Senior Surface Water Engineer

Leatherhead, KT22
Jul 04, 2022
Jul 06, 2022
Position Type
Engineer, Staff Engineer
Organization Type
Firm, Consulting Engineering
Connect Plus Services (CPS) operates and maintains the M25 motorway network, including all adjoining trunk and slip roads on behalf of Connect Plus. The M25 is one of the busiest sections of road in the UK. It is also undoubtedly one of the most significant. We carry out routine maintenance, winter maintenance, as well as managing the whole-life requirement of over 250,000 assets. We also manage the operation of the network and identify ways of reducing delays and improving journey time reliability.

Role Purpose:

Lead investigations into locations on DBFO Network that have experienced problems with surface water and make recommendations to best manage risk from surface water on highway.

The successful candidate will be responsible for leading investigations into locations on network where potential problems with surface water have been identified.

Principle accountabilities for the role include:
  • Assessing all potential route cause(s) for surface water problems; considering maintenance of whole highway drainage network, condition of highway drainage assets, geometry of highway & adjacent land, local surface water drainage, any other relevant causes.
  • Identifying the need, scoping, commissioning, and reviewing results from studies / surveys / models etc.
  • Identification, risk-based appraisal and making recommendations for changes to: network operations; maintenance; or improvements to assets to address route cause(s).
  • Producing reports that clearly and concisely explain the problems and possible solutions.
  • Produce and deliver high-level briefing notes to directors within CPS, CP and National Highways.
  • Undertaking suitable surface water / drainage modelling as required.

Experience/Criteria required:
  • Experienced in dealing with complex surface water and drainage sites and identifying route cause of surface water problems (I.e. standing water / flooding on highway or adjacent land).
  • Experienced in the design of drainage networks (including highway drainage).
  • Experience in scoping, delivering and interpretation of results from surface water and drainage modelling. Including understanding of modelling limitations and considerations in selecting appropriate modelling techniques.
  • Understanding of the responsibilities placed on different duty holders under the various land drainage and flood defence regulations; including the Environment Agency, Lead Local Flood Authorities, District and Borough Councils, Water and sewerage companies, Internal Drainage Boards, and highways authorities.
  • Understanding of climate change and impact on design, operation, and maintenance surface water networks.


Customer Focus: Is dedicated to meeting the expectations and requirements of internal and external customers. Actively collects customer information and uses it to improve services and solutions. Manages the experience of customers to ensure positive relationships are established and maintained.

Focus on Excellence: Willing to go the extra mile to exceed expectations. Continually searches for ways to add value and take performance to the next level.

Teamwork & Collaboration: Puts aside personal agendas to work for the benefit of customers and suppliers and other stakeholders. Proactively builds knowledge through sharing knowledge, ideas and expertise with others.

Respect: Recognise and value our customers and people by encouraging and engaging.

Trust: Be open and honest with all our customers and each other, reliable and predictable (no surprises) and approach everything we do with a ‘can-do' attitude.

Location: Dartford, Leatherhead or South Mimms; however, we welcome flexible working.

This role is available part time, job share or full time. This is because we want the best people for our roles, and we recognise that sometimes those people aren't available full time.

Why work for Atkins?

Our Transportation teams are reinventing transport for a challenging yet exciting future. We're creating new ideas and smart solutions for cities, people and the environment. You'll be working alongside some of the top people in our industry, solving challenges that bring together traditional engineering and new technologies. As part of our organisation, you'll be in a privileged position, delivering what's right for governments and communities. You'll be helping us to improve our leading environmental performance while enabling others to do the same.

Meeting your needs:

To help you get the most out of life in and outside of work, we offer employees "Total Reward." It's a package that can be tailored to your changing lifestyle, career and personal needs. You'll enjoy benefits such as partner discounts, leadership training, professional, accreditations, and career planning for any stage of your career.

Making sure you're supported is important to us. So, if you identify as having a disability, tell us ahead of your interview. And let's talk through any adjustments you might need.

Read more about 'Total Reward'.

More about us:

Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, is a leading global consultancy with over 80 years of design and engineering expertise. With us, you'll be surrounded by the skills, knowledge and support to help you succeed.

Together, we can deliver projects which have a positive, sustainable impact on the world.

Atkins, ranked as one of LinkedIn's Top 25 Companies, where UK professionals want to work and stay once they join.

Check out some of our recent, most exciting projects.

Additional Information:

This role may require security clearance and offers of employment will be dependent on obtaining the relevant level of clearance. If this is necessary, it will be discussed with you at interview. If applying to this role please do not make reference to (in conversation) or include in your application or CV, details of any current or previously held security clearance.

We are committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community - a place where we can all be ourselves, thrive and develop. To help embed inclusion for all, from day one, we offer a range of family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements and employee networks to support staff from different backgrounds. As an Equal Opportunities Employer, we value applications from all backgrounds, cultures and ability.

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