04 Jan, 2021

Senior Process Engineer

  • Costain
  • Manchester, UK
Process Engineer   Water & Waste

Job Description

About Costain and your project.

Our Process Engineering team is looking to recruit a Senior Process Engineer with significant knowledge and experience in the design of wastewater treatment facilities to undertake design work for the Southern Water AMP7 framework.

We are interested in hearing from candidates who are either based locally to our core design and build team in Falmer or close to our engineering design hub in South Manchester.

While this is an office based role, our designers are currently working from home due to Costain’s Covid-19 restrictions. When these restrictions eventually ease, we expect the role would return to being primarily office based with some flexibility for more flexible working arrangements.

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.


For more information visit www.costain.com

What will I be doing?

Role Dimensions
A Senior Process Engineer is an experienced process engineer capable of performing complex technical work on major projects with limited supervision. The role reports to the Chief Process Engineer (Water).


  • To undertake outline or detailed process engineering design
  • To prepare or check project calculations and deliverables
  • To work in a collaborative multi-disciplinary project delivery team and to ensure integration of Process Engineering design requirements into the overall engineering design
  • To work to the project programme for activities/deliverables and understanding interdependencies
  • To support site based commissioning support where assigned
  • To attend site visits for data acquisition and meeting site operators
  • To provide technical input to the procurement process
  • To participate in regular team meetings and reviews and help to develop our capability
  • To contribute to technical/safety reviews
  • To offer advice and support to colleagues and subordinates on development needs taking into account work activities, learning ability and circumstances and provide training as required on company workflow, methods and business systems
  • To ensure personal compliance with current company policy, relevant legislation and company and client’s requirements for Quality, Health, Safety and Environmental matters and work in such a manner not to cause personal harm or injury to fellow workers, client and subcontractor employees or the environment
  • To support the company performance management process by assisting colleagues and subordinates in achieving their objectives and providing feedback on team member performance to their line managers

The role may require travel to company, supplier or client offices or sites for business purposes

About you

Your Qualifications & Experience

  • A degree qualification in a process engineering related discipline is essential
  • Chartered Engineer preferred and member of a relevant engineering institution
  • The candidate should have a minimum of 5 years’ experience in the municipal water sector
  • A background in an engineering consultancy or contracting design environment
  • Good knowledge and experience in the design, operation and optimization of wastewater treatment plants is essential
  • Knowledge and experience in water treatment and biosolids recycling plants would be beneficial
  • A sound appreciation of regulation and compliance principles in wastewater treatment would be beneficial

Role Competencies

  • A good knowledge and ability in using process tools and software (including Excel)
  • An ability to communicate technical subjects clearly and concisely verbally and in writing
  • Must be delivery driven with a mind-set to work to targets and meet team objectives
  • Innovative and demonstrable ability to add value
  • An understanding of technical risk and opportunity
  • Flexible and agile to respond to changing customer and business needs

Final Statement

We listened to our employees so our Core Benefits are funded by us and include a Group Pension Scheme, Employee Assistance Programme, Life Assurance, Income Protection and funded membership to a Professional Institute. In addition to this we also offer a Private Healthcare Scheme, Private Dental Scheme, Cycle to Work, Volunteering Days and Save as You Earn Scheme. 


At Costain we aim to be an accessible, diverse and inclusive organisation to continue to meet our customers’ needs. We will be industry leading in our approach and people from all backgrounds will be proud to work for Costain. Our goal is to have a workforce that is representative of society.


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.

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