Fluvial Modelling & Forecasting Advisor - G5 - 18304

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East Midlands, East of England, North East, North West, South East, South West, West Midlands, Yorkshire and the Humber
Bedford , Birmingham , Blandford Forum , Bodmin , Bridgwater , Chichester , Darlington , Exeter , Ipswich , Kettering , Kidderminster , Leeds , Lincoln , Mansfield , Newcastle , Norwich , Nottingham , Penrith , Peterborough , Preston , Reading , Sevenoaks , Wallingford , Warrington , Welwyn Garden City , West Malling , Worthing , York , Fradley
Staff Grade 5
Permanent
Full Time, Part Time/Job Share
Administration / Corporate Support, Environment & Sustainability, Operational Delivery
£36,389
Our fluvial modelling and forecasting advisors provide expert advice to help build a country more resilient to climate change.

As a fluvial modelling and forecasting advisor your expertise (including hydrology, forecasting, natural flood management and surface water) will inform our partners in how to appropriately manage flood risk at a community or national scale. This ranges from advising on flood defence schemes, building real time models to use in our flood warning service, or advising on development in the flood plain.

You will support the development of new fluvial modelling approaches, shape, steer and engage how we provide fluvial modelling evidence and coach junior team members.

In this role, you’ll:

• Develop, review, audit and assure fluvial models and become an expert advisor within project teams.

• Select the most appropriate tools and techniques and advise the organisation on hydrological assessments/ hydraulic modelling approaches.

• Act as a ‘point of contact’ for providing professional/technical expertise in flood modelling to the Environment Agency and other partner organisations.

• You will have an interest in diversity and nurturing other viewpoints and have a passion for developing people. • You will provide technical leadership. Coach/mentor and inspire others to build our technical expertise.
Evidence and Risk teams provide evidence and advice on a range of environmental risks. Our hydrological expertise alongside our fluvial and coastal modelling and forecasting information is used in decision making for flood and coast risk management including new and improved flood defences, land use planning (to avoid inappropriate development in the floodplain) and incident management, including emergency planning, response and recovery, so that we can better prepared and more resilient to hazards.
You will be able to::

• Understand the business of FCRM and the importance of evidence and risk;
• Technical leadership in modelling/data/hydrology;
• Expert knowledge/considerable experience in hydraulic modelling • Working knowledge of GIS software, and highly computer literate;
• Excellent communication skills, ability to build relationships, collaborating and agreeing expectations to deliver outcomes;
• Successful influencing/persuading skills;
• You'll achieve results, directly and through others;
• Experience in prioritising high profile programmes/projects and the ability to manage your own workload;
• Good judgment, problem solving and decision making skills;
• The ability to mentor/coach others;
• The ability to work collaboratively with others;
• Ability to foster and drive an environment for continuous improvement;
• Awareness of health, safety, and wellbeing;
• A flexible approach which allows you to contribute effectively when working with different groups, to be able to adapt and undertake different roles in different situations.
The Environment Agency are fully committed to having an inclusive workforce which reflects the communities we serve.

We will be holding interviews for these roles during September 2021 and more detailed information will be sent to the successful candidates.

We will endeavour to inform you of the outcome of your application at the earliest opportunity and we appreciate your understanding and patience whilst we assess applications.

For questions relating to this role, please contact ea_resourcing_project@environment-agency.gov.uk.

04/08/2021, 23:55 hours

Basic Check
Delivers Results Through Others
Description: Harnesses the team to deliver results on time, to required standards and in line with organisational processes and procedures.

PLEASE NOTE: We do not accept CV's and your answer to the following question will be used for interview selection - please draw out your skills and experience in your response. Using the STAR technique (Situation, Task, Action Result) can help when formulating your answers.

Describe a scenario where you have delivered results for a particular outcome through others.
• How did you ensure engagement and commitment
• What measures did you use to monitor progress
• How did you share the success?
Takes Decisions and Solves Problems
Description: Finds and delivers optimal solutions by effectively analysing all the information, probing to develop alternatives and taking sound and timely decisions.

PLEASE NOTE: We do not accept CV's and your answer to the following question will be used for interview selection - please draw out your skills and experience in your response. Using the STAR technique (Situation, Task, Action Result) can help when formulating your answers.

Describe a scenario where you have choose the optimal approach to a problem from a range of options. Please explain:

• How were the options identified?
• How did you assess all the different options?
• What made you choose the preferred option?
• How did you get others to support your decision?
• What was the result?
Influences and Persuades Others
Description: Presenting a case in a convincing and attractive way that will win people over, encouraging them to follow plans willingly; often succeeding where logic and reason alone would fail.

PLEASE NOTE: We do not accept CV's and your answer to the following question will be used for interview selection - please draw out your skills and experience in your response. Using the STAR technique (Situation, Task, Action Result) can help when formulating your answers.

Describe a scenario where you have had to persuade and influence others in order to win them over.

• How did you present your case / argument in an attractive way?
• How did you ensure you understood all views.?
• What strategies did you use?
Numerical Modelling and Forecasting
Description: Interprets data and information to forecast the state of the environment, including largescale trends such
as climate change, and more localised forecasting such as pollution, flooding and water availability.

PLEASE NOTE: We do not accept CV's and your answer to the following question will be used for interview selection - please draw out your skills and experience in your response. Using the STAR technique (Situation, Task, Action, Result) can help when formulating your answers.

Provide an example of how you have applied your technical knowledge to a flood risk analysis problem.

- What was the problem
- What knowledge / analysis did you use to understand the issue
- What advice did you provide?
Technical Skills
This question is for information only and will not be scored.

For the majority our roles you do not need any additional technical skills, but for some of the roles in our area teams we are seeking additional expertise in the technical areas specified below.

If you have one or more of the areas of technical expertise detailed below, then please provide a short statement describing your level of expertise as part of your application, otherwise please mark this section as not applicable.

Modelling
GIS
Project & Programme Management
Coastal Management
Health & Safety
If you are applying from the Civil Service please note that the Environment Agency is not a part of HM Civil Service and you would not be a Crown Servant in the event of being appointed. Therefore, you will not be eligible for continuous service. For applicants who currently work in local government or other bodies listed in the Redundancy Payments (Continuity of Employment in Local Government etc) (Modification) Order 1999, you may be eligible for continuous service for the purpose of calculating any future redundancy payment. If you are unsure of your status then you should contact your own HR Team.

We are fully committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce to reflect the communities we serve. We welcome flexible working patterns for all our vacancies, including job share, so please include clearly any information regarding your preferred working arrangements on your application.

We also have a Guaranteed Interview Policy to support those with a disability who are seeking employment. We have committed to guaranteeing an interview to anyone with a disability whose application meets the minimum criteria for the post.

The Environment Agency, as a Non-Departmental Public Body, is committed to providing value for money and utilises Central Government frameworks and contracts for all external recruitment needs. For this reason, we are unable to engage with the market directly through post, email or phone calls . Should you wish to become a support supplier on one of these frameworks or contracts please visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/become-a-crown-commercial-service-supplier/becoming-a-supplier-through-the-crown-commercial-service-what-you-need-to-know for more information.

This Vacancy is closed to applications.