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Jacobs Water Catchment Management Engineer in Exeter, United Kingdom

Your Impact:

At Jacobs, we'll inspire and empower you to deliver your best work so you can evolve, grow and succeed – today and into tomorrow. With more than 55,000 people in 40 countries, working at Jacobs offers an exciting range of opportunities to develop your career within a supportive and diverse team who always strive to do the right thing for our people, clients and communities.

People are Jacobs’ greatest asset, and we offer a competitive package to retain and attract the best talent.

In addition to the benefits you’d expect, UK employees also receive free single medical cover and digital GP service, family-friendly benefits such as enhanced parental leave pay and free membership of employee assistance and parental programmes, plus reimbursement towards relevant professional development and memberships. We also give back to our communities through our Collectively program which incorporates matched-funding, paid volunteering time and charitable donations.

Work-life balance and flexibility is a key focus area for Jacobs. We’re happy to discuss hybrid, part-time and flexible working hours and patterns to suit you and our business.

About the Opportunity

Our Water Catchment Management sector provides a focus for advising our clients on delivering Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS), flood risk management and civil engineering solutions. Water Catchment Management has more than 400 staff based in the UK and Europe, but with reach into the Middle East, Australasia and America. To meet our growing UK business needs and future development aspirations we are looking for a Civil Engineer with experience in the development of outline and detailed designs of surface water management solutions to join our team in Exeter.

As an Engineer, you will work on the design and delivery of projects for our clients including the Environment Agency, Local Authorities, National Highways, Network Rail, Airports, Water Companies and HS2. You will have the opportunity to support and drive delivery of interesting and innovative projects and collaborate with experts in other fields to develop solutions addressing some of the current challenges like the climate emergency, biodiversity net gain, reducing carbon footprint and nutrient neutrality. You will also work with other disciplines within the group (flood risk, rivers, hydrology, hydrogeology, water sciences, and geomorphology) in project delivery to ensure a sustainable approach that considers the whole catchment management.

The successful person will become part of a respected and ambitious company with excellent career prospects and international opportunities. A career with Jacobs will provide the opportunity to make a positive impact and deliver solutions that bring value to our communities and society.

Here’s What You’ll Need

· Civil Engineering degree and working towards chartered status with the ICE, CIWEM or similar.

· A desire to deliver outline and detailed designs for surface water management strategies and solutions including SuDS, green infrastructure and gravity piped drainage.

· A developing knowledge of relevant legislation, planning policy and design standards relating to surface water management and SuDS.

· Have experience of using at least one hydraulic modelling package (e.g. MicroDrainage, InfoDrainage, InfoWorks ICM, Causeway Flow) and hydrology software (e.g. ReFH2).

· Knowledge of an additional hydraulic modelling package will be a plus.

· Competent user of Civil 3D software or equivalent, able to demonstrate a growing understanding of BIM and tools relate to shared project environment.

· A developing knowledge of producing design calculations, hydraulic models, contract documents, technical drawings and specifications.

· Report writing and presentation skills.

· Demonstrable knowledge of Safety in Design and an understanding of CDM requirements.

· A working knowledge of relevant statutory bodies likely to be partners or regulators for the strategies, reports and designs developed e.g. the Environment Agency, Water Companies and Local Authorities;

· An understanding of how to design foul drainage networks will be a plus.

Our Culture

Our values stand on a foundation of safety, integrity, inclusion and diversity. We put people at the heart of our business and we truly believe that by supporting one another through our culture of caring, we all succeed. We value positive mental health and a sense of belonging for all employees. Find out more about life at Jacobs. (https://careers.jacobs.com/life-at-jacobs/)

We aim to embed inclusion and diversity in everything we do. We know that if we are inclusive, we’re more connected, and if we are diverse, we’re more creative. We accept people for who they are, regardless of age, disability, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, mental health, race, faith or belief, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background, and whether you’re pregnant or on family leave. This is reflected in our wide range of Global Employee Networks centred on inclusion and diversity – ACE, Careers, Enlace, Harambee, OneWorld, Prism, Vetnet, and Women’s – find out more about our employee networks here. (https://www.jacobs.com/about/inclusion-and-diversity?_ga=2.1062705.1096535124.1626879887-1704311048.1575562676)

Jacobs partners with VERCIDA to help us attract and retain diverse talent. For greater online accessibility please visit www.vercida.com to view and access our roles. As a Disability Confident employer, we will interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for a vacancy. We welcome applications from candidates who are seeking flexible working and from those who may not meet all the listed requirements for a role

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