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Principal Civil Engineer - Water Non-Infrastructure

Closing date
Sep 29, 2023
Why Arup?

The successful design, development and maintenance of our water infrastructure requires the integration of many disciplines. Arup's water team has wide-ranging skills spanning advisory and specialist technical services. We apply them on every kind of project, from flood risk management and water resource planning, to dam engineering, treatment works design and river engineering.

Arup's water team work in 90 countries, collaborating across over 50 related technical and advisory disciplines. This is how we're able to respond to such a wide range of water projects and programmes, from water treatment works in Australia, to physical engineering of the new intake tunnel under Lake Mead in Colorado. We use consultancy, engineering, and research to bring the most insightful approaches to water projects wherever they are in the world.

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The Opportunity

Our West Energy, Water and Resources group are looking to support our current key clients and expand our capabilities UK wide by strengthening our Civil non-infra capabilities. Our mission is to deliver an outstanding service and add value to our clients' businesses; the successful applicant will play a key role in leading and managing a diverse range of interesting multi-disciplinary projects within our major client portfolios.

As a Principal Engineer within our established and friendly team you will be responsible for small to medium sized teams and projects, bringing long term benefit to stakeholders. Key responsibilities will include acting as a lead civil and lead design engineer. If you also wish to develop as a project manager, responsibilities will also include acting as key contact with the client for project delivery, project team management, programme, commercial and risk management.

A typical day will be varied and fulfilling. Our current key clients include Welsh Water, Thames Water and Severn Trent Water and we are actively bidding for SROs and wider AMP8 opportunities across the UK. Arup have a key focus on people, excellence, influence, digital and sustainability and you will be expected to play your part in progressing all these areas.

Career development is taken very seriously, and you will work towards leading larger projects and teams, developing your skills in a technical and / or managerial capacity to develop your expertise in an area of your choosing.

Is this role right for you?

We are seeking a Chartered Civil Engineer with the below skills and experience;
  • Proven experience delivering high quality civil engineering designs for a water company and / or contractor clients.
  • Desire and ability to build and maintain strong, long-term relationships within Arup and with our clients. 
  • Ability to mentor, delegating work amongst engineers and other specialists, supporting them with your experience.
  • Curiosity with a focus on continual improvement and delivering sustainable and value led project outcomes.

Not ready to apply just yet, or have some questions? Email Anna Lipka at to schedule an introductory call.

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Rewards and Benefits

We care about you and want you to perform at your best, which is why we offer one of the most competitive benefits packages in our sector.

As a member organisation, everyone shares in our success through a global profit share scheme (payments are dependent on the firm's financial performance).

We also provide Private medical insurance, Life assurance, Accident insurance and Income protection cover. In addition, you'll have access to flexible benefits to help you look after all aspects of your wellbeing and give you the freedom and flexibility to find the best solutions for you, your family, and your individual needs.

Different people, shared values.

At Arup, we believe when talented people collaborate, great things are possible. Arup hires people with proven skills and open minds. We are taking deliberate action to create an inclusive culture that is grounded in our purpose to shape a better world.

At Arup, we welcome candidates from all backgrounds, regardless of age, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background, and any other protected characteristic. Our internal employee networks - BAME, Culture, Disability, LGBTQ+ and Women - provide a space for you to express your views and to make a positive difference - discover more about life at Arup here.

At Arup, we are committed to making all stages of our recruitment process accessible to candidates with disabilities. Please speak to our recruitment team and we will work with you to make reasonable adjustments to ensure you can perform at your best throughout your application.

At Arup, we appreciate that everyone's circumstances are different and having the freedom to flex the way we work is essential to our wellbeing. If flexibility matters to you let us know when you apply, and we will discuss how this could work in your role.

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Our Application Process

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