Sustainable Drainage Graduate

Buckinghamshire Council

£27,024 - £28,410 pa

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

Sectors: water & hydrology, sustainability

Closing date: Friday, 9th July 2021  

The Strategic Flood Management Team are part of Planning and Environment within the Planning, Growth and Sustainability Directorate at Buckinghamshire Council (BC).

We are a team of twelve who are enthusiastic and passionate about delivering the statutory responsibilities of managing local flood risk as part of BC’s role as the Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA). We influence the design of new developments by playing a crucial role in advising on surface water flood risk and the incorporation of sustainable drainage systems.

The team also delivers flood management projects and helps to guide the flood management approach on large infrastructure projects.

About the role

Are you keen to be involved with ensuring that new developments are designed well to account for and manage surface water flood risk?

The award-winning Sustainable Drainage Team within the Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA) assists in keeping Buckinghamshire attractive and thriving by supporting the implementation of sustainable drainage systems (SuDS) in new developments. A key aspect of the role is reviewing flood risk data and drainage information to provide consultee comments on behalf of the LLFA to planning application consultations, which will help in delivering statutory flood management duties.

You will be advising the Local Planning Authority on how development proposals are in line with best practice as well as both national (National Planning Policy Framework) and local policy (such as local plans). This role will give you the opportunity to engage with planning officers, developers and their consultants as well as other Risk Management Authorities (RMAs) to ensure a sustainable approach to managing surface water runoff.

The successful candidate will join the team in shaping how sustainable drainage is promoted across the county through the delivery guidance documents and projects.

Key Accountabilities

  • Work in a dynamic team to deliver the statutory consultee role of the LLFA
  • Work with a diverse range of stakeholders, including the Local Planning Authority, Developers, Water Companies and members of the community to ensure new developments adhere to local and national policy
  • Assist with the development of guidance documents related to planning and the promotion of sustainable drainage across the county
  • Where necessary, to meet on site with applicants to review drainage proposals

About you

  • Degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline or has relevant experience and technical skills in a flood or water management role is essential
  • Has knowledge of roles and responsibilities of the Lead Local Flood Authority
  • Ability to manage and prioritise work to meet deadlines
  • Has experience of building and maintaining relationships with a range of stakeholders, and an ability to represent professional service area both internally and externally
  • Strong analytical, negotiation, communication and presentation skills.
  • Able to provide authoritative specialist advice under pressure

Other information

There are two positions available. Interview dates to be confirmed, these can be either face to face in our Walton Street Office or over Microsoft Teams. If you have any questions regarding the role please contact Vikki Keeble, Sustainable Drainage Team Leader – [email protected].

We reserve the right to close the vacancy once we have received sufficient applications, so please be advised to submit your application as early as possible.

About the Business Unit

Our Communities directorate work across the county to deliver a number of the key customer facing services that our residents, businesses and visitors rely on every day. This includes collecting and disposing of waste, maintaining highways and managing country parks, leisure facilities, museums, theatres and libraries, as well as developing our cultural strategy. The customer is central to how we develop and deliver all of these services, which help promote our rich and vibrant culture.

We are looking for enthusiastic, ambitious and committed individuals to join our team and help make Buckinghamshire a great place to live, work and visit. This is an exciting time for us, as we bring together many of the place based services that have previously been run by different authorities. We manage services through a combination of direct delivery, contract management and commissioning, as well as through our key partnerships. As part of the function, you will join us on our journey of continuous improvement. Whether that’s through developing strategies and ways of working, or delivering services on the ground – every person in Communities is a valued member of the team.

We recognise and reward you

Hard work and success deserves recognition. That's why we pride ourselves on the benefits we give our people. We actively encourage a good work-life balance and promote flexible and agile working arrangements. We provide discounts on various Cafes, restaurants, shops and auto enrolment onto our generous Pension Scheme. We also offer a salary sacrifice personal car lease scheme and the opportunity to gain membership to Costco. We have discounted gym memberships, Travel discounts with Arriva and Chiltern Railways and much more.

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