Drainage Engineer

Drainage Engineer

  • Location


  • Sector:

    Building & Infrastructure

  • Job type:


  • Salary:

    £32 - £36 per hour

  • Contact:

    Joanne Smith

  • Contact email:

  • Contact phone:

    +44 (0)151 666 8972

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  • Published:

    about 1 year ago

  • Duration:

    6 months+

  • Expiry date:


  • Start date:


Drainage Engineer 

To support the delivery of the Council’s responsibilities as Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA) and Highways Authority.

To assist in the technical approval of drainage designs associated with planning applications and road agreements in respect of:

• Approx. 1,200 planning applications per year
• s38, s278 agreements and Private Street agreements
• East West Rail and High Speed 2 planning and design consents
• Strategic sites advice

Responsible for:
  • Provision of advice on drainage submissions associated with Sections 38 and 278 Highways Act 1980 and Section 106 agreements under the Town and Country Planning Act.
  • Providing support and guidance to the Council and external stakeholders on Sustainable urban Drainage Systems (SuDS).
  • Responding to enquiries, requests and queries from Council Members, district councils, stakeholders and members of the public on sustainable drainage, especially on planning applications and highway schemes.
  • Providing technical assistance and support on drainage issues to other Council departments including operational staff as required.
  • Assisting in the discharge of the Council’s duties under relevant legislation including the Flood and Water Management Act.
  • Co-ordinating planning consultation and communication of flood risk issues with authorities including districts, the Environment Agency and Thames Water etc.
  • Assist in the development of major drainage improvement schemes as required.
  • Contribute to the development of policies, strategies and plans for drainage and flood risk management as required.

Qualification/skills required

Level 6 Qualifications or greater in a related subject, for example Ordinary or Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering, Flood and Coastal Engineering or similar relevant subject.

Demonstrable experience of interpreting drainage designs using Innovyze MicroDrainage or similar application software.

Strong personal attributes to prioritise own workload, react positively and with resilience to challenges, make considered judgements and decisions and is accountable, sometimes at pace, work collaboratively and think innovatively about solutions to problems.

Strong interpersonal and oral and written communication skills in respect of working with technical and non-technical audiences and securing through negotiation the best outcomes in line with Council LLFA/Planning polices, strategies and programmes for communities.

Willingness to participate in further development to become fully competent in all aspects of the role and/or to maintain competence.

Understanding of Microdrainage

Experience required

Substantial experience, and demonstrating skill, in providing high quality technical advice for planning applications consultations, consents and road agreements working always within consultation timescales/deadlines in a local government context and in collaboration with partners and stakeholders.

Substantial knowledge, and demonstrating application of, of policies, standards and legislation relating to the LLFA function, especially planning.

Ability to make site visits and attend meetings across the County.


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