Senior Water Engineer


Cardiff, UK 🇬🇧

Senior Water Engineer

Why Arup?

Are you passionate about building a more sustainable future? At Arup we work to find solutions for some of the world’s most complex problems – providing expertise across all areas of the built environment from strategic approach and planning to design and engineering.

Join us and you will have the freedom to push boundaries, develop new skills and work on some of the world’s most inspiring projects. We believe that by giving our people the freedom to be creative, we will produce work that continuously redefines quality across our firm. Whatever the role or specialism, our people are passionate about what they do, they believe in our values and are happy to come to work every day. And this is why people choose to work here and stay.

The Opportunity

Across the West of the UK, we have a team of 150+ multi-disciplinary water engineers working closely together on a wide variety of flood and coastal risk management, waste and clean water infrastructure and non-infrastructure assets. Our work is hugely rewarding, making a positive difference to people and the environment as well as pushing the boundaries of digital innovation.  

We are seeking senior/principal water civil engineers to help guide and/or manage a diverse range of projects within our major client portfolios.  We are looking for individuals who are passionate about technical excellence and providing an outstanding service to our clients.  You will be an energetic member of our Civils team in the West, located in Cardiff, Bristol or Winchester.  You will technically steer and/or manage projects to suit your direct skill set and preferred development needs, allowing you the opportunity to learn and grow your career.

Arup is passionate about knowledge and research and we operate an open culture expecting all team members to contribute their knowledge to solving problems and developing new approaches. 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 knowledge.

You will have the opportunity to make a difference – to Arup, to your career, to our staff and to the clients and communities we serve.

Is the role right for you?

We are looking for senior water civil engineers with curiosity, personal drive, and technical know-how. You will be as inspired as we are by the problems we are solving and excited to help clients and steer teams delivering the solutions. Engineering experience in the UK water sector or risk management authority sector would be a key element.  

If you have some or all of these skills and experience and a passion for delivering high value solutions, we’d love to hear from you. We’re looking for the following qualifications, attributes and skills:

  • A relevant degree and a Chartered Engineer registration
  • Demonstrable experience of delivering high quality civil engineering solutions in the UK water Utilities, Flood Risk or risk management authority sectors.
  • A desire and ability to build and maintain strong, long-term relationships within Arup and with our clients.
  • A creative approach to problem solving with a focus on continual improvement and delivering sustainable and value-steered project outcomes.
  • A desire and ability to share knowledge and proactively mentor and manage teams and people.

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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.

Our Application Process

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

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IHE Delft MSc in Water and Sustainable Development