Local recruitment: Water Scientist


Sheffield, UK 🇬🇧

Why Arup?

The successful design, development and maintenance of our water infrastructure requires the integration of many disciplines. Arup’s water team has wide-ranging skills spanning advisory and specialist technical services. We apply them on every kind of project, from flood risk management and water resource planning, to dam engineering, treatment works design and river engineering.

The Opportunity 

The main focus of Arup’s Water team in Sheffield is stormwater. We advise our clients on the risk of flooding at strategic (city or region-wide) or site scale. We model the movement of water and the risks associated with flooding, using integrated hydraulic models. We plan and design nature-based solutions to manage stormwater and provide wider benefits in the built and rural environment. This team has enjoyed strong organic growth, but demand for practical and rigorously-proven solutions continues to rise.  This role will see you work as part of a team to provide hands-on input to our projects producing technical reports and presentations to convey complex concepts, and to influence clients and stakeholders. You will liaise with colleagues in other areas of the business in a variety of disciplines and interact directly with our clients. Day to day duties will involve attending and contributing to project meetings (internal and external) and undertaking assistant/project management roles on projects with a view to develop this skill further.

We will consider applications from strong candidates with a desire to work on a part-time basis.

Is this role right for you?  

We are seeking a new team member to help us with our growing workload in Natural Flood Management (NFM) and Regenerative Land Management (RLM) ideally with previous experience of delivering projects in these fields; or you might have a background in research and development.

You must have a passion for sustainability, a strong belief in the benefits of nature-based solutions and the desire to influence colleagues, clients and stakeholders to implement new ways of managing land and water. You should be digital-savvy and have an interest in using digital tools to solve complex problems or eliminate repetitive tasks. You might be an engineer, a scientist, an environmentalist or have any related technical background. We appreciate the value of diversity of education and experience because it allows us to bring new perspectives and alternative solutions.

We are looking for the following qualifications, skills and attributes;

  • Degree qualified in engineering, natural sciences or a related subject. Applicants having completed an apprenticeship or other training scheme and with a passion for nature-based solutions will also be considered / Working towards a professional qualification with CIWEM, ICE or other recognised industry body.
  •  Previous experience in the water or environmental sector.
  •  NFM and/or RLM experience or awareness would be particularly helpful.
  • Competent in the use of GIS software.
  • Commercially aware and developing strong planning and organisational skills.
  • Experience of working in a similar consulting environment would be beneficial although not essential

Not ready to apply just yet, or have some questions? Contact me via email at Kylie.OHanlon@Arup.com. Please note that all applicants must apply directly via the job portal. 

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Rewards and Benefits

We care about you and want you to perform at your best, which is why we offer one of the most competitive benefits packages in our sector. As a member organisation, everyone shares in our success through a global profit share scheme (payments are dependent on the firm’s financial performance).

We also provide Private medical insurance, Life assurance, Accident insurance and Income protection cover. In addition, you’ll have access to flexible benefits to help you look after all aspects of your wellbeing and give you the freedom and flexibility to find the best solutions for you, your family, and your individual needs.

Different people, shared values.

 At Arup we are an equal opportunity employer, and we accept people for who they are – we welcome applications from people of all backgrounds regardless of age, gender identity and expression, marital status, disability, neurodiversity and mental health, race, faith or belief, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background, and whether you’re pregnant or on family leave. We know that when diverse teams collaborate great things are possible. Our internal employee networks support our inclusive culture – from race, ethnicity and cross-cultural working to gender, LGBTQ+ and disability – we provide a space for you to express yourself and to make a positive difference – discover more about life at Arup here.

At Arup, we are committed to making all stages of our recruitment process accessible to all candidates and are a Disability Confident Level 2 Employer. Please let us know if you need any assistance or reasonable adjustments throughout your application and we will do everything we possibly can to support you.

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Our Application Process

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