Project Principal (International Water)

Mott MacDonald

Arnhem, Netherlands 🇳🇱


Full time

Arnhem, Netherlands

Job Description


  • Ultimately accountable for the successful completion of all projects under their oversight. Success means commercial, financial, technical success and realisation of client benefits agreed at the bid stage:
    • Accountable for commercial success – ensuring contract terms and risk mitigations from the bid are put into practice and that risks are actively managed throughout project delivery.
    • Accountable for financial success – challenging and supporting Project Managers to ensure sufficient resources to deliver and challenging other interventions which reduce the ability to deliver
    • Accountable for client satisfaction – supporting Project Managers to ensure suitably skilled staff are made available and that action is taken to resolve significant relationship issues; managing the tension between internal and external needs.
    • Accountable for sound project governance – instigating formal reviews and application of lessons learnt within the project; assessing whether project structure is fit for purpose; ensuring risks are reviewed and mitigations put in place; ensuring that project plans are actively used to manage the project.
    • Accountable for technical success – challenging and working closely with technical principals to ensure excellent technical delivery
    • Ultimately accountable for Health, Safety and Welfare – working to Mott MacDonald’s global standards and reviewing Health Safety and Welfare alongside project commercials and risk.
    • Accountable for overall management, production, approval, and submission of bids:
      • Accountable for leading bid teams, including support and challenge to bid managers in management, production, approval, and submission of bids
      • Accountable for ensuring bids align with Mott MacDonald’s commercial strategy and commercial targets, and ensuring comprehensive management of risks is built into our bids
      • Ensures that Mott MacDonald’s governance is applied and that bids are managed in compliance with our Business Management System
      • Accountable for ensuring that all bids are ethically compliant and in line with all health, safety, and wellbeing requirements.
    • Develop strong relationship with clients
    • Promote further work opportunities
    • Line management duties, including responsibility for an employee’s day to day employment, performance, development, pay and welfare

Candidate Specification

The following experience/capabilities are desirable for this role:

  • Civil engineering background with significant experience in the water and wastewater sector
  • Experience of managing international development projects in the water sector.
  • Experience of working in a developing country, preferably in South/South-East Asia or Africa
  • Experience in designing and executing public infrastructure works and development of water and wastewater working plans;
  • Experience in project and financial management, leading and managing large multi-disciplinary teams
  • Strong commercial acumen, in project delivery, and proposal preparation
  • Strong client and stakeholder relationship building skills.
  • Effective communication, with Clients, project team and business managers.
  • Ability to create an enjoyable and fulfilling work environment.
  • Excellent people skills with confidence to take part in and chair high level meetings with public and private sector clients.
  • The ability to respect and work well with people from different cultures and backgrounds.
  • A track record of working in or supporting multi-disciplinary networked teams with team members based in several countries.
  • Willingness to be flexible and adaptable, to learn new skills and apply existing skills to new areas of business.
  • Willingness to travel on overseas assignments
  • A background in the delivery and management of projects in the water supply and/or wastewater sector
  • Experience of working in the Netherlands

Job Profile

Mott MacDonald is committed to improving people’s lives through creating and delivering tailored development solutions.
We work in developing countries to alleviate poverty, establish good governance, and increase access, capacity and resilience in healthcare, education, water, sanitation, transportation, infrastructure and renewable energy – while safeguarding the environment and promoting human rights and gender equity.
We are looking for an experienced Project Principal/Project Director with a background in the water supply and/or wastewater sector and demonstrable commercial acumen to join our International Water Portfolio as a senior member of our team. This is a senior role, and the successful candidate will be accountable for the commercial success of projects and proposals, be expected to contribute to the delivery of our business development strategy and line manage team members. The role is based in The Netherlands and requires regular travel on short term assignments.

Our International Water Portfolio sits within Mott MacDonald’s International Development Services Unit which is working on development projects across South Asia and Africa. Our areas of work are social sector development, economic development and governance, health and education, water and sanitation, environmental management and climate change, and integrated water resources management. Our clients are international funding institutions such as the World Bank, UK Foreign and Commonwealth Development Office (FCDO), Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) , NL-AID, EU, EIB, EBRD,  and  the African and Asian Development Banks (AfDB and ADB).

What makes us different is that we approach problems from a fresh perspective. As an employee-owned company, we have the freedom and independence of mind to find new ways to enhance human well-being and foster social and economic development through connected thinking.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate and take positive steps to create an inclusive culture.

Job Ref: 61865BR

Recruiter Contact: Janet Thatcher

Country: Netherlands

Region/State: ALL – Netherlands

Discipline: International Development

Sector: International development

Website Region: Europe and Central Asia

Website Sector: International development




IHE Delft MSc in Water and Sustainable Development