Our Vacancy

Water Specialist (Flood risk)

  • Infrastructure / Building
  • Permanent / Engineering / Technical
  • Milton Keynes
  • 25/06/23
  • Hybrid work

The UK government has made a pledge to reach carbon neutrality by 2050 and, as such, is pushing ahead with significant investment in nuclear and renewable energies.

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

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 Transport & Infrastructure’, our consents & engagement team were already well established in the provision of professional services 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 with a flood risk background to help develop our capacity in this area as we believe it’s a key component of 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
  • Environmental Impact Assessments Chapter
  • Surface Water Management Plans
  • Water Framework Directive Assessments
  • Knowledge of relevant modelling software
  • Water monitoring 

Proposed Initial Water Specialist Role Summary:

Working for our client on the delivery of HS2, the high-speed railway project. and you will be reporting to their Environmental Design Manager.

As a Water Specialist you will co-ordinate the development of the basis of design in water resource & flood risk monitoring, groundwater, WFD compliance, watercourse diversions & surface water and flood risk / hydraulic modelling. 


  • Ensure efficient transfer of hydraulic models, Flood Level Analysis Reports, water and groundwater monitoring & surveys
  • Plan and resource water survey requirements
  • Lead and prepare the consultation package for Surface water and groundwater monitoring & surveys
  • Organise and attend key-meetings, workshops with HS2 technical leads, Environmental Agency, Local Flood Authorities to facilitate consent pre-engagement and get the approval of design
  • Review and assure all deliverables related to the WFRMP / Surface water and Flood Risk / hydraulic modelling / WFD, watercourse diversions and groundwater disciplines in liaison with Environmental Design Engineers
  • Provide technical expertise / support for Environmental & Design team in the Water / WFD / Watercourse diversion and Hydraulic modelling.

The role will involve liaising with several internal and external parties including design management, environmental specialists, statutory authorities, and client personnel.


  • Helps develop robust and comprehensive WFRMP / WFD / Watercourse diversion / Surface water & Flood Risk / Groundwater design deliverables to deal with environmental risks, CRTs, U&As, Technical Standards, UK best practices working collaboratively with the whole project team in order to achieve EMR Compliance and L3 Certification.
  • Accountable for fit for purpose WFRMP / WFD / Watercourse diversion / Surface water & Flood Risk / Groundwater design methodologies and assumptions that can withstand external scrutiny.
  • Review of all Water/WFD related design deliverables (WFRMP / WFD / Watercourse diversion / Surface water & Flood Risk / Groundwater)

Personal requirements:

•   A sound understanding of hydrology, fluvial & urban hydraulics, groundwater, watershed management, geomorphology and water & flood risk mitigation design on major infrastructure schemes

•    Good experience of temporary watercourse diversion design and planning

•    Good experience of Water Framework Directive Compliance

•    Experienced with dealing with Environmental Agency and LFA on such issues

•    Experienced with Water consent applications and pre-engagement with Statutory bodies

My profile

•    Member of an environmental/water professional body

•    Relevant degree

•   Understanding of the benefits of working collaboratively to obtain the best outcome for the project

•    Good interpersonal and communication skills

•   Determination to see tasks through to completion, with excellent planning and organisation skills

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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