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Jacobs Senior Surface Water Management Engineer in Wokingham, United Kingdom

Your Impact:

Our Water Catchment Management sector provides a focus for advising our clients on delivering sustainable drainage, flood risk management and civil engineering solutions. Water 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 a civil engineer with 10+ years’ experience in the development of outline and detailed designs for surface water management solutions to be based in our Winnersh office (other locations would be considered for the right candidate, including Bristol, Reading and Exeter).

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

You will be joining a team of surface water management professionals in Winnersh and will also sit in the wider discipline of 50+ surface water management professionals across the UK & Europe. Whilst these teams are physically located in certain offices, this does not mean it will limit you to only working with those in your team, as we operate virtual teams to ensure the right skills are brought to each project. At present all staff are based in their homes due to the restrictions on movement as a result of COVID, and this will remain the case until our corporate policy changes. As a result you will be comfortable communicating with colleagues across the UK and Europe using tools such as Microsoft Teams.

As a senior engineer you will take a leading role on the design of projects for the Environment Agency, Lead Local Flood Authorities and other public and private clients including Water and Sewerage Companies, Highways England, Network Rail, HS2 and Major Airports. You will also work with other disciplines within the group (flood risk, rivers, hydrology, hydrogeology, hydroinfomatics, water sciences, and geomorphology) to deliver projects for major infrastructure clients.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Coordinating multi-disciplinary teams to produce outline and detailed design for surface water management projects including SuDS / green infrastructure, piped drainage, and design for exceedance projects

  • Developing Surface Water Management Plans;

  • Production of Flood Risk Assessments and associated drainage strategies;

  • Design of

  • Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS)

  • Gravity piped drainage networks

  • Design for exceedance

  • Flow control structures

  • Production of Contracts and Technical specifications

  • Mentoring junior engineers through their technical and professional development

  • Checking and reviewing calculations and technical deliverables, including hydraulic models

  • Production of designers risk assessments

  • Management of drawing production

  • Supporting the Head of Discipline for Surface Water Management to share best practice across the UK & Europe

Here’s What You’ll Need:


  • Civil Engineering degree and working towards MICE, CWEM, or similar status

  • Working knowledge of relevant legislation, planning policy, guides and design standards relating to SuDS, green infrastructure, drainage, and surface water management

  • Practical design experience of SuDS / green infrastructure, and gravity piped drainage;

  • Competent user of Civil 3D software or equivalent

  • Demonstrable knowledge of Safety in Design and Designers responsibilities under CDM

  • Ability to develop, price and agree scope of services

  • Excellent report writing and presentation skills


  • Co-ordination of multi-disciplinary teams to develop design solutions (including landscape architects, soil scientists, geotechnical engineers, hydraulic modellers, technicians etc)

  • Able to create 3D hand sketches and/or visualisations through an appropriate software package of the SuDS / green infrastructure designs being developed

  • Able to demonstrate an understanding of BIM

  • Knowledge and application of hydraulic modelling packages (MicroDrainage, or Infoworks) and hydrology (FEH, ReFH2)

  • A good working knowledge of relevant statutory bodies likely to be partners or affected by the assessments, strategies, reports and designs developed e.g. the Environment Agency, Water & Sewerage Companies, and Local Authorities

  • An understanding of how to design foul drainage networks

  • Capable of design pump stations

  • Demonstrable experience in contract and specification preparation (specifically SuDS / green infrastructure elements)

  • Experience of site supervision of SuDS / green infrastructure projects including the contract management elementsProject Management

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.

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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