01 Jun, 2021

Senior Water Engineer

  • Arup
  • London, UK
Process Engineer Water & Waste

Job Description

Arup is an independent firm of designers, planners, engineers, consultants, and technical specialists offering a broad range of professional services. Through our work, we make a positive difference in the world.  

Water resilience and sustainability is a growth area for the firm.  Working with a range of clients across the public-private spectrum.  You will be part of a small water team that advises clients on a range of issues such as water engineering, water risk (too much / too little), urban water resilience, sustainability, and green infrastructure.

Within our Water/Civil Engineering group is a team of 50-60 Engineers and Technicians, working closely with the large international Arup skills base and the 350 Infrastructure London Group that provides design and consultancy services both internally and externally on a wide range of projects including: Strategic Planning for countries, regions, cities, districts, urban development, urban regeneration and waterfront development.  

As a key member within this close-knit, growing London team that functions as a global hub, your expertise will be essential in ensuring the continued success and growth of the team via a combination of technical and management activities e.g. designing, client liaison, project managing, advising, supporting and mentoring.  

The Role
Reporting to the Civil Engineering Leader and the London Water Leader, and working very closely with technical professionals at all levels such as designers and project managers, you will be responsible for supporting the delivery of a wide range of projects: varying from small pre-feasibility studies through to detailed design and supervision of large-scale infrastructure projects. 

You will have a background will include a variety of skills which could include:

  • Civil Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Flood Risk Management
  • Water policy
  • Water governance

You will have a deep understanding of understanding and interest in:

  • Sustainability
  • Water Resilience
  • Climate Change
  • Smart Cities

We work across a wide range of sectors including Government, Public Sector and predominantly the Private Sector. 
While the provision of Water/Civil/Infrastructure Engineering and Advisory Services is a key part of your role it is also important that you assist in developing our business by attending client meetings, producing bid documentation and general business development activities, but also by taking personal responsibility for the management and development of your colleagues.  

As this role is critical to the continued success and growth of our business, it is essential that you are a naturally supportive individual who is highly motivated and proactive and demonstrates an excellent attention to detail combined with commercial acumen.  Confident and composed, you will be equally at home whether with the client on-site or in an office instructing and mentoring your colleagues or supporting others.  As a flexible, adaptable individual you will be comfortable working in multidisciplinary teams with colleagues from a wide variety of professional and cultural backgrounds.

You will have technical expertise in an engineering / technical discipline that you will pass on to the team and supervise such design work ensuring excellent solutions are delivered to our client and the team skills are developed in the process.

To achieve in this role you will have…

  • Experience of water/civil/infrastructure design and an ability to mentor others in this respect
  • The ability to manage a complex and varied workload often involving multiple concurrent projects.  
  • Prior Project management experience on small-medium size projects
  • The ability or experience managing clients directly 

Desirable skills and knowledge

  • Broad understanding of water, climate change and adaptation and impacts on public and private clients
  • Strong digital skills and / or willingness to develop
  • A deep technical skill to support some of the above
  • Strong client focus
  • Ability to work in a multi-discipline environment
  • Ability to lead multi-discipline teams
  • Track record of delivering small/medium projects on time and on budget / quality
  • A track record of success in managing client relationships


  • MSc or higher in Engineering or similar technical background, Professional qualification.
  • MSc in Engineering, Chartered Engineer 

Rewards and Benefits

We offer a competitive salary at all levels, and one of the best benefits packages in our sector.

Core benefits include cover under the UK Healthcare Plan (private medical insurance), Life Assurance, Accident Insurance, and Income Protection (long term disability) cover. Core benefits are funded by us and made available to all permanent staff in order to support and safeguard your financial, physical, and mental wellbeing. You will also have access to Choice Benefits to help with your work/life balance and financial security.
In addition, all permanent employees are eligible for the Global Profit Share scheme. Subject to scheme rules employees can receive two Profit Share payments per year, which are dependent on the firm’s financial performance.

Shape your time with us

Our goal is to shape a better world. And to do that, we need to make Arup a phenomenal place to work for everyone. If we want to solve problems for people around the world, we must seek and attract the best people from the widest talent pool and create an environment that supports and includes them. We aim to encourage a culture where people can be themselves and be valued for their contribution. This includes people with disabilities, so please discuss any adjustments that you may require throughout the selection and assessment process with your recruitment contact.

At Arup, you’ll be a welcomed member of the team with opportunities to participate in cultural and social events with the local community (e.g. as a STEM ambassador) or by joining one of our staff networks for women, culture or LGBT+ people. You’ll have access to a range of flexible working options – whether you’re a parent, a carer, a student, or just have a busy lifestyle - we recognise it’s not always easy to commit to standard working hours so if you're interested in flexible working, please let us know when you apply, and we'll discuss how this could work in your role.

Join us in shaping a better world.

We are an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer and welcome all qualified applicants. You will receive fair and impartial consideration without regard to sex, race, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status, genetic data, or other legally protected status. We recognise that not all disabilities are visible and will make reasonable adjustments to cater for diverse applicants in the selection and assessment process.

What happens next?

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