Technical Project Manager

Water Resources East

Flexible in London or Eastern England
£45,000 pa

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

Sectors: water & hydrology, environmental management

Closing date: Sunday, 29th May 2022  

Technical Project Manager

Permanent Contract: Full time

Flexible working options considered

Location: Home-based, with occasional travel to sites in London and Eastern England and two trips to France.

Salary: c£45k per annum (depending on experience).

Attractive benefits package: 26 days annual leave increasing to 30 days, bonus scheme, pension scheme, health and wellbeing benefits

Water Resources East is looking to recruit a Technical Project Manager to lead a number of its high-profile exemplar projects. These projects complement our work to produce a regional water resources plan to 2050 and beyond by testing innovative concepts that can be incorporated into future regional plans. The projects involve undertaking catchment to county scale water resources and environmental modelling, concept design, stakeholder engagement and developing innovative pilot schemes including nature-based solutions.

Between starting in the role and June 2023 the Technical Project Manager will work exclusively on the Water for Tomorrow Project, which is fully funded by Water Resources East, our partners and Interreg. After June 2023, the postholder’s objectives and projects would depend on further funding being secured. This will allow the Technical Project Manager to work to apply the Water for Tomorrow tools and approaches elsewhere in the region, including as part of projects being established in Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex.

About Water Resources East:

Our region is under significant pressure due to population growth and economic ambition, the need for enhanced environmental protection, and significant climate change impacts. Water Resources East (WRE) was therefore formed in 2014 to consider international best practice in developing a collaborative approach to water resource management planning. WRE is now an independent, inclusive, collaborative, exploratory and forward-thinking membership organisation, working with over 200 organisations and a multi-sector Board of Directors to develop a Regional Plan for water resource management across Eastern England. Our plan will be the first-ever multi-sector, best value adaptive Regional Plan for water resources. We are building this plan through detailed co-creation, engagement and collective decision-making processes with key national, regional and local stakeholders, including regulators and policy-makers. To learn more, visit our website or follow @WaterREast on Twitter.

Through our journey the need for integrated water management has become very clear so we are increasingly seeking to work with partners across the full range of water issues – water supply, water quality, flood risk and habitat improvement.

The postholder will join a small, but growing, sociable, dynamic team striving to do the best for integrated water management in the region.

About Water for Tomorrow:

Water Resources East is part of Water for Tomorrow, a cross-border partnership of five organisations in England and Wales which are developing and testing innovative water management tools and decision support systems to enable better and more efficient management of scarce water resources in the environment at a local scale.

Water for Tomorrow

There are significant and increasing pressures on water resources in England and France. The amount of water needed to meet environmental needs, balance the impacts of climate change, and respond to growth in housing, agriculture, the power sector and other industries means that strong cross-sector working and innovative water management systems are needed on a range of scales. Water Resources East (WRE) has therefore joined forces with the Rivers Trust (lead partner), the Environment Agency, CABBALR and BRGM to deliver the Interreg Water for Tomorrow (WfT) project. The programme aims to improve access to water in water scarce catchments in France and England and to achieve long-term economic, social and environmental benefits that include resilience to climate change and drought for all users, including the agri-food sector.

To achieve these aims, WfT will develop new tools for abstractors that will better enable them to understand and develop sustainable water management solutions and access and share water once the needs of the environment have been met. These include multi-sector water resource management plans and a new Catchment Management System (CMS). These will determine how much water is available and when, how much is required, and preferred options for reconciling any shortages.

Within the wider WfT programme, WRE is either lead or co-lead on the following:

  • Water Resource Models - development of hydrological and water resource system models within the Broadlands Rivers catchments that will help WRE to bridge the gap that currently exists between catchment-level and regional planning.
  • Decision Support Models - development of robust decision support models in the Broadland Rivers catchment pilot that draw on outputs from Water Resource Models and options development work to generate an understanding of trade-offs in planning for growth, water needs and environmental enhancement.
  • New Data Management and Decision Support Systems – implementation of a Catchment Management System that moves us towards a flexible approach to water allocation and sharing during periods of water scarcity now and in the future. The Catchment Management System will make complex outputs from WfT’s technical work packages accessible and relatable to decision-makers and water users, and we will be a key platform for the legacy of the WfT project as tools, smart technology and new data sources develop beyond June 2023.

