Principal Reservoir Engineer
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Location: Not Specified

Closing Date: 15/02/2022

Salary: £38,000 to £43,000 pa

Contract Type: Permanent

Department: Engineering

Weekly Hours: 37

We are looking for a Chartered Civil Engineer to support the statutory management and supervision of 19 reservoirs in Scotland and delivery of reservoir and canal engineering projects. Membership of the Reservoir Supervising Engineers panel (or working towards membership) is essential.  

Ideally, the role will be based in our Inverness or Glasgow offices, although hybrid working arrangements and flexibility will form part of normal working practices.   

Reporting to our Technical Manager (Reservoirs) the Principal Reservoir Engineer will support the delivery of reservoir projects, primarily for implementation of ‘Measures in the Interests of Safety’, to time/cost/quality standards.

They will also assist with the management and delivery of Scottish Canals’ wider portfolio of projects across Scotland, as a key member of the Engineering Team in the inspection, maintenance and upgrade of a wide range of canal structures. The role will help deliver innovative solutions which conserve and enhance the heritage and environment of the inland waterway network, supporting Scottish Canals’ aims to improve safety and increase the number of people using our canals and reservoirs.

The role will also include the following;

Principal Inspection of major canal structures to asset inspection programme.

Provision of engineering support for 3rd party works on Scottish Canals’ land.

Liaison with a wide range of stakeholders across the public and private sectors.

The role is offered on a permanent basis and attracts a salary of circa £38,000 pa to £43,000 pa, based on relevant experience.  The post is Monday to Friday, 37 hours per week, with travel required across all Scottish Canals’ locations.

Scottish Canals also offers flexible working, a generous annual leave entitlement of 34 days rising to 39 after 5 years (inc. public holidays), along with enhanced company sick pay, discounted shopping vouchers, and a contributory pension scheme with up to a 10% employer contribution.

Skills & Experience Required:

  • Degree in Civil Engineering.
  • Chartered status (ICE, CIWEM, or equivalent).
  • Previous experience in a similar role.
  • Knowledge of the Reservoirs (Scotland) Act 2011, Health and Safety legislation, and the CDM Regulations.
  • Ability to make appropriate assessment of Health and Safety risks and mitigation;
  • Good standard of written communication and proven ability to present technical data to non-technical audiences.
  • High standard of technical competency and accuracy of information provided to others.
  • Ability to consult, influence and support teams outside of the engineering function, through the provision of technical advice and guidance.  
  • Valid driving licence is essential.
  • Analysis of information to make technical judgements and recommendations to ensure the risks attached to SC assets are managed and defined standards are met.
  • Use of professional knowledge and experience to provide definitive recommendations to senior managers and other colleagues on technical issues. Also coaching the team on more complex cases.
  • Interpretation of statutory requirements and adaption of processes to take account of these.
  • Experience of GIS or mapping systems would be beneficial.


This position is now closed. We are no longer accepting applications for this position.