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Assistant Drainage Engineer

Balfour Beatty


Balfour Beatty has an exciting opportunity for an Assistant Drainage Engineer to join our Living Places business unit to work in Hereford.

Role Purpose

As a Flood Risk & Drainage Engineer your role will involve working on:

  • Key Community Projects: flood defence schemes for Herefordshire
  • Providing bespoke comments for planning applications with regard to Flood Risk and Drainage
  • Assisting with investigating and resolving public drainage enquiries
  • Reviewing designs for adoptable infrastructure and property development
  • Undertaking drainage strategy investigation

What you'll be doing

As an Assistant Drainage Engineer, your main responsibilities are as follows:

  • You will be a key member of the drainage and asset management teams managing the Highways network on behalf of Herefordshire council.
  • Assess planning application proposals and provide bespoke comments on whether the application has properly considered drainage and flood risk elements
  • Provide support to the wider team and consultants engaged on Council flood alleviation schemes who will be undertaking hydraulic modelling and preparation of flooding investigation reports, with a focus on construction of fluvial and surface water hydraulic models
  • Review and approve land drainage consents
  • Review and update key service documents for example:
  • Local Flood Risk Management Strategy
  • Drainage Quality Plan
  • SuDS handbook
  • Strategic Flood Risk Assessment
  • Liaise with key stakeholders such as the Environment Agency, Flood risk officers and the Highways Adoption Manager from Herefordshire Council
  • Interact with the members of the public and deliver high quality customer service.
  • The role is office based but some site travel will be required.

Who we're looking for

The following qualities and experience are essential:

  • Good communication skills with members of the public and other key stakeholders
  • Ability to work in a team
  • An appreciation of flood risk and drainage issues
  • Ability to work to milestones
  • Ability to meet deadlines
  • Collaborative attitude
  • Degree in a STEM subject

Why work for us

Day in, day out, our teams deliver amazing projects in challenging conditions; developing, managing and maintaining the vital infrastructure and public spaces that modern economies, societies and communities rely on.

About us

The way we live our lives is changing fast: where and how we live, work, travel, shop, relax and socialise. The evolving nature of our society means we all need to shape our environment to meet a complex array of individual and collective needs.

Wherever investment in these environments is needed, Living Places works in partnership with Local Authorities to consult, finance, design, build and manage the essential place infrastructure that local communities and national economies need to prosper and grow.

We are right at the heart of a dynamic place shaping agenda that brings Local Authorities, local communities, Central Government, and the Private Sector together to create safe, sustainable, flexible and dynamic public spaces geared to community social need, economic growth and personal well-being as well as being environmentally sustainable.

The provision of maintenance services for highways is only a small part of what is really needed. Our focus has moved beyond the road to deliver the potential of the street: a dynamic public place that connects and combines local community and business needs, encourages social interaction and helps pedestrians, motorists, bus riders, and cyclists to coexist safely. Building great public spaces with resource efficient assets enables functional, flexible and inspirational places to be at the heart of the community.

We value diversity and celebrate individual differences, believing that our inclusive culture helps the business continue to grow as a strong, dynamic and innovative organisation.

Balfour Beatty is a corporate signatory to WISE (Women in Science & Engineering). Our aim is to attract more people from diverse backgrounds to help us build on our inclusive culture. We are a member of the workingmums.co.uk Top Employers' Charter through which we demonstrate our commitment to enabling parents to progress and enhance their careers whilst managing the challenges of family life.

Balfour Beatty is also Gold Award holders in the Ministry of Defence 'Employer Recognition Scheme' and actively encourage applications from Armed Forces personnel, veterans and reservists.

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