About you:

Our WRE Technical Project Manager will need to have the following skills and experience:

  • Working knowledge of water resource management and environmental issues.
  • Technical expertise in water resource management modelling would be beneficial, but an interest and willingness to develop is key.
  • Proven project management skills, with the ability to drive multiple projects forward whilst maintaining an eye for detail.
  • Experience of managing consultancy assignments and ensuring outputs are delivered to scope, budget, time and of good quality.
  • Excellent stakeholder management and networking skills, the ability to communicate and engage to build strong relationships and experience of leading people from a diverse set of organisations.
  • Knowledge of the particular economic and environmental issues and opportunities which exist within Eastern England.
  • A strong commitment to your own professional development and a desire to grow and learn within the WRE team.

Reporting arrangements

The Technical Project Manager will be employed directly by WRE. Their line manager will be WRE’s Catchment Programme Manager, but they will also report on a project basis to the WfT Rivers Trust Project Lead. They will communicate on a very regular basis with the other project partners as well as with colleagues at WRE and Anglian Water.

How to apply

Please send us your CV along with a covering letter telling us why you think you will be particularly suited for this important role; please send these to [email protected], marked for the attention of Kirsty Goddard-Holmes.

The closing date for applications will be Sunday 29th May at midnight. We will hold interviews (via Zoom or MS Teams) in early June. We would like the successful candidate to be able to start as soon as possible.

Water Resources East is an Equal Opportunity Employer

We believe that equal opportunity means inclusion, diversity and fair treatment for all. Our commitment to diversity and inclusion includes the recognition that our work and the success of our organisation is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of people of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and culture.

We are passionate and committed to the learning and development of our people, making sure they have the right skills and knowledge to be successful and to help achieve their potential. We take the health, safety and wellbeing of our colleagues very seriously in everything that we do.

If you are offered a job with us, you’ll be subject to relevant employment checks, including: your right to work in the UK, references, driving licence and an identity check.

Further details about the role of the WRE Technical Project Manager and the Water for Tomorrow project

The key roles and responsibilities for the WRE Technical Project Manager are set out below.

  1. Balancing the day-to-day management of projects with the longer-term strategic picture, to ensure the project delivers its aims.
  2. Leading on implementation of the WRE Water for Tomorrow (WfT) workplan, to deliver technical work.

The WfT programme is based on the following Work Packages (WPs):

  1. WP M: Project Management (led by The Rivers Trust)
  2. WP T1: Water Resource Planning (led by BRGM)
  3. WP T2 Water Resources Management Systems (led by WRE)
  4. WP T3 Management System Implementation (led by the EA)
  5. WP C: Communication (led by The Rivers Trust)

Within these Work Packages, WRE is either lead or co-lead on the following:

  1. Water Resource Models (T1.2.2): lead on the development of technical models within the Broadlands Rivers catchments with a specific focus on developing hydrological, public water supply, agriculture, climate change and growth metrics
  2. Decision Support Models (T2.1.3): lead on the development of complex decision support models (Catchment Management System) in the Broadland Rivers catchment pilot, and
  3. New Data Management and Decision Support Systems (T3.1.2): lead on implementing a Catchment Management System that utilises smart technology and new data sources to enable a flexible approach to water allocation and rapid water sharing during periods of water scarcity.
  4. Managing the consultants contracted to deliver the required technical work, including quality assurance and enabling the projects to run to scope, budget and programme.
  5. Shared responsibility for an annual budget of c£0.6m (with WRE’s Catchment Programme Manager).
  6. Leading on WRE engagement with WfT partners and stakeholders in the Broadland, East Suffolk and CamEO catchments, and sharing learning with partners in Northern France.
  7. Preparing and submitting the detailed information required to report progress and make Interreg claims. This will involve using the Interreg EMS reporting system and liaising with the WRE WfT accountant.
  8. Supporting WRE’s Technical Manager and Catchment Programme Manager in ensuring that the WfT project aligns with other WRE projects in the region, including the Norfolk Water Strategy Programme, and has a clear legacy, ensuring the learning is incorporated into water resource management plans and disseminated more broadly.