U.K. nationals: Flood Risk Management Assistant Engineer

Natural Resources Wales

Wales, United Kingdom 🇬🇧

Job context

The Integrated Engineering team provides professional technical services to ensure delivery of the annual flood risk asset management programme and low to medium value capital projects.

As part of this team, the post holder will support the preparation of information required to allow the work identified in our programmes to proceed in a safe and efficient manner in support of senior staff.

Applying for this post

The following categories will be used to assess the quality of applications both at sift and interview. Please read the whole of the Role Description to ascertain at what level this information needs to be presented.

  • Forward Thinking
  • Analysing and Judgement
  • Collaborating with others
  • Advising and Influencing
  • Customer Focus
  • Qualifications and Skills

Job Purpose:

The post holder provides a Technical and Health and Safety planning service supporting our field teams in the delivery of flood risk asset maintenance and Capital improvements. 

The post holder contributes to the forward planning processes and is essential in the delivery of the asset management maintenance and capital works programmes and incident response. 

Key Job Accountabilities:

  • Contribute to and monitor the delivery and planning of the flood risk asset maintenance programme, including individual projects.
  • Undertake utility searches and gather other technical, environmental and H&S information for individual works and input into the risk management planning of the work.
  • Provide financial and technical data, including estimating, to enable accurate costing to ensure efficient and effective delivery of works to meet cost, quality, and deadlines.
  • Assist in the support of contract management and the undertaking of active monitoring to deliver the flood risk maintenance programme.
  • Effective use of GIS systems to produce critical documents, used in the delivery of FRM maintenance and projects. 
  • Procuring goods and services, adhering to framework agreements and following processes and procedures.
  • Liaise with stakeholders including; local authorities, landowners, environmental groups etc.
  • Assist with the development of flood incident response plans. 
  • Independently undertake site surveys assessing asset maintenance and flood scheme improvement projects.
  • Participate in an emergency response rota. 

Key Job Qualifications or Knowledge:

  1. Qualifications; HND/HNC in Civil Engineering or equivalent is desirable with a minimum advanced level (A levels or equivalent) and related experience. 
  2. In this role you will be expected to support H&S best practice by actively promoting awareness and ensuring the provision of safe working practices to comply with NRW policy and standards. 
  3. Participation in cross-team working and stakeholder engagement to establish partnerships in the delivery of NRW flood risk objectives is an essential component of the role.  
  4. Good ICT, organisational and records management skills.
  5. Full UK driving licence.
  6. Participation in the NRW’s incident response duty roster. 

What you will do

You will undertake a range of technical work and activities to deliver the ongoing management and maintenance of land and assets.

You will manage small projects which may include involvement in contract design, tendering, management and project appraisal.

You will undertake health and safety surveys and inspections.

You will monitor and measure contracts to ensure compliance with contractual obligations.

You will refer to procedure manuals and relevant statutory codes in undertaking the work, undertaking analysis and interpreting requirements as necessary.

You will be responsible for the safe use and keeping of tools and equipment required to undertake your role, which will generally be of a high value and which will include use out in the field.

Who you will be working with

You will supervise NRW colleagues who are involved in the projects that you have responsibility for.

You will work with third parties which will involve briefing and advising and supervising contracts and contractors ensuring compliance with health and safety practices.

You will have a high level of interaction with customers and stakeholders which may involve dealing with complaints.

Where you will be working

You will travel to and work at different sites and NRW offices working both within offices and out in the field.

You will undertake surveys and inspections which will involve some moderate physical activity and may include, for example, lifting, carrying and climbing.

You will from time to time be exposed to unpleasant working conditions and environments and will be provided with relevant PPE.

What knowledge and skills you need

You will have a good level of prior practical experience in a technical discipline that enables you to provide guidance and supervision to others.

You will be technically competent to undertake surveys and inspections in relation to your discipline.

You will have project management skills and experience.

You will have a Level 4 qualification of the Credit & Qualifications Framework for Wales (or equivalent), or equivalent knowledge and experience.

You will have good literacy, numeracy and communication skills with well developed customer facing skills enabling you to deal sensitively and tactfully with complaints.

You will have the skills to manage contractors to ensure compliance with contractual arrangements and the ability to sustain working relationships.

You will have a high level of knowledge and experience of health, safety and well-being as well as public safety and public liability, and able to undertake health and safety surveys.

You will have good IT skills and be competent in the use of Microsoft Office and, ideally, experience of CAD and GIS.

You will have undertaken the relevant statutory training certificates or operator licences or will be willing and able to attain such certificates with appropriate training.

What other information is relevant to your job

You will realise your contribution by applying the principles of SMNR to your work; in how you think, plan and deliver activities.

You will be expected to work with teams and individuals from across NRW, sharing your expertise and insight to solve complex problems. You will support collaborative working with partners and sector organisations, focussing on shared priorities.

You are responsible for complying with the policies, procedures and processes that relate to your role.

You are responsible for ensuring that all financial transactions undertaken by yourself represent value for money and meet the requirements of the organisation.

NRW is a Category 1 responder under the Civil Contingencies Act (2004), and this means we have a duty to work with partners to prepare for and respond to emergencies and incidents covered by the Act.  All staff may be required to undertake activities, at a level commensurate with the skills and experience required by their role, to assist in ensuring this duty is undertaken.

This role description sets out a broad indication of the role, where it sits within the overall NRW structure and indicative expectations of the post holder. It is not intended to provide a detailed description of all tasks and activities. This document should be read in conjunction with the job specific Personal Development Plan which sets out the specific activities and projects to be delivered during the year.

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