Vacancy -- Technical Advisor - Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management

Recruitment Principles

The Welsh Government's recruitment processes are underpinned by the principle of selection for appointment on merit on the basis of fair and open competition as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s Recruitment Principles.

Vacancy Details

Economy, Skills and Natural Resources
Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management
HEO - £29,850 - £36,500
Full time (applications are welcome from people who work part time, as part of a job share or who work full time)
Pan Wales
'Pan Wales' means that the location in which the vacancy can be based is flexible, subject to the needs of the business. A list of the Welsh Government's offices can be found on our website ( Please note it may not always be possible to accommodate a preference for a specific office location, but requests will be taken into consideration.

Purpose of Post:

Flood and Coastal Risk Management Branch is located within Water and Flood Division and has a number of key areas of responsibility including the development and implementation of policy in relation to flood and coastal erosion risk management, the development and management of a significant programme to support these policy aims and the provision of technical advice and expertise on flood and coastal erosion risk.

Over the life of this Government, we will invest almost £300 million (including European funding) in flood and coastal erosion risk management in Wales protecting thousands of homes. An additional £150 million will be made available for coastal schemes through the Coastal Risk Management Programme from 2018.

Investment will be driven by a risk management approach as set out in our National Strategy for Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management in Wales. It follows the Flood and Water Management Act 2010 in advocating a move from building defences alone to a risk based approach with wider and more sustainable benefits.

The main purpose of the post is to support the Welsh Government flood programme by appraising business cases for flood and coastal erosion risk management schemes and ensure they are effectively monitored during and after completion. The post holder will provide technical advice to senior officials and Local Authorities to enable Welsh Government to support the delivery of the flood programme and the development of flood and coastal erosion risk management policy and the National Strategy.

The post holder would work alongside the existing programme and policy officials in the flood team and liaise with Welsh Government Finance Managers to ensure successful delivery.

They will appraise applications/schemes and provide additional technical support to the Coastal Risk Management Programme.

Key tasks:

  • To assess technical and economic appraisals of individual flood and coastal defence schemes
  • To monitor the preparation and progress of flood and coastal schemes to ensure compliance with programme and achievement of outcomes
  • Provide direction and guidance to local authorities on the grant application process.
  • To prepare technical guidance/advice for Senior Officials and support the Senior Technical Officer in the assessment of flood risk schemes and drafting business plans
  • To assist with the preparation/development of Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management policy
  • To work with local authorities and coastal groups to deliver the Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management programme, innovative finance (coastal) programme, Shoreline Management action plans, and other initiatives.
  • Collection of robust information to demonstrate financial, equality and environmental compliance.
  • Ensure that the programme follows a risk management approach as set out in the National Strategy for Flood & Coastal Erosion Management in Wales.
  • Seek out opportunities for partnership funding and multiple benefits for schemes within the programme. Examples may include regeneration, transport and utilities infrastructure, tourism, job creation and environmental improvements. 
  • The post-holder will not be responsible for direct line management to commence. However, the opportunity exists for line-management.
  • Assist with programme and budget management reporting.

Development opportunities:

The post provides the opportunity for staff with technical/engineering experience to move into this important area of work.   The challenge of the post will be to develop, maintain and apply specialist expertise while considering the technical, social, economic and environmental aspects of flood and coastal risk management schemes. It offers the opportunity to work with external organisations across Wales to develop and implement the flood and coastal programme and to represent Welsh Government at stakeholder groups. There will also be an opportunity to be involved in policy development work. Support in pursuing relevant training and development opportunities will be given.

Closing Date:

26/02/2020, 16:00

Disability Confident

Welsh Government accepts the social definition of disability, in which it is recognised that barriers in society act to disable people who have impairments or health conditions or who use British Sign Language. We are committed to removing barriers so that all (or potential new staff) can perform at their best. The Equality Act 2010 uses the medical definition of disability (“a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term impact on a person’s ability to carry out normal day to day activities”).

We guarantee to interview anyone who is disabled whose application meets the minimum criteria for the post. By ‘minimum criteria’ we mean that you must provide us with evidence in your application which demonstrates that you generally meet the level of competence for the role and any qualifications, skills or experience defined as essential. We are committed to the employment and career development of disabled people.

If you have an impairment or health condition, or use British Sign Language and need to discuss reasonable adjustments for any part of this recruitment process, or wish to discuss how we will support you if you were to be successful, please email as soon as possible and a member of the team will contact you to discuss your requirements and any questions you may have.

Welsh Language Requirements

The Welsh Government is a bilingual organisation and Welsh language skills are considered an asset to the organisation. We encourage and support staff to learn, develop and use their Welsh language skills in the workplace. 

The following list of language requirements represents an objective assessment by the line manager on behalf of the Welsh Government of the Welsh language skills required to undertake the duties of this particular post.

Not necessary to undertake the duties of this post

Competencies / Job Specific Criteria

Job Specifics

  1. It is essential to possess an appropriate and relevant qualification related to civil engineering, coastal or flood risk management. It would be desirable for the candidate to be or aspire to be a member of an appropriate professional body.
  2. The ability to demonstrate technical/engineering experience relevant to infrastructure or land management projects.
  3. The ability to demonstrate an understanding of the principles of the project appraisal process relating to engineering solutions.


1. Setting Direction – Making Effective Decisions

Recognise patterns and trends in a wide range of evidence/data and draw key conclusions, outlining costs, benefits, risks and potential responses

2. Engaging People – Collaborating and Partnering -

Establish relationships with a range of stakeholders to support delivery of business outcomes

3. Delivering Results - Delivering at Pace -

Plan ahead but reassess workloads and priorities if situations change or people are facing conflicting demands

4. Setting Direction - Seeing the Bigger Picture -

Be alert to emerging issues and trends which might impact or benefit own and team’s work

Assessment Process

Applicants will be sifted and successful applicants will be invited to attend an interview.

Other Information

Tom McLean - - 0300 025 8244

How to apply

All applications for this vacancy should be made online via the Welsh Government's online application system.  If you have a disability which would prevent you from applying on-line, please e-mail to request an application pack in an alternative format, or to request a reasonable adjustment related to a disability in order to submit your application.

To apply, you'll need to have an account on our online application system.  Click the 'Apply' button below, and you'll be asked to 'Log in' if you already have an account, or 'Register' if you don't yet have an account.  Registration takes just a few minutes to complete.  You'll need an e-mail address to be able to register.  Once you've registered for an account and logged in, you'll be taken to the online application form, which you'll need to fully complete and submit before the deadline on the closing date.  

If you’d like to apply for this vacancy in Welsh, please use the ‘Newid Iaith / Change Language’ link at the top of this page, to take you to the Welsh version of this advert, from which you can apply in Welsh.

For further information regarding the Welsh Government recruitment process, please see the Recruitment Guidance for External Candidates (link).

When evidencing your suitability for the post, it is recommended that you refer to the Civil Service Competency Framework (link)