunities to contribute to projects across the wider division.

This position has the potential to be based in London or Spain.

What we do:

Decarbonising aviation is essential but complex, and we work across the industry to develop the technologies, organisations and policies needed to achieve this ambition. The next decade is key, with companies across the industry Implementing sustainability strategies, supported by rapidly improving technologies, regulations, and a clear recognition of the need for change.

We help clients to navigate this complex, evolving landscape. Our work spans the design and evaluation of policies, development of pragmatic sustainability strategies, and detailed implementation of sustainability initiatives. Our clients include many of the companies leading the transition - and many others seeking to accelerate their journey to more sustainability operations. Our team brings leading knowledge and experience in key areas – from sustainable fuels to carbon markets and the circular economy – and we work as an integrated part of the wider ICF team, leveraging our extensive experience in climate research, renewable energy, sustainable finance, and many other areas.

Our experience has been gained through decades of work towards a more sustainable future, and we’re proud to work alongside our aviation clients to achieve a sustainable, connected world: ICF: 50+ years of impact

The skills and knowledge we’re looking for:

  • Enthusiasm to drive the decarbonisation of the aviation industry, and an understanding of the associated challenges and opportunities.
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in Chemistry, Engineering, Climate, Sustainability, or related fields.
  • An understanding of sustainability is strongly preferred, ideally in any of (renewable) fuels, carbon markets (ETS, CORSIA), alternative fuels (hydrogen, electrification), policy development, or climate Impacts (aviation CO2, non-CO2 effects). This understanding should be demonstrated by experience working in a relevant field, and/or related studies.
  • A demonstrated ability to write high quality reports, conduct robust assessments, and deliver engaging in-person presentations
  • Ability to work in a team to deliver effective solutions to complex problems, against budget and timescale constraints.
  • Expertise in Word, PowerPoint and Excel is required, knowledge of PowerBI or Python is desirable
  • Have an overall experience of at least 2-4 years in relevant fields

How you will make an impact:

  • Deliver sustainability projects with airlines, energy suppliers, and companies across the aviation value chain.
  • Working in the detail of initiatives, including developing strategies, building analyses, researching, writing, and presenting reports and coordinating teams.
  • Support business development by promoting ICF’s leading position for aviation sustainability services. This includes activities such as building relationships, contributing to insightful articles, and attending conferences.

The strengths and behaviours required:

  • Excellent verbal, interpersonal and written communication skills
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving capabilities
  • Motivated and takes responsibility to deliver high-quality and useful work
  • Ability to prioritise and multi-task in a fast-paced environment
  • Sound business ethics, including the protection of proprietary and confidential information

Working at ICF means applying a passion for meaningful work with intellectual rigor to help solve the leading issues of our day. Smart, compassionate, innovative and committed, ICF employees tackle unprecedented challenges to benefit people, businesses, and governments around the globe. We believe in collaboration, mutual respect, open communication and opportunity for growth.

If you're interested, and have the knowledge, skills and experience highlighted above, we would love to hear from you!


Working at ICF

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Advice from our career coach

As someone who has worked in various industries, I can offer insights on what it takes to succeed in the role of driving the decarbonisation of the aviation industry for a sustainable future:

  • Understanding the complexities of sustainability solutions and their application in an aviation context is key.
  • A Bachelor's degree or higher in Chemistry, Engineering, Climate, Sustainability, or related fields is preferred.
  • Experience or knowledge in renewable fuels, carbon markets, alternative fuels, policy development, or climate impacts is a plus.
  • Ability to write high-quality reports, conduct robust assessments, and deliver engaging presentations is necessary.
  • Proficiency in Word, PowerPoint, and Excel is required, with knowledge of PowerBI or Python being desirable.
  • Demonstrate your ability to work in a team to deliver effective solutions against budget and timescale constraints.
  • Showcase your analytical and problem-solving capabilities, strong communication skills, and motivation to deliver high-quality work.
  • Highlight your experience in sustainability projects, strategic development, analyses, and report writing to stand out as a candidate.
  • Emphasize your interest and understanding of sustainable aviation in your application and interviews.
  • Exhibit strong business ethics and the ability to prioritize and multi-task in a fast-paced environment.

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