UK nationals: Strategic Planner (Hydrologist)

Scottish Water
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Not Specified
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Strategic Planner (Hydrologist) to join Scottish Water’s Hydrology Team on a full-time, two year, fixed term basis. The team provides a centre of technical excellence in Scottish Water for Hydrology, Groundwater and Drought Planning for all aspects of Water Resource Management. This includes Water Resource Planning, Abstraction Licensing and Compliance, Operational Support and the Water Framework Directive. The primary location for this role is Edinburgh, but we have an agile working policy which can provide some flexibility.


Working at Scottish Water

Scottish Water is one of the UK’s leading water companies, the quality of drinking water and satisfaction with the service we provide our customers has never been higher - but we want to be even better – and you could help play an important part!


We take employee engagement very seriously and have an inclusive and collaborative work environment where we respect people’s differences. In 2016 we won the award for "Best Workplace of the Year" at the Hr NETWORK Awards, which recognised the enthusiasm, commitment and pride of our employees in working for Scottish Water.


You will be entitled to a host of benefits which include 37 days holiday a year, a defined benefit pension scheme, discounted healthcare plus a variety of flexible working arrangements and family-friendly policies.


We would welcome applicants with varying experience who are keen to progress a career in Hydrology in the Water Industry.


Specifics of the role / main duties:

  • Provision of specialist hydrology advice for Scottish Water (SW’s) surface water sources to all relevant functions of SW.
  • Responsibility for producing and maintaining SW’s weekly water resource status report and associated water resource monitoring tools, including links to production plan models
  • Development and maintenance of hydrological and water resource system models
  • Providing support for reactive issues such as drought management and operational support, as well as long term water resource strategy development, yield assessments and climate change assessment.
  • Provision of specialist hydrology advice and data for Water Resource Planning, including contributing to the development of the SW Water Resource Plan and Supply Demand Balance tables.
  • Contribution to project scopes, reviewing and responding to external study reports, CAR Licence applications, WFD compliance projects including assessing yield changes and impacts and new source development.
  • Provision of hydrology support to the development of drought contingency plans and monitoring tools.

Essential skills/knowledge/behaviours required:

  • Relevant degree and MSc in Hydrology, Environmental Science, Engineering or other relevant science discipline together with relevant experience.
  • Experience of hydrological modelling packages such as HySIM–Aquator, Low Flows Enterprise, FEH Suite. Experience with production planning tools eg MISER would be useful but not essential.
  • Familiarity with methods of hydrometric data collection, interpretation and analysis.
  • An appropriate level of technical expertise in hydrology, developments in industry Best Practice and legislative changes.
  • Sound understanding and knowledge of water resources relating to use for public supply eg. – types, abstraction, storage, transfer systems
  • Sound data analysis ability. Strong analytical skills are essential to get beneath the data and numbers to undertake root cause analysis, identify trends etc.
  • High Proficiency in Excel and a good knowledge of other MS Office tools, with a willingness to develop these skills. Working knowledge of IT systems, and strong IT skills, including the ability to learn to use bespoke SW applications for data interrogation/analysis. Experience of G.I.S. and similar systems is essential but training can be provided for further development.   
  • Experience in the implementation of Projects and demonstrable project management skills
  • A broad understanding of the regulatory framework that SW operates within e.g. WIC, SEPA, DWQR.
  • Experience in strategic planning / integrated solution development.
  • Experience of interfacing with external Regulators and internal/external Stakeholders. Requires an understanding of Scottish Water objectives and how service is delivered across functions.
  • Knowledge of Water Framework Directive legislation, Water Resource Planning, River Basin Management
  • Knowledge of Supply Demand Balance methodologies and related hydrology data requirements.

Next Steps


Any offer of employment with Scottish Water will be subject to the successful completion of a mandatory pre-employment screening process, including Disclosure Scotland and eligibility to work in the UK. Details can be found on our website.


For more information about this role, please contact:


The closing date for applications is 13th March 2019


Please note. Direct applications won't be considered. We are not in a position to accept emailed CV’s.