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Jacobs Principal Flood Risk Specialist in Leeds, United Kingdom

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Your Impact:

About the opportunity

Our Water and Catchment Management sector provides a focus for advising our clients on delivering sustainable drainage, flood risk management and civil engineering solutions. Water and Catchment Management comprises in excess of 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 an experienced civil engineer with significant experience in the development of outline and detailed designs for flood risk solutions to be based in our Leeds office.

The successful person will become part of a respected and ambitious company with excellent career prospects and international opportunities.

About you

You will be responsible for taking a technical lead on projects for The Environment Agency, Local Authorities, water companies and you will also work with other disciplines within the group to deliver projects for major infrastructure clients.

As Technical Lead, you will have excellent communication skills and you must be able to demonstrate experience of project management and/or technical leadership, including oversight of hydrological, hydraulic and environmental inputs, on a variety of flood risk management projects such as:

  • Surface Water Management Plans

  • Flood Risk Management Strategies

  • FCERM Business Case Reports

  • Flood Risk Assessments

Wider responsibilities will include:

  • Line management of Flood Risk Management Specialists and technical development of less experienced colleagues in the team.

  • Management of high-quality outputs following quality assurance procedures.

  • Production of Flood Risk Assessments

  • Identify and pursue new business opportunities and support sales opportunities across the wider business.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • BEng/ MEng Engineering or BSc Geography/Environmental Discipline

  • Preparation of 5 Case Business Model and/or Project Appraisal Reports to Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management (FCERM) guidance processes –

  • Proven ability to lead multi-disciplinary teams in the development of design solutions

  • Working knowledge of relevant legislation, planning policy, guides and design standards relating to flood risk management and drainage strategies;

  • Excellent report writing and presentation skills;

  • Ability to review reports and specifications

  • Ability to develop, price and agree scope of services plus leading tender opportunities

  • Chartered through a relevant Professional Institution

Why Jacobs?

We clear the way for inventive thinking so you have the support, means and space to deliver the boldest solutions for the extraordinary and every day. Jacobs. A world where you can.

We clear the way for inventive thinking, so you have the support, means and space to deliver the boldest solutions for the extraordinary and every day. Jacobs. A world where you can.

Our Culture:

We’re invested in you and your success. 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.

We aim to make inclusion and diversity core attributes of our identity, embedded in all our employment and business practices in all locations. We know that if we are inclusive, we’re more connected, and if we are diverse, we’re more creative.

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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.

If you have any queries regarding the application process, please contact the team here (https://www.jacobs.com/contact/careers2) .

Successful candidates will be asked to complete a Baseline Personnel Security Standard Pre-Employment check and will be required to undergo various checks including: Identity, Right to Work; Employment/Education History and Criminal Record. If you are unable to meet this and any associated criteria, then your employment may be delayed or rejected.


At Jacobs, we’re challenging today to reinvent tomorrow by solving the world’s most critical problems for thriving cities, resilient environments, mission-critical outcomes, operational advancement, scientific discovery and cutting-edge manufacturing, turning abstract ideas into realities that transform the world for good. With $13 billion in revenue and a talent force of more than 55,000, Jacobs provides a full spectrum of professional services including consulting, technical, scientific and project delivery for the government and private sector.