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Birmingham

Competitive salary

Permanent

917435

Melissa Self

We have an impressive portfolio of projects throughout the UK.   A selection of our current and recent projects includes:

  • Detailed design of the diversion and river restoration of the River Eye (SSSI) as part of the Melton Mowbray Distributor Road project.
  • Detailed design and construction of restoration works on Worseley Brook, Salford to restore a mixed sediment morphology along a highly modified urban watercourse
  • Design and construction of a pool-riffle-point bar bypass channel on the chalk fed River Beane for Affinity Water
  • Restoration of a section of the Upper River Lee to re-establish a chalk river morphology in Luton
  • River restoration and enhancement of floodplain connectivity on the River Cocker at Rogerscale for the West Cumbria Rivers Trust.
  • Naturalisation of the River Lyvennet at Kings Meaburn for the Eden Rivers Trust.
  • Naturalisation of Swindale Beck for RSPB, Environment Agency, Natural England and United Utilities (Winner of the ENDS Environmental Project Award 2017, Winner of the Wild Trout Trust Environment Award 2017).
  • Determination of NFM options for three tributaries to the White Cart Water for the East Renfrewshire Council, and further river restoration design work on the Levern Water.
  • Identification of NFM measures in the Trawden catchment for the Environment Agency.
  • Development of NFM and river restoration opportunities for the Coledale and Newlands Beck, Braithwaite for Natural England.
  • Restoration of the Yorkshire Derwent floodplain for the Environment Agency.
  • Creation of floodplain wetland on the River Yarrow for the Environment Agency.
  • Re-meandering of the River Beane at Woodhall Estate for Affinity Water.
  • Weir removal and naturalisation of the River Trent for Staffordshire Wildlife Trust.

Job Responsibilities:

The appropriate level of technical expertise is required in order that the Job / Project Accountabilities listed below can be carried out to the necessary standard:

  • Technical oversight and guidance of work undertaken by the hydromorphology team including fieldwork, hydraulic and sediment transport modelling, report writing etc.; 
  • Working with a range of internal disciplines including Ecology, Water, Engineering, Heritage etc. to develop holistic project solutions;
  • Leading on and contributing to WFD assessments and environmental impact assessments, guiding new infrastructure developments to the best environmental outcomes;
  • Leading consultation with statutory regulators where required, particularly the EA and NE;
  • Working with the hydromorpology Technical Practice Group (TPG) and to take on the TPG lead for the UK, sharing knowledge and supporting overseas projects as required;
  • Maintaining links to selected academic institutions; 
  • Representing the client at key conferences in the UK and overseas; 
  • Technical project management;
  • To spread an understanding of the importance of hydromorphology, and to further develop the clients hydromorphology offer;  
  • Maintaining excellent client relationships and developing new clients;
  • Identification of new internal and external clients;
  • Recruiting talented individuals to grow the team, as required; 
  • Business development and work winning, including the preparation of high quality project and framework tenders;
  • Working with the clients financial systems to track project financial performance;
  • Responsibility for health and safety matters within the team, working with the clients safety systems and signing off of risk assessments for field work; and
  • Ensuring projects are managed in line with the clients Integrated Management System (IMS). 

Minimum Requirements   

Essential:

  • In-depth knowledge of hydromorphology/fluvial geomorphology, including experience of a range of river types;
  • Experience of all stages of a project including outline feasibility, options appraisal, detailed design and contract/specification; 
  • Experience of a range of projects including river restoration, natural flood management, weir removal, and infrastructure-related hydromorphological assessment and design;
  • Sound knowledge of sediment transport processes;
  • Experience of high gradient and low gradient  systems and bedrock, coarse and fine sediment dynamics;
  • Extensive fieldwork experience including catchment walkovers, fluvial audits etc.; 
  • Experience in supervising 1D-2D and 2D only hydraulic modelling including interpretation of modelling results for design functionality/sustainability, erosion and deposition dynamics etc.; 
  • Experience of undertaking, and guiding others to undertake, qualitative and quantitative analysis of sediment dynamics;
  • Excellent analytical skills and knowledge of analytical methods;
  • Ability to work with project engineers, and other disciplines to understand the balance of project drivers, and deliver solutions that are effective and sustainable; 
  • Strong technical leadership, and proven ability to mentor and grow talent;
  • Excellent written and verbal skills, including the ability to summarise technical information in plain English and present confidently to a wide range of audiences;  
  • Strong understanding of the hydromorphology market;
  • Experience of a range of client types, including statutory bodies, infrastructure clients and the third sector;
  • Good team leadership skills, including the ability to lead a geographically dispersed team.
  • Excellent client communication and client management experience; 
  • Strong commercial awareness;
  • Strong health and safety awareness and experience of using safety systems; and
  • Strong business acumen and experience of working to Quality Management procedures.

Desirable:

  • International experience; 
  • Supervision of construction work; and
  • Experience of innovating in the field of hydromorphology, including the use of new and emerging technologies.

Preferred Qualifications   

  • High quality degree in a relevant field, and ideally a Masters/PhD; and Membership of a related professional institute, ideally with chartered status.

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