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Principal hydromorphology engineer / Hydraulic Modeller

  • Job reference: 923052
  • Location: Manchester, Greater Manchester
  • Salary: GBP30000 - GBP45000 per annum + additional benefits
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Sector: Water, Power & Utilities
  • Date posted: 14/12/2018

We are looking for an experienced hydromorphologist to join our established hydromorphology/ fluvial geomorphology team in the UK. Based in either Altrincham, Leeds or Birmingham, you would work under the Hydromorphology Team Leader to apply your knowledge of hydromorphology, and in particular hydrological and sediment modelling, to help guide the work undertaken by this growing team; as such you will need to be a proficient modeller. You would work with a range of associated disciplines to cement and grow our position as one of the premier hydromorphology teams in the UK.

Our clients UK Hydromorphology team is split over three offices (Altrincham, Leeds and Birmingham) and has been established for over five years; becoming one of the most respected teams in the UK. The workload is varied and covers a wide range of infrastructure projects (e.g. HS2, Highways England, Network Rail) and river management projects (river restoration, natural flood management (NFM), understanding flood risk attributable to coarse sediment dynamics, weir removal, fish pass design etc, for clients such as water companies, River Trusts, National Trust, Natural England and the Environment Agency (via a number of frameworks)).

We also have strong links to academia, which we wish to build upon into the future.

Job Responsibilities:

  • The appropriate level of technical expertise is required in order that the Job / Project Accountabilities listed below can be carried out to the necessary standard:
  • Working with staff at Graduate, Senior and Consultant levels to oversee and guide their technical work, especially modelling.
  • Working with a range of internal to develop holistic project solutions;
  • Contributing to WFD assessments and environmental impact assessments, guiding new infrastructure developments to the best environmental outcomes;
  • Consulting with statutory regulators where required, particularly the Environment Agency and Natural England;
  • Maintaining excellent client relationships;
  • Helping the Hydromorphology Team Leader to identify new internal and external clients/opportunities;
  • Helping the Hydromorphology Team Leader to recruit talented individuals to grow the team, as required;
  • Experience of preparing high quality project and framework tenders;
  • Day to day project management;
  • Working with AECOM's safety systems and preparing/reviewing risk assessments for field work; and
  • Ensuring projects are managed in line with AECOM's Integrated Management System (IMS).

Minimum Requirements Essential:

  • Extensive experience in implementing 1D and 2D hydraulic modelling (including ISIS and TuFlow) for fluvial studies including model build and quality assurance, troubleshooting, baseline and scenario modelling etc.;
  • Experience in sediment transport modelling for fluvial studies;
  • Extensive experience in the interpretation of model results for design functionality/sustainability, erosion and deposition dynamics, flood risk etc.;
  • Excellent knowledge and practice of the following modelling software: Flood Modeller/ISIS, TUFLOW;
  • Proficiency in the use of the following spatial software: ArcGIS and/or QGIS, Map Info;
  • Strong experience supervising, assisting and teaching junior modellers;
  • Extensive experience writing and reviewing technical reports;
  • Strong experience communicating modelling issues and results to technical and non-technical audiences;
  • Good knowledge of hydromorphology, including experience of a range of river types;
  • Experience of a range of projects including river restoration, NFM, weir removal, and infrastructure-related hydromorphological assessment and design;
  • Sound knowledge of sediment transport processes;
  • Experience of high gradient and low gradient systems and coarse and fine sediment dynamics;


  • Knowledge and practice of the following modelling software: HEC-RAS, Infoworks ICM.
  • Understanding of hydrology principles and experience with hydrological calculations (Flood Estimation Handbook techniques, flow duration curves etc.)
  • Preferred Qualifications High quality degree in a relevant field, and ideally a Masters/PhD; and
  • Membership of a related professional institute, ideally with chartered status.

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As an international workforce business, we are committed to sourcing personnel that reflects the diversity and values of our client base but also that of Orion Group. We welcome the wide range of experiences and viewpoints that potential workers bring to our business and our clients, including those based on nationality, gender, culture, educational and professional backgrounds, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, and age differences, job classification and religion. In our inclusive workplace, regardless of your employment status as staff or contract, everyone is assured the right of equitable, fair and respectful treatment.