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Principal Hydrology and Flood Risk Consultant – Scotland, UK

Office Location: UK

Working Hours: 37.5hrs Monday - Friday (part-time working considered)

Salary: Competitive basic salary, comprehensive benefits package

Discipline team: Hydrology

Reporting to: Technical Director


Job Description


Working alongside and often in conjunction with our UK Hydrogeology team, our well-established UK Hydrology and Flood Risk team provide a broad range of hydrological and flood risk investigation, assessment and mitigation services to clients throughout sectors including the Commercial, Residential and Industrial Development, Waste, Minerals and Energy sectors.

We are looking to continue the successful expansion that the team has enjoyed through the strategic appointment of two key individuals to play an active role in the continuation of this growth, particularly within Scotland.

This position presents an outstanding opportunity to join an established team of hydrologists, flood risk engineers and hydrogeologists within a truly multinational consultancy and offers significant potential for career development and enhancement based on performance.

Along with a competitive basic salary, the successful candidate will receive a comprehensive benefits package including car allowance, BUPA health cover, death-in-service cover and pension.

The role also has the potential to attract equity in the company through our share option scheme.

Main Duties:

Working alongside our existing team the successful incumbent(s) will have a key responsibility for continued commercial, technical and team growth within our UK Hydrology group. This will include responsibility for both the generation/development and delivery of a technical project workload within the hydrology and flood risk sector.

The position will involve business development activities with both new and existing clients, along with the recruitment and leadership of a team to assist in undertaking project delivery as the workload increases.

It is anticipated applicants would have an expert knowledge of regulatory standards (e.g. NPPF, TAN15 and SPP) and have proven experience promoting sites on behalf of developers and ‘adding value’.

Suitable applicants will have an established and growing client portfolio and will be able to demonstrate skills associated with developing and managing a team of hydrology / flood risk specialists. Overseas mining experience would be an advantage, but is not essential.

Duties and responsibilities would include:

  • Commercial and business development activities and the generation of a project workload
  • Technical and commercial leadership, guidance and mentorship of more junior members of staff within the SLR Hydrology group
  • Managing and undertaking flood risk assessments, drainage and SUDs design studies;
  • Drainage design (conceptual and detailed);
  • Preparation of hydrology / flood risk chapters for environmental impact assessments; and
  • Preparation and presentation of expert witness testimony.

Person Specification

Technical Skills, Abilities, Experience:


  • Technical expertise in aspects of hydrology/flood risk throughout the development sector;
  • Hydrological analysis and interpretation;
  • Proven report writing and review skills;
  • Proven client management, business development and team leadership capabilities within the consultancy sector;
  • An established network of contacts and the aptitude to network and win business;


  • Ability to work overseas on short term contracts.

Education, Qualifications, Memberships:


  • Relevant first degree


  • Masters degree in hydrology / flood risk / engineering
  • Chartered status (CEng or CIWEM)

Personal Attributes:


  • An ability to communicate effectively with colleagues, clients and contractors. Ability to work in a team and by self. Reliable, conscientious and committed.

Additional Requirements:


  • IT literacy and proficiency in MS office applications
  • Full driving licence
  • Use and proficiency in industry standard hydrological software package (e.g. FEH, WinDES, 1D and 2D modelling packages etc.)

Applications and Enquiries

SLR Consulting is an equal opportunities employer. Further details of our Equal Opportunities policy are available upon request.

To apply, please complete the online application form below.