Senior Water Advisory Consultant

Bristol, United Kingdom
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Private Sector
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Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)
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We are an independent firm of designers, planners, engineers, consultants and technical specialists offering a broad range of professional services. Through our work, we make a positive difference in the world.

Our water business continues to grow in response to market demand. We have a wide and growing portfolio of work delivering strategic advice through to detailed design to our water clients. We deliver projects as trusted advisor to clients across the West region including Environment Agency, Welsh Water, Wessex Water, Northern Ireland Water, Bristol City Council, Thames Water, and NGOs.

We are looking for a senior consultant to join our dynamic and growing team who is excited by the challenge of driving innovation, delivering excellence for our clients, influencing the sector both nationally and internationally through our projects, and working in collaborative, diverse teams.


The primary focus of the senior consultant role is to undertake advisory services, with a focus on the water sector.  The role will involve:

  • Civil engineering design of water infrastructure including water supply, wastewater, and flood defence and drainage infrastructure;
  • Development of strategies, plans and business cases in the water sector;
  • Delivery of strategic and feasibility studies, for example, water resource management plans;
  • Delivery of asset management strategies and plans and investment decision-making processes;
  • Interpreting technical information into clear communications for a broad stakeholder group;
  • Facilitate engagement with clients including presentations, stakeholder consultation and building strong client relationships;
  • Working in multi-disciplinary teams and supporting the development of junior members of the team;
  • Managing the delivery and output of projects, including project planning, programming, quality assurance and commercial management.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to develop a strong combination of industry skills and strategy insights, learning through a combination of project work and training, as they progress towards promotion to roles with overall responsibility for project delivery.

Requirements and skills

Your experience

  • Highly motivated, proactive and excited in new challenges.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and teamwork and client and stakeholder relationship building skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills. Ability to interpret technical data into clear communications.
  • Strong analytical skills with a methodological and creative approach to problem solving and decision-making.
  • Track-record of incorporating digital technologies into projects or organisations.
  • Demonstrable experience of consultancy experience in the water sector. Experience in academia or direct industry role will also be considered.
  • Experience in delivering water resources management planning, water strategies and plans and investment cases.
  • Knowledge of the key issues and opportunities facing infrastructure in the UK.
  • Project and commercial management experience, including project planning, programming and financial tracking and forecasting of projects.
  • Experience of preparing bid documents, grant proposals or similar.
  • Capable of holding responsibility for delivery and output of a project.

Your qualifications

  • Master’s degree in engineering, science, geography, water management, water security or related discipline.
  • Working towards Chartership in a relevant professional institution, for example, CIWEM or ICE.

 Reward and Benefits

We offer a competitive salary at all levels and one of the best benefits packages in our sector.Core benefits including private healthcare and a range of other protection schemes are funded by Arup and made available to all permanent staff in order to support and safeguard your financial, physical and mental wellbeing.

Shape your time with us

Our goal is to shape a better world. And to do that, we need to make Arup a phenomenal place to work for everyone. If we want to solve problems for people around the world, we must seek and attract the best people from the widest talent pool and create an environment that supports and includes them. We aim to encourage a culture where people can be themselves and be valued for their contribution. This includes people with disabilities so please discuss any adjustments that you may require throughout the selection and assessment process with your recruitment contact.

At Arup, you’ll be an encouraged member of the team with opportunities to participate in cultural and social events with the local community (e.g. as a STEM ambassador) or by joining one of our staff networks for women, culture or LGBT+ people. You’ll have access to a range of flexible working options – whether you’re a parent, a carer, a student, or just have a busy lifestyle - we recognise it’s not always easy to commit to standard working hours so if you're interested in flexible start and finish times, working from home or working part-time, please let us know when you apply, and we'll discuss how this could work in your role.

Join us in shaping a better world.

We are an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer and welcome all qualified applicants. You will receive fair and impartial consideration without regard to sex, race, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status, genetic data, or other legally protected status. We recognise that not all disabilities are visible and will make reasonable adjustments to cater for diverse applicants in the selection and assessment process.

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.