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Flood & Coastal Risk Management Officer - WMF993e

Employer
Westmorland and Furness Council
Location
Cumbria / Various
Salary
£40,221 to £41,418
Closing date
6 May 2024

We are seeking an enthusiastic Flood & Coastal Risk Management Officer to join Westmorland & Furness Council’s Flood & Coastal Risk Management (FCRM) team.

The FCRM team fulfils the Council’s statutory flood and coastal risk management responsibilities. This includes Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA) duties; Coast Protection Authority (CPA) duties; and SuDS Approval Body (SAB) duties which, as a statutory consultee on planning applications, covers sustainable surface water drainage (SuDS) and flood risk with respect to new developments. The team is also responsible for ordinary watercourse consenting activities, flood investigations, and delivery of the FCRM capital works programme.

The Flood & Coastal Risk Management Officer will sit primarily within the FCRM works programme part of the team, and will be responsible for a wide range of technical advisory, investigative, study development, and project implementation activities that are part of delivering the Council's flood and coastal risk management function. For the right candidate, there may be an opportunity to have a particular focus on the team’s various coastal activities.

The FCRM Officer actively engages with a wide range of technical partners and stakeholders throughout the region to ensure collaborative working and efficient delivery of outcome measures intended to mitigate flood and coastal risks. In addition, regular engagement with elected members and the public by the Officer will ensure that an appropriate level of consultation is undertaken, feedback is fed into the activities, and stakeholders are kept up to date with proposed and ongoing actions.

In the role you will scope, design, and oversee the delivery of flood and coastal protection projects from a commercial, schedule, and technical standpoint. This includes undertaking site visits, supervising on-site works delivery, and attending external meetings. You will prepare applications for project funding and delivery through DEFRA’s Flood Defence Grant-in-Aid (GiA) mechanism, as well as liaising with external partners to seek other funding opportunities, collaborative project delivery and technical data acquisition, and information sharing.

The FCRM Officer also provides advice to colleagues, other officers, and external parties on the interpretation and application of flood and coastal policies, technical principles, regulations, and legislation in respect of the areas of responsibility.

Please refer to the post specification for further details.

Who we are looking for:

We are looking for an experienced individual with a good understanding of the mechanisms that drive flooding and coastal erosion processes. You will have a track record within the coastal, flooding, or civil engineering sectors and hold a relevant degree in an appropriate discipline, or equivalent demonstrable experience.

Highly motivated and able to work independently using your own initiative, the ideal candidate will have: experience of managing projects, consultants and contractors, including commercial, schedule and delivery oversight; experience of multi-agency working, working in partnerships, and with other professional partners, in supporting the delivery of flood and coastal risk management projects; an understanding of the funding mechanisms available to public sector organisations, such as DEFRA’s Flood Defence Grant-in-Aid is desirable, and; experience of preparing and submitting successful funding bids.

You will be able to understand and produce technical drawings and reports, with excellent verbal and written communication skills, including the preparation and presentation of information and reports tailored to suit the audience.

Knowledge of NEC contracts and CDM:2015 regulations, and ability to use AutoCAD and GIS software is desirable.

Due to the regular need to attend site visits and external meetings, a valid driving licence is required for this role.

For more information or to discuss the role further, please contact Nick Rae (Lead FCRM Officer) on nick.rae@westmorlandandfurness.gov.uk

What can we offer you!

  • Excellent training and development offers
  • Flexible working opportunities
  • Opportunity to join the Local Government Pension Scheme
  • Boost your pension with Shared Cost Additional Voluntary Contributions (facilitated by AVC Wise)
  • Various perks and discounts schemes, including money off your phone contract and local gyms
  • Competitive rates of pay

Post Specification

Role Profile

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