Senior Natural Flood Management / Catchment Specialist


Cardiff, United Kingdom 🇬🇧

We are seeking a Senior NFM Specialist / Senior Catchment Scientist (Civil Engineering / Environmental Engineering / Geography background) to play a pivotal role delivering a comprehensive and growing portfolio of impactful flood risk management projects both locally and internationally for clients such as the Environment Agency, Natural Resources Wales and other risk management authorities.

Your base would preferably be from our office in Bristol or Cardiff, although your location is not critical as we work flexibly and collaboratively across the UK. With secured frameworks, we have a growing forward pipeline of opportunities with clients who share our passion for shaping a better world. You’ll help us deliver effective and professional services for various and high-profile clients on projects ranging from those on a local scale to those with National significance.

The Role

As a result of exciting and continued growth, and a significant programme of works emerging from frameworks with new clients, we are looking for Senior NFM Specialist / Senior Catchment Scientist to join our Water team. The successful applicant will form part of a team of environmental and ecological consultants, water engineers, river catchment scientists and digital specialists. The role will expose the candidate to a great variety of projects including major infrastructure, flood defence, river restoration and environmental enhancement projects. There are opportunities for international projects, should the candidate desire to explore. 

As part of this role, the applicant will undertake feasibility assessments and will be developing outline and detailed designs for natural flood management, river restoration and fish passage schemes, working on environmental appraisal related to the water environment and flood risk, and advancing digital techniques across our water and environment business. As part of the team’s wider remit in ‘water’ within Arup, there will be opportunities to link with other engineering teams across the business to develop broader engineering skills and knowledge. 

Candidates should have experience with the above type of work and be chartered. The applicant will also be encouraged to delve into research projects aiming to advance the capabilities of the team and wider business. As a team, we have very close links to universities and specialist consultants to ensure cutting edge thinking with diversity and breadth across our work. We expect the successful candidate to think beyond the ‘norm’ when developing solutions to ongoing engineering problems. For this we are looking for someone who will embrace new and emerging digital technologies and systems.  
To perform successfully we are seeking a bright, enthusiastic individual with aspirations to shape a better world for people and nature.

To achieve in this role you will have…

Ideally a Masters in a Catchment Science / Civil engineering related degree, ideally to a Masters-level at 2:1 or above, although a BEng at 2:1 or above will also be considered. A PhD would be an advantage, particularly in Natural Flood Management.

Essential Skills and Knowledge:

  • Natural flood management experience including feasibility assessment and design
  • Delivery of NFM projects working in multidisciplinary teams and client/stakeholder liaison
  • Experience in design procedures and standards relating to river engineering and flood risk 
  • Sound analytical skills and mathematical acumen 
  • Good GIS skills and experience in using GIS for analysis of spatial datasets
  • Project management and leadership
  • An ability to multi-task efficiently under pressure and maintain a high level of attention to detail
  • Awareness of hydrological and hydraulic modelling packages
  • Experience working for FRM authorities

Required Behaviours

  • A desire to improve the environment and shape a better world and enthusiasm for a career in the FCERM sector underpinned by understanding our industry and work 
  • A proactive and organised approach and the ability to plan ahead to ensure deadlines are met
  • Demonstrate a creative approach to problem-solving and seek to improve existing ways of working
  • Be flexible to the needs of the business and changes to project plans
  • Be dedicated to the delivery of projects, and the development of the team and business as a whole

Rewards and Benefits

We offer a competitive salary at all levels, and one of the best benefits packages in our sector.

Core benefits include cover under the UK Healthcare Plan (private medical insurance), Life Assurance, Accident Insurance, and Income Protection (long term disability) cover. Core benefits are funded by us and made available to all permanent staff in order to support and safeguard your financial, physical, and mental wellbeing. You will also have access to Choice Benefits to help with your work/life balance and financial security.
In addition, all permanent employees are eligible for the Global Profit Share scheme. Subject to scheme rules employees can receive two Profit Share payments per year, which are dependent on the firm’s financial performance.

Different people, shared values

At Arup we believe when talented people collaborate, great things are possible. Arup hires people with proven skills and open minds. We are taking deliberate action to create an inclusive culture that is grounded in our purpose to shape a better world. We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome all backgrounds. 
At Arup we are committed to making all stages of our recruitment process accessible to candidates with disabilities. Please speak to our recruitment team and we will work with you to make reasonable adjustments to ensure you can perform at your best. 

At Arup we appreciate that everyone’s circumstances are different and having the freedom to flex the way we work is essential to our wellbeing. If flexibility matters to you let us know when you apply and we will discuss how this could work in your role.

What happens next?

If this could be the next step in your journey, please apply online. All applications will be considered, and we will try our very best to respond to you within 72 hours of receiving your application.

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