Associate Director - Water Industry

Ref No. BHN531713
Salary £60,000 - £80,000/annum
Location Bristol, England
Job type Permanent
Job Status Open


My Client is recruiting for an Associate Director in the Water Sector


Water Sector Experience

The Job

My Client is recruiting for an Associate Director in the Water Sector

Following an exciting and very successful start to AMP7 and expansion of our International portfolio, the Infrastructure division is seeking to appoint an Associate Director to join our Water Sector focussed team based at our Bristol office.

We welcome a variety of experience and plan to utilise your specialist skills to support our team in winning and delivering innovative multidisciplinary engineering solutions for our local water clients in the Midlands, South West and Wales, plus our broad range of strategic UK and international clients, across both Clean Water and Wastewater infrastructure and non-infrastructure areas. This includes treatment works, desalination, pipelines and pumping stations, collection and storage systems and digital twins.

If you have a passion for engineering and would like to join our challenging growth plan in the Midlands, South West and Wales, the wider UK and around the World, creating great career opportunities, we would be keen to hear from you.


The engineering services we offer to our clients require us to be able to deliver in an agile and future-facing environment. The following are therefore examples of the type of responsibilities and requirements we seek/need you to have, working as part of our dynamic multidisciplinary water/wastewater design team.

On our frameworks act as programme manager or Project Director on regional frameworks with key clients, maintaining strong client relationships and driving continuous improvement in delivery.

On major projects act as Lead Project Manager / Design Manager or Discipline Lead on project delivery across Midlands, South West and Wales, UK and international project lifecycles: feasibility studies, front-end to detailed design (incl. Design and Build), and construction support.

  • Develop and maintain key client relationships with local and national water clients
  • Lead on work winning through bid management; production of proposals, fees, scope definition, and quality answers in response to client tenders, in accordance with company bid management system
  • Client or contractor engagement (incl. Design & Build) to lead discussions on technical water civil engineering solutions, to technical and non-technical clients - both during project delivery and bidding stages.
  • Identify opportunities to promote value propositions with water clients
  • Work collaboratively within a multidisciplinary environment across teams and Practices to ensure successful delivery of projects.
  • Lead the efficient delivery of projects to meet programme and budget, complying with business management governance
  • Accountability for profitable delivery of projects and effective risk management
  • Undertake technical design and/or review and supervision of project teams' design deliverables including engineering design calculations, drawings and report writing complying with Company design management system
  • Lead on quality and safe design of technical solutions for projects in accordance with relevant design standards and codes.
  • Champion the application of digital engineering initiatives and execution of innovative advances in water sector solutions
  • Mentoring and line management responsibilities for team members from graduates to less experienced senior team members.
  • Provide technical leadership in water engineering

Experience and Qualifications:

  • Educated to degree level in an engineering discipline (Civil, Mechanical, Process, EICA); Chartered Member of a recognised engineering institution.
  • Extensive hands on experience of design / design-&-build / project and bid delivery and leadership in the water and/or wastewater engineering sector.
  • A strong technical water sector background, incl. knowledge of relevant UK and international codes and standards, for water and/or wastewater infrastructure and/or non-infrastructure assets.
  • Highly motivated, organised and with a strong desire to promote technical excellence within project teams and wider company team/practice,
  • Experience of working with contractors to deliver the successful implementation of engineering solutions, including the Design & Build environment.
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills with the ability to work both collaboratively and independently within a multidisciplinary team including with Clients, Contractors and colleagues alike.
  • Proven track record of innovation in the water sector - digital advances, circularity, low carbon, new materials, prefabrication etc.
  • Flexible approach to work type and locations for project assignments, including overseas working or visits, if required.

We welcome the opportunity to discuss a flexible working pattern for this vacancy. For roles advertised under the category of flexible working we would encourage you to explore the flexible working options we are able to offer during the interview process.


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