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Coastal risk management specialist

Job Profile

Mott MacDonald is a leading UK employee owned consultancy advising on the planning, development and ongoing provision of the full spectrum of coastal and estuarine related projects. We are currently working across the UK and overseas in the Caribbean, Dubai, Hong Kong, South Africa and India. We have extensive experience in assessing the issues arising on coasts and estuaries in order to produce viable, affordable and sustainable solutions. We provide our customers with a range of technical expertise in areas such as Coastal Risk management, delivering best practice for the management of flood and coastal erosion risks – Appraisal Guidance, Coastal science assessments of coastal processes, geomorphology, environmental enhancement, and living shorelines, and Shoreline Management Planning and Integrated Coastal Zone Management, and coastal engineering.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate, and take positive steps to create an inclusive culture.


Job Description

We are currently looking for a Coastal risk management specialist to join our Liverpool based team. This position represents a key addition to our well-established coastal specialists working as part of our Ports, Coastal and Offshore Business.
The role is focused on delivering technical excellence, and leading multi-disciplinary teams and guiding projects to successful delivery.
You will be an expert performer working closely with a range of coastal project teams; leading delivery, engaging with customers, developing new business, or contributing technical advice to project deliverables.

Responsibilities are project dependent and include but are not limited to:
  • Project Management for a portfolio of projects managing resources, programme, finances, deliverables and commercial matters.
  • Leading and contributing to the technical aspects of various strategic studies covering ICZM, SMP, Business Cases and process studies.
  • Knowledge of current UK best practice or international guidance for coastal risk management
  • Being engaged in business development processes from strategic targeting of opportunities, to ongoing customer engagement and delivering tenders to win.
  • Mentoring and developing staff through training and performance development reviews

Candidate Specification

The ideal successful candidate will demonstrate the following criteria:
  • A degree in Coastal Science, Civil/Coastal Engineering, Geography, Risk Management, Environmental Sciences or Economics. An MSc/MEng or MA is preferable
  • Chartered with the relevant professional institution is preferred
  • Excellent experience in successful project management of, and integration within, multidisciplinary project delivery teams
  • Good experience in a broad range of coastal strategy projects including ICZM, SMPs, Strategy Studies and Business Cases.
  • Knowledge of coastal and estuary processes
  • Knowledge of coastal flooding issues and coastal flood risk assessments
  • Experienced in economic assessments and cost benefit analysis
  • Knowledge of interacting with coastal numerical modelling teams
  • Experience of Stakeholder Engagement Planning, interacting with the Public and Third Parties, organising and facilitating engagement workshops, and being able to disseminate outcomes.
  • Understanding of hydrodynamic issues associated with the coastline including wave height development, wave run-up over-topping assessments etc.
  • Knowledge of interacting with environmental aspects i.e. EIA / SEA / AA an advantage
  • Knowledge of outline scheme development
  • Knowledge of coastal licensing and consents procedures
  • Extensive experience of report writing and an aptitude and desire to further develop these skills
  • Must have strong oral and written communication skills
  • Experience of bid preparation and business development
  • While we expect the role to be UK focussed, experience overseas would be an advantage. There are fantastic opportunities to develop your international experience further covering policy development, ICZM and SMP implementation, and coastal science assessments.
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