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Senior Marine and Coastal Process Specialist- ABPmer

About us

We are ABPmer, a marine consultancy and survey company that specialises in understanding one of the most complex environments on earth.

Involved in the offshore wind industry since the start, we have completed assessments for most UK OWFs, along with tidal power and other marine renewable projects here and overseas.

We work across all marine sectors for all kinds of clients, with a diverse portfolio of projects and services; no two projects are the same and no two days are the same.

Known for our technical ability, professionalism, and service excellence, we have been helping clients sustainably manage, operate and develop in the marine environment for nearly 75 years. We know our service excellence is due to our staff and offer a training and development programme focused on continuous learning and career progression.

Discover more about us.


Working predominantly on marine energy projects, you will join a team of specialists supporting clients through the analysis and interpretation of marine and coastal data; producing environmental impact assessments, seabed mobility studies and other physical process and metocean assessments.

You will also be working on other sector projects including port and coastal infrastructure, pipelines and cables, marine aggregates, and habitat creation.


We are looking for a coastal process specialist (consultant or senior consultant) who is confident in applying their technical expertise to the quantification and assessment of morphological and hydrodynamic changes, sediment transport and wave analysis. An understanding of water and / or sediment quality would also be beneficial.

  • Delivering coastal / physical process and environmental impact assessments
  • Producing seabed mobility studies and bathymetric change analysis
  • Contributing to internal research and development initiatives
  • Preparing and contributing to the proposal / tendering process
  • Project management and client engagement

Skills and experience

You have:

  • A background in physical oceanography and the assessment of physical processes in marine, coastal and estuarine environments
  • A degree (and preferred, a postgraduate degree) in a relevant discipline
  • Relevant marine experience in a consultancy, developer organisation or regulatory background
  • You are efficient, highly organised, self-motivated and work collaboratively in a commercial technical organisation, and are skilled in the following:
  • Collation and interpretation of marine or coastal data and information
  • Application of coastal, estuarine and shelf sea oceanographic processes knowledge and understanding when completing assessments
  • Analysis and presentation of physical process data including use of GIS, MATLAB or other programming / scripting
  • Numerical modelling of wave, hydrodynamic or sediment transport (preferable) processes
  • Report writing, presentation and communication
  • Project management
  • Written and oral communication with a range of internal and external clients / stakeholders

Career development

Our success depends on our people performing at their highest level. That is why staff learning and development is the cornerstone of working at ABPmer.

We are committed to ensuring every colleague has access to learning and training tools, enabling them to grow in their role and support their career development.


Our offices are based at Town Quay in Southampton, with fantastic views overlooking Southampton Water.

We recognise the importance of a good work-life balance and offer flexible, hybrid working. Remote working may also be considered.


As well as a generous leave, salary and pension package, we know there is more to life than work. That’s why our working practices and benefits are based on supporting your well-being so you can enjoy your time in and out of work.

Equal opportunities

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or disability status.

We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.


ABPmer is part of Associated British Ports Holdings Limited; please apply via the link below, which will take you to Associated British Ports


Please note that the expiry date against this role is for office use only. The role will be filled once the right candidate(s) are appointed, and therefore may close before the expiry date shown. If you are interested in applying, please do so without delay

Location: Unit Q, Beresford House, Town Quay, Southampton , SO14 2AQ

CLOSING DATE: 31 July 2024