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£32,076 to £41,418 per annum

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We are looking for enthusiastic Civil Engineers to join our Flood Risk and Drainage team at West Berkshire. We act as the Lead Local Flood Authority and Local Highway Authority fulfilling statutory duties in relation to flood risk and surface water drainage under the Land Drainage Act 1991 and the Flood and Water Management Act 2010.

The successful applicants will join an exciting developing team and will work in areas principally related to reactive drainage, flood risk and/or planning. Other duties will include working on surface water drainage designs, flood alleviations schemes, flood resilience schemes, asset management, ordinary watercourse consenting and community engagement.

The role

  • Help meet the councils sustainability goals by providing advice and feedback on new developments as a statutory consultee.
  • Actively solve surface water drainage problems across the district by providing reactive drainage solutions when issues emerge.
  • Work on flood alleviation, flood mitigation and flood resilience schemes protecting residents from the impacts of flooding.
  • Help improve our service by contributing to investigations, assessments and studies into the surface water and highway drainage networks.
  • Collate data and information to inform our Asset Management Plans
  • Provide ordinary watercourse consents helping to protect the district from unlawful/unsuitable development.
  • Work cooperatively with other teams within West Berkshire Council.
  • Engage with other risk management authorities and community groups across West Berkshire.

The ideal candidate would have the following skills and attributes

  • Degree plus 2 years or HNC plus 5 years (or equivalent) experience in Civil Engineering or show that you are on a recognised training programme.
  • Experience in service provision in either the public or private sector with an emphasis on multi-disciplinary team working and stakeholder engagement in relation to sustainable drainage designs and dealing with stakeholders and the general public.
  • Knowledge and understanding of legislation in relation to flood risk management and highways works.
  • Understanding and experience in relation to Civil Engineering software (such as AutoCAD, GIS, Microdrainage, etc.).

Our offer to you

A competitive salary alongside a range of benefits including:

  • We offer flexible working wherever possible between the hours of 07.00-19.00
  • We offer hybrid working wherever possible working 40% in the office
  • Access to a wide range of training and development opportunities
  • Local government pension scheme
  • Family friendly policies
  • A range of local discounts
  • Wellbeing Programme including Employee Assistance
  • Programme and employee benefits
  • You will also be entitled to a generous annual leave entitlement starting at 27 days per annum (plus public holidays) Rising by an additional 5 days after 5 years’ service.
  • Annual starting salary of between £32,076 – £41,418
    All roles will be subject to an annual banding pay review until the top of the pay grade is reached (following successfully passing probation)

All roles will be eligible for the annual national pay award.

About us

West Berkshire council is a forward thinking and ambitious council. We have a positive attitude to our work and focus on excellent teamwork to deliver award winning services for our residents and businesses.

We employ over 1,500 members of staff corporately, plus additional members of staff working across our local schools and education settings. We offer a wide array of opportunities for training and development and varied career progression opportunities.

Our staff support the delivery of a wide range of services on behalf of the Council. Ranging from garden waste collection, planning and roadworks to caring for those in our communities. Everything we do is focused on our priority for improvement and delivering our values of fairness, integrity and being customer focused.

If you interested in working with us and want to know more, do not hesitate to contact Paul Bacchus on 07867 177 552 or

Join us in shaping a greener, fairer, and more prosperous West Berkshire – apply today!

Equal Opportunities

The Council supports Equal Opportunity of employment, and positively encourages applications from people who fall within any of the nine protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010.

How to apply

Please complete an online application form.

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This role requires the incumbent to have a car available at work to undertake his/her duties as they will be expected to undertake at least 1500 business miles per year. Essential Car User status attracts a lump sum allowance paid on a monthly basis as well as a free car parking space if he/she works at one of the Council’s corporate buildings.

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