Senior or Principal Fluvial Geomorphologist

Are you ready to take the next step in your career? Do you want to do meaningful work that improves quality of life? At Tetra Tech, you will work with high-performing teams who are passionate about using their expertise to find solutions to complex problems in water, environment, infrastructure, resource management, energyand international development.

Tetra Tech is one of the largest and fastest growing environmental consultancies in the world (Ranked No.2 Globally Environment Analyst 2021) and in 2021, the Engineering News-Record (ENR) ranked Tetra Tech #1 in Water for the 18thyear in a row.


We currently have a number of positions to fill within our flood risk team due to ongoing growth with our existing client base as well as new project wins with new clients. We are seeking a Senior or Principal level Geomorphologist to support our flood risk team based ideally out of our Manchester or Leeds office, but other locations and grades would be considered for the right candidate.

Our team undertakes a variety of major and challenging infrastructure projects for the private and public sector, across a range of development sectors. We seek to provide integrated flood risk and drainage solutions incorporating state of the art design.

Our current flood risk portfolio includes outline business cases for local authorities such as the Shap flood alleviation scheme Cumbria County Council, schemes for the MOD defence portfolio and National Grid. We are embedded with a number of high-profile housing developers and support them from site inception through to masterplaining, design and construction on their flood risk challenges, including design of natural flood risk management solutions on the Manchester Northern Gateway partnership. We support Homes England on some of their largest commissions, including a technical advisory role for flood risk consenting on the York Central development and designer on the 4,000 home Attleborough Urban Extension project. Our varied client and project base provides our team with exciting challenges to continuingly improve their skills and knowledge across the sector. As a project leader, you will guide our teams and support our clients in the delivery of the portfolio as well as support bidding and proposition activity as we continue to grow the team.


We require an experienced individual of high calibre to lead projects for the flood risk and drainage teams at Tetra Tech across a range of activities,such as river, coastal and flood defence design, hydraulic modelling and hydrology assessment, fluvial geomorphology assessment, water framework direct assessments and the development of business cases. We work across a diverse range of clients delivering challenging infrastructure projects for the private and public sector.

Our projects can range in size from £10k commissions up to £100m schemes covering flood risk projects for defence, transport, local government, infrastructure, commercial, industrial and residential development.You will work independently and proactively on technical aspects from a projects inception, determining client briefs, to the delivery and close out of projects in accordance with best practice.

You will provide geomorphology support to our growing flood risk and water team in the form of fluvial geomorphology audits, support our infrastructure design teams in the assessment of geomorphology risks as well as undertake and lead Water Framework Directive assessments for our projects. You will also lead projects as a project manager and support junior colleagues throughout the delivery of projects, including client facing and leadership roles. You will instruct, supervise, and mentor junior staff in the design and management of schemes and work with clients to ensure delivery of projects to time and cost, and to help manage change. You will have the opportunity to help grow this service offering within the GB region through bid and proposition development, as well as work alongside our international world leading geomorphology teams.

We provide internal project management training as well as a structured learning and development platform including mentoring and coaching, CPD and training to ensure our staff are the best they can be to deliver excellence to our clients.

Whilst based in Manchester or Leeds, the projects are UK wide and some travel would be expected on occasion, including working outside normal office hours.

The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate some or all the requirements below:

  • Be an enthusiastic professional who likes a challenge
  • Want to work in a busy and growing team and have a desire to progress their career
  • Have experience in the delivery and leading fluvial geomorphology audits
  • Have experience in supporting the development of flood risk appraisals in accordance with the FCERM appraisal guidance
  • Have experience in delivering Water Framework Directive assessments at project appraisal and detailed design stages
  • Have an understanding of key environmental legislation
  • Have an understanding and experience in working with the NPPF
  • Experience in developing Natural Flood Management solutions
  • Experience in writing reports (including business cases) and presenting to internal and external partners
  • Experienced in working across and leading multidisciplinary teams to delivery projects efficiently and effectively, such as with hydraulic modellers and environmental consultants
  • Be educated to degree level or equivalent in a relevant field (such as Geography, Geomorphology or environmental science) and ideally or Chartered with the ICE, CIWEM or other relevant institution
  • Have experience in developing proposals
  • Have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, ability to work independently, a collaborative approach and a proven ability to deliver work on time
  • Have a commitment to encouraging good health and safety practices within the workplace and within design
  • Be a team player displaying enthusiasm, flexibility and versatility
  • Have the ability to mentor, encourage and support junior team members
  • Have a desire to build uponyour existing experience,continuing your professional development with Tetra Tech
  • Hold a full UK Driving License
  • Security Clearance to minimum SC level preferable (or be suitable and willing to apply for clearance essential).

About Tetra Tech:

Tetra Tech is a leading provider of high-end consulting and engineering services for projects worldwide. We combine the resources of a global, multibillion dollar company with local, client-focused delivery in more than 400 locations around the world. We are Leading with Science to provide sustainable and resilient solutions for our clients.

At Tetra Tech, we provide a collaborative environment that supports individual performance, innovation, and creativity. We are proud to offer competitive compensation and benefits

For more information on our company, please visit our website. To apply, please click the apply button.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Tetra Tech is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, transgender status, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.

We are veryhappy to discuss flexible working for this role, including the possibility of reduced hours, flexible start and finish times, or compressed hours. We can offer a range of solutions to help you to get the most out of your work / life balance.

Tetra Tech
Greater Manchester, England, UK