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Principal Water Engineer - Non Infrastructure

Closing date
Dec 11, 2023
Joining Arup

Arup's purpose, shared values and collaborative approach has set us apart for over 75 years, guiding how we shape a better world.

Our 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.

Watch this short clip to discover how Arup are shaping a better world and how you could be a part of it!

The Opportunity

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 has a key focus on people, excellence, influence, digital and sustainability and we look forward to contributions to these areas of interest.

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. The main purpose of the role will be acting as a lead civil and lead design engineer providing expert guidance and technical leadership to our engineering teams, along with ensuring the highest standards of quality assurance and safe by design practices are maintained throughout the project lifecycle. You will also be driving digital transformation initiatives that streamline processes, enhance efficiency, and improve the overall performance of our project delivery systems.

Day to day the role will also require collaborating closely with cross-functional teams including client representatives, contractors, and sub-consultants. And also continuously mentoring and developing junior engineers, nurturing their skills, and helping them grow into future technical leaders.

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.

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.

At Arup, you belong to an extraordinary collective - in which we encourage individuality to thrive. Our strength comes from how we respect, share and connect our diverse experiences, perspectives and ideas.

You will have the opportunity do socially useful work that has meaning - to Arup, to your career, to our members and to the clients and communities we serve.

Is this role right for you?

We are keen to speak to people who have:
  • Proven experience delivering high quality civil engineering designs for water companies and / or contractor clients.
  • Technical design skills for non infrastructure assets such as water / sewage treatment works, pumping stations etc.

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

If this role is not quite what you are looking for but you are interested in other opportunities for a future with purpose, please sign up to our Talent Community where you will be kept up to date with roles suitable for you to shape a better world.

What we offer you

At Arup, we care about each member's success, so we can grow together.

Guided by our values, we provide an attractive total reward package that recognises the contribution of each of our members to our shared success. As well as competitive, fair and equitable pay, we offer a career in which all of our members can belong, grow and thrive - through benefits that support health and wellbeing, a wide range of learning opportunities and many possibilities to have an impact through the work they do.

We are owned in trust on behalf of our members, giving us the freedom, with personal responsibility, to set our own direction and choose work that aligns with our purpose and adds to Arup's legacy. Our members collaborate on ambitious projects to deliver remarkable outcomes for our clients and communities. Profit Share is a key part of our reward, enabling members to share in the results of our collective efforts.

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.

Arup is an equal opportunity employer that actively promotes and nurtures a diverse and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from individuals of all backgrounds, regardless of age (within legal limits), gender identity or expression, marital status, disability, neurotype or mental health, race or ethnicity, faith or belief, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background, and whether you're pregnant or on family leave. We are an open environment that embraces diverse experiences, perspectives, and ideas - this drives our excellence.

Guided by our values and alignment with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, we create and contribute to equitable spaces and systems, while cultivating a sense of belonging for all. Our internal employee networks support our inclusive culture: from race, ethnicity and cross-cultural working to gender equity and LGBTQ+ and disability inclusion - we aim to create a space for you to express yourself and make a positive difference. Discover more about life at Arup at

We are committed to making our recruitment process and workplaces accessible to all candidates. Please contact to let us know if you need any assistance or reasonable adjustments throughout your application or interview process, and/or to perform the essential functions of the role. We will do everything we can to support you.

Our Application Process

To understand what to expect next, please visit our Application Process Page.

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Closing Date: 15th December 2023



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