At HR Wallingford, we design smart, resilient solutions across the natural and built environments to help everyone live and work more sustainably with water. By harnessing research, data insights and the power of our collective expertise, we help the world to better understand the changing influence and impact of water.

We are recruiting for a Principal Dams Engineer within our thriving Flood and Water Management Group, where you will help shape the leadership of our ambitious Dams Asset Management & Sediments (DAMS) team. Drawing upon your wealth of experience in the UK reservoir industry, you'll play a pivotal role in the intricate landscape of dam and reservoir engineering.

As a key contributor to our team, your expertise extends across several of the various domains relevant to this team, including hydrology, geotechnics, flood control, hydropower, water supply, risk assessment, and asset management. Collaborate with a diverse team of civil engineers, numerical modellers, and software developers, all committed to crafting innovative solutions for the most complex challenges in the field.

Beyond your core responsibilities, this role offers a unique opportunity to actively engage in, and even lead, ground-breaking research, and development projects. This not only adds depth to your professional journey but also fuels the growth of our business and the dam safety industry.

Key qualifications and skills

  • A degree in civil engineering, hydrology, or geotechnical engineering;
  • Current appointment to the Supervising Engineers Panel;
  • Experience of working in the UK reservoir industry;
  • Chartered Status (CEng);
  • At least 10 years of professional experience related to dams and reservoirs;
  • Knowledge of the UK Reservoirs Act 1975 and key industry guidance documents;
  • Proven project management skills for studies, design or construction projects;
  • An inquisitive nature and interest in leading research and development projects related to dam safety;
  • Successful bid writing and business development experience;
  • Experience of managing teams;
  • Ability to work collaboratively with multi-disciplinary teams;
  • Excellent inter-personal and client liaison skills;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English.

Join us, and you'll be challenged to be exceptional. Take ownership of your career with the support of mentors, managers, and colleagues, and we'll provide exciting opportunities for growth and professional development. Work on prestigious water-related projects, explore different cultures, and meet diverse individuals who, like you, share our ambition to deliver lasting value, contributing to sustainable water initiatives that prioritise societal welfare and make a meaningful impact beyond corporate interests. 

Why choose us?

  • Exceptional Benefits: Enjoy a defined contribution pension scheme with a minimum 10% employer contribution (matched up to an additional 5%), 25 days of holiday plus bank holidays, life insurance, and health insurance providing dental/optical cash back.
  • Inclusive Culture: Our commitment to equality, diversity, and inclusion is embedded in our core values.
  • Inspiring the Next Generation: We are passionate about inspiring the next generation of engineers and scientists.
  • Reach Your Full Potential: We invest in our people, offering a chance to make a real impact from day one.
  • Work-Life Balance: We understand the importance of a healthy work-life balance. While many roles are advertised as full-time, we are open to exploring flexible working arrangements, including part-time, remote and hybrid working options.
  • Salary Range: £51,000 - £70,000 dependant on experience

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How to apply

If you are excited about this role but unsure whether you’re the right fit, we encourage you to apply. We’re also happy to answer any questions by emailing

Interested? Please apply providing your CV with covering letter. 

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HR Wallingford are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity in our workplace. We do not discriminate, and work to create an inclusive culture across our business.

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