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Start your Jacobs career with a company that inspires and empowers you to deliver your best work so you can evolve, grow and succeed - today and into tomorrow.

Our Water and Environment business provides a focus for advising our clients on the sustainable management of the water environment using scientific/engineering analysis and design expertise. Our mission is to be a global leader that puts water at the heart of a sustainable society. At Jacobs we provide the resources to turn great ideas into reality, we develop industry leading utilities and flood risk management technology. To make this happen we're looking for the most talented and passionate individuals out there to be our next generation of leaders and to become part of a respected and ambitious company with excellent career prospects and international opportunities.

Our People & Places Solutions business - reinforces our drive to improve the lives of people everywhere and epitomises the "why" of what we do - the tremendous positive impact and value our solutions bring to our communities and society as a whole. From facilities delivering life-saving therapies and ensuring clean water to enabling the connection of people through all modes of transportation and providing access to technology - we're integrating a multitude of these solution elements to build the smart environments of tomorrow.

About the opportunity:

To meet our growing UK business needs and future development aspirations we are looking for a Head of Discipline of Hydraulic Modelling. The successful individual will be a proven leader able to demonstrate how they combine an in-depth knowledge of hydraulic modelling across a range of applications with a passion to take hydraulic modelling practice and innovation to new levels. You will bring this drive for excellence and innovation to the business where you will not only provide the overall technical leadership role across our portfolio but will also be working alongside our other discipline leads, specifically hydrology, operational, drainage, hydroinformatics, software development and digital delivery, to develop our people and to integrate and grow our services and client offering in the UK and abroad.About you:


  • Demonstrable knowledge of innovating and of developing or enhancing technical skills and services within a business and clear evidence of integrating people and teams to bring new services, new technology and ways of working to the market

  • Extensive proven ability of quality assurance and technical leadership using, but not limited to, industry standard hydraulic modelling packages.

  • Technical leadership and assurance of fluvial hydraulic modelling in support of major UK infrastructure projects, including but not limited to water, roads, airports, railways, and building development

  • Applied experience of hydraulic modelling in support of flood risk management and/or flood forecasting systems and processes in the UK

  • Detailed knowledge and experience of the UK regulatory requirements for water, wastewater and flood risk management and assessment and the best-practice approaches for flood risk modelling to deliver them

  • Review and audit of hydraulic models and modelling studies, including provision of support to clients in dialogue with regulators

  • Demonstrable knowledge in technical coordination of multi-disciplinary teams

  • Highly experienced in writing and reviewing technical reports and adept in conveying key messages in a simple and clear manner from complex technical documentation

  • Excellent presentation skills with experience of presenting to existing and potential clients, to regulators and stakeholders on behalf of clients, at meetings and within working teams

  • Proven ability in solution development and support of new tender opportunities, writing proposals and estimating costs, including for new services and offerings

  • Undergraduate Degree in Civil Engineering, Geography or a similar/relevant discipline


  • Demonstrable knowledge in leading and winning new tender opportunities, writing proposals and estimating costs, including for new services and offerings

  • Technical leadership and assurance of coastal and/or wastewater hydraulic modelling in a UK context

  • Proven ability of hydraulic modelling in overseas locations

  • Proven ability of hydrological analysis using Flood Estimation Handbook methods

  • Expert Witness experience

  • Post-graduate Degree in relevant discipline

  • Chartered

    Why Jacobs?

    We're invested in you and your success. Our diverse perspectives and unique backgrounds power our collective strength. By supporting one another and through our culture of caring, we all succeed. The biggest questions spark our curious minds. We clear the way for inventive thinking and exploration, so you have the support, means and space to deliver the boldest solutions for the extraordinary and every day. We redefine what's possible. There's something that drives everyone - and we want you to keep evolving your career, discover unexpected opportunities and ensure you can deliver on tomorrow.

    Our Culture

    At Jacobs we see safety differently - we strive to go 'BeyondZero' by putting the health, safety and well-being of our employees first in everything we do.

    We are committed to equality across our business and we work with external organisations such as STEM, WISE (Women in Science & Engineering) and Stonewall. We are also Disability Confident Committed; therefore, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for a vacancy.

    We encourage applications from candidates looking for flexible working or reduced hours' contracts. Please also bear in mind that you do not need to meet 100% of the Essential Criteria to be considered for a position with Jacobs.

    When you join Jacobs you will have access to a wide range of Global Networks, centred on inclusion and diversity which is the foundation of our business and at the centre of our values.

    To find out more about our networks, please visit our website; www.jacobs.com

    Successful candidates will be asked to complete a Baseline Personnel Security Standard Pre-Employment check and will be required to undergo various checks including: Identity, Right to Work; Employment/Education History and Criminal Record. If you are unable to meet this and any associated criteria, then your employment may be delayed or rejected.

    JACOBS is an Equal Opportunity Employer who is committed to the safety and wellbeing of all.

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