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Manx Utilities


Our organisation

We are a £100 million turnover organisation, with a dedicated team of 360 people; a diverse and highly skilled workforce, who are committed to providing high quality utility services to our customers.

Our purpose is to supply households, businesses, public and third sector agencies on the Isle of Man with high quality, reliable electricity, clean wholesome water, and a sewerage network and treatment system to take sewage and surface water away and return it safely to the environment. In addition we also provide natural gas transmission and telecommunications services.

Your position

• Your line manager is the Reservoirs & Water Systems Resilience Engineer

• You are responsible for: developing and implementing processes and the management of systems, processes and information to support water resource planning and river and sewerage asset management

• You will be based at Ballacottier and expected to work at any Manx Utilities' location

• You may be asked to undertake any other reasonable tasks, duties and initiatives within your capabilities

Closing date: Friday 5 March 2021

Your role…


Your salary and terms are analogous to Manx Electricity Grade 4 (salary scale £34,249.77 to £40,432.45 per annum).


Every job role supports the achievement of our key policies:

• Health & Safety

• People

• Environment

• Quality

• Assets

• Governance

Your core responsibilities

The main responsibilities of your job role include:

• Work with specifically-designed computer modelling packages to assess the most effective methods of managing available water in a particular area

• Analyse the effect of environmental changes on water flow

• Study the effects on flows brought about by changes in land use, such as afforestation or crop irrigation

• Plan responses to specific weather conditions, such as droughts and assess the impacts of such events on water catchments and supplies

• Undertake hydrological modelling to allow the development of a drought management strategy

• Assist in the planning of water resource development by forecasting and monitoring water usage and rainfall

• Estimate water yields, taking into account the utilisation of water in a specific natural drainage area ('catchment')

• Assess the relationship between rainfall, run off, and soil and rock features for the catchment

• Investigate factors affecting acidity, nitrate levels or other diffuse pollution of surface water

• Calculate and audit water resource systems and analyse this data

• Implement relevant regulations

• Deal with enquiries from external bodies and individuals specific to raw water supplies

• Provide project management consultancy in installing new river flow gauges

• Liaise with specialists, consultants and clients

• Provide feedback on drought and water resource plans produced by water companies

• Oversee data collection on-site

• Supervise the collection, processing and evaluation of data for water resource planning

• Apply hydrological and statistical techniques to water resource modelling and analysis

• Develop computer systems to improve the efficiency of data collection and analysis

• Keep up to date with new research and techniques in all areas of hydrology

Specialist Advice and Support

• Contribute specialist knowledge to assist with the development and delivery of Water Resources policy, strategy and standards

• Provide specialist support for internal teams and external partners in order to influence compliance with policy, legislation, and best practice ways of working. This may involve providing and presenting advice, conducting analyses, interpreting data and preparing or contributing to reports

• Commission expert modelling and analysis where necessary

Water Supply Resilience

• Participate in the supply resilience forum and attend regular meetings

• Contribute to the development of the water resource management plan. Commission and develop conceptual and computational models to enable quantification of drought risk, evaluation of supply resilience proposals, water stock balancing, use of water resources (e.g. hydro-generation, compensation flows)

• Understand and translate expert advice, data and information into evidence that can be used to inform and influence operational decisions affecting water supply resilience, including during drought events

Water Resources Information

• Management of hydrometric and hydrological systems (river & rain gauge networks)

• Management of hydrological and hydraulic models, processes & information

• Undertake hydrometric flow gauging along river transects to improve the reliability of flow estimation

Your knowledge, skills & experience

The attributes required for you to function effectively in your job role include:

• Awareness of, and compliance with, relevant health, safety and environmental legislation and Industry standards.

• Collaborative working and knowledge sharing

• Knowledge of UK industry river asset inspection and condition assessment, and hydrological and hydraulic data collection and analysis, methods and methodologies

• Knowledge of the water cycle, river morphology and channel processes, hydrology, open channel hydraulics, river maintenance and management, hydraulic modelling and flood mapping methods

• Practical understanding of IoM water, sewerage and flooding legislation, common law, policy and UK industry good practice

• Knowledge of asset management analytical methods and tools including investment appraisal and risk assessment

• 3 years' experience of drainage investigations & flooding studies including practical application of modelling software


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