Process Technician/Commissioning Engineer – Water

Position: Process Technician/Commissioning Engineer

Location: Thames Water Region (Thames Valley)

Salary Guide: £40,000 – £55,000 (DOE) Plus Car Allowance and Excellent Benefits

Our client is a Tier 1 D&B Contractor operating predominately in the water industry, who are delivering a number of water and wastewater non-infrastructure projects for Thames Water and they are recruiting for Process Engineer to work on these exciting projects throughout Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire.

The process Technician/Engineers role is a key position within the Thames Water team where you will plan, co-ordinate and resource the off and on-site testing activities that will deliver exceptional take-over performance across the framework.

You will initially work with the Commissioning Manager and Production Team to formulate a detailed and timed Take-Over Delivery Plan incorporating the Company’s and Thames Water’s specific requirements. The plan will be regularly updated and will provide the basis for performance monitoring.

You will ensure that Process testing requirements are considered from the earliest stages of project delivery and providing reliable, efficient and successful Process testing outcomes for Thames Water Operations. You will work closely with our Project Teams and Commissioning Manager and with Thames Water’s Commissioning and Operational Teams to safely delivery successful Process/Testing outcomes.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Take-over compliance testing programmes: Work with Project Teams, Commissioning Manager and Thames Water to generate Take-Over compliance Testing Plan during Project Brief/Outline Design stage thus positively influencing direction. Add further detail and granularity to these plans as the project develops.
  • Process Systems and Records: Put in place robust processes and procedures that reflect the Company and Thames Water requirements and facilitate exceptional take-over performance. Ensure that take-over testing is undertaken comprehensively, and records and inspections are accurately and reliably produced and signed off. Ensure Quality Assurance Systems compliance.
  • Resources: Identify and recruit sufficient competent resources to deliver the framework take-over testing requirements including appointing and supporting the development of technical apprentices and graduates.
  • Project Management: Work closely with the Commissioning Manager to provide technical expertise and deliver all activities cost-efficiently and in accordance with the contract programme and applicable standards and specifications.
  • Process Safety Management: Put in place framework specific processes and procedures to ensure that wider process/energy related risks are identified and controlled.

  • Health and Safety: Through meticulous planning and supervision, ensure that testing and commissioning is undertaken safely.
  • Co-ordination: Coordinate internal and supplier resources and ensure close liaison with Thames Water operational and staff throughout project delivery.
  • Design: Strong collaborative approach to integrate our own and supply chain expertise with our designers (Arcadis) throughout project delivery to make sure that take-over testing requirements are incorporated into the design. Provide specialist technical expertise to the design staff.
  • Reporting: Provide monthly take-over testing reports to the Commissioning Manager & Senior leadership team.
  • Efficiency: Manage the planning and organisation of tasks, people and resources to maximise efficiency and improve wellbeing.
  • Capacity and Competence: Put in place the appropriate training, mentoring and coaching arrangements to ensure that take-over testing teams (including Arcadis and Strategic Suppliers) have the appropriate technical skills and competence and exhibit the right culture and behaviours to deliver exceptional performance.
  • Culture: Fully embrace the Company’s and Thames Water’s cultural vision, consistently demonstrating collaborative behaviours.

Skills, Qualifications & Experience:

  • You will be a technically strong and analytical leader who can co-ordinate multiple work streams and meet challenging deadlines.
  • You will have a detailed and competent technical knowledge of Clean/Wastewater system. This would ideally be in the water sector, but this is not essential.
  • You will have an appreciation of MMC, Lean Construction, Agile Programme Management, Production Thinking and other techniques that assure programme and quality performance.
  • Can work independently or as part of a diverse team.
  • Proficient in the use of computer packages and able to make up reports/Schedules to aid take over planning and delivery of projects.
  • Display a creative and forward-thinking approach to problem solving and continuous improvement.
  • Excellent communication and engagement skills – ability to bring the whole team on the MMC journey including Thames Water and our specialist supply chain.
  • Minimum HNC qualified in a chemical engineering subject.
  • Professional qualification is desirable.
  • SMSTS safety qualification is desirable.

Process Commissioning Engineer

Position: Process Commissioning Engineer – Water

Location: North West

Rate Guide: £375.00 – £400.00 per day (Guide Rate)

Our client is a leading design and build contractor operating in the water sector. They have over 1,000 staff working across eight regional centres, primarily supporting six long term water sector frameworks through a number of joint ventures and alliances.

They are looking to recruit a Process Commissioning Engineer to work on their United Utilities AMP7 framework. Based in North West you will be responsible for the hands on commissioning on various clean water and wastewater projects. You will report directly to the Project Manager and the responsibilities will include:

  • Develop commissioning plans through the detailed design and installation phase, attend HAZOPS, HAZCOMMs and other risk reduction meetings, arrange and manage sampling activities to be carried out during testing.
  • Carry out process commissioning on site, including managing sampling activities, liaising with process support and to have analysis carried out or conduct analysis internally, managing process start up and ensure optimum operation of the plant during performance trials.
  • Write and submit commissioning completion reports indicating the performance levels achieved and successful pass of the process criteria.
  • Facilitate feedback of improvement information from commissioning.
  • Take part in off-site testing and pre-commissioning activities by suppliers or others where required.
  • Ensure Commissioning is carried out safely in accordance with regulations and procedures.
  • Ensure all necessary Commissioning documentation is produced in a timely manner and co-operate with Technical Documentation teams to ensure timely delivery of O&M manuals.

Skills, Qualifications & Experience:

  • Previous hands on Process commissioning experience
  • Strong process commissioning experience both site based and in planning activities
  • Site experience in process commissioning, within the water industry
  • Relevant degree or HND (scientific, chemical or process engineering preferred) or other suitable qualification

Process Engineer – Water/Wastewater

Position: Process Engineers – Water or Wastewater Treatment

Location: Preston with flexible working

Salary: £35-45k negotiable (DOE) and excellent benefits package

Our Client: Is an integrated design and build solution provider operating in the water sector. They have over 1,000 staff working across eight regional centres, primarily supporting six long term water sector frameworks operating both on their own and increasingly in joint ventures and alliances.

The Role: Due to recent successful bids on the AMP7 Frameworks, our client is looking to strengthen their Engineering team with Process Engineers. Based at the Preston office with the opportunity to also do some home working, you will provide superior quality engineering design services to allow the company to minimize risks and maximize profits on turnkey and engineering services contract.

Responsibilities: You will report directly to the Principal Engineer and the responsibilities will include:

Co-ordinate the design and produce process design documents and drawings taking due account of health & safety requirements, specifications and standards pertaining to the contract

Responsible for the technical aspects of the delivery of several projects and for specific department management functions and improvement initiatives as directed by the department manager

Assist with the production of process designs which are cost effective, meet the requirements of the specification and which can be constructed and commissioned effectively

To be cost effective the whole out turn cost of the design solution must be considered including design time costs, material costs, erection costs and any impact that the design solution might have on other disciplines

Assist the design manager to write, update and monitor efficient procedures to aid the smooth running of the department

Ensure co-ordination of the designs with all other disciplines internal and external to ensure that the design processes carried out on the contract are coordinated for the benefit of the contract as a whole

Ensure that design takes full regard of all health and safety requirements

Experience: Degree Qualified in Chemical Engineering

Extensive knowledge of either water or wastewater process design

Proven track record of developing process design/mass balance

Ability to rationalise designs and produce economic process designs

Key Words

Process Engineer

Process Engineering

Chemical Engineer

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Water Treatment


Waste Water

Effluent Treatment

Water Industry

Water Sector

Engineering Design

Process Design

Process Designer

Mass Balance