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Principal/Associate – Flood Risk and Drainage Designer

Job Category: Flood Risk and Drainage
Job Type: Full Time
Job Location: London

Job Summary

Ardent Consulting Engineers specialises in providing sustainable development solutions from business case, due-diligence, initial concept, through planning and delivery on site. A key element to the role will be having an understanding the legislative background relating to flood risk and drainage, planning, undertaking detail design and managing the design process. The individual will be responsible for the financial performance of a small team of engineers delivering FRA’s and the detail design of foul and surface water SuDS. In addition, the successful candidate will have the relevant experience in delivering flood alleviation schemes for both public and private sector clients.

This is a fantastic opportunity to work within our flood risk team on a diverse range of projects covering public and private sector from inception through to delivery. Ardent are an Employee Owned Company and therefore staff have greater input into the operation of the business as well as bonuses being paid tax free (after 12 months employment and up to £3,600 per annum).

Principal Accountabilities

You will have a minimum of 8 to 10 years’ experience and your principle role will be the day to day supervising a small team of engineers, preparation of fee proposals and the financial and technical running of their own projects. The role will require you to prepare Flood Risk Assessments, undertake conceptual and detail design of flood protection measures and drainage strategies, leading to planning applications or construction drawings. You can expect to be active on a number of projects / client accounts at any given time. You will be expected to mentor and develop junior engineers together with client facing.

A key element of your experience will be the design of flood alleviation schemes, foul and surface water/SuDS drainage systems. Having a solid working knowledge of Microdrainage, InfoDrainage and Flow is a must. Having experience in the use of QGIS and river modelling software together with highways design and earthworks strategies would be an advantage.

You will report to an Associate Director or Board Director

Preferred Qualifications/Education

You will hold a degree in Civil Engineering or appropriate science or equivalent commercial experience and responsibility. You will either have or be approaching CEng (MICE, or CIWEM) status or equivalent commercial experience.

Preferred Competencies/Skills

  • Preparation of Flood Risk Assessments in Flood Zone 1, 2 and 3;
  • Undertake conceptual and detail design of surface water flood alleviation works;
  • Preparation of complex foul and surface water drainage strategies (suitable for outline/detailed planning and s104 submission) and detail design of the same (which incorporate SuDS techniques);
  • Expert knowledge of Microdrainage, InfoDrainage and Flow software package;
  • Preparation of water chapters for Environmental Statements;
  • Project Management; and
  • You will need to have good written and spoken communication skills and be able to work as part of a team.


Ideally you will have a solid knowledge of how the planning system operates, as well as being well versed in Current Policy and design guidance (NPPF, PPG, FWMA 2010, WIA 1991, LDA 1991, SuDS Manual, Sewers for Adoption/Design and Construction Guidance – Sewerage Sector guidance etc.).

Previous Experience

Probably from a consultancy background with a heavy bias on towards private sector work.

If you think you can offer what we are looking for and are looking to progress your career then please apply on this page or contact Brian Cafferkey in confidence and he will respond as soon as possible.

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