Engineer / Senior Engineer

Somerset Drainage Boards Consortium

Highbridge, Somerset
£35,336 - £43,686 pa dependent on experience

Paid • Full or Part Time • Permanent

Sectors: water & hydrology

Closing date: Not specified, apply soon!

The Somerset Drainage Boards Consortium is the organisation that manages the operations and affairs of three Internal Drainage Boards (IDBs) in Somerset. The main activity of the Boards are to manage water levels and Flood Risk within their respective catchments for the protection of people, property and the environment.

We provide water level management services to the public across large parts of the County. This includes the Somerset Levels and Moors and urban districts including Sedgemoor, South Somerset, North Somerset, Mendip, Taunton and Somerset West.

The successful applicant will identify the need for works and propose, develop and undertake management and oversight of Engineering Projects within the Boards’ areas to reduce flood risk and/or improve water level management, within a rolling programme of works.

Duties will include

  • Identifying, developing and implementing potential engineering opportunities within the Boards’ districts to reduce flood risk and/or improve conveyance.
  • Working with the Area Managers and Area Supervisors to identify, develop and implement potential engineering opportunities within the Boards’ districts to reduce flood risk and/or improve water level management.
  • Managing and overseeing projects within the improvement and refurbishment works programme.
  • Providing structural design of water retaining and control structures, as well as small structures such as walls, culverts and bridges.
  • To provide engineering information, technical support, checking, guidance and training to other SDBC staff on structural design and asset management.
  • To assist in the generation of a programme of asset and watercourse inspections and recording of subsequent information in the Asset Register.
  • To undertake formal reporting to the Boards and their respective Committees both in writing and verbally at Meetings.
  • To assist the Development Control Officer in ensuring that all Development minimises flood risk and any impacts on the Board’s drainage and water level management infrastructure and allows the Board to meet its environmental duties.

About you

You will have good negotiation, interpersonal and presentation skills along with sound knowledge of IT including Microsoft Word, Excel & Powerpoint.

We are looking for someone with experience of Civil Engineering, Flood Risk and Water Level Management who also has:

  • Experience of design, procurement, management and supervision of small scale construction work and contractors.
  • Knowledge of Flood Risk Management and water level management techniques.
  • Competence in the use of Autocad and GIS Mapping.
  • Thorough understanding and practical application of Health & Safety legislation and procedures including CDM.

In addition to this you will have a HNC or equivalent in a construction related discipline, or be able to demonstrate similar levels of competence through relevant experience and ideally be working towards Incorporated Engineer status.

For appointment as Senior Engineer you will ideally have a Civil Engineering Degree or equivalent and be working towards Chartered Engineer status. You will also have experience to be able to manage our small team of Engineers and delivering the overall Engineering Services to the Boards.

In return we offer a comprehensive benefits package that includes

  • A competitive salary dependant on experience.
  • A Local Government pension scheme.
  • Generous Annual Leave.

For more information or to discuss the post further please send your CV and Covering Letter to [email protected] or contact us on 01278 789906 .