Senior Flood Risk and Network Resilience Officer - Guildford

Surrey County Council
Ash Vale
14 Apr 2018
19 Apr 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

£29,020 per annum for 36 hours per week Monday to Friday based at Merrow Complex, Merrow Lane, Merrow, Guildford, Surrey, GU4 7BQ.

Flexible working is supported where possible, including working from home or from one of our offices in Kingston-upon-Thames, Godstone, Redhill and Leatherhead; and the option of part time hours, term time working or job sharing may be also be available.

You will be entitled to 24 days annual leave on joining Surrey, have the option of joining the local government salary-related pension scheme, and have access to other benefits including a car lease scheme. And for this role, a laptop and mobile phone will be supplied. For more information, please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff.

About the Role

Are you looking for an opportunity to build your career in flood risk management?

Surrey County Council is the Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA) for the county of Surrey and our duties under the flood and Water Management Act 2010 are delivered and coordinated by the Strategic Network Resilience (SNR) Team. As LLFA we have the responsibility of managing the risk of flooding from ordinary watercourses, surface water and groundwater, have a duty to investigate flooding and to produce a flood risk management strategy. We do this in partnership with other Risk Management Authorities such as the Environment Agency, Water Companies and Borough and District Councils.

The Flood Risk Asset, Planning & Programming Team manage a programme of capital improvement work, manage our flood risk assets and act as statutory planning consultees for surface water drainage on all major planning applications. The Team leads on the assessment, development and construction of capital projects to reduce flood risk across the county and also provides advice on over 400 proposed major developments per year, as well as providing pre-application advice.

To help us achieve our goals we are looking for an officer to work within the Flood Risk Asset, Management & Programming Team to help:

  • develop, manage and deliver a programme of capital flood risk improvement works
  • manage existing asset data and ensure these assets are effectively maintained
  • provide advice to Local Planning Authority consultations and developers on drainage schemes
  • investigate and answer customer flood risk enquiries

To be shortlisted for interview your CV and personal statement* will clearly evidence:

  • Knowledge of the legislative framework covering flood risk, sustainable drainage and ordinary watercourses
  • Knowledge of current best practice regarding sustainable drainage systems (SuDS) design and calculations, and policies within the Town and Country Planning regime
  • Experience in supporting the development, assessment and implementation of drainage and/or flood defence schemes
  • Experience of reviewing and influencing plans relating to drainage and improving flood risk by negotiating with developers and other external partners
  • Experience of providing expert advice to a range of stakeholders
  • Able to respond to a changing and demanding political and customer environment.

You will need to be a proactive and independent thinker who can work well as part of a dynamic and busy team. You must be a confident communicator and negotiator, capable of explaining technical information clearly and sensitively. Computer literacy with experience of using spreadsheets and GIS is also desirable.

Additional Information

The job advert closes at 23:59 on 15th April 2018.

Interviews will take place week commencing 23rd April 2018.

Equal Opportunity, Values and Behaviours

Surrey County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all under represented groups.

The values below will be crucial in delivering our corporate strategy, and are what we draw on to make a difference for Surrey residents.

  • Listen - We actively listen to others and expect to be listened to.
  • Responsibility - We take responsibility in all that we do at work.
  • Trust - We work to inspire trust and we trust in others.
  • Respect - We are supportive and inclusive and committed to learning from others.

Our behaviours are what people experience when they interact. They encompass how we do our work and how we treat other.

  • Be customer focused - We put the customer at the heart of our work and take responsibility to uphold the customer promise in all that we do.
  • Work as one team - We collaborate with and involve our partners, customers and colleagues, and build strong and lasting relationships based on listening, trust and mutual respect.
  • Make things happen - We plan and deliver our work on time and effectively, making sure we understand the needs and priorities and considering all our options and risks.
  • Communicate with purpose - We communicate clearly to all our stakeholders, making sure that we listen, understand and inform in the process.
  • Be the best we can be - We embrace the need for change and innovation, taking responsibility to improve our services and processes in the right way.
  • Develop ourselves and others - We learn continually, we seek feedback about our own performance and support others to learn.

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