Flood and Water Engineer (Hybrid)

£38,223 - £44,305 yearly
  • Suffolk County Council
  • Hybrid (Ipswich IP1 2BX, UK)
  • 24 May, 2024
Full time Environmental Management Water and Wastewater Water Management Environmental Health

Job Description

Flood and Water Engineer

£38,223 - £44,305 per annum (pro rata if part time)

37 hours per week, Flexible working options available 


Closing date: 11.30 pm, 9 June 2024

Reference: 15053

Suffolk County Council are looking for a Flood and Water Engineer. 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.  

Do you have:

  • recent experience of evaluating flood risk assessments and water management proposals including the design and installation of sustainable drainage systems? 
  • enthusiasm and drive to work with developers, technical consultants, partner organisations and stakeholders to deliver sustainable development? 
  • a passion to make a positive difference for the people of Suffolk and our environment? 

Your role and responsibilities

As a Flood and Water Engineer you will playing a key role in reducing flood risk for the people of Suffolk by:

  • undertaking technical analysis 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 making appropriate recommendations to planning decision makers
  • carrying out statutory investigations of flood events and producing reports with recommendations for action
  • working collaboratively with agencies, developers, communities, businesses and landowners to continuously develop, update and improve policies, guidance and standards.

You will need:

  • to be educated to degree level or equivalent experience in a relevant engineering or water management related subject
  • experience of the design, construction or 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
  • 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 (docx). If you believe you can succeed in this role, apply. Even if you don't meet all requirements, still 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 local planning authorities, developers, the Environment Agency, water companies, other partners, the public and elected representatives to reduce flood risk across Suffolk. This role will also include your involvement in Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects in a consultee capacity, with the opportunity to input into the many major infrastructure developments proposed in and around Suffolk.

You will work alongside passionate and experienced staff from across the Councils services who are all working to deliver a better environment for the people of Suffolk. 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 improvement of the service, and you will be empowered to innovate and deliver your own ideas. We will support your training and career development needs. 

Empowering Everyone 

We’re big believers in potential, possibility and the power of different ideas. We’re always searching for ways to encourage, respect and enable everyone to be the best they can be. We want to represent the diverse communities we serve. We welcome applications from all individuals, especially those from groups that are currently underrepresented in the organisation, as shown in our Workforce Equality Report (suffolkjobsdirect.org)

For more information

For an informal discussion about this role, please contact Hannah Purkis, Flood and Water Manager. by either calling 01473 260386 or emailing hannah.purkis@suffolk.gov.uk

How to apply

To apply and for further details, please visit:


Closing date: 11.30 pm, 9 June 2024.

Interview date: 19 and 20 June 2024

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. We are also committed to flexible working.  

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