Assistant Flood and Water Project Manager (Reclaim the Rain)

£27,514 - £34,373 yearly
  • Suffolk County Council
  • Ipswich IP1 2BX, UK
  • 10 Jun, 2022
Full time Flood Modelling Flood Risk Management Flood Management Water and Wastewater Water Management

Job Description

Assistant Flood and Water Project Manager (Reclaim the Rain)

£27,514 - £34,373 per annum (pro rata if part time)

37 hours per week (part time hours will be considered for this role)

Fixed term until 2027 due to funding

Closing date: 11.30pm, 26 June 2022

Reference: 5345

We are committed to offering types of flexible working options for this role.

Suffolk County Council are looking for an Assistant Flood and Water Project Manager for our Reclaim the Rain project.

We can offer you the opportunity to join an enthusiastic, dedicated team committed to reducing flood risk and supporting the Council’s priority to protect and enhance the environment.

If you don’t currently have all the relevant skills and experience but can evidence the desire and ability to progress we will fully support your training needs and career development.

Do you have:

  • the ability and experience to project manage the delivery of sustainable water management schemes? 
  • enthusiasm and drive to work with communities, technical consultants, and partner organisations to deliver innovative and sustainable solutions to manage flood and drought risk that offer multiple benefits? 
  • a passion to make a positive difference for the people of Suffolk and our environment? 

After being awarded the funding from Defra, the Reclaim the Rain Project Team was formed.

Working closely with the Flood and Water Management Team and the Environment Strategy Team, the postholder will be supported by a talented and varied team of professionals who are all willing to help them succeed. Reclaim the Rain is a 7-year long project which seeks to develop sustainable ways of managing water, including risk from both flooding and droughts.

Your role and responsibilities

As an Assistant Flood and Water Project Manager you will playing a key role in successfully delivering Reclaim the Rain by:

  • assisting the Project Manager in the development of three case study sites across Suffolk
  • project managing small scale works, to reduce identified flood risk, sustainably manage water resources, contractors and liaising with partners and the public
  • working collaboratively with agencies, consultants, communities, businesses and landowners 
  • supporting with data collection and analysis in order to report findings back to Defra
  • forming part of an enthusiastic team, committed to the idea of delivering new and exciting ideas with the potential to change national policy and legislation.

You will need:

  • to be educated to degree level or equivalent experience in a relevant subject
  • project management skills and experience to support the design and delivery of solutions to flood risk, working with partner organisations, contractors and communities
  • the ability to assess complex situations, influence and negotiate with a range of stakeholders to achieve appropriate solutions and make recommendations to decision makers
  • 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 and time management skills.

You can view a full list of requirements in the Job and Person Profile (link below).  If you think you have what it takes to be successful in this role, even if you don’t meet all the requirements, please apply. We would appreciate the opportunity to consider your application.

 The team

This role will be based in the Flood and Water Management Team that acts as the Lead Local Flood Authority.

You will have the opportunity to regularly collaborate with teams across the Council, Norfolk County Council, local planning authorities, the Environment Agency, water companies, other partners, the public and elected representatives all working to deliver Reclaim the Rain.

You will work alongside passionate and experienced staff from across Norfolk and Suffolk County Councils who are all committed to promoting sustainable water management solutions. You will be presented with excellent opportunities to build professional networks and relationships across a broad spectrum of organisations and disciplines.  All team members are committed to the success of Reclaim the Rain, and you will be empowered to innovate and deliver your own ideas. 

 We will offer you:

  • support and funding to achieve academic and professional qualifications 
  • the opportunity to make a positive difference for the people and environment of Suffolk
  • a comprehensive staff benefits package see below, including salary sacrifice lease cars, holiday/retailer discounts and access to the Local Government Pension Scheme
  • a supportive, friendly and collaborative environment of fellow professionals.

 Travelling requirements for your role

We positively encourage the use of technology to communicate, but in this role you will need to travel to locations away from your contractual base, 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. If you require a reasonable adjustment due to a disability to meet the travel requirements of this role, please speak with the contact detailed below.

To find out more

For an informal discussion about this role, please contact Tom Mann on (01473) 265190 or by emailing

How to apply

To apply, please visit our website:


Press the 'APPLY NOW' button below. 

Closing date: 11.30pm, 26 June 2022.

Interview date: w/c 11 July 2022 (If required, please make contact with Tom Mann to arrange an alternative date).

Due to the continued situation relating to COVID-19 and reduced occupancy in our buildings we are starting to explore and trial new hybrid and remote working practices. If you wish to discuss how that might impact your working arrangements, please contact the recruiting manager listed above.

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.