Principal Engineer


Job Summary by the Career Balance Team:

Thames Water is hiring a Principal Engineer to lead a technical team focused on London’s Wastewater pumps and pumping stations. The role involves developing, building, and leading a multi-disciplined team to ensure the success of projects and programs. The Principal Engineer will be responsible for delivering key project objectives, ensuring projects are completed on time, within budget, and meet quality standards. The ideal candidate should have a degree or equivalent in engineering or construction, excellent leadership and communication skills, and a passion for continuous improvement. The role offers a competitive salary, car allowance, and various benefits.

Job Description:The Principal Engineer will lead a technical team focusing on London’s Wastewater pumps and pumping stations. You will develop, build, and lead the multi-disciplined team necessary to ensure the success of your project(s) and programmes.

You will be responsible for developing and delivering all key project technical objectives against business case objectives. You will be key in ensuring projects deliver on time, cost, and quality and a robust health, safety, well-being, and delivery-focused culture.

What you’ll be doing as a Principal Engineer

  • Plan the design activities for an extensive portfolio of projects, from concept design through feasibility and de-risking activities to contract award. Manage and monitor these activities to meet or outperform the project milestones and allocated budgets.
  • Responsible for the Technical Assurance of detailed designs by contractors and design change reviews and waiver applications during construction.
  • Responsible for providing the Project Teams with the support they need during commissioning and handover of assets.
  • Act as the point of contact for Project Managers for technical-related matters.
  • Act as the key contact for the CDM Designer or Principal Designer role as required.
  • Undertake Health and Safety inspections of construction sites and work with the construction engineers to always reach higher and improve our H&S performance.
  • Be competent in risk management, including risk identification, mitigation, and control. De-risking and adding value are crucial requirements for this position.
  • Undertake design reviews, ensuring robust and safe solutions whilst meeting business and operational requirements.

Hybrid – Maple Lodge, you will be required on-site 2-3 days a week.

36 hours a week, Monday – Friday.

What you should bring to the role

  • Degree level or equivalent. If not professionally chartered, then the quality of experience and knowledge in engineering and construction is expected to be the same as that expected from a chartered engineer.
  • Understanding of the regulatory environment to achieve compliance as required.
  • Excellent leadership and communication skills.
  • Ability to influence senior colleagues and collaborate with others to achieve buy-in from all those involved.
  • Passion for continuous improvement.
  • Drive professional development and diversity within Engineering in Thames.

What’s in it for you?

This is a challenging and exciting role for which we are looking for proactive and engaging individuals who can drive projects forward. With the help of the team who work alongside you, this role will enable you to impact our long-term ambitions by delivering one or more significant projects. Technical leadership, ownership and accountability are essential. Success will be measured in delivering our projects to the business and ensuring smooth integration into our operational business as usual.

  • Competitive salary from £55,000 to £75,000 per annum.
  • This role will have a car allowance of £5800 per annum.
  • 26 days holiday per year increasing to 30 with the length of service. (Plus bank holidays)
  • Annual Bonus.
  • Private Medical Health Care.
  • Contributory pension – Defined Contribution – Maximum of 12% -2x employee contribution.
  • Personal Medical Assessments – Open to all once a year.
  • Wider benefits scheme including our benefits hub, which is packed full of offers and information to save you money and support your wellbeing.

Who are we?
At Thames Water, our purpose is crystal clear – to deliver life’s essential service so our customers, communities and planet can thrive.

Water is life’s great leveller. Every living thing needs it, every single day. From people to plants, birds to bees, farms to factories, we all need it to thrive, and we’re committed to taking care of it for us all.

But keeping water flowing is becoming harder. From scorching summers to wetter winters, extreme weather affects everything from our pipes to our local rivers. We need to keep millions more kettles boiling, public services operating, washing machines spinning, showers running and more, so every drop is more precious than ever. Are you ready to play your part?

Working at Thames Water

At Thames Water, we recognise that people are at the heart of our business. To help us succeed in providing life’s essential service, we need a range of skills and capabilities, representative of society throughout our business.

We seek to attract and retain a cultural mix of people who can offer different but complementary attitudes, values, talents, and knowledge. We understand the importance of appreciating and harnessing the unique skills, experiences, backgrounds, and differences that each individual brings.

Our over-arching diversity and inclusion aim is to ensure Thames Water is a diverse and inclusive great place to work. We encourage applications from everyone and offer extra support for those who need it throughout the recruitment process.

Find out more about working at Thames Water.

When a crisis happens, we all rally around to support our customers. As part of Team Thames, you’ll have the opportunity to sign up to support our customers on the frontline as an ambassador. Full training will be given for what is undoubtedly an incredibly rewarding experience. It’s also a great opportunity to learn more about our business, meet colleagues and earn some extra money along the way.

Disclaimer: due to the high volume of applications we receive, we may close the advert earlier than the advertised date, so we encourage you to apply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.Location: South East, Rickmansworth

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