Associate Director of River Engineering

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About the opportunity

To meet our growing UK business needs and development aspirations we are recruiting an experienced River Engineer to join our thriving team in Peterborough. You will take a senior role in the technical and commercial delivery of river engineering, canal restoration, fish pass design, drainage, environmental improvement and flood risk management projects for clients in major public and private sector organisations With a passion for delighting our clients you will ensure that our engineering solutions meet their needs and exceed their expectations feeding in ideas to improve and enhance our market leading designs. With excellent communication skills, you will have a genuine interest in finding creative and innovative ideas and the hunger to extend your own skills and knowledge in the flood risk sector.

With plenty of hands on experience in delivery of successful river engineering solutions you will be ready for the next career challenge in taking a leadership role in developing client relationships and growing our business across both private and public sector clients. You will work with clients and Jacobs teams at a senior level in projects and in R&D activities. You will provide leadership through technical and commercial project governance and mentoring of future business leaders.


Operational and Technical Leadership

Develop and review delivery strategies at bid stage

Ensure the project is delivered to cost, quality and time requirements

Ensure the adoption of best-practice project management tools, processes and techniques

Ensure that project risks are identified, documented and managed, including monthly reviews of projects and project portfolios

Audit of compliance with safety, health, environment quality (SHEQ) requirements and of remedial actions

Promote global delivery, innovation, value management, continuous improvement, knowledge sharing and sustainable solutions

Client Management and Reputation

Build and maintain relationships of trust with key client personnel

Obtain and act on client feedback and survey results

People Leadership

Provide overall leadership to the project team

Ensure the compliance with business integrity policies within Jacobs partners and the supply chain

Monitor and enhance satisfaction of staff in the project team

Act as a role model for collaborative working with other project directors and senior managers

Mentor project managers and others in developing their careers in project management/leadership

Commercial Leadership

Manage project profitability, capital employed and cash flow

Minimise risks wherever possible

Ensure efficient use of resources and assets to deliver the project

About you

With expertise in the field of River Engineering and experience of delivery and team management you are comfortable in a local leadership role and you want to have input to strategic decisions that affect the team in your region. You strive for excellence and want to join an already high performing team and contribute to continual improvement in delivery.

You are highly experienced in producing a wide range of deliverables and reviewing and overseeing complex pieces of work. You are keen to be involved in a role that allows you to drive commercially viable and excellent delivery through innovation.

You are involved in developing the business and take responsibility for identifying and targeting new clients and projects and you lead and coordinated complicated and large tenders.

The successful candidate will be required to demonstrate the following:

Customer Focus

Situational Adaptability

Strategic Mindset


Drives vision & purpose

Cultivates Innovation

A Global Mindset and demonstrated ability to work across cultures and remotely with our Global Integrated Delivery teams


Experience of successfully directing multi-million pound projects

Knowledge and experience of structured project management methodologies

Client relationship management experience at a senior, strategic level

Experienced in delivering design commissions with contractors

Strong leadership capabilities

Degree in Civil Engineering or other relevant engineering discipline

Chartered with ICE or CIWEM

An inclusive leader who works effectively as part of a diverse team

Demonstrable knowledge of developing client relationships to develop new opportunities

Extensive experience of quality assurance and technical leadership

Experienced in solution development and ability to develop, price and agree scope of services plus leading and winning tender opportunities

Experienced in technical coordination of multi-disciplinary teams

Highly experienced in writing and reviewing technical reports and adept in conveying key messages in a simple and clear manner from complex technical documentation

Highly effective mentoring and training skills to develop and support junior staff.

Excellent presentation skills with experience of presenting to existing and potential clients, to regulators and stakeholders on behalf of clients, at meetings, within working teams and at conferences.

Ideally, here's what you'll also have:

APM Project Management Qualification or PRINCE2 Practitioner

Masters degree or doctorate in Civil Engineering or a related discipline

Project management qualification (e.g. APM or PRINCE2)

Established relationships with the relevant statutory bodies e.g. Environment Agency.

Experienced in leading and winning new tender opportunities, writing proposals and estimating costs, including for new services and offerings

Expert Witness experience

Hold a valid UK driving licence

Why Jacobs?
We're invested in you and your success. Our diverse perspectives and unique backgrounds power our collective strength. By supporting one another and through our culture of caring, we all succeed. The biggest questions spark our curious minds. We clear the way for inventive thinking and exploration, so you have the support, means and space to deliver the boldest solutions for the extraordinary and every day. We redefine what's possible. There's something that drives everyone - and we want you to keep evolving your career, discover unexpected opportunities and ensure you can deliver on tomorrow.

Our Culture
At Jacobs we see safety differently - we strive to go 'BeyondZero' by putting the health, safety and well-being of our employees first in everything we do.

We are committed to equality across our business and we work with external organisations such as STEM, WISE (Women in Science & Engineering) and Stonewall. We are also Disability Confident Committed; therefore, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for a vacancy.

We encourage applications from candidates looking for flexible working or reduced hours' contracts. Please also bear in mind that you do not need to meet 100% of the Essential Criteria to be considered for a position with Jacobs.

When you join Jacobs you will have access to a wide range of Global Networks, centred on inclusion and diversity which is the foundation of our business and at the centre of our values.

To find out more about our networks, please visit our website; (url removed)

Successful candidates will be asked to complete a Baseline Personnel Security Standard Pre-Employment check and will be required to undergo various checks including: Identity, Right to Work; Employment/Education History and Criminal Record. If you are unable to meet this and any associated criteria, then your employment may be delayed or rejected.

JACOBS is an Equal Opportunity Employer who is committed to the safety and wellbeing of all.


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