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Water Manager - Flood and Water Management Team

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Role Responsibility

Have you got the skills, expertise and determination to improve Kent environment and help it adapt to climate change? We have an opportunity to join our Flood and Water Management Team to lead our portfolio of water management projects.

The water environment faces unprecedented challenges from housing growth, climate change and pollution, these are especially acute in the Southeast. Kent County Council is committed to managing these impacts and delivering the best possible outcomes for residents, businesses, and the environment in Kent.

KCC acts as the catchment coordinator for nutrient neutrality in the county, which is holding up the delivery of over 30,000 new homes. We work with local planning authorities, Natural England, NGOs and others to deliver nutrient mitigation in the county to support homing delivery. We also work with local partners to improve water efficiency and help the county adapt to the impacts of climate change on the water environment.

The Flood and Water Management team are currently looking for a Water Manager who will lead our programme of water management projects and shape a new programme of projects. You will be responsible for developing a strategy for nutrient neutrality to utilise millions of pounds of government grants and oversee the delivery of it. You will also be responsible for developing our vision for a sustainable, climate adapted water environment in Kent and help implement that vision. You will work closely with our partners and build and improve our relationships across this sector. Your expert opinion will impact on the development of key plans and strategies across the county to ensure that opportunities to manage water effectively are realised.

About You

As you will be working with a wide range of stakeholders and build partnerships with them, we expect you to have good networking and collaborative skills and be good at forming and maintaining relationships with both internal colleagues and external partners. You will be a strategic thinker, which you will use to develop a nutrient mitigation strategy, working with consultants and partners to prioritise projects for grant funding. You will apply your project management skills to a range of projects to ensure they are delivered on time and budget and achieve their objectives. You will apply your knowledge and experience of the water environment and understanding of water resource management to shape our vision for the environment, ensuring that the county is addressing the right priorities.

You will have a degree in a relevant environmental field and you will be confident dealing with technical details of water management and be capable of communicating technical matters clearly to a non-technical audience.

This post is considered by KCC to be a customer-facing position. The Council therefore has a statutory duty under Part 7 of the Immigration Act (2016) to ensure that post holders have a command of spoken English/Welsh sufficient for the effective performance of the job requirements. The appropriate standards are set out in the Job Description/Person Specification.

The closing date for applications is 24 June 2024. Interviews will be held in the week commencing 8 July 2024.

Contact Details

For an informal discussion about the role, please contact:

Max Tant - Flood and Water Manager

03000 413466

About the Company

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KCC is committed to building a workforce which reflects the diversity of the county’s working residents, encouraging applications from people of all ages, abilities, genders, sexual orientations, ethnic backgrounds, faiths and those with caring responsibilities, and aspires to create an inclusive workplace where everyone can be themselves at work.


Please note – if you are interested, please apply as soon as possible as the closing date for this advert may be earlier than stated should a number of suitably qualified candidates apply.

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