• Subject Matter Expert (SME): Water Treatment

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  • Overview / Responsibilities

    Wood’s Environment & Infrastructure (E&IS) team provides a wide range of environmental and engineering services to both the municipal and industrial markets covering all aspects of water, wastewater and solid waste management and treatment.

    We are looking to expand and develop our municipal water process engineering team; increasing its skill base in the provision of clean water process design. We wish to recruit a Subject Matter Expert (SME): Water Treatment in London, whom has a strong track record within the water sector. Reporting to the Regional Municipal Water Lead - South they will manage and develop the water treatment technical capability of the process team company-wide. You will also lead the technical capability strategy and supervise competency across project delivery within the municipal water process group.


    The Technical Director will be an integral member of the Municipal Water team and work closely to design and deliver technical process solutions and outputs for various types of water facilities and infrastructure. They will form a key part of the national team tasked with developing and implementing a strategy to grow the water consultancy services and revenue in the UK.


    Additionally, they will support the engineering and design delivery on a wide range of projects primarily producing and/or checking detailed process engineering deliverables. These deliverables will cover tenders, through to concept and detailed design and lead onto construction and commissioning support.


    The workload is extremely varied and there may be opportunities to become involved in some challenging projects within several sectors.


    Responsibilities and Duties

    The main responsibilities and duties of the SME (Water) are as follows:


    • Utilise skills and experience to both develop and maintain strong technical process delivery, including innovation in the clean water municipal sector; providing continuous improvements to procedures, mentoring of team members and ensuring engineering process solutions are executed to benefit our clients and their needs
    • Ensuring that in-house knowledge is maintained in line with industry best practice and technological developments, including strategic planning for extending skillsets associated with advanced technologies and market demand
    • Actively seek out industry engagement through paper presentation at conferences, leadership articles in the media, and contribution to industry and professional bodies
    • Support junior and senior process staff members in the successful delivery of a diverse range of water projects from initial bid to issue of reports
    • Participate in business development and proposals, scoping of work, key tasks and packages and resourcing/time estimates
    • Preparation and/or review of process design package deliverables such as technical specifications, calculations, reports, datasheets, P&IDs, mass balances, drawings, schedules, and associated process documentation. Review and execute tender evaluations
    • Understand the requirements for installations in relation to DSEAR and hazardous area classification
    • Participate in or review, site evaluations, problem solving and optimisation tasks as part of solution development strategies. Oversee testing, setting to work and commissioning stages relevant to mechanical equipment and installations.


    • Encourage and actively promote skills and innovation within the team, externally to clients and industry contacts
    • Support efforts to develop a digital transformation methodology in the delivery and management of projects
    • Support efforts to develop a Synchro 4D/ 5D design and construction sequencing approach and methodology

    Skills / Qualifications


    • Strong technical process treatment and design skills combined with demonstrable track record in municipal water treatment process. Flexibility in being able to operate in other technical sectors is encouraged within Wood
    • Able to communicate clearly in the English language; both verbally and in the production of good quality written documentation using MS Office applications
    • Have a confident Client-facing manner, and be diligent, confident, collaborative and highly motivated; when working as part of a Client’s team, together with Wood colleagues, or independently
    • Able to work accurately, flexibly and to integrate work into multi-disciplinary teams, whilst working to tight programme and budget constraints
    • Able to run larger multi-disciplinary design projects including programming and resource planning as well as the ability to prepare review and approve calculations, reports, drawings and design briefs relating to process design and mechanical/ICA plant installations
    • Have a heightened awareness of personal safety and a good understanding of the CDM Regulations
    • Able to travel and visit engineering, operational and construction sites as required, to act in a safe manner, and to asset survey, inspect, and witness test mechanical E&I equipment and installations
    • You will have a commitment to team goals, embrace collaboration at all levels in the business and embrace safety as a non-negotiable priority.


    • Extensive knowledge and design experience in the treatment processes (incl. advanced technologies) used to produce clean water in the municipal sector; knowledge of the industrial sector is seen as beneficial
    • Significant experience working in the UK Water Industry, either via consultancy or directly for a water company
    • Operational experience is beneficial.



    • Qualified to degree level (or equivalent) in process/chemical engineering or chemistry, with membership of an appropriate professional institution
    • Chartered Engineer (preferably Fellow of a major institution)
    • APM qualified (desirable)

    Possession of a valid UK driving licence is essential, as is a willingness to travel and work for limited periods elsewhere within the UK and on occasion, overseas.

    Company Overview

    Wood is a global leader in the delivery of project, engineering and technical services to energy and industrial markets. We operate in more than 60 countries, employing around 60,000 people, with revenues of over $10 billion.  We provide performance-driven solutions throughout the asset life cycle, from concept to decommissioning across a broad range of industrial markets, including the upstream, midstream and downstream oil & gas, power & process, environment and infrastructure, clean energy, mining, nuclear, and general industrial sectors.  www.woodplc.com  

    Diversity Statement

    We are an equal opportunity employer that recognises the value of a diverse workforce. All suitably qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment on the basis of objective criteria and without regard to the following (which is a non-exhaustive list): race, colour, age, religion, gender, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran status, or other characteristics in accordance with the relevant governing laws.


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