Hydraulics Technical Lead

£60,000 - £75,000 yearly
  • Severn Trent
  • Derby, Coventry or Shrewsbury UK
  • 24 Oct, 2023
Full time Hydrology & Modelling Environmental Management Hydraulic Engineering Environmental Health

Job Description

Hydraulics Technical Lead

Posted Date:  18 Oct 2023
Posting End Date:  8-Dec-2023
Location:  Derby, Coventry or Shrewsbury
Company:  Severn Trent Water
Department:  Capital Design
Salary (£):  £60,000-£75,000 + package (DOE)

Our ambitious and innovative projects (all 5000+ of them) help to combat the challenges of waste and water infrastructure, flooding and water quality. Being part of our in-house design team means we can do the best by our customers and our water.

Based from any of our Capital hubs in Coventry, Derby or Shrewsbury, the Hydraulics Technical Lead will sit within our Design Capability Department of our Capital Delivery and Design business. This role will be accountable for technical capability regarding Hydraulics Engineering. You will be responsible for shaping our way forward into AMP8 and beyond. 


As the Hydraulics Technical Lead for the Capital Design Business, this role will be the technical point of contact a range of hydraulic designs, including but not limited to:

  • Free Surface Flow hydraulic design for water / wastewater treatment works
  • Pressurised pump systems and designing rising mains and pumping stations
  • Transient surge systems, designing surge suppression systems
  • CFD modelling and computational fluid dynamics

To be successful in this role, applicants should have practical experience in the design of hydraulics systems and be able to think on their feet and work within a large matrix organisation. Applicants should have experience of designing and implementing design standards that strike a balance between industry best practise and affordability. It is also expected that applicants should have a sound knowledge of contract and project management. An expert in a variety of industry recognised software packages, the successful applicant will use their technical and leadership skills to influence the direction of travel, and explore opportunities to adopt new techniques and technologies, setting, raising and maintaining standards within our capital design business.


As well as brining significant technical hydraulics knowledge to this role, the successful applicant will also have:

  • Experience in leading teams with team members of varying experience levels from Apprentice and Graduate through to Principal and Senior Principal level engineers
  • The ability to calculate from first principals as well as be an expert in commonly used water industry software
  • Excellent proven problem solving skills and have a flexible approach being able to think laterally and work across a matrix organisation
  • Have the ability to work collaboratively with various other design discipline engineers on projects and be a decision maker, driving projects forward and leading critical decisions
  • Advise operational teams with practical advice to resolve hydraulic related issues – such as unplanned emergencies where the successful candidate can lean on their experience to provide immediate practical advise to resolve critical issues
  • Have a good understanding of the CDM regs as well as wider UK based health and safety legislation
  • A proven track record in hydraulic design on a range of different types of multi-million-pound projects
  • A professional chartership with one of the following institutes: CIWEM, IChemE, IMechE, ICE

We welcome people from all walks of life and celebrate individuality as we know diverse minds, experiences and backgrounds help us to learn and better serve our communities. We want people who show up and get involve. Those who are ready to be part of something bigger and who want to make a difference because they care. Is that you? 


It’s not just a job you’ll get here, you’ll get a career too. We have a range of benefits that reward and recognise great work and award-winning training to ensure you reach your potential:

  • 28 days holiday + bank holidays (and the ability to buy/ sell up to 5 additional days per year)  
  • Annual bonus scheme (of up to £2,250 depending on company performance)
  • Leading pension scheme – we will double your contribution (up to 15% when you contribute 7.5%, meaning 22.5% in total!)  
  • 10% monthly discount with Busy Bee Nurserys and one-week free childcare
  • Sharesave – the chance to buy Severn Trent Plc shares at a discounted rate  
  • Electric vehicle scheme and retail offers through our perk portal 
  • Family friendly policies  
  • Two volunteering days per year  


We can’t wait to hear from you.     

If you’re not too sure about what you need to do, or have a question about the role before applying, please do reach at recruitment@severntrent.co.uk.