Principal Flood Risk Engineer (Water) - North East

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We are WSP - Join us and make your career future ready!

In today's world it's important to work for a company that has clear purpose, giving back to communities and supporting what is truly important in the world.

When considering a career move its vital to work for a business that is aligned to your values and goals, a place where you can belong. See what WSP stands for in 2022 and beyond...

To find out more about our Water business click on the following link and discover what awaits you at WSP: Water Resilience | Stronger Together | WSP

Your new role, what's involved?
  • Technical leadership and guidance to a team in the delivery of large / complex projects including civil, drainage and flood alleviation schemes, ensuring accurate and efficient project delivery for internal and external clients
  • Line management responsibilities, supporting recruitment activities, professional development support to your team, mentoring junior staff in developing their technical skills
  • Help progress our Net Zero aims - through application of carbon assessment tools and providing practical client advice
  • Supporting our Senior Leadership Team in delivering the highest quality of water management projects

  • As part of our multi-disciplinary Water Team, our Flood Risk Engineers offer a comprehensive range of services to transport agencies, local authorities, utilities and developers including site surveys and investigation, stakeholder liaison, design, EIA reporting, planning application and construction management support.
  • Whilst we work as a national Water team the Newcastle team is currently delivering Bridge Scour projects for Network Rail in Cumbria, DCO support for the Aquind Interconnector, Drainage and Rain Garden design for HS2 stations and Erosion Protection to National Power Grid assets. Typically working for the likes of Cumbria, Leeds, Lincolnshire and Stirling Councils as well as Network Rail, Highways Agency, Environment Agency and supporting a number of partners on HS2.
  • A friendly, high-performing team with a 'can do' attitude to challenges, supporting each other to achieve shared business and career goals.
  • Opportunities to work for long-standing clients and to help create similar great relationships with new organisations.
  • Become a WSP Changemaker, integrated within WSP initiatives such as 'Future Ready', 'Net Zero' and 'Innovation Accelerator' for the benefit of our Clients, Environment and Society.

We'd love to hear from you if you have:
  • A Civil Engineering, Geography or Environmental degree with continued professional development and chartered with a recognised institution and with a track record in flood risk/drainage management
  • A passion for understanding and managing flood risk sustainably
  • Previous experience in one of more of the following would be beneficial -but not essential: Flood risk assessment, planning support/ technical and people leadership/engineering design/funding business case development/fluvial geomorphology/ project management
  • Good presentation, written and verbal communication skills in English.
  • Good IT skills are paramount, Experience of flood modelling software and GIS tools would be beneficial but not essential.

What's in it for you?
  • Work-life balance?

WSP recognises that work is only one part of your life and making time for other things is important - whether that's for your families, friends, or yourself.

Our hybrid working policy allows the flexibility to work from the comfort of your own home as well as collaborating in our contemporary offices across the UK.
  • Inclusivity & Diversity?

We want our people to achieve rewarding careers. At work we celebrate integrity and treat people with respect. We support each other and embrace diversity to create a place where people come together and do great things.

Our VIBE (LGBT + employee), Women in Leadership, CREED (Championing Racial Equality and Ethnic Diversity), WSP Connect (visible and non-visible disabilities) and our Gender Balance Group help us promote the right environment for you to reach your full potential. Belonging@WSP.
  • Health & Wellbeing?

We are committed to supporting our people, giving you the tools to make improvements to your health and wellbeing through our Thrive programme.

Med24 gives you and your family unrestricted telephone access to an NHS doctor. You can call day or night or have a face-to-face video consultation.
  • Flex your time?

For improved work life balance, WSP offers the "WSP Hour" which enables you to take one hour per day to do as you wish and make up the time earlier or later that day. We can also offer part time working, where required. New for 2022, is the ability to flex your bank holiday entitlement to suit you.
  • Your development?

We appreciate that development and training is important to you and that's why we have a supportive environment that invests in your development, whether that's chartership, training or mentoring.

Apply now and be the future of WSP!


Here at WSP we positively encourage applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, pregnancy or maternity/paternity. We will interview all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria, please let us know if you require any workplace adjustments in support of your application.

Please note WSP reserves the right to close the vacancy before the advertised closing date.


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