Principal/Associate Process Engineer - Biosolids

Ref No. EMP506045
Location Warrington, England
Job type Permanent
Job Status Closed
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My Client is recruiting for a Principal/Associate Process Engineer - Biosolids


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My Client is recruiting for a Principal/Associate Process Engineer - Biosolids

This position sits in the Infrastructure division and is for Principal/Associate Process Engineers to become part of it's expanding Biosolids team. The roles can be based in Birmingham, Derby, Bristol, Epsom, or Warrington.

Our Client has an extensive portfolio of UK, Overseas and Globally delivered projects, helping clients address asset creation, process improvement and plant optimisation needs. Locally focused teams incorporate expert electrical, ICA, process, mechanical and civil engineers who provide a multidisciplinary approach to solving clients' problems in innovating, creative, managing, building and investing in water and wastewater infrastructure. Specializing in all aspects of Biosolids and organic waste treatment, resource, and energy recovery. They continue to provide industry-leading process engineering right through the project lifecycle, with value added in particular during commissioning and optimization.

The role is for process engineers with a variety of biosolids and/or bioresources experiences. Some examples could include:

Technology optioneering

  • Technology evaluation
  • Feasibility studies
  • Optioneering for biosolids recovery
  • Optioneering for bioresources recovery (from both biosolids and other organic wastes)
  • Market assessments (valuation of biosolids)


  • FEED design
  • Experience of a range of technologies from Physical Thickening through to Thermal technologies (e.g. pyrolysis, gasification)
  • Resource recovery technologies
  • Development and implementation of new and emerging technologies and techniques
  • Low carbon footprint designs, with a view to improving our clients' system sustainability

Project leadership

  • Ability to lead bids or design teams
  • Project Management experience would be an advantage
  • Flexibility to work at other locations in the UK or overseas for short durations


  • DSEAR, HAZOP, Functional safety
  • O&M of biosolids plants
  • Commissioning or operational experience

Responsibilities (will vary depending on project and client)

  • Plant and process reviews, assessments, route-cause analysis, apply cutting-edge evaluation techniques
  • Supporting plant operation, optimisation and troubleshooting
  • Feasibility, outline and detailed process design, including mass, heat and energy balances, process flow diagrams, P&IDs, hydraulic design, design risk assessments, control philosophies, commissioning strategies, cost and programme estimations, plant and equipment specifications, supplier tender evaluation
  • Working with and developing digital design tools such as water quality analysis, unit process sizing, process performance metrics, hydraulic calculations and other automated design tools
  • Technical report writing at all stages of the project lifecycle
  • Liaison with clients within the UK and worldwide.
  • Support and/or lead bids, fee proposals or offers of service; development of activity schedules/work plans
  • Understanding of HAZOP, DSEAR, CDM, WIMES, British and European Standards and other statutory, regulatory and non-regulatory provisions and guidance
  • Development of standard and bespoke design solutions over the entire water industry spectrum,
  • Meet and exceed quality, programme, budgetary and H&S requirements on projects
  • Preparing technical papers and presentations for conferences, colleagues and clients
  • Undertake research and development projects, manage sampling and analysis programmes as required
  • Contributing to new innovative ideas/ making suggestions for innovation
  • Opportunity to present your project work at company meetings or at conferences

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Degree-qualified with a chemical / process engineering background with Chartered membership of a recognised professional institution
  • Experience in the water and/or wastewater engineering sector
  • A Blend of leadership and technical expertise with hands-on understanding of water and wastewater treatment technologies; previous design and/or commissioning experience
  • A proven ability to manage and mentor teams and/or individuals and/or projects, potentially split across disciplines and locations.
  • A developing external profile and reputation; a desire and willingness to raise the profile of oneself and the Company.
  • Willingness to contribute to and develop our technical knowledge networks.
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