Critical Drainage Officer – Guildford, Surrey

Critical Drainage Officer

Surrey County Council

Guildford, Surrey


Critical Drainage Officer



Salary:£32,173 per annum

Category:Environmental & Regulatory Services

Contract type:Fixed term

Working hours:36 hours per week

Posted on:3 March 2023

Closing date:26 March 2023

Directorate:Environment, Transport & Infrastructure

Location:Merrow Complex, Merrow Lane, Merrow, Guildford, GU4 7BQ

About the role

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

Help Make Surrey a Greener Place to Live.

Are you looking for an opportunity to shape local development, improve our environment and reduce flood risk?

Based at Merrow Complex in Guildford, the role will also involve working within partner organisations' offices. This is a fixed term/secondment opportunity for 24 months.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Critical Drainage Officer to join our team at Surrey County Council. Surrey County Council is the Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA) for the county of Surrey. As LLFA we have the responsibility of managing the risk of flooding from ordinary watercourses, surface water and groundwater. We do this in partnership with other Risk Management Authorities such as the Environment Agency, Water Companies, as well as Borough and District Councils.

The Flood Risk Planning and Consenting Team act as statutory planning consultees for surface water drainage on all major planning applications and also provides a pre-application service and advice on minor developments to support Local Planning Authorities and decision makers. The team provides advice on over 1200 proposed developments per year, as well as providing pre-application advice and support on planning policy. It's a busy, friendly and active team; we can often be found out for a collective walk or volunteering to plant trees.

We are passionate advocates for Sustainable Drainage (SuDS), climate change action and green infrastructure, and seek to enhance development in the county so that it provides better water quality, amenity and biodiversity benefits, as well as reducing flood risk. 

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

  • Assess minor 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
  • Support guidance, training and development for elected members, council officers and developers

As part of the application process, you will be asked to answer the following questions along with uploading your CV:

  1. What are your motivations for applying?
  2. What knowledge do you have of sustainable drainage systems (SuDS) and the Town and Country Planning processes?
  3. Please tell us about, and provide examples of, your experience creating, reviewing and influencing plans, designs and calculations relating to drainage or engineering.
  4. Please tell us about, and provide examples of, your experience analysing reports or data against set criteria and providing written feedback.
  5. Please provide examples from your work and/or home life that evidence your ability to communicate with different stakeholders and create positive change.

You will need to manage your own workload effectively to meet tight deadlines while being a part of a dynamic and busy team. As well as this, you must be a confident communicator and negotiator, capable of explaining technical information clearly and sensitively.

We welcome applicants with transferrable skills and there will be detailed on the job and formal training opportunities for the successful candidates. We also offer opportunities for hybrid working including days working from home if 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.

For more information please find the full job description below and refer to this before submitting your application. We also invite you to read our Life at Surrey handbook to see insights of the culture at Surrey and how as a valued employee, you can help shape our Council.

Additional information

The job advert closes at 23:59 on 26/03/2023.

Interviews will take place week commencing 03/04/2023.

Contact details

For an informal discussion please contact Glen Westmore on 01737 737149 or by email at [email protected]

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



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