Flood Operations Engineer

Closing date: 3 July 2022 | Salary: £31,490-£34,902 | Location: Rhuddlan/Homeworking


Job Summary

Job Title

Flood Operations Engineer

Post Number



5 £31,490-£34,902


Rhuddlan / Homeworking


Ops Directorate


Integrated Engineering, North East Wales

Reports to

Craig Davies, Team Leader - Integrated Engineering North East Wales

Direct Reports


Welsh Language requirements

Essential: Level 1 – able to pronounce Welsh and use basic phrases

Desirable: Level 3 – Able to pronounce Welsh in some work situations

Please note if you do not meet the Welsh language requirements specified i.e. ability to understand basic phrases and ability to pronounce Welsh names correctly, then NRW offers a variety of learning options and staff support to help you meet these minimal requirements during the course of your employment with us.

Contract type

Fixed Term Appointment until 20 June 2023

Work pattern

37 Hours


Application information

Application closing date

3 July 2022

Interview to take place on and where

Over Microsoft Teams

To apply send your completed application form to


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Job Context

This is an exciting opportunity to join a multi-functional engineering team with a commitment to Sustainable Management of Natural Resources within North East Wales.

The North East Wales Integrated Engineering team is a professional, multi-disciplinary team with responsibility for delivering Civil Engineering maintenance for Forestry and Flood Risk critical assets, in addition to Natural Flood Risk Management, SMNR schemes and Environmental enhancement and coastal projects.

The Engineering team works closely with NRW’s Internal Workforce teams and framework contractors to ensure the annual asset maintenance programmes are produced, coordinated, and delivered to the specified time, quality and cost allocation and constraints.

This fixed term appointment is a great way to gain valuable experience whilst learning more about flood risk management and the importance of sustainable maintenance in order to reduce community flood risk. 

The successful candidate will provide a Technical and Health and Safety planning service, supporting the delivery of flood risk asset maintenance, capital improvement schemes in addition to contract and contractor management requirements.

NRW is a Category One Responder under the Civil Contingencies Act 2004, which requires it to be able to deliver a resilient, competent, and effective response to incidents on a 24/7, 365-day basis. Its duties include contributing to and maintaining emergency plans and emergency arrangements in relation to incidents.

It is a requirement of your role to participate in NRW’s incident response activities. This may require you to participate on an incident rota (or cascade), in order to be available to respond to an incident if one occurs.

You will assist with the development, testing and review requirements for NRW’s ‘on the ground’ response plans for dealing with flood incident, emergencies and contingency planning. 

If you are a professional, target focused individual with a desire to ensure NRW’s corporate goals are achieved, SMNR principles and well-being objectives delivered, we would encourage you to apply for this post and become part of #TeamNRW. 

Other information relevant to the job:

Incident Response requirements: Required to take part in incident response activities 

Applying for this post

The following competencies will be used to assess the quality of applications both at sift and interview. Please read the whole of the Role Description to ascertain at what level this information needs to be presented.

  • Essential Knowledge and Skills
  • Evaluation of Information
  • Decision Making Autonomy
  • Communications and Relationships with Others
  • Responsibility for People
  • Responsibility for Resources

Before applying for this role please read the candidate guidance


Essential Knowledge and Skills

  • Demonstrable relevant experience gained in a number of environments or range of roles, with a good grasp and understanding of organisational policy and procedures.
  • Has previous project management/contract management experience in a technical field and able to undertake the full range of tasks associated with managing projects.
  • Able to evidence a good level of literacy, numeracy and communication skills.
  • Post holders will typically have experience of supervising others/contractors.
  • Able to demonstrate a high level of knowledge and experience of health, safety and wellbeing as well as public safety and public liability. 

Evaluation of Information

  • Ability to understand and interpret technical procedure manuals and statutory codes used whilst undertaking the role. 
  • Able to produce business cases, reports, briefing notes and contracts, which will be signed off by others as part of agreed internal processes.

