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  • Location
    (INDIA) and Delhi
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  • Functional Area/Experience
    Engineering / Fresh Graduate

Job Description & Qualifications

Are you passionate about building a more sustainable future? At Arup we work to find solutions for some of the world’s most complex problems – providing expertise across all areas of the built environment from strategic approach and planning to design and engineering. Join us and you will have the freedom to push boundaries, develop new skills and work on some of the world’s most inspiring projects. We believe that by giving our people the freedom to be creative, we will produce work that continuously redefines quality across our firm. Whatever the role or specialism, our people are passionate about what they do, they believe in our values and are happy to come to work every day. And this is why people choose to work here and stay.

In South Asia we have a permanent presence in India, with offices in New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Hyderabad a growing portfolio of work across the wider region. Working across a range of sectors, we have been actively contributing towards India’s sustainable development goals.

The Opportunity

We have an exciting opportunity for a consultant to join Arup’s team in India to drive the growth of our sustainable development services in South Asia with a particular focus on climate, cities and economic advisory services. The consultant, to be based in New Delhi, will help to drive and deliver growth in the range and depth of services we offer locally, building strong relations with key clients – notably multilateral and bilateral donors, private finance and the public sector. You will form part of a global network of colleagues focused on the delivery of sustainable development services, working with and draw on expertise and support from across Arup’s global business to tackle multi-sectoral and multi-disciplinary challenges, improving project and programme level outcomes and impact.

In South Asia, you will be responsible for ensuring Arup continues to build a holistic understanding of development needs and challenges across the region supporting the wider business to bring its technical expertise, knowledge transfer and partner centred approach to bear on the resolution of complex challenges. You will be expected to engage with and manage a diverse range of high-profile clients including donors, public sector bodies, and investors and to bid and oversee a range of projects. In positioning and building the brand, you will be required to represent Arup with confidence and credibility amongst senior stakeholders at a national and international level, articulating the breadth and depth of our wide ranging technical, multi-disciplinary offer. In delivery you will be expected to lead and take part in multi-disciplinary teams, bringing together the right skills from across our wider business and working with local sub-consultants and partners to deliver locally relevant, sustainable solutions.

At the corporate level, you will be a member of the country level senior leadership team. Your role will include leadership; line management; coaching and mentoring; resource management; marketing and business planning responsibilities. Depending on your primary area of technical expertise (climate and sustainability, cities, planning and design or economic advisory) you will receive support from the relevant Arup portfolio and also become a member of the relevant skills cadre.

Is this role right for you ?

We are open to applications which would bring experience across any or all of the climate and sustainability, cities and economic advisory services but we would expect you to have solid experience and ability to deliver large complex programmes and a proven track record of managing multi-disciplined teams.

To succeed you will need excellent communication and interpersonal skills in order to understand the needs of the geography, clients and partners whose goals you will help to deliver. You will be a technical ambassador for Arup, working to promote, position and deliver the range of our sustainable development services, rapidly spotting opportunities to apply Arup expertise and build innovative partnerships to deliver impactful, scalable programmes. You will be someone who strives to deliver solutions of the highest quality and is constantly learning through experience and through their interactions with others. Your words and actions should instil confidence in clients, partners, peers and colleagues alike. You will be an inspiring communicator in person and through an active and authentic social media presence. People will want to work with you and through you to access the full suite of Arup services.


  • Masters degree or higher in a relevant discipline (e.g. climate science, development, urban planning, engineering, architecture)
  • Technical qualification in a relevant discipline (eg. Registered / Chartered Professional)

Rewards And Benefits

We care about you and want you to perform at your best. As a result, we offer one of the best benefits packages in our sector this includes: Global Profit Share scheme (subject to scheme rules employees can receive two Profit Share payments per year which are dependent on the firm’s financial performance), Private medical insurance, Life assurance, Accident insurance and Income protection cover.

You will also have access to a grade-related Flexible Benefits Fund which you can choose to take as extra cash or spend on a wide range of Choice Benefits to help with your work/life balance and financial security.

Different people, shared values.

At Arup, we believe when talented people collaborate, great things are possible. Arup hires people with proven skills and open minds. We are taking deliberate action to create an Inclusive culture that is grounded in our purpose to shape a better world.

At Arup, we welcome candidates from all backgrounds, regardless of age, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background, and any other protected characteristic. Our internal employee networks - BAME, Culture, Disability, LGBTQ+ and Women - provide a space for you to express your views and to make a positive difference - discover more about life at Arup here.

At Arup, we are committed to making all stages of our recruitment process accessible to all candidates. Please let us know if you need any assistance or reasonable adjustments throughout your application and we will do everything we possibly can to support you.

Job Skills/Competencies Required

Successful candidates will have knowledge, or first-hand experience, in most or all of the following areas:

  • Deep understanding of development challenges and policy context in South Asia and s trong networks with donors, the public, private, non-profit and academic sectors
  • Experience of cross-cultural team leadership and track record of high-impact contribution to international and local teams
  • Proven track record in preparing successful project proposals, including for international donor organisations
  • Technical expertise in at least one of carbon measurement and management, low carbon solutions, nature-based solutions, biodiversity, climate adaptation and resilience, flood and coastal resilience, environmental design, social value, circular economy.
  • Fluent in articulating and explaining the UN SDGs and their relevance to our work.
  • Delivery of complex projects and / or programmes in India at the national and / or sub-national level
  • Language skills – Proficient in English and native language.

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