Graduate Engineer



An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Graduate Engineer to join the Water Management Alliance (Eastern) Group of Internal Drainage Boards (IDBs). The Graduate Engineer will be responsible to the Project Engineer for helping to develop and deliver the Boards’ business plans and providing support on all engineering and operations delivery matters.  They will prepare and deliver the works programmes safely, lawfully and within budget and also be involved with the Technical Support/ Operations delivery team within the Pevensey & Cuckmere IDB.  

The successful applicant will have a relevant degree, HND or HNC in civil engineering or similar and be willing to work towards one or more of the following qualifications: Chartered Engineer (CEng MICE or CEng MIWEM), Project Management (PRINCE)/ Business Management (CMI).  Any work experience post or as part of the degree programme would be advantageous.

Candidates must be enthusiastic, positive, willing to learn and to take the opportunities presented to them.  They must hold a full and valid UK driving licence and be familiar with Outlook, Excel, Word, Internet Explorer and CAD.  They should have excellent interpersonal, communication, presentation and diplomacy skills and be able to work well with others at all levels both internally and externally to resolve problems and provide solutions to complex issues.  In doing so, they should be cool, calm and patient whilst juggling multiple projects.   The ideal candidate will have an interest in drainage, flood and coastal defence and water level management and be aware of both health & safety and environmental legislation and regulation.  They must be highly pragmatic, willing to learn how to manage projects, budgets, staff, consultants and public expectation and have an abundance of common sense.

The appointment offers a competitive salary depending on qualifications and experience, together with access to BUPA and the Local Government Pension Scheme use and 25 days holiday (rising to 29 over 5 years) plus Bank Holidays.

Car allowance, business mileage and mobile phone will be provided for business 

For more information about the WMA and this position please see the job description below. Please also feel free to contact Matthew Philpot, Project Engineer on 07884 327849 or email with any questions regarding the opportunity.

The application form can be found at
Please return your completed application by email to or alternatively by post to the WMA Main Office at: 
Water Management Alliance, Kettlewell House, Austin Fields Industrial Estate, King’s Lynn, PE30 1PH, Norfolk (FAO: Matthew Philpot).

The closing date for receipt of applications is by: Noon, Monday 26 April 2021.

We very much look forward to receiving your application.

Job Description:

Job Title: Graduate Engineer WMA (Eastern)
Job Description no. TechSupport/Ops/002
Team/Section: Technical Support/ Ops Delivery
Department: WMA Technical Support
Location: WMA Eastern Region. Travel may also be expected to be undertaken to other WMA board areas. Business milage + Car Allowance provided
Responsible to: Project Engineer
Responsible for: No line management responsibilities
Grade/Salary: Competitive, dependent upon experience
Duration Full time, Permanent
Employer: King’s Lynn IDB trading as the Water Management Alliance

Main Duties:

• Assisting with the running of the drainage boards within the Eastern region. This will include involvement with the maintenance of the board’s assets and the repair and replacement of them. 

• Delivery of the boards work in line with the Health and safety standards set out in the policy documents. Lead by example and be involved in the continuous improvement of the standards we work to.

• Involvement with the preparation and promoting grant applications/work programmes for submission to DEFRA/EA etc.

• Working with partners, community groups and stakeholders to design and deliver projects and work programmes successfully.

• Assisting with the preparation of budgets. Liaising with the Finance Officer and Operations Delivery team to this end.

•Preparing work in line with work programmes and liaising with the Operations Manager and Technical Support team accordingly.

• Ensuring that the work carried out on site and within the workshop is done safely, lawfully, competently and in accordance with the Board’s procedures, policies and standards.

• Responding at times of emergency, as and when necessary or required.

• Dealing with queries, undertaking routine correspondence and liaising with the general public.

• Assisting with the Preparation of reports for Board meetings and attending such meetings, as and when required.

• Attending and representing the Boards at external meetings as and when required.

• Preparing ad hoc reports, completing forms and responding to various requests for information as required.

• Maintaining and updating databases, the asset registers, asset condition assessments, sundry records. Liaising with the Data Manager to this end.

• Liaising with the Environmental Manager to obtain assent from Natural England prior to undertaking works, when necessary.

• Liaising with the Environmental Manager to ensure that work programmes are designed and timed to be undertaken appropriately within the law.

• Liaising with the Data Manager to maintain the integrity of all data relating to the Boards’ drainage infrastructure.

• Working closely with other Engineers/Project Managers within and external to the Water Management Alliance and sharing best practice.

• Providing technical support cover elsewhere within the WMA, as and when required by the Chief Executive.

• Keeping knowledge current and up to date, by way of continuous professional development (CPD). Time and access to relevant training courses will be provided, however you will be expected to invest a significant amount of your own time as well.

• Carrying out specific projects and research, as required by the Project Engineer, the Chief Executive or the Board.

• Any other duties that may reasonably be required by the Project Engineer, the Chief Executive or the Board.

This list of duties is not exhaustive and will be subject to change/periodic review.

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