Principal Sustainable Drainage Officer

£33,816 - £36,470 yearly
  • Cambridgeshire County Council
  • Combination of office (Alconbury Weald) and home
  • 26 Aug, 2021
Full time Flood Risk Management Drainage Engineering Flood Management

Job Description

A rare opportunity has arisen in the Flood Risk & Biodiversity team at Cambridgeshire County Council for a Principal Sustainable Drainage Officer. Our large team works to improve the water environment, investigate flooding, deliver innovative flood risk management projects and advise on surface water management for new developments in one of the fastest growing areas in the Country.

As the Principal Officer for Sustainable Drainage you will be managing a small sub-team that is involved in many of the statutory duties of an LLFA. Primarily the team acts as statutory consultee to major planning applications, working closely with local planning authorities, developers and consultants to ensure the delivery of high-quality SuDS schemes across Cambridgeshire. Another key aspect of the team’s work is processing applications under the Land Drainage Act 1991 for alterations to ordinary watercourses across the County. You, along with members of the team will have the responsibility to assess and determine applications to ensure flood risk is suitably assessed and managed. This will involve close working with other officers in the LLFA as well as colleagues in highways and ecology.

Having at least 5 years’ experience in flood risk management or drainage you will play a key role in leading the team, providing expert technical advice on surface water management, representing the LLFA at planning committees/appeals and inputting into plans on a local and national level. You will therefore need excellent working knowledge and experience of planning processes, flood risk legislation and SuDS design/construction.
In addition to the statutory consultee role, you will lead on the LLFA’s input into major infrastructure schemes such as East West Rail and OxCAM, from pre-application stage through to delivery and construction.

It is crucial that you have good communication and interpersonal skills (verbal and written) including the ability to communicate complicated and contentious information with varied audiences. You will have experience of supervising/managing staff and be able to demonstrate your ability to encourage and coach team members, even when faced with challenging situations.

This is an exciting post within a highly regarded LLFA and ideally you will have (or be working towards) Chartership with CIWEM/ICE.

In return for your commitment, we can offer a varied workload, training and support to further increase your technical competence. Cambridgeshire County Council offers flexible working arrangements, a local government pension and a comprehensive package of staff benefits including savings on big name brands and independent stores; Cycle 2 Work and The Car Benefit scheme. Please note the team is based at New Shire Hall in Alconbury Weald, working approximately 2 days per week in the office with the remaining time at home or around other offices in the County.

If you would like an informal discussion about the role please contact Hilary Ellis at or 07500063286.

Interviews will take place weeks commencing 27 September and 4 October 2021.