Principal Water Consultant


Bristol, UK 🇬🇧

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.

Across the UK, our dynamic team work on major Water company and flood risk management frameworks as well as numerous individual commissions.  Our multi-disciplinary water engineers work closely together on a wide variety of flood and coastal, 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.   

The Opportunity: Principal  Water Consultant

Our water business continues to grow in response to market demand. We have a wide and growing portfolio of work delivering strategic advice through to detailed design to our water clients. We support projects as trusted advisor to clients globally which include government; private infrastructure asset owners and operators; regulatory and policy organisations; and investment institutions. Recent clients include Environment Agency, Welsh Water, Yorkshire Water, Wessex Water, Northern Ireland Water, Bristol City Council, Thames Water, Rockefeller Foundation and other international NGOs. We are looking for a Principal Water Consultant to join our dynamic and growing team who is excited by the opportunity to drive innovation, delivering excellence for our clients, influencing the sector both nationally and internationally through our projects, and working in collaborative, diverse teams.

Is this role right for you?

We have a new opportunity for a dynamic and committed Principal Water Consultant with experience of water policy, strategy and water resources, to join our engaging and collaborative team. The primary focus of the role is to support our clients water strategy, policy formulation and water resources planning. A key component is Development of strategies and plans, business/investment cases, risk and resilience approaches and asset management as well as analysis and interpretation of qualitative and quantitative data. As a client orientated team, preparing and delivering compelling client- and public- facing reports and presentations, will be key to successful collaboration.

We work in multi-disciplinary and diverse teams, supporting the development of junior members of the team and managing the delivery and output of projects, including project planning, programming, quality assurance and commercial management. We encourage our people to demonstrate drive and motivation, a willingness to learn, and a desire to deliver an excellent service to our clients. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to develop a deep combination of industry skills and broad range of understanding, learning through a combination of project work and training, as they progress towards promotion to roles with overall responsibility for project delivery. Some examples of the required skills are listed below.

  • Demonstrable Policy formulation, Water Management and Asset Management experience with the Infrastructure environment.
  • Track-record of adopting digital technologies into your previous work.
  • Industry in delivering Policy and Asset Planning including Water Resources Planning; Assurance and Regulation.
  • Knowledge of the key issues and opportunities facing infrastructure in the UK.
  • Master’s degree in engineering, science, mathematics, economics, geography, water management, water security or related discipline. Ideally with a focus on Water Policy.
  • Professionally qualified or working towards qualification in a relevant professional institution, for example, CIWEM or ICE.

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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

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