Senior / Principal Water Resources Consultant (Flexible around location) in Atkins at Epsom, England, United Kingdom

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This listing is about Atkins in Epsom, England, United Kingdom
in 2022

About the job

Role location : This role is open with any Atkins office location across the United Kingdom.

Do you have the ambition, enthusiasm and technical capability to work with us as a Senior or Principal Consultant within the Water Resources Planning sector? Our highly respected Water Management Consultancy team has been at the forefront of new developments for the latest Water Resource Management Planning cycle and is applying new tools, such as Pywr, that are revolutionising how the industry plans resilient and sustainable water supplies for the future. We are building on this success to grow our team and continue to deliver a wide range of exciting, high-profile projects for water companies and regional water resource groups. You will be responsible for taking a lead role, growing our reputation for technical excellence and working collaboratively to both win and deliver work across our extensive client portfolio. At the Principal level, you will also have a highly-developed network across the sector, with an established reputation for helping clients find solutions to their technical challenges.

As an experienced water resources specialist, you will be capable of working on your own as well as leading technical teams to deliver high-profile projects across the UK as required. We would expect the role to grow to incorporate project management and client facing experience. With our technical specialists based all across the UK, the right candidate could join any of our established teams in Birmingham, Bristol, Derby, Epsom, Glasgow, Oxford, Peterborough, or Warrington.

SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins business is one of the world’s most respected design, engineering and project management consultancies, with over 50,000 employees worldwide. At Atkins, we offer more than just a job. We offer an opportunity to make a difference and shape the world to benefit future generations and the natural environment

As part of our Environment practice, the Water Management Consultancy business operates at the interface between people and the water environment, tackling problems around water, its habitats and future change. We provide a unique blend of skills across a large breadth of technical areas, a diverse team of passionate, intelligent, digitally-minded, capable, and innovative staff. We enjoy working collaboratively delivering projects that bring about real change and make a difference to the environment and society. Working at the forefront of the water management, we want to ensure that our staff can develop their career working on the most interesting, innovative range of projects.

As part of this commitment, we understand the need for a diverse and flexible workforce, where a work-life balance is important. So, by default Atkins offers flexible working, where there is no fixed 9 to 5, no need for a 5-day week, no requirement for a full-time contract, and no requirement to spend all your working time in the office. Similarly, Atkins’ corporate social responsibility provides the opportunity to give something back to the community, and we run professional networks supporting groups such as local schools, charities, parents, those coming out of the armed-forces and women in engineering.


Joining a well-established and successful team, you will work with our Technical Authority and Technical Leads to play a key role in winning, delivering and managing water resources projects for a diverse client and project portfolio. You will champion high standards of performance and influence project development. You will undertake your own work to an excellent standard, and review the work of others, leading on projects and frameworks as appropriate. You will work closely with our clients to develop trusted relationships, supporting them in a confident, professional manner. You will lead and support on bid preparation and develop new areas of business for the team. We will support and train you with all of this and make sure that you can undertake Continual Professional Development. At the Principal level you will be a well-established specialist, able to lead complex projects in your areas of expertise and work closely with the team to further develop the group’s objectives, portfolio of projects and clients, and digital tools.


  • With a degree or higher in an engineering, environmental or science subject, you will ideally be chartered through CIWEM or another similarly relevant professional body. You will have comprehensive knowledge in water resources planning, with experience of drought planning and/or the Water Resource Management Plan (WRMP) process. This experience should include the various components of the WRMP, such as calculating various components of the supply-demand balance, demand forecasting, options appraisal, uncertainty and risk (e.g. headroom and outage), and investment modelling.
  • Experience and capability of applying approaches and using industry-wide models would be desirable, including Aquator, Miser or Pywr water resource models. As an increasing proportion of our work is undertaken in Python or R programming packages, an ability to work within these programming environments is desirable. Similarly, an ability to develop new and innovative approaches is encouraged, to help us continue to develop our digital tools.
  • You will be highly motivated and proactive, with a confident and professional manner. You will have excellent numerical, analytical, report-writing and presentational skills and be able to demonstrate delivery of exceptional technical work within the water sector. Your outstanding interpersonal skills and an ability to communicate effectively at all levels will suit collaborative working and the building of high-quality client relationships.

What We Offer

Atkins is committed to promoting Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. We have a commitment to identify and recruit from the most diverse talent pool and develop new and improved ways to sponsor talent from underrepresented groups. We have a range of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion network groups encouraging an inclusive workplace where all employees can flourish, including Embrace (supporting minority ethnicities), Enable (supporting visible and invisible disabilities) Equilibrium (for LGBT+ colleagues), Menopause at Work, Neurodiversity (for variations in learning, attention and other mental functions), ParentNet, and Empower (providing professional support by and for women).

Here at Atkins, well-being is at the forefront of everything we do. We recognise that there is more to life than work and that making time for the other things is crucial for health and happiness. Therefore, if working from home, working part-time or having flexible start and finish times will help with this, we are more than happy to discuss individual requirements (and to keep these requirements flexible going forward). We utilise a paid overtime and time off in lieu system, which also helps individuals to make time for the things that are important to them and prevents staff burn out during busy periods.

Our IT systems support homeworking, so where you have parental or carer duties, or you simply need to be elsewhere for a parcel, servicing your car, or waiting in for a tradesperson, Atkins will work for you.

Similarly, Atkins’ corporate social responsibility provides the opportunity to give something back to the community, and we run professional networks supporting groups such as local schools, charities, parents, those coming out of the armed-forces and women in engineering.


Atkins develops individuals through a portfolio of training and development activities designed to help you make the best of your abilities and talents. Development plans are reviewed with individuals throughout the year putting you in the driving seat. You will also be part of our global Technical Networks, which provide a flow of technically orientated information and ideas through the company. Atkins will support you in your professional development, whether with CIWEM, ICE, CIEEM or similar, we support staff in achieving and maintaining membership of relevant institutions, this includes paying your annual membership and providing access to training.

Rewards And Benefits

We offer a competitive salary that is regularly tested against other consultants with a default 25-days leave each year plus bank holidays and options to buy or sell leave.

To support and safeguard your physical and mental wellbeing we provide an employee assistance programme offering advice and support in times of need. Our offices run their own sports and social club providing activities such wine tasting, as surf trips, and a kids’ Christmas party. You will also have access to our Flexible Benefits, where you can opt into a wide range of benefits to complement your work/life balance: such as medical insurance, gym membership, the cycle-to-work scheme, childcare vouchers, charitable giving, additional pension contributions etc. Please refer to our website for details of our full benefits package.

This role may require security clearance and offers of employment will be dependent on obtaining the relevant level of clearance. If this is necessary, it will be discussed with you at interview. If applying to this role please do not make reference to (in conversation) or include in your application or CV, details of any current or previously held security clearance.

Atkins recognise that there are many well qualified people who are looking to further their career, but who cannot commit to full time employment. We support flexible working arrangements and are interested to discuss how we can accommodate individual requirements. ATKINS, part of the SNC Lavalin Group, is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce. As an Equal Opportunities Employer, we value applications from all backgrounds, cultures and ability.”

Company: Atkins

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Job Location: Epsom, England, United Kingdom

Application Deadline: N/A

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