Flood Risk Advisor - 8200

South East
Kings Meadow House
Staff Grade 5
Full Time, Part Time/Job Share
Engineering, Environment & Sustainability, Programme and Project Management
This is an exciting opportunity to join a specialist flood advisory team that support 54 Lead Local Flood Authorities (LLFAs) across the Thames Region to deliver flood risk management schemes.

One of the key objectives for the team is to enable LLFAs to deliver their surface water flood risk management programme funded largely by public money by March 2021. Successful candidates will be expected to influence and assist in every stage of project delivery including: feasibility studies, appraisal and partnership funding, amongst many other activities. The role requires innovative problem solving skills to progress projects through complex processes.

Whilst LLFAs are our key partners we work with a wide range of stakeholders and all work is focussed around taking a partnership approach. Sitting within the Environment Agency your work will be primarily with LLFAs. Candidates must therefore enjoy working as part of a cross organization team and have experience in engaging with stakeholders including public and private sectors and community groups to build strong long term relationships.

Excellent communication skills are essential due to the dispersed nature of the team. We are looking for pro-active, self-motivated people with experience in delivering successful water management projects to achieve all of this.
The team operates in the Thames catchment including but not limited to parts of Surrey, Gloucestershire and Essex. Hence, the team mostly work from a range of Local Council offices. Candidates must embrace weekly travel to and from remote working locations. There is a generous travel time policy to cover this. We work closely with another team supporting the London Boroughs to deliver the highest standard of service consistently across the catchment.
• Degree in relevant subject or equivalent professional experience
• Strong understanding of flood risk management
• Project management and appraisal experience with evidence of successful delivery
• Ability to work independently and balance competing priorities and partners’ needs
• Experience of undertaking surface/drainage water management studies
• Use and interpretation of GIS and knowledge of modelling best practices
• Experience in engaging and influencing key stakeholders e.g. senior local government officers and councillors
• Experience of developing strong partnerships with other public and private sector organisations
• Ability to analyse data and designs to implement innovative approaches to remove barriers
• Self-motivated, with a pro-active approach
• Willingness and ability to travel
• Must hold full driving license
• Experience identifying and securing funding settlements and contributions
• Understanding of the 5 case business model
• Experience of mentoring and coaching people in project delivery
Closing Date: 10th June 2018 at 23:55 hours The successful candidate will be based in the Reading office and work with the LLFAs outside London. This is a Grade 5 position (£34,330-£42,530) and you will have access to the Environment Agency pension scheme. A lease car option is also available. Download the candidate pack for more information about the Environment Agency application process. If you have any questions please contact Helen Berthonneau, Team Leader, on 07585125040.
Basic Check
Achieves Results
Sets and delivers high work standards, demonstrates the drive to meet targets.
Prioritises and organises tasks and resources to ensure timely achievement of results
Focuses on Customers and Partners
Addresses the needs of internal and external customers, provides rapid and effective responses.
Focuses on Efficiency, Innovation and Quality
Identifies and seizes the opportunity to create, introduce and implement new or improved methods and processes without compromising quality or accuracy.
Takes Decisions and Solves Problems
Finds and delivers optimal solutions by effectively analysing all the information, probing to develop alternatives and taking sound and timely decisions.
Driving licence
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.