Consultant (Water Resources)


Various, , GB

Please note the role is open on multiple location: Epsom, Bristol, Peterborough, Oxford, Warrington.

Do you have the ambition, enthusiasm and technical capability to work with us as a Consultant in Water Resources, delivering the future of Atkins’ service offerings and capability in this area? The role will be part of a highly respected technical team and you will be responsible for maintaining and growing our reputation for technical excellence, working collaboratively to both win and deliver work across our extensive client portfolio.

SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins business is one of the world’s most respected design, engineering and project management consultancies, with over 50,000 employees worldwide. At Atkins, we offer more than just a job. We offer an opportunity to make a difference and shape the world to benefit future generations and the natural environment.

As part of this commitment, we understand the need for a diverse and flexible workforce, where a work-life balance is important. So, by default Atkins offers flexible working, where there is no fixed 9 to 5, no need for a 5-day week, no requirement for a full-time contract, and no requirement to spend all your working time in the office.  Our IT systems support home-working, so where you have parental or carer duties; or you simply need to be elsewhere for a parcel, servicing your car, or waiting in for a tradesperson; Atkins will work for you.  Similarly, Atkins’ corporate social responsibility provides the opportunity to give something back to the community, and we run professional networks supporting groups such as local schools, charities, parents, those coming out of the armed-forces and women in engineering.

As a major engineering, environmental and design consultancy, Atkins offers opportunities for talented consultants to work on a wide variety of high profile projects. We support our clients in making the right strategic investment decisions for critical infrastructure in areas as diverse as water resources, flood management, green infrastructure and transportation. We work for clients across the UK and overseas, including central government, regulators, the water industry, NGOs and local authorities.

Our Water Management Consultancy operates at the interface between people and the water environment. One of the key specialisms of our water management team is in water resources planning. We are particularly well-regarded for delivering innovation in water resource planning and clients see us as a driving force to improve the way that things are done. In the face of increased risks to water resources from more extreme and changing climate conditions and other future uncertainties, we identify the major water resource infrastructure required to meet future needs and to provide the evidence base for taking options through the design, planning and procurement processes. Our work can therefore give us early insight into major work programmes. We have led UK-wide initiatives to develop and apply step changes in the approach to water resource planning through our thought leadership and technical expertise.

We have a number of vacancies for enthusiastic and ambitious individuals to lead and grow our water resources business, as well as contributing to a wide range of projects across our Water Management Consultancy and other areas of the business. This vacancy is for a Consultant position in any of our offices in Epsom, Bristol, Oxford, Peterborough and Warrington, although consideration will be given to exceptional candidates in other locations.

We have a strong reputation for delivering innovation in water resource planning and driving improvements across the industry, and we are seeking to build on this by recruiting thought leaders for the water industry who can continue to secure key work and grow our business further.

To support our growing portfolio of project work, we are seeking technical experts with a developing technical profile in aspects of water resource planning who can support the delivery of strategically significant and high-profile projects. You will have the chance to develop opportunities and support international projects through our portfolio of overseas work, and with our staff in Canada, USA, India, Africa and Asia Pacific.

You should have excellent organisational skills, an understanding of commercial considerations, and the ability to deliver technical work of high quality.

You must be client focused and able to build strong relationships with our clients with excellent collaborative working skills to ensure we get the best from our working relationships with client teams.


Your day to day activities will involve: contributing to our work winning activity; and actively delivering a suite of projects alongside others. You will have some understanding of project procedures including financial and change control, report writing, ability to present, and quality assurance through checking.  At all levels, we are keen to bring new ideas, technologies and approaches to the fore through our technical networks.

You will be required to produce high quality client-facing deliverables, demonstrated through excellence in communication and ability to present visualisations and interpretation of complex data, and to undertake and lead data analysis to support projects. On an on-going basis, you’ll be working as a key member of the team delivering a range of projects, including strategic infrastructure projects where we may also provide an internally facing consultancy service, and/or supporting project managers and directors to deliver these projects.


  • Must have a degree in a relevant discipline (and preferably relevant post-graduate qualification).
  • Demonstrable experience of delivering excellent technical work in water resources management / planning projects. This may be focused on a specific area of expertise, such as water resources modelling, or may entail broader wide-ranging experience across various elements of developing supply and demand forecasts, undertaking options appraisal, working on the delivery of complex inter-disciplinary projects, etc.
  • Excellent communication skills. Must be able to adapt your presentation style to different types of audience, including non-specialists. Clarity in scientific writing is key, including visualisation and interpretation of complex data.
  • Recently chartered or working towards chartership through an appropriate institution.


Atkins develops individuals through a portfolio of training and development activities designed to help you make the best of your abilities and talents. These are reviewed with individuals through an annual development process. We support staff in achieving and maintaining membership of relevant institutions. You will also be part of our global Technical Networks, which provide a flow of technically orientated information and ideas through the company. For this role, you will be expected to participate in our water resources planning technical network to support your learning.

Atkins will support you in your ongoing professional development, whether with the ICE, CIWEM or others.  This includes paying your annual membership and providing access to training.

Rewards and Benefits

We offer a competitive salary that is regularly tested against other consultants with a default 25-days leave each year plus bank holidays and options to buy some or sell of that leave.

To support and safeguard your physical and mental wellbeing we provide an employee assistance programme offering advice and support in times of need.  Our offices run their own sports and social clubs providing a wide range of activities.  You will also have access to our Flexible Benefits, where you can opt in to a wide range of benefits to complement your work/life balance: such as medical insurance, gym membership, the cycle-to-work scheme, child care vouchers, charitable giving, additional pension contributions etc.

Please refer to our website for details of our full benefits package.

We encourage the opportunity to discuss a flexible working pattern for this vacancy, and we ask you to explore the flexible working options during the interview process.

This role may require security clearance and offers of employment will be dependent on obtaining the relevant level of clearance. If this is necessary it will be discussed with you at interview.

If applying to this role please do not make reference to (in conversation) or include in your application or CV, details of any current or previously held security clearance.

ATKINS, part of the SNC Lavalin Group, is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce. As an Equal Opportunities Employer, we value applications from all backgrounds, cultures and ability.