08 Jul, 2021

Senior Drinking Water Process Engineer

  • Arup
  • Belfast, UK
Process Engineer Water & Waste

Job Description

A Senior Process Engineer is sought to join and support the Arup Belfast Water team which is part of the Arup North sub-region.  We have an opportunity for an individual to join our team and take a leading role in the delivery of technical design for our water sector clients with a primary focus on Northern Ireland Water. 

 Arup are framework technical consultants for Northern Ireland Water, Welsh Water, Severn Trent, United Utilities and Yorkshire Water. We have global reach in the water business providing technical support to internal and external clients around the world.  
The successful candidate will also have the opportunity to support advisory services such as strategic planning, regulatory advice, asset optimisation, advising on delivery of efficient capital programmes and developing/applying transformational digital solutions. 

The successful applicant will connect into the process engineering teams including those based in Leeds and Cardiff which are centres of expertise in Arup, supporting local clients and offices throughout the UK and globally. 
Though the role is primarily focussed on drinking water, Arup are involved in a wide range of water related projects providing opportunity for diversity and broadening of knowledge and experience and this is encouraged. 

Reporting to the Belfast Water Team Leader, you will be part of a multidisciplinary water group covering civil, structural, MEICA and process skills. The team operates within the North Infrastructure team which includes Belfast, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Newcastle offices and works closely with other UK and Ireland offices.  

The Role 

You will support the growth of our water business in executing projects with internal and external clients in the UK, but also globally as part of the wider Arup Water business. You will be required to adopt the lead process engineer role in the execution of: process audits, investigations, feasibility studies, outline and detailed design of drinking water treatment works and associated systems. 

You will be responsible for developing client briefs into executable projects, and to deliver costed proposals. Presenting ideas and concepts to clients, demonstrating technical ability and competence are essential skills for the role. Taking an active role in client meetings, facilitate and taking part in HAZOP studies and presenting project outputs and proposals to clients are also key parts of the role.  

Although the role is technical, an awareness of operating under NEC3 and NEC4 Professional Services Contracts and Engineering and Construction Contracts would be desirable.  

Project tasks will include being responsible for planning work activities and resource requirements and ensuring technical quality is maintained through management of the review process and production. 
A key part of the role will be to develop client relationships and to deliver treatability and other projects with Northern Ireland Water and to be a local coordinator and point of contact.  

To achieve in this role, you will have… 

Essential Skills and Knowledge: 

  •     Excellent knowledge and previous experience working with Northern Ireland Water and/or other water companies.
  •     Experience and knowledge of water chemistry
  •     Experience and knowledge of drinking water treatment processes
  •     Experience and knowledge and experience in process design (Mass balances, P&ID’s)
  •     Experience knowledge of water treatment hydraulics
  •     Ability to be flexible in your approach and able to think laterally to solve problems, with numeracy skills.
  •     Experience working in the water industry in drinking water. 
  •     Knowledge of Health, Safety & Welfare and CDM Regulations requirements and processes.
  •     Experienced in writing specifications, reports, business cases and technical notes.
  •     Highly motivated in the digital transformation with ideas and knowledge of opportunities in this area.

Desirable Skills and Knowledge:

  •     Knowledge of relevant design tools and techniques such as HAZOP studies.
  •     Knowledge of 2D and 3D designs,and understanding of how this is used in the BIM environment.
  •     Understanding of the requirements for working in confined spaces. May have training in confined space entry.
  •     Experience of preparing proposals for competitive tenders. 
  •     Experience of project management e.g. NEC3/4 accreditation
  •     Experience using Microsoft Project and Primavera P6. 
  •     Experience using Northern Ireland Water's system would be advantageous. 


  •     Chartered Engineer 
  •     CSCS card
  •     National water hygiene training (desirable)    

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.
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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.

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