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Principal Design Lead Engineer
Cardiff or Bristol

At Arcadis, we never lose sight of what is most important - look beyond our projects and programmes and you will see it is about human stories. From remaking public spaces that bring people together, to making cities easier to navigate, we are focused on making an impact where it matters most - and improving quality of life.

It is a big challenge - and therefore we need people committed to bringing their best, who deliver on their promises. People who value different perspectives, build sustainable relationships, and dare to shape the future. People who seize the experiences available to transform their world - and the world around them.

It is a shared goal amongst 27,000 Arcadians and one that we can only achieve by working together and applying our skills and expertise across design, consultancy, engineering, project, and management services. It is how we will find solutions to our clients' most complex challenges and how we will deliver exceptional results, today and tomorrow.

Job Description

You will be a key Design Lead in the Water Engineering business within the Wales & Bristol Hub and will take a role in managing and directing the project team, providing both leadership and technical guidance to multidiscipline team members. You will ensure and implement the right-shaping of resources and effective resource management in line with the project technical and commercial requirements. Reporting to the Framework Design Manager you will be responsible for delivery of outline and detailed design on single medium value projects or programmes of work with multiple smaller schemes.

Additional responsibilities of this role include, but are not limited to:

• Oversee the delivery of multidisciplinary projects on time, meeting both quality and budgetary targets, while striving to exceed delivery partner and client expectations.

• Establish and grow relationships with clients and delivery partners on project technical, commercial and progress matters.

• Ensuring projects meet required technical, legislative, quality, safety and environmental standards and objectives.

• Engaging with and utilising fully the remote Global Excellence Centres (GECs) as key members and resources of your design teams, and as a seamless part of our service offering.

• Promoting effective and efficient fee proposals and bid management in liaison with the Hub and / or Sector Leadership.

• Promoting and marketing all facets of the company's services during client interfaces and generally.

• Encouraging a growth mindset, innovative and entrepreneurial thinking among team members.

• Contribute to thought leadership in the water engineering business for design management and in your particular area of technical expertise.

• Act as mentor and technical supervisor to multidisciplinary design teams.

• Line management and performance development responsibility for assigned staff.

• Ensure the capture of key project and technical knowledge, including innovations.


• Relevant engineering degree

• Chartered Engineer status (eg IMechE, IET, MICE, MCIWEM)

• An in-depth knowledge of Water and Wastewater Engineering, major clients and industry specifications and requirements.

• Significant experience in multidisciplinary design delivery of process plant systems on complex water and wastewater industry engineering projects.

• Experience of working on design and construction projects using digital design.

• Team leader with open and collaborative behaviours.

• Excellent communication and relationship building skills, both internally and externally.

Why Arcadis?

At Arcadis, you will have the opportunity to build the career that is right for you because each Arcadian has their own motivations and career goals.

As a 'people first' business, we will take the time to listen and understand what you want from your time here and provide the support you need to achieve your ambitions. Wherever you join us, you can look forward to a competitive reward package that includes an attractive starting salary, opportunities for career development and being part of a sociable community. We have a performance-related bonus scheme and an employee recognition scheme. Other benefits include membership fees to join your relevant professional body, employer contribution pension scheme, flexible working and a flexible holiday scheme.

We believe that by working together, diverse people with different experiences develop the most innovative ideas. Equality, diversity, and inclusion is at the heart of how we improve quality of life and we work closely with our people across six ED&I Workstreams: Age, Disability, Faith, Gender, LGBT+ and Race. A diverse and skilled workforce is essential to our success.

• Relevant engineering degree

• Chartered Engineer status (eg IMechE, IET, MICE, MCIWEM)
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