Engineering Manager

Ref No. BHN520721
Benefits car allowance
Location Havant, England
Job type Permanent
Job Status Open


Our client is seeking an Engineering Manager with a civil engineering background to join their Havant based team working on a unique new reservoir project.


Previous experience of design, construction and commissioning in water is essential

The Job

Our client is seeking an Engineering Manager with a civil engineering background to join their Havant based team working on a unique new reservoir project.

Portsmouth Water has embarked on a £123m project to build a reservoir at Havant Thicket. This environmentally led project will safeguard future water supplies and provide a place of natural beauty for the community to enjoy. The reservoir will provide wetland habitats, paths for walking, cycling, running and horse-riding, and a visitors' centre providing a café and educational resources for schools. The project will be mainly delivered through a main reservoir contract and two pipeline contracts, with some additional related contracts.

We are currently looking for an Engineering Manager to manage and oversee professional design services being delivered by technical experts and engineering consultants, and ultimately facilitate the development of the detailed design by the main works contractors. The successful candidate will need to work at all times in line with our clients' values of Excellence, Integrity and Respect.


  • Manage the NEC Professional Services contracts with the Panel of Experts and Design Guardian
  • Manage the design review process for the approval of designs submitted by the main works contractors
  • Manage the response to Technical Queries and design focussed Change Notices raised by the main works contractors and involve the Panel of Experts, Design Guardian, and Portsmouth Water asset management and operations teams
  • Ensure that up to date information and data regarding Portsmouth Water's existing assets are made available to the main works contractors
  • Lead the development and implementation of quality assurance and commissioning plans for the project, including the development and monitoring of design and construction quality KPIs
  • Provide the lead on the technical aspects of other projects that will form part of the overall Havant Thicket Reservoir scheme
  • Take ownership of technical issues at a strategic level and champion recommended resolutions through the internal governance process


  • Strong communication and presentation skills
  • Good analytical skills, with the ability to review and write technical specifications, drawings and commissioning plans, at a macro and micro level of detail
  • The ability to manage and coordinate inputs from multiple parties
  • Knowledge of water industry design standards and regulations
  • A passion and drive for raising standards in health, safety and well-being
  • Excel/Powerpoint/Word/Teams
  • Knowledge of BIM design software systems

Qualifications and Experience

  • Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering or related field of study
  • More than 10 years of experience of design management
  • Chartered with a relevant institution e.g. MICE
  • Proven track record in the design, construction and commissioning of infrastructure projects in the water sector
  • Experience of design and construction development in a BIM, common data environment
  • Full driving licence (all applicants will be required to undertake our driver assessment)



  • Competitive salary based on experience
  • This position is a fixed term but salaried role to run the duration of the Havant Thicket Reservoir Project (2028)
  • Company pension
  • Car allowance
  • Project completion bonus of 20% of basic salary
  • 27 days holiday plus bank holiday - rising by 1 day for each year of service up to 5 days
  • This is the first reservoir to be built in the UK in 40 years - many water companies have draft proposals for future reservoir builds so this is a fantastic opportunity to join an area of the water industry with future prospects/employment
  • Flexible working may be considered for 1 day a week



Callum Cox
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