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Principal Water Engineer

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.

Arup helps the world manage its water, from the supply of clean drinking water to understanding flood risks, from drainage to sanitation. Across the West of the UK, we have a team of multi-disciplinary water engineers working closely collectively on a wide variety of flood and coastal risk management, waste and clean water infrastructure and non-infrastructure assets

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

The Opportunity

We are seeking a Principal/Senior Water Civil engineer, located in our Cardiff or Bristol offices.

You will manage a diverse range of projects within our major client portfolios. We are looking for people who are passionate about technical excellence and providing an outstanding service to our clients.

You will technically manage projects to suit your skill set and preferred development needs. As a senior member of an established and growing team, you will mentor and delegate work amongst engineers and other specialists, supporting them with your expertise

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 looking for curiosity, personal drive, and technical know-how. You will have an engineering background in the UK water sector or risk management authority sector.

We are keen to speak to people who:
  • Possess a relevant degree and Chartered Engineer status.
  • Proven technical design skills for pressure pipeline schemes, and working on pumping station projects
  • Have worked with outline and detailed design of potable water and sewer rising main pressurised pipelines
  • Skills in the design of gravity sewer infrastructure projects
  • Proven skills in the commercial management of design projects including preparing fee proposals, preparing programmes, monthly reporting and submissions, AFPs, managing and coordinating design teams
  • High competence with pressure pipeline hydraulics, experience of using GIS and 3D CAD packages

Not ready to apply just yet, or have some questions? Contact Anna Lipka via email at If this role is not quite what you are looking for but you are interested in other opportunities, please sign up to our Talent Community where you will be kept up to date with roles suitable for you.

Closing Date: 22nd Of December 2023

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 are an equal opportunity employer, and we accept people for who they are - we welcome applications from people of all backgrounds regardless of age, gender identity and expression, marital status, disability, neurodiversity and mental health, race, faith or belief, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background, and whether you're pregnant or on family leave. We know that when diverse teams collaborate great things are possible.

Our internal employee networks support our inclusive culture - from race, ethnicity and cross-cultural working to gender, LGBTQ+ and disability - we provide a space for you to express yourself 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 all candidates and are a Disability Confident Level 2 Employer. Please let us know if you need any assistance or reasonable adjustments throughout your application and we will do everything we possibly can to support you.

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Our Application Process

To understand what to expect next, please visit our UK Application Process page. Stay safe online - Arup will never ask for payment or your bank details as part of our recruitment process.




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