Senior / Principal Water Resources Specialist

Job Title: Senior / Principal Water Resources Specialist
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: London, England
Salary: £34000.00 - £48000.00 per annum
REF: BBBH28301
Contact Name: Barrie Dempster
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Senior / Principal Water Resources Specialist

Location: London, Manchester or Bristol

Due to a number of projects being won, a new position has arisen for a Senior or Principal Water Resources Specialist. My client is extensively and rapidly expanding Water Resources Planning and Environmental Management projects' portfolio, centred around UK water companies. You will be an experienced and expert Water Resources Specialist with a thorough understanding of environmental assessments. You will work as part of a multi-disciplinary team of experts to assess the water resources, hydro-ecology, geomorphology and water quality implications of proposed water resource schemes and drought management measures, including strategic water resource options and plans.


You will demonstrate relevant technical background with the ability to lead, for example key WINEP scheme appraisals and to support the development of Water Resource Management and Drought Plans that are environmentally sound. You will be a Technical Lead on a portfolio of projects and will direct, coach and mentor junior staff on all technical aspects of Environmental Appraisal. You will be expected to provide technical input into proposals and to win work under our frameworks and beyond. An understanding of the links between appraisal elements and a strong background in hydro-ecology, interpretation of WFD and an analytical mindset is important for this role.

Key accountabilities:

  • Direct and provide technical input into a wide range of Water Resource Management and Drought Management Environmental Assessments and Risk Analysis
  • Work effectively with water companies, regulators, planners, developers, design engineers and contractors to achieve positive outcomes for Water Resource strategies and scheme developments
  • Build and maintain relationships with our clients through project and bidding activities
  • Develop/recommend innovative solutions and approaches to answer client's problems
  • Direct technical inputs from junior staff and sub-consultants
  • Lead, mentor and coach junior colleagues in all aspects of Water Resources, Hydrology and planning related to Environmental Appraisal to support Asset Planning
  • Drive innovation within the field of Water Resource Environmental Appraisal to meet future challenges faced by our clients and identify opportunities to develop our services through internal cross-practice working

Key competencies and experience:

  • A first-class degree in a relevant environmentally based subject, with a strong understanding of the links between hydrology, ecology and Water Resource Planning
  • Strong track record in Water Consultancy and working directly with UK water companies
  • Understanding technically how Environmental Appraisal supports best environmental and customer outcomes, related water resources planning outcomes and can identify risks and opportunities
  • Understanding UK Water Policy and legislation, Water Resources Management and how the Water Framework Directive is integral to/embedded with Environmental Assessments
  • Taking the lead technically on complex Environmental Appraisal Water Resource projects
  • Regulatory and stakeholder communications and management
  • Able to interpret models, review and analyse statistical trends

Skills and behaviours:

  • Excellent team working and communication skills with good attention to detail
  • Enthusiastic and self-motivated to thrive in a busy and demanding environment
  • Good IT experience (including ideally understanding of relevant software/models)
  • Innovative thinking
  • Excellent report and bid writing
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to give presentations at all levels, including to regulators and external stakeholders
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Clean driving licence

We look forward to receiving your application. For further information, then please contact Barrie Dempster at ALLEN & YORK LTD on 01202 888986 or email