• Civil Project Engineer - Site Agent (Water)

    Posted Date 1 month ago(07/11/2019 11:46)
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  • 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.


    United Utilities (UU) have awarded a single 5-year framework agreement to provide overall management and execution of the larger-scale on-site asset maintenance activities across the North West region, including the provision and management of supplementary engineering services to manage and deliver diverse works, including the provision of a first-generation helpdesk. UU want to optimise the operation of their water, wastewater and energy production for effective and efficient management of their end-to-end system.

    We require Civils Project Engineer with Site management experience to support the North region with focus on Non-Core planned project work and site assurance which is Civils related reservoir work, reporting to the Project Manager with emphasis on site safety and quality of work.


    Individual project values will typically range between £10k - £3M. A Project Engineer is likely to deliver between 10 to 20 concurrent projects though that is depending on size and complexity.

    The Project Engineer will develop key relationships with UU operational personnel, supply chain partners and promote a team spirit environment.


    What will I be doing?

    Accountable for:

    • Providing whole life oversight and accountability for the successful completion of Maintenance Projects and Services, through design, procurement, assembly, commissioning, and handover as required
    • Ensure the supply chain remain compliant with both the Framework Management Plan, Framework HASEMP, and all Site-specific agreed documents
    • Working closely with the Supply Chain Manager monitor Performance of the strategic supply chain who will deliver approximately 100% of the works in years 1-2, and work with all parties to ensure any performance improvement plans are developed and actions closed out
    • Assist the PM’s, and ADM in the Development and Implementation of a strategy to deliver 30% of the maintenance works in house from year 2
    • Provide Leadership to create a safety culture to ensure Zero LTI and RIDDOR Incidents.
    • Ensure a commercial focus with a high level of challenge on project scope and choosing efficient delivery strategies, whilst identifying waste and ensuring value for money solutions
    • Ensure that all stakeholders within MSP and United Utilities are engaged and supportive of the projects and services and their potential impacts
    • Ensure all projects and services comply fully with United Utilities governance processes, obtaining necessary approvals
    • Ensure consistent and reliable reporting of project/services performance into the MSP systems to create a single version of the truth, and report performance monthly by exception into the PM.
    • Ensure key project and programme risks are identified early, and mitigated where possible, with issues and blockers escalated immediately to the PM.

    Responsible for:

    • Report project and services performance SHEQ, Time and Cost, monthly to allow portfolio performance reviews to be held between the ADM and Project Managers
    • Striving to identify and then deliver efficiencies
    • Work closely with the PM, ADM’s, HUB Operations and Design Manager to ensure efficient use of resources, framework efficiencies and customer satisfaction
    • Identify blockers/issues and ensure that a solution is developed to resolve, and immediately escalate where out of your area of control or influence.
    • 100% SHEQ compliance with the Framework HASEMP, and compliance with the Framework Management plan
    • Provide challenge, innovation & solutions for continuous improvement to the Framework Leadership Team via the PM
    • Work in close collaboration with colleague’s, teams and clients forming supportive and positive, open relationships.
    • Arranging handover of the sites from UU operations to the contractor.
    • Stakeholder management both internal and external
    • Management of United Utilities customers impacted by the project
    • Ensure statutory approvals are being obtained
    • Monthly forecasting of cost and programme for all projects or services, and ensure variance to baseline is minimised through mitigation, and or escalated where issues or blockers are preventing achievement of the baseline forecast

    About you


    • Skills, knowledge, and experience of CDM and Construction Management in the capacity of Principle Contractor
    • Skills, knowledge, and experience of CDM and Design in both the capacity of Principle Designer (or CDM-C) and designer.
    • Advanced understanding of the importance of the customer and how to minimise and enhance the impact our works have on them ensuring their needs are accounted for in the delivery of every scheme.
    • Strong Project Management Skills
    • Strong Technical understanding of Water and Waste water treatment
    • Strong People and Leadership Skills
    • Strong Contract Awareness
    • Good problem-solving skills, able to provide solutions
    • Able to prioritise and reprioritise tasks
    • Good understanding of site delivery and buildability
    • Track record of delivery of project portfolios
    • Solid commercial, financial and analytical skills
    • Well-developed communication and interpersonal skills
    • Flexibility and adaptability to be able to respond rapidly to unexpected events, having the ability to develop creative solutions to problems
    • Delivery of key targets and objectives within the limits of available resources
    • Proven track record of managing different contractual arrangements, competitive tender/partnering/frameworks
    • Knowledge of Reservoir work and Reg 31 would be beneficial


    Qualifications and Training:

    • 5 - 10 years experience preferably in the water industry in a multi-project delivery role
    • HNC/HND or degree in a relevant engineering discipline
    • SMSTS qualification
    • Association of Project Management (APM) Introductory Certificate

    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.


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