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Our Vacancy

Principal Environmental Consultant (Water Framework Directive & Flood Risk)

  • Permanent / Project Management
  • Birmingham
  • 15/03/24
  • On site

Assystem, as a leading provider of project management, design & construction supervision services within the nuclear industry, has aligned its strategy to support the switch to low-carbon energy, whilst also recognising transport and infrastructure systems to be a major influencing factor in the successful outcome of this strategy.

By acquiring Schofield Lothian in 2021, Assystem reaffirmed their commitment to the UK’s energy transition in combining strengths with a long-established provider of consultancy services to the transport and infrastructure sectors, through the delivery of sustainable performance improvements within four practice areas: Consents & Engagement; Commercial Management; Project Management; and Environment & Sustainability.

Prior to operating as ‘Assystem Project Management & Consulting’, our environmental team had already made significant steps in providing professional services within this area and, thanks to continuing success, and with the additional opportunities offered through the Assystem network, we are in a position build on this solid foundation.

Job Description

Assystem Role Summary:

We have an opportunity for a water specialist to help develop our capacity in this area as we believe it’s a key component required to grow our environmental services capability.

The role will require a sound understanding of water & flood risk mitigation, hydrology, fluvial & urban hydraulics, groundwater, watershed management, geomorphology and design on major infrastructure schemes.  

  • Flood Risk Assessments for Planning Applications
  • Surface Water Management Plans
  • Water Framework Directive Assessments
  • Water monitoring 

In addition to working with our clients to deliver some exciting infrastructure projects you would help support business development and sales team activities to identify and win new opportunities within your area of expertise.

Proposed Initial Water Specialist Role Summary:

  1. Candidate should have experience with the following
    1. Identifying WFD (Water Framework Directive) bodies, understanding the status of the WFD body and be able to support in the assessment of construction which could impact on the WFD waterbody
    2. Advise on mitigation for construction
    3. Understanding of WFD Derogation requirements
  2. In addition to the above, the candidate would be required to support with the following
    1. Alignment of construction phase and permanent asset works to ensure consistency in approach and tracking of narrative with key stakeholder (i.e. Environment Agency)
    2. Management of assessment process
    3. Supporting in stakeholder engagement
      1. Preparation meetings with client
      2. Chairing stakeholder meetings
    4. Interpret EA requirements

My profile

  • A degree in a relevant environmental, geographical, science or engineering discipline is essential
  • An MSc or PhD in hydrology, water quality, geomorphology or marine science is desirable

Benefits include:

  • Pension scheme (8% company contribution / 4% personal contribution)
  • 25 days’ paid annual leave + bank holidays + option to buy or sell days
  • Professional fees reimbursed
  • Flexible working
  • Employee referral scheme



Hybrid remote/in-office

We are committed to equal treatment of candidates and promote, as well as foster all forms of diversity within our company. We believe that bringing together people with different backgrounds and perspectives is essential for creating innovative and impactful solutions. Skills, talent, and our people’s ability to dare are the only things that matter !. Bring your unique contributions and help us shape the future.

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