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Senior Flood Risk Officer

About the role

Do you want to shape the way that communities are engaged in flood risk management?

Can you use your experience to support flood investigations, watercourse enforcement and flood risk project delivery?

If yes then working in Cambridgeshire County Council’s Flood Risk Team could be for you!

We are seeking a Senior Flood Risk Officer who is proactive, enjoys working with communities and other flood risk management authorities and can negotiate to ensure the delivery of flood risk improvements across the county.

We have included a 'week in the life of' document to help contextualise the role and give you an example of the types of activities you can expect to be involved in.

For more information or to chat about this opportunity please contact either:

  • Brian Heffernan (; or
  • Kathryn Reading (

Interviews will take place in-person at our offices in New Shire Hall on Wednesday 20th and Thursday 21st March 2024. 


What will you be doing?

This role will give you a wealth of opportunities to get involved in a broad range of flood risk initiatives and develop and utilise your skills in the following key areas:

  • maintaining and enhancing the connections between the Council and community flood groups
  • organising flood resilience events at a range of locations across the County to raise awareness and increase the resilience of communities to flooding
  • investigation of flood incidents and making recommendations to reduce risks,
  • watercourse enforcement activities ranging from supporting property owners through to negotiation to legal proceedings


The role requires travel to locations across Cambridgeshire so you must either hold a full and current driving licence and have access to personal transport or meet the mobility requirements of the role through other reasonable and suitable means. The Council offers a pool car service with cars based at the main offices throughout Cambridgeshire. This means that cars can be booked and used for site visits and meetings.

About you

To be successful in this role, we are looking for someone who:

  • Has experience of working in flood risk management
  • Is able to provide drainage and flood risk management advice from a regulatory perspective
  • Is able to make informed and independent decisions with minimal supervision
  • Is a proactive and independent thinker who can work well as part of a dynamic and busy team.
  • Is a confident communicator and negotiator, capable of explaining technical information clearly and sensitively to a range of audiences
  • Is computer literate with experience of using spreadsheets and databases is also important.

You will be based in the Flood Risk team that acts as Lead Local Flood Authority for Cambridgeshire. The role is hybrid, balancing working from home and working from our main office at New Shire Hall at Alconbury Weald.

Our benefits

We value our colleagues in Cambridgeshire County Council and have developed a number of benefits:

  • Flexible working
  • Flexible Bank Holidays
  • A comprehensive wellbeing package
  • Our Cambs Rewards employee discounts
  • A comprehensive pension scheme
  • IDEAL staff equality, diversity and inclusion network.
  • Camweb our staff intranet helping to keep you informed
  • An employee recognition scheme

About us

Cambridgeshire is a great place to work and live with a diverse population, an urban centre in Cambridge, historic Isle of Ely, Huntingdon and St Ives as well as more rural landscapes.

Our four values are central to our culture, driving everything we do.

We are proud to serve the diverse communities of Cambridgeshire and want our workforce to be reflective of this diversity, which we firmly believe benefits our colleagues, the organisation and our communities. If you don’t meet every single requirement in the job role but think this could be you, please don’t be put off.   We are committed to building a workplace that is compassionate and inclusive as well as diverse, so if you think you could be a good candidate for this role please consider applying and speak to the recruiting manager if you have any questions.

Our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy, along with our employee network 'IDEAL' and self-organised peer support groups help us to foster an inclusive, supportive and safe working environment where people feel valued, respected, and empowered.  We collect relevant diversity data for monitoring as part of the recruitment process to understand the diversity of our applicants and monitor any trends throughout the recruitment processes so that we can take meaningful action.

We are proud to be a Disability Confident Employer. We fully support providing reasonable adjustments throughout our recruitment process, as well as when you join us, and we encourage candidates to contact the Hiring Manager, whose details can be found in the advert, to discuss any adjustment needs. Some examples of adjustments could include additional time to complete an assessment or printing a document on pastel coloured paper with larger font size and line spacing. We would value talking about what might be possible to enable you to join us and thrive, so if there is something that would help you to do your best during your journey with us, please get in touch.

Visit our jobs and careers section to find out more about our wide range of learning and development opportunities; apprenticeships; our wellbeing package; staff benefits; our commitment to equality, diversity and Inclusion.


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