Modelling & Forecasting Coordinator - 9650

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North East, Yorkshire and the Humber
Darlington , Leeds , Newcastle , York
Various
Staff Grade 4
Permanent
Full Time
Operational Delivery, Risk Management, Science, Other, Analytical
£27,572
We are the Environment Agency. We work to create better places for people and wildlife, and support sustainable development.

In this role

• Develops, reviews, audits, and assures models using technical knowledge and experience to draw conclusions and support decisions used for flood risk activities such as mapping updates, blockage analysis, breach analysis and design flood alleviation options
• Fulfils a project technical lead role including the technical assurance of hydraulic and hydrological modelling delivered to the Environment Agency
• Selects the most appropriate tools and techniques for hydrological assessments and advises the Environment Agency on hydraulic modelling and forecasting approaches.
• Acts as a ‘point of contact’ for providing professional/technical expertise to the Environment Agency and partner organisations.
• Supports with management of the flood forecasting service including training duty staff, responding to feedback, and ensuring equipment is functional
• Fulfils an incident response role as a Monitoring & Forecasting Duty Officer
• Contributes to technical discussions with M&F colleagues by sharing knowledge, experience & nurtures good practice

Join us to help protect even more homes and businesses from future flooding and to develop your skills / receive technical training in a varied and fast paced workplace environment.
Our Inland teams provide leadership, technical expertise and specialist advice on building, running and analysing detailed mathematical models. The outputs are used to describe flood risk, providing evidence for determining potential impacts on communities and informing flood risk management and incident management decisions.

We are trusted experts in river flooding and hydrology. We support the delivery of flood incident response, working closely with a range of partners, from environmental consultants to the Flood Forecasting Centre.
Through experience to date you will ideally be able to demonstrate some of the following:

• Knowledge and / or experience in river modelling and/or flood forecasting, either in a real-time or ‘non-real time’ environment
• Relevant or transferable skill in the use of hydraulic and hydrological modelling and GIS software packages, and highly computer literate
• An ability to work under pressure and be skilled at making decisions and acting on them
• Data management and standards will be part of everything you do and you will have attuned expert analytical skills
• Experience in prioritising work / projects and the ability to manage your own workload
• A strong will to maximise your work output and persevere through challenges to achieve a successful outcome in your work
• You will be willing to work flexibly, including taking on an out of hour's duty role.
Closing Date: 21st January 2019 at 23:55 hours Everyone starting in a new role with the Environment Agency will be welcomed into the team and given all of the training and support you need to succeed. There many also fully funded opportunities to develop further academic/professional qualifications. The Environment Agency offer an extensive range of employee benefits. For further information on this role, the employee benefits and the work of the Environment Agency, please download the candidate pack. For any questions relating to this role, please contact: alan.smith1@environment-agency.gov.uk
Basic Check
Numerical Modelling and Forecasting
Please note that your answers will be used for interview selection.

Describe a scenario when you developed, reviewed, audited or assured a model (detailed 1D, 2D, 1D-2D hydraulic model, or 1D forecasting model or rainfall-runoff model or weather model or other relevant model) using technical knowledge and experience to draw conclusions and support decisions.

Why was the model needed?
What were the challenges to the modelling?
How did you know the model was suitable for these needs?
How did you use the modelling work to guide and advise others so their decisions are made on sound technical grounds?
Achieves Results
Please note that your answers will be used for interview selection.

Describe a scenario when you were required to maximise your work output and persevere through challenges to achieve a successful outcome for a project / work task

Why the work was important?
How did you approach the project /work task?
What challenges did you overcome?
How did you use others to support you?
What was the result?
Takes Decisions and Solves Problems
Please note that your answers will be used for interview selection.

Describe a scenario where you have been involved in the choosing of the optimal approach to a problem from a range of options.

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?
Focuses on Customers and Partners
Describe a scenario when you used your expertise to provide technical and scientific advice and support to internal teams and/or external partners in line with defined business plans and organisational objectives during a project or work task

How did you prepare?
How did you use others to support?
How did you ensure that internal terms and/or external partners maintained realistic expectations?
What was the outcome?
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.

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