Our Water Business Unit is continually in demand worldwide to provide solutions to coastal and river management issues and to enhance the environment in which we work. Our broad knowledge and experience enable us to find practical solutions for the most complex of problems, for example flood risk management against the backdrop of climate change and coastal erosion. We provide the full breath of skills from: asset assessment, business case development to gain funding, detailed design, support through site implementation and asset management considering long-term performance. We are particularly strong in strategic studies (and developing practical tools for clients to manage their assets) and in coastal/fluvial management and coastal/fluvial engineering.

The role
You will work within a growing team where you will be expected provide technical expertise to a variety of flood risk & erosion management projects. You will manage individual commissions, mentor more junior staff, assist the team leader to bid and win projects and be involved directly with our clients, with whom you are expected to promote a positive working relationship. You will also be expected to plan your own time and that of your immediate team to assist your team leader and project managers in determining the resource requirements for your portfolio of work. 

General Responsibilities
You will assist the Water team leader to grow the team and grow the workload, in addition to providing the core technical and management skills on an agreed portfolio of projects. You will undertake roles including: project manager, project reviewer, design engineer (larger projects) and technical lead as required. You will also be responsible for preparation of small to medium scale bids and for contributing to the technical and commercial aspects for larger bids. You will also take an active role in staff development and undertake a mentoring role for junior technical staff. Your technical and management role will include, but not be limited to:

  • Appraising the feasibility of alternative solutions and preparing business cases to support your conclusions;
  • Designing solutions to reduce flood risk in the fluvial and coastal environment/reviewing and approving solutions by others;
  • Producing assessments, studies and reports;
  • Producing specification and other contract documents;
  • Managing 3rd parties (sub-consultants, contractors, stakeholders);
  • Client management including securing follow-on work;
  • Specifying and commissioning specialist surveys and investigations;
  • Supervision of construction activities; 
  • Mentoring and developing staff; and
  • Preparation of tender proposals.
  • BIM & Digital ways of working.
  • Managing adherence to the RHDHV QHSE/QA requirements.

You will promote Royal HaskoningDHV’s expertise in your field both internally and externally, supporting Knowledge Management and Business development initiatives. Familiarity with Health and Safety legislation, CDM regulations and an awareness of environmental and other approval processes is required. 

Your profile

  •  Strong analytical skills with the ability to solve problems practically yet creatively;
  • Strong technical skills, using your expertise to develop solutions and to keep abreast of wider industry developments;
  • Excellent communication skills, with the ability to write and present concise, but effective e-mails, notes, reports and business cases;
  • Highly organised and able to plan your own time and that your immediate team;
  • Engaging with clients with the ability to build a successful working relationships;
  • Contract management, including effective change control, to maximise the commercial position;
  • Be adaptable to change and willing to work in other offices, on site and internationally if requested.
  • Be a team player, support your colleagues and actively mentor junior staff.
  • Be systematic, pragmatic and show flair/creativity within fields of knowledge.
  • Manage H&S aspects of design in line with CDM regulations.

Your qualifications & experience

  • Chartered Civil Engineer (or approaching Professional Review)
  • Evidence of successful delivery of a portfolio of schemes exceeding £5m total value
  • Experience of preparing technical project reports and funding proposals
  • Experience of leading design teams
  • Undertaking role of technical review
  • Knowledge of CDM regulations.
  • Knowledge / Experience of working to BIM Level 2 


  • Experience of delivering Environment Agency (or equivalent) flood risk management schemes.
  • Expert witness work.
  • External funding experience.
  • Work experience with client(s) or contractor(s).
  • Knowledge / Experience of Geotechnical and/or Structural Engineering
  • Knowledge / Experience of Numerical Modelling.Knowledge / Experience of Site investigations / Site Surveys.
  • Knowledge / Experience of working to BIM Level 3

Royal HaskoningDHV follows a BIM approach on its projects. BIM is the integration of processes and technology to enable the efficient life-cycle management of facilities. BIM is a digital integration of previously disparate processes and technologies to allow organisations to better link the built environment to support physical and functional requirements, while at the same time optimising return on investment and associated impacts upon the environment. But don’t worry if you don’t have any experience of the UK BIM framework because we will provide the relevant training courses via our Digital Academy within your first 6 months of employment should you be successful.