Surface Water Engineer


Surface Water Engineer
Up to £35,350 per annum
Fixed-term, Full-time
Primary Location: Chelmsford
Ref: 26709

At Essex County Council, we’re passionate about helping deliver economic growth, the best starts in life and the chance to age well for people in the area, plus the creation of great places to grow up, live and work. Surface water flood risk management plays a vital role in this endeavour.

Join us as a Surface Water Engineer (Maternity Cover), and you’ll make a key contribution to our strategic plans, policy and best practice in this area. You’ll ensure key data, information and insights are captured, used and shared with other Flood Risk Management Authorities to inform decision-making.

The role

You’ll take the lead in developing new approaches, initiatives and technology in this field, through multi-agency partnerships. Among other responsibilities, we’ll look to you to:

• Advise Local Planning Authorities and the Development & Flood Risk team, making sure risk information informs planning decisions
• Manage the commissioning and procurement of Surface Water Management Plans to improve subject matter knowledge across the county
• Work with emergency planners and responders and Essex Highways to make sure surface water flood risk knowledge informs responses to flooding incidents
• Help develop and implement the Council’s flood asset register and manage the designation of significant assets.


On top of a degree in a relevant subject, or a proven track record in surface water management, you’ll need:

• Expert knowledge in surface water flood risk, including Flood Risk Management, Land Drainage and Asset Management, plus an understanding of the responsibilities of the Lead Local Flood Authority
• Excellent communication skills including preparing and presenting clear reports and consultations
• Proven ability to create and manage effective, collaborative multi-agency partnerships with the public and private sector
• Experience of delivering advice to senior stakeholders, influencing decision-making
• Significant experience of commissioning and managing multiple consultants and contractors, and successful project management delivery
• In depth knowledge of data and asset management, local planning systems and legislation, and hydraulic modelling techniques/outputs.

In return, you can look forward to an excellent rewards package, including local government pension scheme, up to 29 days’ holiday, life assurance, interest-free travel loans, flexible working and more.

Knowledge, skills and experience
Full specification and accountabilities can be viewed via the role profile found on our careersite.

For more information on the role, please contact the Essex Recruitment Team on 0333 013 5888. To apply, please visit -

Closing date: 29 January 2020.

Interviews: Please note, interviews are expected to be held Thursday 6 February 2020.

Essex County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.

We want to attract the best talent from the widest pool of people as diversity is key to our success.

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