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Fluvial Geomorphologist

  1. Cities & development, Environment & geoscience, Water
At Atkins, part of the SNC Lavalin Group, 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. We have a specialist multi-disciplinary Sustainable River Management team within our Water Management Consultancy group who come together to create award winning habitats. We have a reputation for technical excellence, innovation and for actively shaping the future of our industry. We have a friendly and approachable team who have an excellent reputation across a range of clients and enjoy the work that they do and have fun while doing it.

We are now seeking to expand our team of fluvial geomorphologists and catchment scientists. We have several openings available. If you are looking to deliver interesting and ground breaking significant projects, influence environmental outcomes at the project level and beyond, and work within a strong culture of wellbeing, innovation and inclusivity, this is the place for you. 

As a Fluvial Geomorphologist, you can expect to undertake a range of river and catchment assessments, both nationally and internationally. We also frequently design and supervise river restoration and nature-based engineering schemes including natural flood management, river realignments and erosion management. All drive tangible improvements within river catchments throughout the UK and overseas. As a senior member of our team we hope you would contribute to developing the strategic direction of our sustainable river management business, developing business opportunities and managing projects.
Our close-knit team works closely with national technical networks to develop areas of strength with like-minded experts. We encourage the production of papers/articles and support our staff in presenting their work at conferences. The dynamic and influential relationship between our fluvial geomorphology and catchment scientist team with our wider mix of specialisms provide exceptional opportunities for you to develop your technical and commercial skills.

We value flexible working within our team and would encourage working from different offices across the region, flexible working hours and working from home as part of regular working. We also support part time workers who make up an essential component of our team. The role would preferably be based from our Oxford, Warrington, Glasgow, Bristol, Epsom or Peterborough offices but working with key specialists from our other national office bases (including London, Derby and Swansea).

Full time role preferably based in our Oxford, Warrington, Glasgow, Bristol, Epsom or Peterborough offices, and working with our key specialists from our national office bases (including London, Derby and Swansea).

Mandatory Requirements
  • A degree in a relevant discipline and a relevant post-graduate qualification (with focus on Water/Catchment Management/River processes).
  • Experience in undertaking and leading a range of geomorphological studies including catchment scale assessments down to local, reach based assessments. Candidates will need to demonstrate that this includes significant field experience in different river environments across the UK.
  • Experience in undertaking the design of river realignments, restoration or habitat creation schemes. 
  • Proven ability to undertake and deliver a thorough technical investigation, presenting findings in a well -structured, concise argument (verbal or written), supported by evidence.
  • Proven ability to write reports in concise, plain English appropriate to audiences ranging from technical specialists to the general public.
  • Experience in leading Water Framework Directive (WFD) compliance assessments and integrating these into the Environmental Assessment process.
  • Comfortable working as part of a multi-disciplinary technical team that is spread across multiple locations.
  • Numerate, literate and familiar with IT and software appropriate to the tasks undertaken.
  • A valid driving license and availability for travel across the UK and occasionally overseas where appropriate.

Appointment will be based on Chartered status (e.g. CEnv, CSci, C.WEM) and relevant experience of:
- project, programme and/or financial management;
- bid development and work winning;
- technical leadership within environmental water management; and
- client and stakeholder liaison.

Desirable requirements
  • Experience of working on major infrastructure projects, either in an environmental assessment, design, or supervision capacity.
  • Experience in sediment modelling would be beneficial, but not essential.
  • Experience in some of the following areas: aquatic ecology, hydrology, catchment management and hydraulic modelling.
  • Has an enthusiasm for geomorphology and associated disciplines and developing new ways of processing, analysing and presenting scientific information in the digital age.
  • To support as well as lead the delivery of a wide range of environmental water management projects with a focus on geomorphological assessment, WFD compliance assessments, habitat design, management and restoration/realignments, catchment science and environmental assessment/EIA through collaborative working with other Atkins’ specialists.
  • To support enquiries and provide input to and lead bids for the future success of the business. 
  • Liaise with internal and external project teams to deliver the best environmental options.
  • Maintain excellent professional relationships which can lead to secure repeat business. We actively encourage strong, direct relationships with our clients, so you will also assist in building networks that will underpin new business. 
  • Managing projects within the team.
  • To manage and mentor junior staff across the business as appropriate.
  • To work effectively as part of a team and with other professionals (environmental scientists, ecologists, engineers, planners) throughout SNC Lavalin’s Atkins business to provide a consistent and integrated service to our clients.
  • To succeed within this role, it is crucial to have a flexible ‘hands-on’ proactive approach to your work and can work independently as well as part of a wider team.
The Individual
  • Highly motivated and proactive; focussed on achieving and delivering technical excellence. 
  • Skilled at collaborative working, have good interpersonal skills and an ability to communicate effectively. 
  • Client focused and a high level of relationship management skills.
  • Strong reputation and high level technical performance. 
  • Flexible and prepared to take on new challenges.
  • Excellent communication, report writing and presentation skills.
Training and Development
Atkins develops individuals through a portfolio of training and development activities designed to help its staff make the best of their abilities and talents. Personal development is reviewed through a bi-annual appraisal process and mentoring support. We actively support staff in achieving membership of relevant professional institutions and attaining chartership.

Rewards and Benefits
We offer a competitive salary, a comprehensive benefits package, and an opportunity to develop and learn new skills in a supportive and friendly environment. For full details of our benefits package please refer to our website.

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.

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