Water Framework Directive Specialist
- West Midlands, United Kingdom
- £39,250 to £58,900 per annum
Water Framework Directive Specialist – London or Birmingham – Perm £38,000 – £48,000
As a Water Framework Directive Specialist you will drive the development of the technical quality, specifications, standards and assurance for the Water Framework Directive compliance associated with the programme.
This role is with the Environment and Town Planning Team which is responsible for developing environmental policy and providing environmental leadership, critical challenge and guidance at each stage of evolution and across the company organisation. It delivers the environmental defence and promotion through the legislative process and legal challenge.
NOTE: The location of the role could be in Birmingham or London depending on the preference of the successful candidate.
About the role:
· Provide technical support on Water Framework Directive (WFD) matters;
· Design and deliver specific workstreams in the WFD aspects of the programme to ensure statutory and other requirements are met fully and within agreed timeframes;
· Ensure it complies with relevant legislation and accords to best practice;
· Develop good working relationships and negotiate with the Environment Agency, Lead Local Flood Authorities and other relevant stakeholders to cost balance mitigation measures for the impacts.
· Prepare and review draft material for the programme in the lead-up to construction to ensure the programme designs in and mitigates its impact on receptors specifically with regard to the WFD;
· Draft contract specifications for suppliers then monitor and manage delivery to ensure they receive value for money from its suppliers;
· Manage the project wide WFD focus group with the Environment Agency to provide rapid feedback, information exchange, discussion of ongoing results, efficiency of techniques and lessons learnt;
· Undertaking external liaison with local authority stakeholders (notably Lead Local Flood Authorities), Environment Agency and other organisations on compliance with the WFD and aquatic ecology matters throughout the life of the project.
· Knowledge and understanding of the relevant legislation, technical guidance, industry standards and best practice in relation to Water Framework Directive matters;
· Knowledge of surrounding and interacting disciplines, such as surface water/ flood risk, groundwater, drainage, contaminated land and ecology;
· A practical knowledge of biodiversity and habitat issues;
· Experience of technically reviewing complex catchment scale WFD assessments (ideally with experience in exemptions to the WFD objectives) relating to surface water, groundwater, contamination, transport and civil engineering challenges;
· Experience of working on a variety of programmes and particularly large-scale construction projects at optioneering, EIA, design and construction stages;
· Previous experience of developing pragmatic analysis and cost-effective mitigation strategies;
· Ability to analyse and interpret geospatial data covering hydromorphology, aquatic ecology and surface and ground water quality;
If you’re interested in this role, please send a copy of your CV to email@example.com or call Aaron Edwards on 02