Principal Flood Risk Engineer 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

Do you have the ambition, enthusiasm and technical capability to work with us as a Civil Engineer within the Flood Risk and Coastal Management market? The role will be part of a highly respected technical team and you will be responsible for leading some of our engineers and scientists, growing our reputation for technical excellence, working collaboratively to both win and deliver work across our extensive client portfolio.

As an experienced Civil Engineer, with a keen interest and background in all aspects of water management, you can expect to support delivery of a wide range of flood risk, drainage, scour risk management and design and river restoration projects. The role requires experience in hydraulic modelling, flood risk assessment, outline design of flood alleviation/ mitigation works and options appraisal, scour risk assessment and scour protection design, fish pass outline and detailed design, culvert design and drainage design. We are looking for someone who understands the benefits of using spatial data and GIS in this field. Ideally based in our Swansea office, the right candidate would also be considered for 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 offer a unique blend of skills across a large breadth and depth of experience, 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 people and the places they work.

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 ‘till 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.

With an extensive client list, as well as internal markets within Atkins we can offer opportunities to apply and advance your specialist technical and management skills in a way rarely available elsewhere. Our team has a proven track record of delivering a broad range of projects to an even broader range of clients, both in the UK and overseas. Our projects range from flood risk assessments for private developments to some of the largest infrastructure projects being undertaken in Europe.


  • Joining a well-established and successful team, you will be responsible for the delivery of river engineering, flood risk management and flood risk assessment projects, with a strong focus on engineering solutions in sensitive river environments. You will have excellent technical and management skills, with a reputation for delivering work to the highest of standards. The team will look to you to:
  • Provide technical leadership into the delivery of modelling projects and as part of larger multi-disciplined teams.
  • Take a lead in the delivery of technical work from inception to handover, on time, in budget, and to the highest technical standards.
  • Interface with clients from the bidding stage through to project delivery.
  • Oversee and coordinate the work of junior staff, supporting their development and that of senior team members undertaking reviews.
  • Provide a primary point of contact for the team with other parts of the Atkins business in the UK and overseas.
  • Manage team resources with a pastoral role supporting the team and a keen eye on financial performance and the pipeline of future work.


You will be chartered with the ICE or alternative equivalent, have a degree in Civil and/ or Environmental Engineering, or alternative first degree with an MSc in a relevant discipline. With experience of hydraulic modelling – including any of the following environments in 1D, 2D, 3D; rivers, canals, sewers, surface water, dams, coastal, groundwater, integrated systems – you will have expertise in the outline/ detailed design for river engineering and/ or flood risk management structures. This will extend to experience in the design of drainage systems, particularly application of the DMRB (Design Manual for Roads and Bridge) and SHW (Specification for Highway Works), and Sustainable Drainage Systems. You will have awareness and/ or experience with at least some of the following software and methodologies:

InfoWorks (ICM, RS, CS), Flood Modeller/ ISIS, TUFLOW, HEC-RAS and preferably Flood Estimation Handbook (FEH), ReFH, the Wallingford Procedure, FSR & Micro FSR.

In addition, you will have awareness of the various hydrological techniques, such as urban and rural rainfall-runoff, statistical estimation, and how they are applied in the flood risk management field.

You will have extensive experience contributing to project appraisals and a strong record of excellent technical delivery in a fast-paced environment. Proven ability and understanding of project management and client management under the NEC suite of contract documents is essential.

We are looking for someone with a flexible, winning attitude; a positive “can do” outlook is a must. Someone able to generate innovative solutions to challenges and follow them through, self-motivated to improve personal and team development. You will have excellent team working and communication skills with a high level of relationship management skills. This role will need strong organisational and time management skills, with the ability to manage inputs to more than one project at any one time.

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 TOIL system, which also helps individuals to make time for the things that are important to them and prevents staff burn out during the busy season.” 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 CIEEM, IEMA, CIWEM or others, 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 some or sell of that 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: Swansea, Wales, United Kingdom

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