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Technical Associate / Director - Hydrogeologist (Contaminated Land & Hydrogeology)

  • Job reference: IF-002162
  • Sector: Environment, Infrastructure
  • Location: Epsom, Birmingham, London
  • Current salary If you do not wish to provide your salary please Input zero: 50000 to 70000
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SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins business is one of the world’s leading design, engineering and project management consultancies; we have the breadth and depth of expertise to respond to the most technically challenging and time critical infrastructure projects. The Contaminated Land & Hydrogeology (CL&H) Practice is a well-established, award winning, environmental, hydrogeological and engineering practice with an extensive portfolio of infrastructure regeneration and development projects and a highly skilled team.

CL&H provides support to a number of the largest UK-based and international infrastructure projects; examples include Crossrail, Thames Tideway, Humber Gateway off-shore windfarm, Sizewell, East West Rail, and Florida dewatering design. Our hydrogeologists use the full range of their skills, working on water resources and land contamination projects as well as providing innovative solutions to engineering challenges. Our client and project base is highly diverse with current projects in the nuclear new build sector, oil and gas sector, regeneration and redevelopment of brownfield land, and major road, rail and aviation infrastructure projects.

We are currently looking to appoint an experienced hydrogeologist to join our growing team, and to act as a Technical Authority for contamination / brownfield hydrogeology while contributing to wider (e.g. engineering) hydrogeological disciplines. Ideally you would be based in either Epsom, Birmingham or London, however, we can be very flexible with location and have teams based in Bristol, Cambridge, Exeter, Newcastle, Warrington, Leeds and Glasgow. 

The vacancy is for someone who will combine excellent technical leadership, direction and external profile-raising with project delivery, client management and contribute to business development though technical innovation. You will work closely with a wide range of other professionals to deliver holistic solutions to environmental and engineering problems. You will be expected to lead and enhance technical excellence, and oversee the training and mentoring of more junior staff.

• Develop technical capability within the Groundwater Protection and Remediation Technical Network through service development (including of digital tools), technical excellence development, and training and mentoring of staff.
• Provide technical leadership on hydrogeological projects (managing delivery and technically reviewing others’ work), including site investigation design and interpretation, development of robust conceptual site models, controlled waters risk assessments, numerical modelling and design reports.
• Provide technical review of complex groundwater models relating to groundwater flow, contamination transport and civil engineering challenges. 
• Contribute to work-winning, client development, preparation of proposals for specialist hydrogeological and multi-disciplinary infrastructure projects, providing class-leading innovative technical solutions and raising Atkins’ technical profile.
• Maintain excellent professional relationships which will lead to and secure repeat business. 
• Work effectively as part of a team and with other professionals (environmental scientists, engineers, planners) to provide a consistent and integrated service to our clients.


• BSc in geology or other relevant subject (e.g. earth science or other science discipline).
• MSc or PhD in hydrogeology or related subject.
• Chartered Membership of relevant professional body (if not Chartered, we would expect the candidate, with our support, to become chartered within 6 to 12 months after joining).

Essential Criteria
• A minimum of 12 years relevant post-graduate experience (ideally within a consultancy environment) with a track record in winning and delivering high-quality work.
• Capable of direction and then technical review of complex quantitative controlled waters risk assessment (ideally with experience in common analytical modelling packages such as P20, ConSim, RAM).
• Excellent working knowledge and demonstrable understanding of the relevant legislation, technical guidance, industry standards and best practice.
• Willing to act as a technical lead and inspire others, developing your reputation and that of Atkins in this exciting technical field. Drive innovation through leading a Technical Network for brownfield hydrogeology with a research budget against which you will help set clear objectives.
• Experienced in designing and managing hydrogeological investigations.
• Customer focused with excellent relationship management skills.
• Skilled at collaborative working, with excellent interpersonal skills and an ability to communicate effectively at all levels. Supportive and encouraging approach to mentoring less experienced members of the team.
• Flexible and prepared to take on new challenges.
• Good time management skills.

Desirable Criteria
• Capable of technical review of numerical groundwater modelling (ideally with experience in MODFLOW and/or FEFLOW as well as 2-d packages).
• Experience in engineering hydrogeology.
• Experience in qualitative and quantitative human health and ground gas risk assessment and remediation design, the whole CSM!
• Willingness to travel.

Flexible Working
We welcome the opportunity to discuss a flexible working pattern and flexible working locations for this vacancy. For roles advertised under the category of flexible working we would encourage you to explore the flexible working options we are able to offer during the interview process.

We develop individuals through a portfolio of training and development activities designed to help you make the best of your abilities and talents. We have a Geological Society accredited training scheme specifically for hydrogeologists. Training and development needs are reviewed with individuals through an annual appraisal process. We actively support staff in achieving and maintaining corporate membership of relevant institutions.

Rewards and Benefits
Please refer to our website for details of our full benefits package.

Salary :Negotiable but potentially £50,000 - £70,000 (including car allowance and benefits) p.a. depending on experience

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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