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Senior Flood Risk and Network Resilience Officer
  • Employer: Surrey County Council
  • Reference: orbis/TP/1070/29158
  • Published: Mon 05/12/2022, 11:00 AM
  • Closing on: Sat 31/12/2022, 23:59 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 36.0 hours per week
  • Salary: £32,173 per annum
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Guildford

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Senior Flood Risk and Network Resilience Officer

The starting salary for this role is £32,173 per annum for working 36-hours per week.

Are you looking for an opportunity to build your career in flood risk management?

Surrey County Council is the Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA) for the county of Surrey and our duties under the Flood and Water Management Act 2010 are delivered and coordinated by the Strategic Network Resilience (SNR) Team. As LLFA we have the responsibility of managing the risk of flooding from ordinary watercourses, surface water and groundwater, have a duty to investigate flooding and to produce a flood risk management strategy. We do this in partnership with other Risk Management Authorities such as the Environment Agency, Water Companies and Borough and District Councils.

The Flood Risk Planning & Consenting Team act as statutory planning consultees for surface water drainage on all major planning applications and carry out our role as regulatory authority for works affecting ordinary watercourses. The Team provides advice on over 1000 proposed major developments per year, as well as providing pre-application advice and support on planning policy.

To help us achieve our goals we are looking for an officer to work within the team to:

  • Assess planning applications against requirements for sustainable drainage within the National Planning Policy Framework and Technical Standards 
  • Provide advice to Local Planning Authority consultations and developers on drainage schemes
  • Carry out assessments of Ordinary Watercourse consent applications
  • Investigate and answer customer flood risk enquiries.

To be shortlisted for interview your CV and personal statement will clearly evidence:

  • Knowledge of the legislative framework covering flood risk, sustainable drainage and ordinary watercourses
  • Knowledge of current best practice regarding sustainable drainage systems (SuDS) design and calculations, and policies within the Town and Country Planning regime
  • Experience of reviewing and influencing plans relating to drainage and improving flood risk by negotiating with developers and other external partners
  • Experience of providing expert advice to a range of stakeholders
  • Experience of assessment of applications affecting watercourses
  • Able to respond to a changing and demanding political and customer environment.

You will need to be a proactive and independent thinker who can work well as part of a dynamic and busy team. You must be a confident communicator and negotiator, capable of explaining technical information clearly and sensitively. Computer literacy with experience of using spreadsheets and GIS is also desirable.

At Surrey, our values and behaviours are just as important as our skills and abilities. They shape who we are as an organisation. Find out more about the values we follow.

Additional Information

The job advert closes at 23:59 on 31/12/2022

Interviews will take place in early January 2023.

Contact Details

For an informal discussion contact Glen Westmore on 01737 737149 or by email at

We look forward to receiving your application, please click on the apply online button below to submit.


From flexible working to job sharing (where possible) we are committed to providing a healthy work life balance. A laptop and mobile will be supplied if applicable to your role. You will benefit from 26 days annual leave, rising to 28 days after 2 years' service, a generous local government salary related pension, as well as the option to join our car lease scheme. For more information about the wide variety of benefits you can take advantage of please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff.

Our Commitment

Surrey County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all underrepresented groups.