Chief Process Engineer - Water

About £43,000 - £56,000 a year

About Costain and your project.

Costain helps to improve people’s lives by deploying technology-based engineering solutions to meet urgent national needs across the UK’s energy, water and transportation infrastructures.

Costain’s Engineering and Design Group provides engineering services to the Water, Energy, Transport and Defence sectors. Our Process Engineering team is developing and strengthening our water treatment, wastewater treatment and biosolids process engineering capabilities and is seeking to recruit a Chief Process Engineer to lead and oversee all process engineering consultancy and design work undertaken for the water sector including in-house process engineering design works to be undertaken for AMP7 as well as the Maintenance Services Provider framework contract for United Utilities.

What will I be doing?

A Chief Process Engineer is one of the company’s leading specialists in Process Design. The role reports to the Process Discipline Manager and the jobholder shall have responsibility for technical development of the function; support to business development and work winning; delivery of conceptual, front-end and project execution in the Water sector. The role may also have line management responsibility for engineers within the Process engineering team.


To provide technical assurance and support to process engineers working on contracts.

To lead teams on engineering studies at feasibility and concept design stages, with full accountability for quality, budget and schedule.

When acting as Lead Process Engineer on FEED and Detailed Design projects to:

supervise design work carried out by the Process Group
prepare project deliverables and check work by others in accordance with company procedures
approve project deliverables when authorised by the Process Engineering Technical Authority.
ensure that the Process group produces safe, economic and technically sound engineering designs, in accordance with company policy and standards, which meet the Client’s requirements
work in a collaborative multi-disciplinary project delivery team, through proactive liaison with other disciplines and to ensure integration of Process Engineering design requirements into the overall engineering design
provide technical support during the procurement cycle including evaluation of tenders and review of supplier documentation
communicate to team members the project objectives and execution strategies and provide training as required on company workflow, methods and business systems
develop discipline programme activities/deliverables and interdependencies
plan for adequate resources
monitor and report design progress and man-hour usage to the project management team

To develop relationships with Costain Key Account Directors; Capability Account Leads; customers; supply chain and other third parties.

To represent Costain in client meetings.

To work collaboratively with business development, work winning and marketing functions to develop and tender new opportunities studies and major projects.

To provide input, for the Process Engineering function, into proposals including preparation of manhour estimates, execution write-ups and to develop discipline programme activities/deliverables and interdependencies.

To support the Process Engineering Technical Authority in technical development of the function driving innovation and continuous improvement in the work processes and tools used in the department for design work.

To provide Process Engineering support to Construction and Commissioning project teams as required.

The jobholder shall ensure effective employee working relationships and communication through:

Development of productive relationships with colleagues by consultation, team building, support and guidance
Informing teams and individuals regularly on organisational performance, policies and procedures
Feedback to senior management with comments, recommendations for performance improvement and barriers to individual and team performance raised by staff

The jobholder shall assist the Process Discipline Manager in ensuring that staff have the necessary technical skills and experience appropriate for delivering Process Engineering on water sector projects undertaken by the company through:

Providing line management to assigned process engineers
Supporting the process of recruitment for the Process Engineering department.
Assessing staff for technical competence and ensuring that staff are deployed in line with their skills, experience and agreed level of authority.
Identification and organisation of training and development needs for direct line reports taking into account work activities, learning ability and circumstances. Advising the Process Discipline Manager
Provision of support and coaching to individuals as required
Setting of clear performance objectives, with assessment of performance and delivery of feedback

The jobholder shall ensure personal and corporate compliance with Health and Safety policy through

Implementing recognised good practice in Process Safety Management.
Maintaining awareness of legal and organizational responsibilities regarding Health, Safety and Environmental issues with respect to employees, contractors, clients and third parties, ensuring that activities are managed in accordance with Company policy and client requirements.
Personal compliance with current company policy, relevant legislation, company and client’s requirements for Health, Safety and Environmental matters and to work in such a manner not to cause personal harm or injury to fellow workers, client and subcontractors employees or the environment
Ensuring that any unsafe or hazardous occurrence is reported to senior management and Safety, Health & Environmental staff, and that all necessary investigations and subsequent recommendations are executed promptly

The role is based in the Costain Manchester Office and may require travel to company, supplier or client offices or sites for business purposes.

About you

Role Competencies

Comprehensive knowledge of the UK Regulatory environment

Ability to apply relevant industry codes, standards and guidelines for the water sector

Experience in the full project lifecycle: feasibility, FEED, Detailed Design, construction support commissioning and handover.

Extensive knowledge and experience in the design, operation and optimisation of Wastewater Treatment Plants.

Good Knowledge and experience in the design, operation and optimisation of Water Treatment Plant design is desirable.

Process Engineering definition including development of mass balance, data analysis, design calculations, technology selection, major equipment and package datasheet specification, process flow diagrams, process design philosophies and P&ID’s

Strong focus on process safety and sustainability, with extensive project experience of CDM and HAZOP and awareness of Functional Safety Management including SIL Classification using LOPA

Technical Risk Management

Commercial Awareness

Proactive, self-motivated and solutions biased

Strong interpersonal skills

Effective communicator

Strong technical writing skills

Strong Engineering IT skills

Excellent Business System and Software skills including Microsoft Word and Excel

Your Qualifications & Experience

First degree in Chemical Engineering or suitable equivalent.

Chartered Engineer and member of a relevant engineering institution e.g. IChemE, CIWEM etc

The candidate should have a minimum of 15 years’ experience including significant experience of wastewater treatment, water treatment and biosolids design preferably in an engineering consultancy or contracting environment.

Final Statement

We listened to our employees so our Core Benefits are funded by us and include a Group Pension Scheme, Employee Assistance Programme, Life Assurance, Income Protection and funded membership to a Professional Institute. In addition to this we also offer a Private Healthcare Scheme, Private Dental Scheme, Cycle to Work, Volunteering Days and Save as You Earn Scheme.

At Costain we aim to be an accessible, diverse and inclusive organisation to continue to meet our customers’ needs. We will be industry leading in our approach and people from all backgrounds will be proud to work for Costain. Our goal is to have a workforce that is representative of society.

We actively encourage applications from candidates who have a relationship with the armed forces community whether as a currently serving member or reservist, ex-military or wounded personnel or as a member of a service family.