2 days/week at home

A little flex time – We’re happy to talk flexible working and how we can support your responsibilities beyond the workplace. We offer a range of options depending on your role, so please discuss this with your recruiter.

Job Description

Mott MacDonald

Position location: Cambridge, Leeds, Brighton, Sheffield.
Recruiter contact: Hayley Alexander

We’re a global engineering, management, and development consultancy.
Our purpose is to improve society by considering social outcomes in everything we do, relentlessly focusing on excellence and digital innovation, transforming our clients’ businesses, our communities and employee opportunities.

A fundamental part of this is respecting each person’s differences and striving to meet their needs.

We are proud to be a one of Glassdoor’s top employers to work for in the UK, as well as being recognised as a Top Inclusive Company in the UK.

Our values: Progress, Respect, Integrity, Drive, Excellence.

About the division
The Water Consultancy Division is the centre of excellence within Mott MacDonald for responding to water and wastewater challenges, providing support to colleagues across our global business, and offering fantastic opportunities to get involved in diverse and technically challenging work.

Climate change, aging assets, and population growth place increasing pressure on our water and wastewater assets. Our highly successful water consultancy business is servicing ever-increasing demands from water sector clients to help deliver ambitious capital programmes. The work we do is at the forefront of ensuring safe water supplies for future generations and protecting our environment.

With sustainability, social impacts, digitalisation, and carbon reduction in mind, our diverse and multi-disciplinary teams work together to provide a variety of services throughout the full project life-cycle, from advisory services and feasibility studies, through outline and detailed design, to construction support and site supervision.

As a hydrogeologist, you will be part of a large team of water resources and flood risk specialists, supporting and learning from our teams of asset planners and river, dam, pipeline and treatment engineers as they deliver a wide range of services for UK and international clients. Our groundwater experts work on a variety of projects for diverse clients, delivering services in public water supply, borehole construction, construction dewatering, groundwater quality, abstraction impact assessments, environmental impact assessment, groundwater modelling, catchment conceptualisation and management.

Your input will help our project teams and clients to deliver complex multidisciplinary projects, resulting in strategic decisions and engineering solutions that you can be proud of. Whether it is minimising the impacts of abstraction on the environment, or ensuring the longevity of groundwater assets, your work will bring lasting benefits to local communities and the environment around the world.

You will be responsible for:

  • Provision of technical advice across a wide range of groundwater topics including groundwater resources, borehole construction and monitoring, groundwater quality, Water Framework Directive, geo-environmental and groundwater risk assessments.
  • Contribution to bid and proposal writing across water resources, environmental and engineering sectors.
  • Analysing data using tools such as ArcGIS, QGIS, Python, Microsoft Excel
  • Producing high quality reports for clients

Alongside your technical role, you will have the opportunity to develop your skills in project management and business development through engaging with our clients.

Mott MacDonald combines heritage, vision and values into an ethos that encourages innovative thinking and career progression, whether technical, management or commercial/client-facing. With us, you will have control of your own career path and technical direction, which we will support by giving you the opportunities to work on diverse projects and to challenge the technical direction of our work.

We are looking for someone with great team spirit to become an integral part of our Water Resources and Flooding sub-sector, which brings together a wealth of knowledge and experience in hydrology, hydrogeology, water quality, catchment management, hydraulic modelling, flood risk, computational fluid dynamics and associated disciplines.

Essential criteria:

  • Degree level qualification in hydrogeology, geology, geography, mathematics, civil engineering, or other related discipline
  • Good communication and written skills
  • Well organised and able to prioritise your own workload with minimal supervision
  • Logical and pragmatic approach to problem solving, attention to detail and an ambition to innovate
  • Understand the importance of prioritising health, safety and environmental issues

Desirable criteria:

  • Post graduate level qualification in hydrogeology, water resources management or other related discipline.
  • Professional consultancy experience in water resources and hydrogeology
  • Recently attained or working towards chartership with an appropriate professional body (e.g. BGS, ICE, CIWEM).
  • Knowledge of groundwater modelling software e.g. MODFLOW
  • Knowledge of using ArcGIS, QGIS and Python

If you meet 80% or more of what we’re looking for, please still apply. Not everyone will meet all the requirements, but you might have skills we didn’t know we need.

