Flood and Water Engineer

£33,782 - £35,536 yearly
  • Suffolk County Council
  • Suffolk, UK
  • 02 Sep, 2021
Full time Engineering

Job Description


Flood and Water Engineer

Full Time


Closing date: 11.30pm, 14 September 2021.

£33,782 - £35,536 per annum (pro rata for part time)

37 hours per week


Reference: 778

We are committed to flexible working. To view the types of flexible or part time working available for this role, please see the Job and Person Profile. Please read the 'How to apply' section below, before applying for this job opportunity.

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the Suffolk County Council Flood and Water Management team as a Flood and Water Engineer working from Endeavour House, Ipswich or hybrid working with a mix of office, home and site.

* Do you have recent experience of evaluating flood risk assessments and water management proposals including the design and installation of sustainable drainage systems?

* Do you have the enthusiasm and drive to influence and work with developers, technical consultants, partner organisations and stakeholders to deliver sustainable development and growth?

* Are you passionate about making a difference to the people of Suffolk?

We are looking for someone who will assist in ensuring the county council delivers on its statutory obligations as the Lead Local Flood Authority. This will include flood investigations, advising and giving recommendations on planning proposals as statutory consultee for flood and water management to planning decision makers. Working in partnership with other agencies, developers, communities, businesses and landowners in order to manage flood risk in Suffolk.

Your role

As Flood and Water Engineer you will:

* advise and make recommendations to local planning authorities and other decision makers on acceptable water and flood risk management solutions

fulfil statutory requirements to investigate flood events

* work collaboratively with colleagues, other teams within the authority and other agencies to continuously develop, update and improve policies, guidance and standards.

Your responsibilities

Some of your key responsibilities will include:

* undertaking technical analyses of major planning applications in respect of surface water and flood risk management issues

* negotiating solutions in line with policy, standards and best practice, and make appropriate recommendations to planning decision makers

* carrying out statutory investigations of flood events and produce reports with findings and recommendations for actions

* supporting the development and implementation of the authority's standards and guidance for sustainable drainage systems.

You will need: 

* to be educated to degree level or equivalent in a relevant engineering or water management related subject

* experience of the design, construction and maintenance of surface water drainage systems

* the ability to assess complex proposals, influence and negotiate with a range of stakeholders to achieve appropriate solutions and make recommendations to decision makers and stakeholders

* to possess a working knowledge and the application of relevant legislation, policies and best practice for the management of surface water and flood risk

* excellent communication skills.


The team

You will be based in the Flood and Water Management Team that works as the Lead Local Flood Authority with local planning authorities, developers, the Environment Agency, water companies, other partners, the public and elected representatives to reduce flood risk across Suffolk.


We will offer you

* the opportunity to make a real difference for the people of Suffolk

* a wide range of interesting and rewarding challenges

* a supportive, friendly and collaborative environment of fellow professionals.


Travelling requirements for your role   

Frequent Travel - This organisation positively encourages the use of technology to communicate and engage, but in this role, you will need to operate across a wide and rural area, so you must either hold a full and current driving licence and have access to personal transport or meet the mobility requirements of the role through other reasonable and suitable means.


For an informal discussion about this role, please contact Simon Curl on (01473) 263938 or 07713 093351.

To apply and for more information, please follow the apply link and take note of the application instructions.

Closing date: 11.30pm, 14 September 2021.

Due to the current situation with COVID-19, we have strict limitations on staff working in our offices and most of us are being asked to work from home. If you wish to discuss how that might impact your working arrangements, please contact the recruiting manager.

This authority is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. DBS checks or police vetting will be required for relevant posts.