Senior Coastal Engineer

Job Title: Senior Coastal Engineer
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Gloucester
Salary: Competitive
Contact Name: Cecilia Freeman
Contact Email: recruitment@tidallagoonpower.com
Job Published: March 06, 2017 10:08

Job Description

Tidal Lagoon Power (TLP) is leading the development of tidal lagoon technology within the UK. Initially focussed on the development of the world’s first tidal lagoon at Swansea Bay (a 320MW scheme), TLP has now started the development phase for a programme of five further lagoons. It aims to bring sustainability, reliability and long-term security to the UK energy mix.

In tandem with this, TLP’s vision is to enhance biodiversity (have a net positive effect) alongside the generation of clean energy through its Ecosystems Enhancement Programme (EEP).

Key to the success of the enterprise is the quality and professionalism of the engineers (and other individuals) it hires, as they will be vital to achieving TLP’s goal of driving forward the development of truly world leading innovative solutions in order to meet the UK’s future energy needs.

TLP’s engineering team provide the engineering input across all relevant work areas (Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Hydraulic Engineering, Coastal Engineering etc.) to enable the achievement of TLP’s goal.

Purpose of the role:

Tidal lagoons will change and/or reduce intertidal areas, both within the lagoon area and possibly adjacent to the lagoon. As a result, TLP will need to mitigate and compensate for this and intends to do this via the EEP. Hence a key appointment for TLP is that of a Senior Coastal Engineer who will work at the Head Office in Gloucester.

We are looking for a Senior Engineer with significant technical experience to lead the engineering and design team in support of the EEP, the strategic objectives for which include:

Restoring and creating new wetland sites, which maximise biodiversity and affords opportunities for climate adaptation, flood protection, recreation, tourism and education.

Supporting restoration efforts for migratory and resident fish and birds (e.g. barrier removal).

Delivering enhancement initiatives for relevant features listed under the Habitats Directive, IUCN Red List species and UK BAP priority species.

Enabling changes in land management practices to support biodiversity and water quality improvements.

Key responsibilities & accountabilities:

Your key responsibility will be to represent the company as the client and provide coastal/fluvial and general engineering Leadership to the engineering and EEP teams in the Gloucester office, particularly in the context of habitat creation and restoration.

Work responsibilities will include:

  • Defining the Employer’s engineering requirements for the EEP projects.
  • Leading, managing and coordinating the engineering design process as well as the eventual construction process for the EEP projects, this will be done both by developing in-house expertise and through external consultants.
  • Developing and reviewing concept designs for these projects.
  • Oversee the execution of reports, surveys, detailed studies, as well as provide advice on technical issues at an in-depth level within their own area of expertise and have an understanding of a broad range of related topics.
  • Managing the Consultants contract as the Employer’s Representative· During the engineering design phase for the project; undertake the duties of the Project Manager.
  • Ensure that the design will be fit for purpose from an environmental, technical, contractual and future owner/operator perspective.
  • Preparation of tenders, advice on the tender process, adjudication and appointment of contractors.
  • Prepare budgets and programmes and check compliance to these both for design and construction.
  • Providing assistance and advice to TLP regarding operations & maintenance and asset management of proposed schemes.
  • Ensuring that the contractors and suppliers comply with their contractual requirements with respect to engineering design.
  • Cooperate and liaise with planners, a broad range of environmental specialists, authorities, NGO’s , etc to optimise the potential of these projects.
  • Act as mentor for TLP’s junior engineers to ensure they develop appropriate skills and experience based on available opportunities.

Skills, capabilities & knowledge:

You will have a university degree and practical experience in either civil, maritime or environmental engineering.

Specifically, you will have:

  • Broad, practical engineering experience probably from a consulting background.
  • Proven hands-on experience with major civil/marine/hydraulic projects; preferably including both design, construction and/or O&M/asset management, or a combination of these.
  • Multi-disciplinary project experience, with specific involvement of environmental regeneration projects. Experience with leading and directing multi-million pound projects.
  • Preferably hold a MEng/MSc degree.
  • Chartered engineer status.
  • Excellent communication, presentation and interpersonal skills.
  • Comfortable communicating with all levels of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Excellent leadership, facilitation and project management skills, and be a team player
  • Proven experience with applicable engineering standards and commercial contract conditions
  • Mentoring experience
  • Highly organised
  • Self-motivated and willing to learn new skills and knowledge


If you would like to apply for this role please send your CV with a one page covering letter to: recruitment@tidallagoonpower.com. No agencies please.

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