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Water Modeller / Engineer / Planner - Graduate Programme September 2024

RPS Group
Glasgow, Scotland
Closing date
Oct 1, 2023
RPS continue to grow and we are now looking to reinforce our Ratho in Edinburgh, and Glasgow, Water Consultancy business with Graduate Wastewater and Clean Water Engineers, Modellers, and Planners.

This is an exciting and unrivalled opportunity to develop and progress in an environment where your efforts and talent are recognised.

Why RPS?

We're a connected community, working together to achieve exceptional outcomes. We understand the need to work flexibly, empowering our people to create a work life balance that's right for them. We also understand the importance of collaboration and social connection in the office environment. With agile offices and hybrid working offered as standard, we trust our people to find the right balance to meet client needs - this is a workplace that works for you.

RPS, A Tetra Tech company:

Representing an exciting new chapter in our business, on 24 January 2023 RPS became a Tetra Tech company. With 27,000 employees in more than 550 offices in more than 120 countries on seven continents, Tetra Tech is a leading, global provider of consulting and engineering services. As a Tetra Tech company, RPS is proud to offer our people market-leading development and project opportunities, helping to solve some of the world's most complex problems.

About RPS Water Technical:

It's an exciting time to be working for our UK Water business as workload in the water market really takes off. With a broad portfolio of long-term framework agreements in place, we are ideally placed to help our clients deliver on the challenges facing them over the coming years - whether that is reducing leakage, pollution and flooding, or improving the environment and levels of service to their customers.

Our Water business employs around 1000 highly skilled and motivated people working on projects for all of the water and sewerage companies across the UK, and most of the water-only companies. We deliver a full range of end to end water and wastewater services including data collection and analytics; modelling and risk analysis / optimisation; data visualisation and mapping; artificial intelligence and machine learning solutions; feasibility studies; outline and detailed design of capital solutions; and development of optimised, risk based, operational interventions.
  • Come and join our team and truly make a difference to the future of water!
  • The Graduate roles available in the strategy team will combine office/home-based working alongside professionals who are at the forefront of the industry, with opportunities to complete site work where required for data collection.

Career pathways available for candidates joining us in a Graduate position include:
  • Wastewater Engineering, Modelling and Planning based in Glasgow.
  • Clean Water Engineering, Modelling and Planning based in Ratho, Edinburgh.

We encourage and value different ideas, perspectives, and styles of thinking. We need a mix of experiences and skills to develop the most innovative ideas to positively shape the impacts of our client's projects. We are looking out for people who take opportunities, those who are keen to learn and develop, intelligent risk-takers who are not scared to try new things, and who adapt and move quickly.

Typical Responsibilities (variable depending on your career pathway):
  • Data handling and analysis of large datasets
  • Survey planning and supervision
  • Extensive use of GIS, including software such as MapInfo, QGIS and ArcGIS
  • Statistical analysis of data
  • Preparation of factual and interpretative reports
  • Construction, verification and analysis of hydraulic sewer network models using InfoWorks ICM software
  • Integrated catchment modelling, including pluvial, fluvial and interactions between rivers and sewers
  • Catchment planning, risk assessment and intervention strategy
  • Client and stakeholder engagement and management
  • Provide input to development, maintenance and documentations of bespoke software tools and applications

Skills, Education & Qualifications required
  • A degree in Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Geography, Environmental Science, and GIS
  • Modules covering wastewater, clean water, hydraulics, GIS or flood risk are desirable but not essential
  • Good communication skills and written English
  • Ability to work in a team to solve problems that matter
  • Computing skills including previous experience of Excel

What we offer you

RPS is a great place to do great work. PROGRESS@RPS is our global performance and development framework, which puts our employees in the driving seat of their growth and development so that our people achieve their personal and professional ambitions and ensures our people feel valued for the contribution they make.

In the water team we provide in-depth on-the-job training to complement the full catalogue of learning modules available through our online learning platform, POD (Progress on Demand). Our graduates are part of small teams, taking ownership of projects, their own workload and development to allow individuals to rapidly gain the skills required. We encourage graduates to rise to the challenge and push for progression through the business using our development pathways which allows our employees to specialise as they step up from graduate level.

We support our people to innovate, collaborate and build meaningful careers. Our network of people and knowledge will expand your horizons and give you access to a variety of interesting projects.

Our employees are rewarded with a customisable total rewards package tailored to their terms of employment.


As part of the selection process, it is mandatory to upload a CV and Covering Letter as we will not process your application without one. In your cover letter, we want to know why you are interested in RPS and the discipline you are applying to. We would also like to know a little about you as an individual.

What happens next?

If this opportunity suits your career journey, we'd love to hear from you.

Our closing date for graduate applications is January 3 rd 2024. There could be a possibility that we close earlier if we have volume applications. We would recommend that you get an application in as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

If successful in the screening process you will then be invited to attend an assessment centre. The assessment centre will be an opportunity to spend time with your recruiter and other applicants being considered for the role. This is your chance to show us your best in a series of activities as well as an opportunity for you to learn more about RPS.

As part of the assessment centre, you will have an Interview. This will be an opportunity to meet the team who you could be working with. This interview will be the opportunity for you to showcase your relevant skills and suitability for the role, but also to ask any questions on how the team work and what to expect in the role day to day.

If you'd like to discuss the opportunity in more detail, please contact Mark Maxwell


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