Principal/Senior – Hydrologist 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

This Position is open for: Birmingham, Bristol, Epsom, Glasgow, Oxford, Peterborough, 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.

Could you take a leading role in hydrology services within our incredibly successful water management consultancy? This is an excellent opportunity for an experienced candidate looking to progress their career at an exciting time for the industry. Our Water Management Consultancy operates at the interface between people and the water environment. Key specialism are in water resources planning, flood risk management and climate analysis, all of which requires a thorough understanding of hydrological processes.

We are looking for both Principal & Senior level Hydrologists but “At the Principal level you will be a well-established hydrological expert, leading complex projects in your areas of expertise and working closely with your team to further develop the group’s hydrological capability and digital tools and to win key hydrological/water resources/flood risk 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 ‘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. 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.

We are particularly well-regarded for delivering innovation in water resource planning, climate analytics, natural flood management, and SUDs; a driving force to improve the way things are done. In the face of increased risks to water resources and flooding from more extreme and changing climate conditions and other uncertainties, we identify the solutions required to meet future needs and provide the evidence base for taking options through the planning, design and procurement processes.

Recent projects delivered by our hydrologists include a climate resilience irrigation feasibility study in central Asia, application of UKCP factors and stochastic climate data to determine climate and extreme drought risk, development of hydrological models for water resource planning including flow naturalisation by decomposition and artificial influence profile generation, development of flood and low flow hydrology to support the design of a new reservoir in the south east of England, application of our Natural Flood Management tool (NFM Studio) to prioritise solutions across Devon and Cornwall, and the national strategic road network. Our portfolio is growing and we expect a wide variety of opportunities to be available to a skilled hydrologist.

You will join a team of over 150 water management specialists, supporting our clients in making the right strategic investment decisions for critical infrastructure, in changing futures and climates, in areas as diverse as water resources, flood management, green infrastructure, energy and transportation. We work for clients across the UK, including central government, regulators, the water industry, NGOs and local authorities. Working abroad, we play an important role in supporting major international development banks and private clients in driving forwards sustainable water management solutions for irrigation, potable water supply and wider infrastructure schemes.


Joining an established and successful team, you will work with our Technical Authorities on the leading, coordination and delivery of hydrological services within water resource, flood risk management and climate change work being undertaken. You will champion high standards of performance, influence project development and deliver sustainable outcomes. 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 in accordance with requirements of a professional institute.


With a degree or higher in hydrology, an environmental or science subject, you will ideally be chartered through CIWEM or another professional body. You will have comprehensive knowledge in either flood risk or water resource technical specialisms, such as developing flood hydrographs in gauged and ungauged catchments using national and international procedures, rainfall runoff modelling (daily and sub-daily), low flow assessments in gauged and ungauged catchments, water balance assessments (including irrigation), and artificial influence analysis / flow naturalisation procedures for water resource projects. You should also have a good knowledge of climate science with the ability to explore how climate change impacts flood risk or water resources. Some international experience as a hydrologist would be desirable.

Experience in using approaches and models that apply hydrological input data would be desirable e.g.:

  • Aquator, PyWR, Low Flows Enterprise / Qube (water resources) and Flood Modeller, ICM, TUFLOW, MIKE and HEC (flood risk).
  • A large proportion of our work is undertaken in Python or R programming packages and therefore an ability to work within these programming environments is desirable.
  • An ability to develop new and innovative approaches in less developed technical areas and in data poor environments to support clients in decision making
  • You will be highly self-motivated, possessing strong enthusiasm and commitment to delivering sustainable outcomes.

What We Offer

  • Part-time and/or flexible hours contracts.
  • Paid overtime and/or TOIL system.
  • Competitive salaries and a huge range of other benefits.
  • 25 days annual leave, plus paid bank holidays, plus the ability to buy up to 15 extra days!
  • Paid professional memberships and individual training budgets.
  • Tailored training and mentoring schemes to advance your career.
  • And so much more…

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.

Atkins are 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 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.


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 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.

“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

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