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Senior Process Engineer

  1. Glasgow
  1. Water

Senior Process Engineer

Senior Engineer - Process

Atkins, an SNC-Lavalin company, is a world-leader in engineering, design consultancy and construction providing our staff with opportunities to work on the most exciting and diverse UK and international projects. Following an exciting and very successful start to AMP7, The Infrastructure division is looking to appoint a number of Process Engineers to join our mechanical, electrical and process (MEP) team. We are looking for a range of experience levels, across both Clean Water and Wastewater. These roles could be based at any of our major offices, such as Birmingham, Derby, Bristol, Epsom, or Warrington. We plan to utilise your specialist skills to provide innovative multidisciplinary engineering solutions for our clients in the UK and overseas.

We are looking to appoint a number of process engineers with a variety of experiences. Some examples include:

  • Ability to lead bids; Project Management experience would be an advantage
  • Flexibility to work at other locations in the UK or overseas for short durations is essential
  • Experience with membrane treatment (U/F, N/F and RO Desalination) technologies
  • Development and implementation of new and emerging technologies and techniques
  • Resource recovery from wastewater
  • Low carbon footprint designs, with a view to improving our clients’ system sustainability
  • DSEAR, HAZOP lead, Functional safety
  • Design or O&M of biosolids plants
  • Digital twins

What this role requires

The process engineering services we offer to our clients require us to be able to deliver in an agile and future-facing environment. The following are therefore examples of the type of skills and qualities we need you to have.


  • Educated to degree level with a chemical / process engineering background; working towards (junior) or achieved chartered Membership (senior/principal) of a recognised professional institution
  • Typically, 8+ years’ experience in the water and/or wastewater engineering sector
  • You will be positive and enthusiastic, a confident communicator at all levels and a team player.
  • You will encourage and motivate those around you to work to your own high standards of quality and compliance. Using your own and our technical knowledge networks you will both educate and learn from those around you. You will be driven to stretch yourself and work outside of your comfort zone when the need arises
  • Hands-on understanding of water and wastewater treatment technologies; previous design and/or commissioning experience
  • Computer-literate and able to work effectively with the basic Microsoft suite of programmes
  • Ability to provide a customer-focussed service with an understanding of the water sector regulatory framework and strategic business planning
  • Ability to complete assignments on time, within budget and to a high technical standard
  • A well-developed understanding of the design process
  • A willingness to raise your profile and reputation within the water sector and that of the Company

Personal qualities

  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills
  • Well-motivated, with a positive outlook and approachable manner
  • Ability to build and maintain strong relationships with colleagues and clients
  • Ability to be flexible and to multi-task and prioritise when necessary
  • Flexible and able to work within the rest of the UK and overseas, as work demands and if necessary

Examples of work types

  • Plant and process reviews, assessments, route-cause analysis, apply cutting-edge evaluation techniques
  • Supporting plant operation, optimisation and troubleshooting
  • Feasibility, outline and detailed process design, including mass, heat and energy balances, process flow diagrams, P&IDs, hydraulic design, design risk assessments, control philosophies, commissioning strategies, cost and programme estimations, plant and equipment specifications, supplier tender evaluation
  • Working with and developing digital design tools such as water quality analysis, unit process sizing, process performance metrics, hydraulic calculations and other automated design tools
  • Technical report writing at all stages of the project lifecycle
  • Liaison with clients within the UK and worldwide.
  • Support and/or lead bids, fee proposals or offers of service; development of activity schedules/work plans
  • Understanding of HAZOP, DSEAR, CDM, WIMES, British and European Standards and other statutory, regulatory and non-regulatory provisions and guidance
  • Development of standard and bespoke design solutions over the entire water industry spectrum,
  • Meet and exceed quality, programme, budgetary and H&S requirements on projects
  • Preparing technical papers and presentations for conferences, colleagues and clients
  • Undertake research and development projects, manage sampling and analysis programmes as required

About Atkins - MEP team

The national MEP practice is a well-established, multidisciplinary, water engineering team with a varied and extensive global portfolio of asset creation, process improvement and plant optimisation projects. Our local teams incorporate expert process, mechanical and electrical engineers who provide a multidisciplinary approach to solving our clients’ problems in creating, managing, building and investing in water and wastewater infrastructure. Applying a networked management approach, and with a focus on staff empowerment, trust and agility, our fast-paced business can match your ambitions.

By drawing on the experience and knowledge of our global process engineering technical network, you will be encouraged to enhance your continuing professional development through developing and exploiting ground-breaking technological engineering advances within the water industry. From this class-leading technical foundation, your abilities will be developed to allow you to craft innovative, sustainable solutions and help us and our clients to take advantage of the digital revolution and embed resilience in our delivered solutions. And you will help us let the world know just how good you and we are at this!  

Why work with us?

As process engineers, we understand the importance of water. Our clients’ core business may be municipal water and wastewater services, or alternatively water and wastewater treatment may be a utility on which their core business depends. We know that treating the right quantity of water to the right quality at the lowest whole life cost and carbon footprint is fundamental. This is enabled with smart, efficient and experienced process engineering. We deliver innovative, cost-effective and sustainable infrastructure solutions to our clients. Smart process engineering starts by understanding water biochemistry and applying knowledge, experience and tools to identify the best value physical, chemical and biological treatment processes before any construction begins. We specialize in all aspects of water treatment, from drinking water and ultra-pure water, through municipal and industrial wastewater, to biosolids treatment and energy recovery. We continue to provide industry-leading process engineering right through the project lifecycle, with value added in particular during commissioning and optimization.

We employ a range of proprietary and in-house developed digital tools to facilitate our work. We use our water quality analysis tool to quickly understand past, present and future trends. We have process selection, sizing and performance models that allow us to optimize existing assets or identify the best solution for new ones. This enables us to quickly and efficiently evaluate a complex range of options with a clearly auditable trail, that underpins strategic planning and stands up to Regulator scrutiny.

Our people demonstrate through leadership and align us with our clients’ values and desired outcomes at project and programme level. We champion sustainable, best value solutions and deliver them more effectively by being, individually and collectively, faster, smarter and more reliable.

Rewards, benefits and career development, training

We offer a comprehensive and competitive salary and benefits package commensurate with the role and your skills and experience. Please refer to our website for further details. Our technical networks offer fantastic opportunities for you to grow your experience, expertise and reputation amongst your peers and beyond. Our broad range of projects, and wide pool of expert people will help you and your career grow to suit your aspirations and personal goals. We will help you to develop professionally and personally through a portfolio of training and development activities designed to help you make the best of your abilities and talents. Your development plan will be regularly reviewed through an on-going career development process. We actively support staff who seek to achieve membership of relevant professional institutions.


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