Evidence and Risk – Inland Advisor (Modelling and Forecasting) - 10898

North East, Yorkshire and the Humber, National
Darlington , Leeds , Newcastle , York
Staff Grade 5
Fixed Term
Full Time
Operational Delivery, Risk Management, Science, Other, Analytical
£34,879 pro-rata
Develops, reviews, audits and assures models using technical knowledge and experience to draw conclusions and support decisions. This includes internal technical modelling / forecasting projects as well as collaboratively working within larger project delivery team with other internal teams and external consultants.

Selects the most appropriate tools and techniques for hydrological assessments and advising the organisation on hydraulic modelling and forecasting approaches.

Acts as a ‘point of contact’ for providing professional/technical expertise to the Environment Agency and partner organisations.

Provides technical leadership, coaching, mentoring and inspiration to others within the department carrying out similar activities and monitoring the delivery and productivity of team’s workload

Understanding, setting and improving work standards and continually improving ways of working
Evidence and Risk are experts in environmental risks. We provide analysis and advice to reduce the impact of hazards and improve resilience

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 experts in river flooding and hydrology.
You will have expert knowledge and / or considerable experience in river modelling and/or flood forecasting, either in a real-time or ‘non-real time’ environment

Technically proficient in complex modelling and GIS software packages, and highly computer literate

You will be able to work under pressure and be skilled at making decisions and acting on them

Ability understand, influence and negotiate with internal and external stakeholders. You need to understand your audience and communicate at the right level.

Data management and standards will be part of everything you do and you will have attuned and expert analytical skills while reflecting best practice ways of working.

Experience in prioritising high profile programmes / projects and the ability to manage your own workload and support others balance theirs.

Harnessing people to deliver results on time, to required standards and in line with organisational processes and procedures.
Closing Date: 04/06/2019

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.

You can chose your base location from our offices (Leeds, York, Newcastle and Darlington subject to Facilities approval) with the requirement of some travel and overnight stays, as the team are dispersed and to attend national meetings.

For any questions relating to this role, please contact: alan.smith1@environment-agency.gov.uk or duncan.munro@environment-agency.gov.uk

04/06/2019, 23:55 hours

Basic Check
Up to 30th June 2020
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 complex 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?

Was there opportunity to coach / train other lesser experience staff members?
Influences and Persuades Others
Please note that your answers will be used for interview selection.

Describe a time when you have successfully influenced or persuaded a colleague or external stakeholder.

How did you present your case?

What challenges were there to getting them to “willingly” agree with your viewpoint?

How did you change or adopt a different approach, if required?

Describe your back-up plan / strategy if agreement wasn’t reached?
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 contribute to collaborative working?

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.

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.