Decision Making and Autonomy Requirements

  • Ability to decide how best to achieve results, requiring objective judgment.
  • Able to alter priorities where there are conflicting demands or work activities.
  • The post holder will be required to make decisions of a technical nature based on the scope of work, with guidance from others if necessary.
  • Objectives and targets will be delivered in accordance with a governance procedure and will be reviewed on a regular basis.
  • The post holder will be accountable to a Project Executive.
  • Able to apply prior knowledge to resolve problems based on known outcomes, with guidance from the Project Executive if required.
  • Has an understanding that the impact of their decisions will be wider than the immediate function or department and impact the environment and landscape over a long-term.

Communication and Relationships with Others

  • Ability to interact and link with other roles across the business, fostering and maintaining good working relationships and networks to engage the organisation in delivering polices and work plans in the most efficient way. 
  • Effective communication and persuasive skills, which may include facilitating and presenting at internal or external meetings; giving advice and input as required. 
  • Able to manage relationships with a wide range of stakeholders and third parties involved in project delivery, which may involve a degree of influencing.
  • Ability to produce technical documents, reports, accounts, contracts etc., containing advice, guidance or opinion; which could have detrimental consequences and financial implications if incorrect or poorly drafted.
  • Able to source information and data from multiple locations, requiring external research and professional judgment to determine how the information should be interpreted.
  • Confidence to interact with people externally at all levels.
  • Whilst this is an external facing role; the work undertaken will impact externally and internally at a range of levels, depending on the nature of the project.

Responsibility for People

  • No line management responsibility, but will have responsibility for the management of projects, including co-ordinating and managing the work of others, which could include external third parties and internal colleagues.

Responsibility for Resources

  • Responsible for the safe and legal use and keeping of specialised equipment used out in the field.
  • The post holder will have delegated budgetary responsibility which is likely to be part of a much larger budget and will have responsibility in relation to supply chain/procurement activity linked to contracts in line with procedures.


Role Description

Key Job Accountabilities:

  • Responsible for the production of the annual flood risk asset maintenance programme.  
  • Lead on the risk management planning for the work.  
  • Production and review of flood incident response and contingency plans/manuals and planning incident response exercises. 
  • Develop procedures for the operation of assets during a flood incident. 
  • Lead on the scoping, justification, costing and delivery of discreet asset improvement projects. 
  • Have indirect budget responsibility for both revenue and capital projects.   
  • In partnership with Procurement deliver framework services and product supplies. 
  • Carry out contractor supervision and management. 
  • Liaise with stakeholders including; local authorities, land owners, environmental groups, delivering a customer focus. 

Key Job Qualifications or Knowledge:


  1. Degree in Civil Engineering or equivalent is desirable together with a NEBOSH construction certificate.  A HND/HNC in civils or equivalent is the minimum requirement, together with related experience. The candidate should also be working towards Incorporated Engineer status or other appropriate professional designation. 
  2. A broad knowledge of civil engineering design and construction practices, with the ability to develop and apply innovative solutions to problems. 
  3. In this role you will be expected to support H&S best practice by actively promoting awareness and ensuring the provision of safe working practices to comply with NRW policy and standards.  
  4. Project Management; Prince2 practitioner qualification would be desirable. 
  5. Competent surveying skills. AutoCAD skills and GIS experience would also be desirable.
  6. Participation in cross-team working and stakeholder engagement to establish partnerships in the delivery of NRW flood risk objectives is an essential component of the role.
  7. Participation in the NRW’s incident response duty roster.
  8. The ability to undertake the ‘Client and Designer Role’, to comply with CDM 2015.
  9. Good ICT and organisation skills.
  10. Full UK driving licence.  


Natural Resources Wales embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunity. We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition. We welcome and encourage applications from groups currently underrepresented including women, black and ethnic minority groups and people with a disability and we have a guaranteed interview scheme for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

We are an employer of choice because we put the principles of human rights, equality, fairness, dignity and respect at the heart of our values.


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