Location: BRISTOL
Salary: £ 47,000 per Annum
Reference : 20092



Our client are a multi-national consultancy providing engineering, design, planning across all aspects of the built environment, including the water industry. They are currently looking for an experienced, Principal Flood Engineer to join their team in Bristol. This is an exciting opportunity to deliver a growing portfolio of impactful projects for clients such as the Environment Agency, Natural Resources Wales and other risk management authorities.


Our client are looking for a talented and enthusiastic Chartered Principal  Flood Engineer to join their  growing Water team in Bristol, although the location is flexible. The team compromises 45 passionate engineers and specialists working across their multidisciplinary firm. This role offers a strong pipeline of opportunities working on secured frameworks for AMP7.


As a Principal Engineer, the role forms a key position providing skills and technical knowledge of flood risk management justification and design. The selected candidate will be responsible for and developing less experienced technical staff. The position offers excellent career prospects with scope for personal skill development, especially regarding increasing business case and design expertise and developing design and team management experience.

The focus will be on developing your appraisal and design skills and relevant experience of managing design tasks with project experience and enhancing the company’s capability as a whole. You will be interacting with and advising other engineers, specialists, managers, clients and reporting on work progress, bids and strategic delivery coordination across our UK offices.


  • Working with colleagues in specialisms such as Flood and Coastal Risk Management, Dams and Reservoirs, Site Development, Sustainability and Environmental Planning.
  • Working with collaborators such as environmental scientists, engineers, landscape architects and planners.
  • Meeting and working with clients, local authorities, and other stakeholders – including site visits.
  • Leading teams specifying and interrogating survey information, hydraulic and coastal risk modelling for use in solution development.
  • Carrying out assessment, analysis and design and preparing technical reports and specification.
  • Developing and appraising FCERM options and supporting the production of FCERM business cases and supporting teams undertaking this work. 
  • Managing projects.
  • Winning commissions from clients.
  • Managing your own time and deadlines to meet project commitment, and those of less experienced colleagues.
  • Managing, supporting and training junior staff. 
  • We encourage our staff to demonstrate drive and motivation, a willingness to learn about our sector, and a desire to deliver an excellent service to our clients effectively.




  • Masters or BSc in a relevant technical field such as Civil Engineering or Science-based subject.
  • Demonstrable experience in Flood Risk Management. 
  • Thorough understanding of the principles of flood and coastal risk management projects.
  • Experience working in multidisciplinary teams and client/stakeholder liaison, with some project management and leadership.
  • An ability to multi-task efficiently under pressure and maintain a high level of attention to detail.
  • Understand the needs of your clients and colleagues.
  • Be able to analyse data and drawings.
  • Possess strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office.
  • Experience of working for FRM authorities..
  • Enthusiasm for a career in the FCERM sector underpinned by understanding our industry and work.
  • Demonstrate a creative approach to problem-solving.
  • Be dedicated to the delivery of projects, and the development of the team and business as a whole.
  • Skills in the following specific areas: flood risk engineering, hydraulic design, economic appraisal, and business case development in line with HM Treasury Green Book. Supporting skills could include river engineering, flood risk modelling, hydrology, GIS, coding, and stakeholder engagement. 

Desirable Skills

  • An understanding of modelling software is an advantage.
  • Experience and willingness to adopt/adapt/develop new digital tools to aid collaboration and efficiency.
  • Coding and Automation skills. 
  • An appreciation of climate adaptation and resilience principles and practices;
  • An understanding of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.