05 Oct, 2020

Chief Process Engineer – Water

  • Costain
  • UK
Process Engineer   Chemicals

Job Description

Costain helps to improve people’s lives with integrated, leading edge, smart infrastructure solutions across the UK’s energy, water, transportation and defence markets. We help our clients improve their business performance by increasing capacity, improving customer service, safeguarding security, enhancing resilience, decarbonising and delivering increased efficiency.  Our vision is to be the UK’s leading smart infrastructure solutions company.  We will achieve this by focusing on blue chip clients whose major spending plans are underpinned by strategic national needs, regulatory commitments, legislation or essential performance requirements. We offer our clients leading edge solutions that are digitally optimised through the following five services which cover the whole lifecycle of their assets:  future-shaping strategic consultancy; consultancy and advisory; digital technology solutions; asset optimisation and complex programme delivery.  Our culture and values underpin everything we do.


We are currently developing and strengthening our water and wastewater treatment process engineering capabilities which comprise process engineering design on projects as well as our relatively new Asset Optimisation process capability. We are seeking to recruit a Chief Process Engineer to lead and oversee both of these capabilities to connect and drive a combined offering. The role will focus initially on establishing our asset optimisation services in North England combined with developing the capability of the Manchester based Process Engineering team. Our pipeline of work includes frameworks for United Utilities, Southern Water, Severn Trent Water, Thames Water, Yorkshire Water, Anglian Water and South Staffs Water


For more information visit www.costain.com

What will I be doing?

A Chief Process Engineer is one of the company’s leading specialists in process optimisation, design and operation. The role will report to the Head of Engineering (Water) and the jobholder shall have responsibility for expert strategic support to business development, work winning, growth and development of the function/capability as well as management of process engineering in the water sector across the project lifecycle.


Our Asset Optimisation Team provides wastewater and water process engineering consultancy to support our customers to get the very best from their assets and capital programmes. Our technology, systems, solutions and processes improve our clients operational/production capabilities to increase resilience, drive efficiencies, and optimise new capital investment.


Our Engineering and Design process engineering team undertakes traditional process design services to major projects both for AMP frameworks and bespoke projects during bidding and project delivery.


Duties Will Include
Providing technical assurance and support to process engineers working in the water sector including

  • technical leadership for work carried out by the process engineering discipline in the water sector ensuring that the process engineering discipline produces safe, sustainable, economic and technically sound engineering designs, in accordance with company policies and standards, meeting the Client’s requirements
  • driving innovation and continuous improvement in the work processes and tools used for design work

Supporting our business development directors in a client facing role to develop opportunity for asset optimisation services as part of our integrated solutions.

Developing relationships with Costain Key Account Directors; Capability Account Leads; customers; supply chain and other third parties.

Growing the capability and product offering of process engineering services to the water sector, developing innovative process-led solutions in our existing frameworks and capital programmes.

Leading optimisation studies at feasibility and concept design stages, with accountability for quality, budget and schedule.

Development of process optimisation schemes, initiatives, and solutions at both site and programme level. These schemes will mitigate risk, return sites to compliance, or enable low or no build solutions to be provided for new permit drivers.

Providing technical thought leadership and strategic consultancy advice to clients and joint venture partners.

Approval of process design calculations, reports, presentations and proposals.

Allocation of work within the teams to ensure utilisation and promote the development of skills and knowledge with the team.

Ensuring effective employee working relationships and communication

Ensuring that staff have the necessary technical skills and experience through:

  • providing line management to assigned process engineers
  • recruitment
  • assessing staff for technical competence and ensuring deployment in line with their skills, experience and assigned level of authority.
  • identification and organisation of training and development needs for direct line reports
  • provision of support and coaching to individuals as required
  • setting of clear performance objectives, with assessment of performance and delivery of feedback

About you

Your Qualifications & Experience

A degree qualification in a process related discipline is essential.
Chartered Engineer and member of a relevant engineering institution e.g. CIWEM, IChemE etc
The candidate should have at least 15 years’ experience including significant experience of wastewater treatment, water treatment and biosolids recycling plants.
A background in an engineering consultancy or contracting environment is essential. Operational utility experience would be beneficial.
An existing network of relationships with clients (asset managers, project and operations) and industry influencers and suppliers will be an advantage, as will a passion for driving technology, behavioural and transformational activities to add value to Costain’s service line.
Experience in the full project lifecycle: scoping, outline design, detailed design, construction support commissioning and handover. Ability to apply relevant industry codes, standards and guidelines for the water sector
Proven background in process engineering definition including development of mass balance, data analysis, design calculations, technology selection, major equipment and package datasheet specification, process flow diagrams, process control philosophies and P&ID’s

Role Competencies
Leadership and communication
Commercial awareness and business development
Proactive, self-motivated and solutions biased
Practical problem solver
Technical writing skills
Engineering IT, Business Systems and Software


Final Statement

Why work for us?


Talent comes in many different guises. At Costain we recognise this and work with employees to take them where they want to go rather than where we think they should go. We are fully committed to creating a safe place to work, where everyone can be at their best, every day. A workplace where everyone can be their true self, feel valued and understood for who they are and what makes them unique.


As a mark of our progress we were named as a Times Top 50 Employer for Women in 2018 and again in 2019. In addition to this, we have won various awards, including IChemE Diversity and Inclusion, Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Employer of the year and a Business in the Community (BITC) Game Changer award. Manchester and London Pride parades are now established dates in the Costain calendar, and we are proud to be a Stonewall diversity champion. We are a member of Working Families, an early signatory to the BITC Race Charter and a Disability Confident Committed employer. 


Costain value that everyone is different and by being different, our people can bring their own valuable contribution to the business. Creating an inclusive culture makes us more able to recruit, retain and progress a diverse workforce, increasing employee engagement and experiencing higher levels of wellbeing.


Our employee benefits


We’re dedicated to providing a broad range of rewards and benefits. As well as a competitive salary, our employees enjoy a comprehensive core benefits package which includes:


  • Group Pension Plan, to help you save for the future
  • Employee Assistance Programme, to help employees and their families balance the pressures of work and home life
  • Incentive payments to recognise high-performance
  • Life assurance, to help protect your loved ones financially
  • Funded membership to a professional Institute
  • Private healthcare and dental packages
  • Salary sacrifice cycle to work scheme
  • Discounted gym membership, to keep you as fit and as healthy as you can be
  • Volunteering days, so you can give back to your local community
  • Save as You Earn (SAYE) scheme, that lets you save towards buying shares in Costain


Costain, and the Armed Forces


We actively encourage applications from candidates who have a relationship with the armed forces community whether as a currently serving member or reservist, ex-military or wounded personnel or as a member of a service family.


Right to Work & Security Checks


Understandably given the nature of our business, everyone who is employed at Costain must undergo thorough referencing checks. We will need different information depending on the job we have offered you. For all roles, we'll carry out a criminal record check and we’ll ask to see evidence that you have the legal right to work in the UK. You may be required to obtain and maintain security clearance of at least Security Check level (or SC clearance). To satisfy the requirements, you will need to have been a legal UK resident for a minimum of 5 years and have successfully complete all stages of the vetting process.


Closing date


Please note that Costain reserves the right to bring forward the closing date of any of its job vacancies if we receive a suitable number of quality applications from which to make a shortlist. Therefore, we recommend at you apply as soon as possible rather than wait until the published closing date.

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