Flood Investigation Engineer

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Up to £42899 per annum
England, Essex, Chelmsford
Job Type
Full Time

Flood Investigation Engineer

Permanent, Full Time

Up to £42,899 per annum

Location: Countywide

Working Style: Anywhere worker

Closing Date: 23rd May 2024


Please note this vacancy is available as a secondment opportunity for up to 24 months.

The Role

Essex County Council (ECC) is one of the largest and most dynamic local authorities in the UK, serving a population of 2 million residents, and has a very successful track record of delivering transformational change. ECC anticipated change was needed in the public sector and has worked to deliver better quality at lower cost. We have an ambitious transformation agenda - one with the scope to reach every part of the council. We are changing the way we think, the way we work, and the ways in which we deliver our services. We are committed to becoming a place where individuals, partners and communities feel proud to play their role and genuinely want to belong. We're immensely proud of our flexible working options.

The Opportunity

Essex is committed to enabling inclusive economic growth, helping people get the best start and age well, helping create great places to grow up, live and work and transforming the Council to achieve more with less.

The Flood Investigation Engineer role is responsible for investigating flood incidents, producing publishable reports and working closely with other Risk Management Authorities and residents to oversee local projects, managing flood risk from surface runoff, groundwater or ordinary watercourses. The role will work with Emergency Planning, Highways and Contact Essex ensuring adequate preparation for a flooding emergency in the event of severe weather situations.

With an ability to build good working relationships across the Council and with Local Planning Authorities, ensuring information about local flood risk effectively informs decision making. Regular data sharing and working with engineers from existing land drainage partnerships is key to success.


  • Responsible for carrying out on site investigation of flooding incidents and producing reports. Monitoring progress from contributors and reviewing internal investigation and reporting procedures.
  • Responsible for the collation of flood risk data across partners, ensuring it is geo-referenced spatially.
  • Responsible for managing local flood risk assessments and projects, including property-level protection schemes.
  • Delivers assessment of flood warning and met office warnings to inform resource availability and coordination of messages with Emergency Planning.
  • Responsible for ensuring the asset system is linked into flood investigation reporting and can be amended following flood events.
  • Builds strong networks of colleagues in similar roles to identify leading edge practice and learning, applying this across the Council.
  • Specific individual and shared targets and objectives are defined annually within the performance management framework.

The Experience You Will Bring [Skills, Knowledge and Experience

  • A relevant degree and/or alternative professional qualification, or equivalent by experience.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development with expert knowledge in relevant professional area.
  • Experience of engineering and/or hydrological background is desirable.
  • Knowledge of Flood Risk Management, Land Drainage and an understanding of the responsibilities of the Lead Local Flood Authority.
  • Good communication skills, with evidence of successfully preparing and presenting reports and consultations.
  • Experience of commissioning consultants and contractors.
  • Project management experience with an ability to communicate and negotiate clearly and persuasively.
  • Ability to build networks of contacts and maintain effective relationships across the Council and partner organisations in the public and private sector in order to secure data.

To read more about us please visit: Climate, Environment and Customer Services

Please note that the job role requires you to be mobile throughout an operational area. Therefore, the post holder will need to have a driving licence and access to a vehicle, or the ability to meet the mobility requirements of the role through other means.

Why Essex? Essex County Council has a location to be proud of. Our 1,300 square miles stretch from Constable Country to the Thames Estuary, from the dynamic M11 corridor to the traditional seaside resorts of Clacton and Walton. England's oldest town, Colchester, and two of its newest - Basildon and Harlow - are right here. Along with the City of Chelmsford, the county town, they form our major population centres. It means real choice and makes Essex the ideal place for your career. Read more about us.

Essex County Council is proud to be a Disability Confident Leader. We're committed to interview all disabled applicants who choose to apply under our Job Interview Scheme if they meet the minimum requirements of the job. Please speak to our Recruiters if you require any reasonable adjustments during the process.

We're also committed to interview all veterans and care leavers, who meet the minimum requirements of the role for which they are applying.

What you should do next

If you are interested in finding out more about this role, we would love to hear from you. Please apply via the Working for Essex website.

As part of employment with Essex County Council (ECC) should your role require a DBS check you will be required to register with the DBS update service. The DBS update service ensures all registered DBS certificates are kept up to date and allows authorised parties to view the status of your certificate. This is an annual subscription, and you will be responsible for ensuring this is maintained. For further information on the DBS update service please go to

Essex County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.

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