Technical Director – Flood Risk Management in Atkins at Swansea, Wales, United Kingdom

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This listing is about Atkins in Swansea, Wales, United Kingdom
in 2022

About the job

Role location: Swansea, Bristol, Epsom Peterborough, Warrington, Glasgow

Do you have the industry profile, drive, technical capability, and strategic approach to work with us as Technical Director for Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management, leading and shaping the future of Atkins’ service offerings and capability in this area? The role will involve the leadership of a respected technical team and will be responsible for enhancing our technical excellence, driving revenue growth, and working collaboratively to both win and deliver work across our extensive client portfolio.

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 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. Our IT systems support home-working, 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.

As a major engineering, environmental and design consultancy, Atkins offers opportunities for talented consultants to work on a wide variety of high profile projects. We support our clients in making the right strategic investment decisions for critical infrastructure in areas as diverse as water resources, flood management, green infrastructure, and transportation. We work for clients across the UK and overseas, including central government, regulators, the water industry, NGOs, and local authorities.

Our Water Management Consultancy operates at the interface between people and the water environment. One of the key specialisms of the team is flood and coastal erosion risk management (FCERM) where we are well-regarded for delivering strategy appraisals, and schemes on the ground: clients see us as a driving force to improve the way that things are done. In the face of increased flood risks from more extreme and changing climate conditions and other future uncertainties, we identify the interventions required to meet future resilience and to provide the evidence base for taking options through the design, planning, and procurement processes. We have input to UK-wide initiatives to develop and apply step changes in the approach to FCERM through our thought leadership and technical expertise. This service extends into natural flood management , sustainable drainage, and river restoration.

Our Water Management Consultancy services cover all aspects of water management including integrated catchment management, shoreline management, regulation and assurance, strategic asset management, water resources and water quality planning, hydrogeology and hydrology, aquatic ecology, hydromorphology, climate futures and resilience, coastal and marine environmental management, and economic appraisal/business case development for FCERM.

We have a vacancy for an enthusiastic and respected individual to lead and grow our FCERM business, as well as contributing to a wide range of projects across our Water Management Consultancy and other areas of the business. This vacancy is for a Technical Director position based alongside any of our offices in Bristol, Epsom, Glasgow Peterborough, Swansea, or Warrington: consideration will be given to exceptional candidates in other Atkins locations: Atkins recognises the benefits of working both at home and alongside our technical staff.

We have a strong reputation for delivering innovation in flood risk management and driving efficiency, and we are seeking to build on this by recruiting a high calibre thought leader with an industry profile who can promote our technical excellence and reputation, secure key work and grow our business further. We are seeking a technical expert, a leading figure, with an established profile in FCERM who can direct the flood risk components of high-profile projects. You will also have the chance to develop opportunities and support international projects through our portfolio of overseas work, and with our staff in Canada, USA, India, Africa, and Asia Pacific. As a major engineering, environmental and design consultancy Atkins offers opportunities for talented consultants to work on a wide variety of high profile projects. We have, for example, ongoing projects in FCERM for HS2, Hinkley C power station, and a major Environment Agency framework in the south west of England.

Our team are proud to promote nature-based solutions across a range of market sectors; collaborating with clients to positively contribute to the carbon net zero agenda and biodiversity and climate emergencies. We are particularly passionate about the implementation of biodiversity net gain on our projects and have placed ourselves at the forefront of this approach. We positively encourage pushing boundaries, promoting innovation, knowledge sharing and ensure staff have time allocated to get involved in our technical network and innovations.

You should have excellent knowledge of the industry and marketplace, with a forward thinking outlook to direct our business ahead of the industry. We wish you to have a strong commercial awareness and technical leadership qualities, as well as experience in developing and mentoring our team. You must be client focused and able to build strong relationships with our clients that advance business development, with excellent collaborative working skills to ensure we get the best from our working relationships with client teams.

