30+ days ago


Anglian Water has created a new deliver enterprise - the Strategic Pipeline Alliance (SPA). The projects purpose is to 'Make the East of England resilient to the effects of drought'. Achieving our purpose will ensure the security of water supply for future generations, over decades to come.


By delivering a smart and resilient transfer system through the delivery of Pipelines, Pumping Stations and associated structures, we will be capable of delivering large scale strategic assets and complex systems to our current asset base by ensuring that these are digitally enabled.


Essential to contributing to our ambitious and exciting ambitions is our ability to gather, manage and analyse information of our region’s geography to ensure we make innovative and smart decisions. With this in mind, we are looking for a Agricultural Liaison Officer. 


This role is for our Strategic Pipeline Alliance (SPA) with Anglian Water, based in Peterborough.


Costain helps to improve people’s lives by deploying technology-based engineering solutions to meet urgent national needs across the UK’s energy, water and transportation infrastructures.



What will you be doing as our new Agricultural Liaison Officer (ALO)


As our Agricultural Liaison Officer, you will play a key role in the successful delivery of the SPA programme.  Reporting into Site Agents and construction Managers you will be liaising with our third-party stakeholders such as landowners, farmers and the Environment Agency.  Your role will be essential in communicating project and construction requirements to the landowners and feeding back landowner information to the project team whilst sharing your knowledge and experience in all operations relating to soil management and drainage.   


Key responsibilities:

  • Liaise with third party stakeholders regarding land and land drainage matters. E.g. IDBs, Environment Agency, landowners, tenant farmers.
  • Carry out and organise with project team pre-entry record of condition of fields including identification of existing drainage issues.
  • Carryout pre entry agreements with landowners in conjunction with Lands team.
  • Follow up on requests from landowners for existing land drainage drawings to assist with new project drainage design.
  • Discuss accommodation works with landowners – e.g water troughs for stock, irrigation pipework, fencing etc
  • Assist the project team in discussions with IDB about flume pipe crossing points, including installation, maintenance and removal
  • During construction ALOs need to inform landowners about construction matters and project requirements. 
  • Excellent at reading construction drawings and previous experience essential for this.
  • Assist the construction team in all matters regarding land access. 
  • Assist the project team with boundary removal and reinstatement.
  • Ensure land drainage sub-contractors workmanship conform to industry standards and specifications whilst adhering to SPA’s health, safety, environmental and quality procedures.

A little bit about your skills, experience and behaviours….

You will be an engaging individual with extensive experience in drainage design and installation together with good soil management expertise in challenging terrain and conditions. Your enthusiasm and can-do attitude will encourage innovation and inspire people to get the job done proven by your ability to advise project team and third-party drainage designers. 


Your passion for this role though will be evident in your excellent communication skills and your ability to build strong relationships with the project teams and external stakeholders. 


A great opportunity to work with a fantastic team and deliver the best solution to our customers

The SPA Alliance. Building Resilience. Building Pipelines. Building career aspirations.


As part of SPA’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, we are challenging ourselves to address and remove unconscious bias within our recruitment and selection process. Initial reviews of CV’s and applications forms are anonymised and not issued to the hiring manager.


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Why work for us?


Talent comes in many different guises. At Costain we recognise this and work with employees to take them where they want to go rather than where we think they should go. We are fully committed to creating a safe place to work, where everyone can be at their best, every day. A workplace where everyone can be their true self, feel valued and understood for who they are and what makes them unique.


As a mark of our progress we were named as a Times Top 50 Employer for Women in 2018 and again in 2019. In addition to this, we have won various awards, including IChemE Diversity and Inclusion, Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Employer of the year and a Business in the Community (BITC) Game Changer award. Manchester and London Pride parades are now established dates in the Costain calendar, and we are proud to be a Stonewall diversity champion. We are a member of Working Families, an early signatory to the BITC Race Charter and a Disability Confident Committed employer. 


Costain value that everyone is different and by being different, our people can bring their own valuable contribution to the business. Creating an inclusive culture makes us more able to recruit, retain and progress a diverse workforce, increasing employee engagement and experiencing higher levels of wellbeing.


Our employee benefits


We’re dedicated to providing a broad range of rewards and benefits. As well as a competitive salary, our employees enjoy a comprehensive core benefits package which includes:


  • Group Pension Plan, to help you save for the future
  • Employee Assistance Programme, to help employees and their families balance the pressures of work and home life
  • Incentive payments to recognise high-performance
  • Life assurance, to help protect your loved ones financially
  • Funded membership to a professional Institute
  • Private healthcare and dental packages
  • Salary sacrifice cycle to work scheme
  • Volunteering days, so you can give back to your local community
  • Save as You Earn (SAYE) scheme, that lets you save towards buying shares in Costain


Costain, and the Armed Forces


We actively encourage applications from candidates who have a relationship with the armed forces community whether as a currently serving member or reservist, ex-military or wounded personnel or as a member of a service family.


Right to Work & Security Checks


Understandably given the nature of our business, everyone who is employed at Costain must undergo thorough referencing checks. We will need different information depending on the job we have offered you. For all roles, we'll carry out a criminal record check and we’ll ask to see evidence that you have the legal right to work in the UK. You may be required to obtain and maintain security clearance of at least Security Check level (or SC clearance). To satisfy the requirements, you will need to have been a legal UK resident for a minimum of 5 years and have successfully complete all stages of the vetting process.


Closing date


Please note that Costain reserves the right to bring forward the closing date of any of its job vacancies if we receive a suitable number of quality applications from which to make a shortlist. Therefore, we recommend at you apply as soon as possible rather than wait until the published closing date.