Senior Project Engineer - Waterbodies

Senior Project Engineer - Waterbodies  

JE Ref: DP803 

Department: Economy, Transport and Environment 

Service: Countryside 

Job Family: Engineering & Technical

Job grade:12 

Purpose of this role: 

Lead and deliver the Council’s duties in relation to statutory inspections on its reservoir assets, and other waterbodies where necessary.    

Provide strategic technical expertise, advice and support on reservoir and waterbody management 

 Plan, co-ordinate and implement of a programme of capital design and delivery projects on the Council’s reservoir, canal and other waterbody assets.  

Key relationships: 

 Line managed by –Head of Countryside Service 

 Responsible for allocated staff and volunteers 

 Regular liaison with key DCC engineers, Corporate Property, contracting and countryside colleagues and members of the public such as countryside user groups 

 Regular liaison with qualified reservoir Supervising and Inspecting Engineers 

 Regular liaison with the Environment Agency, Water Authorities, other countryside organisations and bodies, funding agencies, other local authorities, community groups etc. 

 Liaison with design consultancies contractors, clients, landowners, tenants and other external stakeholders  

 Build and maintain effective and collaborative working relationships with internal and external stakeholders including Senior Managers and Elected Members. 

Key result areas include: 

 Act as the Council’s lead expert on the management of waterbodies, providing technical expertise, advice and support to internal and external stakeholders on reservoir and waterbody maintenance activities and policies.  

 Plan and manage the delivery of a programme of capital works and statutory inspections of reservoirs and waterbodies to ensure compliance with statutory duties under the Reservoir Act 1975 and Water Transfer Regulations and manage all commissioning, design, procurement, tendering and contracting processes.  

 Develop policies, procedures, management work and project plans associated with waterbody projects aligned to relevant Council strategies and priorities. 

 Co-ordinate the Council’s waterbody development activities keeping officers and members informed of progress including attendance at Cabinet and Partnership meetings as necessary and representing the Service at any relevant meetings.  

 Liaise with other agencies involved with developments associated with the project to ensure integration of their work with approved schemes.  

Negotiate with landowners and tenants through the Council’s Corporate Property function and secure appropriate agreements or land purchase to allow delivery of projects.  

 Represent the Council at Public Inquiries or give evidence in Court if necessary to further the development of waterbody projects. 

 Monitor, manage and report on budgets and expenditure ensuring the maintenance of accurate financial records to enable claims to be successfully made in liaison with Finance and Audit functions. 

 Project manage external contractors and/or the Council’s Consulting Engineers on the development of projects and monitor the performance and quality of internal and external contracts providing expert guidance, training and development, as appropriate. Be responsible for staff of partner organisations employed to implement monitoring and operational requirements, including their training and development. 

 Lead on the development and implementation of effective systems and procedures to manage risk and ensure projects comply with legislative and regulatory requirements. 

 Maintain senior management team and Elected Member awareness of reservoir and other waterbody management and identify and access appropriate funding streams to secure funding for a 5 year maintenance programme, beyond year one. 

General Responsibilities: 

 Equality and Diversity 

Actively support the Council’s Equality and Diversity policy. 

 Health and Safety 

Ensure own compliance with the Council’s Health & Safety policy/procedures and that of any resources you have responsibility for. 

 Risk Management 

Identify opportunities and risks associated with the service and escalate/report to management. 

 Information Security 

Comply with the Council’s policies on information security including the ICT Security Policy, Internet and Email Policy and Safe Haven Guidance. 




- Substantial post qualification experience in the management of waterbodies  

- Experience in design and specification of reservoir and other waterbody management schemes 

- Proven experience managing significant projects (some of which may be politically sensitive) 

- Procure and tender contracts, contract supervision and contract management 

- Communicating with the public, elected members, senior management at partner authorities and agencies, developers, senior engineers, suppliers and other internal and external stakeholders. 

- Budget management including monitoring, reporting and outturn forecasting 

- Preparing and presenting reports, business cases and information to senior management and Elected Members. 

-Developing and managing programmes of work 

-Working under own initiative to demanding timescales and managing own workload 

 Evidence: Application form and Interview

Skills and knowledge 


- Design and construction of reservoirs and other waterbodies 

- Understanding of Reservoir related legislation (eg Reservoir Act 1975), Water Transfer Regulations and associated statutory duties/ responsibilities 

- Principles of asset management and particularly life cycle planning 

- Project management systems and techniques 

- Ability to identify risks and provide solutions to complex technical/engineering problems 

- Industry related organisations 

- Strong interpersonal skills to gain the agreement and acceptance of others including colleagues, senior managers and customers. 

- Knowledge of specifications, and conditions of contract, methods of measurement and contract management procedures.   

- Knowledge of Health & Safety procedures and Construction (Design & Management) legislation and regulations 

- Able to be a team player and to work across organisational boundaries. 

- Reading and interpreting plans and maps  


Wider Countryside management issues 

 Evidence: Application form and Interview

Personal Effectiveness 


- Good interpersonal, influencing, negotiating and communication skills 

- Ability to speak fluent English in order to be able to communicate fully in the role with clients/partner organisations/the public 

- Highly motivated and able to use own initiative 

- Ability to build and maintain partnerships and to work with and through other agencies 

- Flexible attitude to working arrangements 

- Ability to travel throughout the County 

- Willingness to engage with other professionals to seek joined up service solutions 

Evidence: Application form and Interview



- BSc in Civil Engineering or similar qualification with relevant post qualification experience. 

- Current full UK Driving licence 


- Professional qualification (e.g.Prince2 Foundation/Practitioner) 

- Evidence of continuous professional development 

- Member of a relevant professional Body or Institution.  

Evidence: Application form, Interview and Documentary Evidence

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