Water Quality Modeller

APEM Limited

Various, , GB

APEM Limited is Europe’s largest specialist aquatic environmental consultancy. We offer our clients an integrated approach to the investigation and management of freshwater catchments and marine habitats and operate UK wide and internationally. Our consultants are recognised experts in their fields, and as a company we pride ourselves on our commitment to scientific rigour and an excellent service in providing solutions to our clients.

2019 was a big year for APEM. We were awarded Water Industry Consultant of the Year and we completed a management buyout. In 2020 and beyond we will continue our ambitions for growth and innovation. 

About the role

Water quality has been established as an area of APEM expertise for many years, but as our team expands we are looking to enhance our modelling capacity. You will work within a dynamic team of aquatic environmental scientists with cross-cutting expertise in ecology, hydrology, geomorphology, water quality, fisheries and natural and social capital, to deliver a range of projects for the UK water and energy industries, and their environmental regulators. The purpose of the role will be to enhance our ability to provide modelling approaches and outputs, as required in particular by the water and construction industries. The role will require the application of modelling packages (river, lake and/or coastal), in particular those recognised and used by regulatory authorities, and contributing to the identification of new modelling approaches.

Key features of the Senior Consultant role will be managing a range of projects to ensure the delivery of high quality outputs within budget. This role will also require contributing to or leading the production of competitive tenders and marketing our modelling capabilities to current and potential future clients. 

You will be primarily office-based, although site visits and client meetings will be required.

There are excellent opportunities for career progression and development.

About you

You must have experience of applying standard modelling packages to water quality projects. These will include as a minimum one or more of the following: SIMCAT, SAGIS, CORMIX, lake phytoplankton prediction models. As this is a senior role, we would ideally expect experience of working extensively in or with the consultancy sector.

You will be an enthusiastic self-starter with an interest in the environment. You will be qualified to a minimum of BSc. level in a relevant discipline, with evidence of experience relevant to the grade you are applying for. Whether you are an applicant with academic, regulatory, consultancy or third sector experience you will need to demonstrate your ability to apply your skills in a fast-paced commercial consultancy context through experience of managing projects and dealing with people effectively and professionally. 

You will have good IT literacy and data analysis skills, will be numerate and have a good eye for detail. You will be able to demonstrate not just experience of applying models but also an understanding of why the models are used and how their outputs will be deployed.

Required skills:

  • Typically 3-4 years’ professional experience
  • Experience of working in a commercial consulting environment
  • Experience in river, lake and/or coastal modelling packages
  • Modelling experience as described above
  • Programming and model development skills
  • Project management experience
  • Tendering/proposal writing experience

 Desirable skills:

  • A relevant higher degree
  • An understanding of key UK environmental legislation


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