We are actively recruiting a diverse workforce that is reflective of the communities we serve. We recognise that differences in ability, skills and experience are a strength and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds.

Equality, diversity, and inclusion

We put equality, diversity, and inclusion at the heart of our business, seeking to promote fair employment procedures and practices to ensure equal opportunities for all. We encourage individual expression in our workplace and are committed to creating an inclusive environment where everyone feels they can contribute.


We want you to perform your best at every stage in the recruitment process. If you are disabled or need any support to enable you to apply or attend an interview, please contact us at reasonable.adjustments@mottmac.com and we will talk to you about how we can support you.

Agile working

Happy to talk Flexible Working and how we can support your responsibilities beyond the workplace.

We offer some fantastic benefits including:

Health and wellbeing

  • Private medical insurance for all UK colleagues.
  • Health cash plan to support you with every day health costs and treatments.
  • Access to Peppy, providing free support from menopause experts for all UK colleagues.
  • A variety of wellbeing support is available through our comprehensive wellbeing program, including access for you and your family.
  • Ability to flex your salary to opt into a wide range of health benefits, many of which can be extended to your family too.

Financial wellbeing

  • We match employee pension contributions between 4.5% and 7%.
  • Life assurance equal up to 4 x your basic salary, with an option to increase the level of cover to 6 x your salary.
  • Our income protection scheme provides a financial benefit, as well as absence and return to work support due to long-term illness or injury.
  • Flexible benefits, including increased life assurance cover, critical illness insurance, payroll saving and will writing.
  • As an independently owned business we share the financial success of the business with all our colleagues in various ways including annual bonus schemes.


  • A minimum of 33-35 days holiday each year, inclusive of public holidays and dependent on level, with the ability to buy or sell leave through our flexible benefits programme.
  • Holiday entitlement increased to a minimum of 35 days after 5 years’ service.
  • Variety of employee saving schemes and discounts from high-street retailers.

Enhanced family and carers leave

  • Enhanced family leave policies, including 26 weeks paid maternity and adoption leave, and two weeks paid paternity/partner leave.
  • Our shared parental leave matches maternity leave meaning we pay up to 24 weeks at full pay.
  • Up to five additional days leave are provided for those with significant caring responsibilities, two of which are paid.

Learning and development

  • Primary annual professional institution subscription.
  • A broad range of opportunities to enhance both technical and soft skills through mentoring, formal training, and self-development options.

Networks, communities, and social outcomes

  • Join a wide range of groups including our Advanced Employee Networks which support our LGBTQ+, gender, race and ethnicity, disability, and parents/carers communities.
  • Make a difference within our communities through our social outcomes.

Apply now, or for more information about our application process, click here.

Company benefits

Open to part-time employees
Adoption leave – 26 weeks full pay
Open to part time work for some roles
Buddy scheme
Flexible working week
Enhanced sick pay
Dental coverage
Compassionate leave
Health assessment
Eye Care Support – Eyecare vouchers
Private GP service – Private Medical care for all UK staff
Season ticket loan
Theme park discounts
Religious celebration leave
Buy or sell annual leave
Accrued annual leave
Caregiver Leave
Enhanced maternity leave – 26 weeks
Enhanced paternity leave – 2 weeks
Shared parental leave – We match up to 24 weeks full pay
Pregnancy loss leave
Tax-free childcare
In office yoga classes
Cycle to work scheme
Faith rooms
Salary sacrifice
Life assurance
Annual pay rises
Pension match/increase
Life insurance
Annual bonus
Income protection
Employee discounts
Professional subscriptions – We pay for your primary professional annual subscription
Lunch and learns
Employee assistance programme
L&D budget
Teambuilding days
More information needed
More information needed
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Work-life balance
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Role modelling
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Working at Mott MacDonald

Company employees

18,000 worldwide

Gender diversity (male:female)


Office locations

UK Wide; London, Croydon, Birmingham, Derby, Altrincham, Manchester, Whitehaven, Newcastle, Middlesbrough, Durham, Bristol, Southampton, Reading, Cambridge, Peterborough, Brighton, Norwich, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Inverness, Cardiff, Newport, Exeter, Leicester, Leeds, Skipton, York

Hiring Countries

United Kingdom

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