Role Responsibilities

  • Your day to day activities will involve developing and agreeing the scope of services; managing, mentoring, developing and supervising staff; engaging with clients, researchers, and project promoters; winning work and actively directing projects under your control. You will be involved in the financial and change control on major projects, and ensure the quality of technical work produced across the practice. You will work with our two flood risk Technical Authorities ensure that the business has appropriate and robust technical leadership in place to assure the technical excellence of all the work we do.
  • You will be required to produce and direct the production of high quality client-facing deliverables, demonstrated through excellence in communication and ability to present visualisations and interpretation of complex data, and to undertake and lead data analysis to support projects. You will be encouraged to cultivate and develop links with academia. On an on-going basis, you’ll be leading flood risk input on the delivery of a range of strategic infrastructure projects where we may also provide an internally facing consultancy service, and/or supporting other project managers and directors to deliver these projects. Strongly collaborative, you will network and interface with other disciplines and businesses across SNC-Lavalin to build lasting and durable strategic partnerships.
  • You will be typically responsible for annual revenues over £1M and up to 10 senior staff across the flood risk management service. You will contribute to the wider Atkins team by:
  • Assisting staff in delivering projects.
  • Growing and maintaining our FCERM business development plan
  • Preparing a strategic recruitment plan by identifying current and future staffing availability based on technical and budgetary requirements of future workload and staff projections.
  • Working with our technical authorities to identify and prioritise strategic investment in technical staff development, innovation and improvements to technical delivery.
  • Building technical capability within the regional teams through working with Practice and other Technical Directors to design and implement development for technical staff, with a focus on building technical excellence and succession at all levels of the organisation.
  • Engaging with our clients and develop improvement plans where required.
  • Working with our teams to improve our work wining skills.
  • Maintaining visibility and professional currency by actively participating in professional and industry organisations events, and encouraging staff to do the same, so promoting Atkins FCERM capability within the industry
  • Performing such other duties as your manager may from time to time deem necessary.

Required Qualifications

  • Must have a degree in a relevant discipline.
  • Must hold a Fellowship of either the ICE or CIWEM or other appropriate professional institution
  • Be recognised as a leading figure across the flood and erosion risk management industry amongst the Environment Agency, Natural Resources Wales, Scottish Environment Protection Agency, or the Northern Ireland Rivers Agency, which may be achieved through at least 20 years’ experience in directing, technical leadership, or management of some of their high profile plans and projects, and a well-established network of client relationships.
  • Have at least five years’ experience in positions with project director or supervisory responsibilities, with the ability to provide technical leadership of projects
  • Excellent technical and interpersonal and communication skills. Must be able to adapt your presentation style to different types of audience, including project funding agencies, stakeholder groups and the general public. Clarity in scientific writing is key, including visualisation and interpretation of complex data.

The Individual

  • Highly motivated and proactive; focused on achieving and delivering technical excellence.
  • Have a deep understanding of client needs, their opportunities, and challenges with ideally client-side and consultancy experience, and a track record of leading and winning work.
  • Proven ability to manage individuals and teams, provide leadership, and manage project production.
  • Have business vision, and be able to represent Atkins effectively to clients, key public officials, and the community in general.
  • Skilled at collaborative working.
  • Flexible and prepared to take on new challenges.
  • Well organised; able to lead multiple projects running simultaneously.
  • Extensive experience of technical leadership in FCERM projects. This may be focused on a specific area of expertise, such as hydraulic modelling or hydrology, or may entail broader wide-ranging experience across various elements.
  • Strong technical performance and well-established leadership credentials.
  • High standard of written and oral English with the ability to prepare reports and present to clients, stakeholders, technical and lay communities.
  • Attention to detail and desire to work to high standards consistently.


Atkins develops individuals through a portfolio of training and development activities designed to help you make the best of your abilities and talents. These are reviewed with individuals through an annual development process. We support staff in achieving and maintaining membership of relevant institutions. You will also be part of our global Technical Networks, which provide a flow of technically orientated information and ideas through the company. For this role, you will be expected to participate in our flood risk management technical network.

Atkins will support you in your ongoing professional development, whether with the ICE, CIWEM or others. This includes paying your annual membership and providing access to training.

Rewards And Benefits

We offer the opportunity to work on transformational design projects of various sizes focused on quality and sustainability, with a package that provides a competitive salary alongside:

  • Part-time and/or flexible hours contracts.
  • 25 days annual leave, plus paid bank holidays, plus the ability to buy, or sell, extra days
  • Company car or car allowance
  • Define contribution pension scheme where Atkins contributes up to 10% of your salary
  • Private medical insurance
  • Digital GP with Babylon in association with Bupa
  • Life assurance at 4 × salary
  • Income protection plan
  • Paid professional memberships

You will also have access to our Flexible Benefits, where you can opt in to a wide range of benefits to complement your work/life balance: such as medical insurance, gym membership, the cycle-to-work scheme, child care vouchers, charitable giving, additional pension contributions etc. Please refer to our website for details of our full benefits package:

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, your 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). Atkins embraces the need for a flexible working pattern including part time working we encourage you to explore the flexible working options during the interview process.

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 clubs providing a wide range of activities.

If this sounds like you and you would like to expand your career with us, please apply today!

“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.”

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Job Location: Swansea, Wales, United Kingdom

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