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Principal Consultant - Flood Risk Management

  • Job reference: IF-002474
  • Sector: Environment, Infrastructure, Water
  • Location: Glasgow, Epsom
SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins business is one of the world’s most respected design, engineering and project management consultancies, with over 50,000 employees worldwide. At Atkins, we offer more than just a job. We offer an opportunity to make a difference and shape the world to benefit future generations and the natural environment. 

As part of this commitment, we understand the need for a diverse and flexible workforce, where a work-life balance is important. So, by default Atkins offers flexible working, where there is no fixed 9 ‘till 5, no need for a 5-day week, no requirement for a full-time contract, and no requirement to spend all your working time in the office. Our IT systems support home-working, so where you have parental or carer duties; or you simply need to be elsewhere for a parcel, servicing your car, or waiting in for a tradesperson; Atkins will work for you. Similarly, Atkins’ corporate social responsibility provides the opportunity to give something back to the community, and we run professional networks supporting groups such as local schools, charities, parents, those coming out of the armed-forces and women in engineering.

Our Water Management Consultancy operates at the interface between people and the water environment. Our key services cover all aspects of water management including: flood and coastal erosion risk management, integrated catchment management, regulation and assurance, strategic asset management, water resources and water quality planning, hydrogeology and hydrology, aquatic ecology, hydromorphology and river restoration, climate futures and resilience, coastal and marine environmental management, and economic appraisal. 

We have vacancies for enthusiastic and ambitious individuals to lead and grow our world class flood risk management team. Our current vacancies are for Principal consultants, engineers and modelers in Epsom, Oxford and Glasgow, although consideration will be given to exceptional candidates in other locations. We are seeking technical experts with a high profile in the flood risk management industry capable of leading on the delivery of hydraulic and hydrological modelling projects, including 1D and 2D models for rivers, surface water and sewers. You will also be addressing the required funding arrangements for public sector projects, and working alongside our engineers, ecologists, environmental scientists and other technical experts in key service areas. You will have the chance to develop opportunities and lead on international projects through our increasing portfolio of overseas work, and with our staff in Canada, USA, India, Africa and Asia Pacific.

You should have good project management skills, commercial awareness and the confidence to lead technical work, as well as mentor junior team members in developing their skills. You must be client focused and able to build strong relationships with our clients with a high degree of collaborative working skills to ensure we get the best from our working relationships with client teams. 

As a major engineering, environmental and design consultancies Atkins offers opportunities for talented consultants to work on a wide variety of high profile projects. We have, for example, ongoing projects in flood risk management across East-West Rail, climate resilience in Sri Lanka, and extreme rainfall modelling at Hinkley C power station.


Requirements
  • A degree in Geography, Science or Civil Engineering, and ideally an MSc or further post graduate qualification in a relevant subject area or notable experience
  • Chartered or Fellow status with CIWEM or ICE
  • 10+ years’ experience of 1D-2D modelling using Infoworks ICM, TUFLOW or Flood Modeller;
  • Acknowledged professional profile in flood risk / hydrological assessment, working knowledge of UK hydrology and ideally international hydrological assessment
  • GIS analytical skills in ArcGIS, MapInfo and QGIS or a strong awareness of it
  • Significant experience in carrying out flood risk analyses for planning, development, and design
  • Experience in developing and leading technical teams, supporting and mentoring staff
  • A track record of project delivery and performance, meeting client expectations and maximising commercial performance
  • Engineering design experience; experience in undertaking scour assessments and developing scour protection is desirable, but not essential
Responsibilities

Your day to day activities will involve developing and agreeing the scope of services, managing and supervising junior resources, and actively progressing a suite of projects under your control. You will have an excellent grasp of project procedures including financial and change control, report writing, ability to present, and quality assurance through checking and reviewing. 

You will be required to produce high quality client facing reports, and to undertake and lead hydraulic modelling and data analysis to support projects. On an on-going basis, you’ll be supporting project managers and directors in delivering a range of projects, including strategic infrastructure projects where we may also provide an internally facing consultancy service. Business development and work-winning will be a key part of your role. You will be required to lead bidding activities, and to promote the organisation’s capabilities through your own industry credentials. 

The Individual
  • Highly motivated and proactive; focused on achieving and delivering technical excellence 
  • enthusiasm for leading work-winning activities
  • Skilled at collaborative working, have good interpersonal skills and an ability to communicate effectively 
  • Flexible and prepared to take on new challenges
  • Well organised; able lead multiple projects and non-project activities simultaneously
  • Attention to detail and desire to work to high standards consistently
Training

Atkins develops individuals through a portfolio of training and development activities designed to help you make the best of your abilities and talents. These are reviewed with individuals through an annual development process. We support staff in achieving and maintaining membership of relevant institutions. You will also be part of our global Technical Networks, which provide a flow of technically orientated information and ideas through the company. For this role, our Flood Risk Management network will support your learning, but there are many others you could also join. 

Atkins will support you in your professional development, whether with the ICE CIWEM or others. This includes paying your annual membership, and providing access to training.

Rewards and Benefits

We offer a competitive salary that is regularly tested against other consultants with a default 25-days leave each year plus bank holidays and options to buy some or sell of that leave. 

To support and safeguard your physical and mental wellbeing we provide an employee assistance programme offering advice and support in times of need. Our offices run their own sports and social club providing activities such wine tasting, as surf trips, and a kids Christmas party. You will also have access to our Flexible Benefits, where you can opt in to a wide range of Benefits to complement your work/life balance: such as medical insurance, gym membership, the cycle-to-work scheme, child care vouchers, charitable giving, additional pension contributions etc.

Please refer to our website for details of our full benefits package. 
https://www.yourrewardatkins.com/#benefits

We encourage the opportunity to discuss a flexible working pattern for this vacancy, and we ask you to explore the flexible working options during the interview process. 

This role may require security clearance and offers of employment will be dependent on obtaining the relevant level of clearance. If this is necessary it will be discussed with you at interview

If applying to this role please do not make reference to (in conversation) or include in your application or CV, details of any current or previously held security clearance.

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