Senior Flood Engineering Consultant- Sr. Staff Engineering Specialist

Location US-MA-Norwood
Job ID
# Positions
Work Location
Works from an office location
Employee Type
Engineering - Engineering

Overview - External

FM Global is a leading property insurer of the world's largest businesses, providing more than one-third of FORTUNE 1000-size companies with engineering-based risk management and property insurance solutions. FM Global helps clients maintain continuity in their business operations by drawing upon state-of-the-art loss-prevention engineering and research; risk management skills and support services; tailored risk transfer capabilities; and superior financial strength. To do so, we rely on a dynamic, culturally diverse group of employees, working in more than 100 countries, in a variety of challenging roles.


Responsibilities - External

FM Global’s Engineering Standards group, headquartered in Norwood, MA, USA, develops the technical information needed for our field engineers to understand, communicate and mitigate the hazards present in our clients’ businesses and properties. We do this by working with industry experts both within and outside FM Global.


As Engineering Standards continues to develop and enhance its construction and natural hazards knowledge related to flood exposures, the candidate for this position (Staff Engineering Specialist) will be responsible for the support of ongoing development of several construction-related standards, providing consul to field engineers, and participation in professional groups and organizations.


The core technical areas covered by the position include experience in hydrology and hydraulics (H+H), in the evaluation of flood exposures resulting from storm water, riverine, and coastal sources; field reconnaissance techniques for site evaluations at domestic and international locations; fluency in GIS software; and experience with operation of customary software / understanding of manuals (HEC-HMS, HEC-RAS, SWMM, ACES, CEM, or equivalent international software).


Main responsibilities include the ability to 

· Evaluate and understand large (research) scale H+H studies; and perform small (in-house) scale H+H analysis. 

· Apply location specific details and operate flood modelling software to provide location specific guidance to Operations Flood Specialists in timely fashion.

· Understand the design impact of flood levels and suggest customized design criteria (building, structural and geotechnical), ideally due to past experience working for design firms.

· Support Operations Flood Specialists during project specification stage and preliminary meetings with design firms.

· Support Operations Flood Specialists answer very specific questions from design firms. 

· Write technical specifications with proper terminology used and understood by the design industry.

Developing and maintaining data sheets (including facilitating support teams) is a core task for the Engineering Standards department, and consequently, the person hired for this position will also spend time on the following responsibilities:


· Acting as a technical resource, providing company-wide leadership in the area of flood, and guidance and support to Field Operations and Client Service Teams by answering their questions and visiting various domestic and international sites.


· Monitoring and understanding technical developments and trends within the professional flood community and their impact on FM Global’s business model. This includes forging links with industry and discipline specific organizations.


· Being a spokesperson within FM Global, as well as with clients, and representing FM Global externally at engineering conferences, seminars, committees, and within professional organizations such as Association of State Flood Plain Managers, National Hydrologic Warning Council, and International Association for Hydraulic Research.


· Developing technical solutions for hazard and risk identification and mitigation, working jointly with other FM Global departments, including Research, FM Approvals, and Underwriting.


· Helping to develop and deliver training materials to operations personnel in conjunction with Enterprise Learning and other department colleagues.


The selected candidate will join the Engineering Standards team reporting directly to the

Construction & NatHaz Section Manager.

Qualifications - External


Bachelor's degree in engineering or applied science or equivalent and Engineering Master's degree or equivalent preferred. Degrees or education related to water resources/coastal engineering are highly desirable.



10+ years engineering experience, with a significant portion being related to riverine and coastal flood engineering.


The ideal candidate has the following technical knowledge, skills and characteristics:

· Strong background and experience in preparation of flood studies gathered from consulting and or preparation of FEMA flood maps and reports.

· Experience or sufficient education/background to quickly become knowledgeable in the following topics:

o Application of expertise to assist in the evaluation of economic consequences of flooding on insured locations.

o  Leverage existing data and information for the formulation of flood emergency response plans.

o Ability to provide flood and wave loads for evaluation of waterfront structures such as wharfs, piers, and armored embankments.

o Laboratory testing of hydraulic and coastal loading.

· Licensed professional engineer (PE) or international equivalent.


Other critical knowledge, skills and characteristics:

· Superior project management skills

· Strong oral and written communication skills and the ability to work with others in various disciplines

· Strong presentation skills

· Good listening and interpersonal skills

· Effective negotiation and persuasion skills

· Persistence

· Strong analytical thinking with logical application

· Decisive problem-solving skills

· Efficient time management

· Ability to work with minimal supervision