Wastewater Engineer - Pollution & Flooding

The Pollution and Flooding Reduction team at WRc is uniquely placed to provide solutions for asset owners that tackle the big challenges of managing sewer networks: moving towards zero pollution and zero sewer flooding.  The team provide solutions by focussing on improved use of data, smart technology adoption, and engineering knowledge, to provide companies with a more proactive, targeted and therefore a more efficient approach to sewerage management. This involves having a clear understanding of how and why sewers fail, what can be learnt from failures, and how that learning can be applied to prevent failure from occurring again in the future.  

WRc develop intelligent solutions to network issues, by determining the factors that influence failure and using all available data to better understand the patterns of these failures across a network.  We then maximise this information to drive improvements in operational practice or target smart technology in a cost-effective manner that provides greater visibility of network performance.


We are seeking an Engineer to join our successful Pollution and Flooding team.  With WRc, you will be responsible for working collaboratively on delivering innovative solutions to the water industry. You will be responsible for helping to deliver the business plan through active participation in activities across the whole Infrastructure Solutions Team but mainly working closely with the Pollution and Flooding Theme Lead and the Head of Infrastructure Solutions to achieve our commercial targets.  Successful applicants will bring a technical background in an engineering subject with some experience of wastewater network operations.  

Main Responsibilities

As a Wastewater Engineer at WRc, you will:

  • Be part of  a team of consultants to win and deliver work in the Pollution & Flooding business area;
  • Further develop your network contacts in water companies, regulators, other consultancies and industry to contribute to the development of business opportunities and maintain a pipeline of work;
  • Take account of the latest developments and innovations in the subject area, to help maintain WRc’s position as an industry leader, and;
  • Deliver projects to our clients from around the world.

Education and Experience

  • Educated to degree level in a relevant subject, preferably civil engineering but mechanical and environmental subjects also considered;
  • Preferably a postgraduate degree in wastewater;
  • Career experience of wastewater networks with an operational delivery focus.

Knowledge and Skills

  • An appreciation of wastewater physical assets and of sewer operations;
  • Understanding of pumping station operations;
  • Background in hydrological and hydraulic design;
  • Understanding of mechanical and electrical engineering aspects sewer networks;
  • Understanding of the sewer inspection and cleaning techniques.
  • Practical working experience in a CAD software.
  • Understanding of the causes of sewer failures and their environmental impacts;
  • An appreciation of the water industry and its regulatory drivers;
  • Self-starter willing to develop and implement new ideas;
  • Eligible to work permanently in the UK without sponsorship requirement;
  • Good working knowledge of MS Office packages.

We operate an open, welcoming and relaxed management culture that nurtures the continuous improvement and innovation of our workplace and employees. Our positive management culture has enabled us to achieve a staff turnover rate that remains consistently below the industry average.

All candidates applying for positions with WRc must be eligible to work in the UK.

About WRc

Founded 93 years ago, and now owned by RSK Group, WRc has a unique heritage as one of the world’s leading scientific and engineering consultancies. As an independent business and centre of excellence for innovation we are trusted by Government, industry, regulators and energy and utility companies to solve today’s most challenging and significant problems in the fields of water, gas, waste and the natural environment.

Culture & Benefits

In our welcoming and inclusive environment, at WRc we foster a culture where talented and motivated people are nurtured, encouraged, and supported to succeed and develop their skills. We know that with the right people, we are able to build on our unrivalled reputation in the fields of innovation and technical excellence. We welcome team members who bring new ways of thinking and fresh approaches to problem solving as well as those who have a genuine passion for their specialist subject or area of research.

In return for your commitment, we offer a wide range of benefits including:

  • Flexible working hours based on a 37-hour week, Monday to Friday
  • A contributory pension scheme
  • 25 days holiday plus Bank Holidays
  • Free accident/life insurance
  • Cash Health Plan
  • HMRC mileage payment for use of own car
  • Active Sports and Social Club
  • Subsidised on-site staff restaurant
  • Free Parking on Swindon site

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