Engineering Design Manager 

Salary & Benefits: Flexible working role, £80,000 to £90,000 depending on experience + annual bonus of up to 15% + generous company car lease or allowance + private medical insurance + 25 days holiday + 1 wellbeing day + 8 bank holidays + pension + Life assurance. 

Location: hybrid working with a notional base at Buttershaw in Bradford, although we have many offices around Yorkshire.

Work type: Permanent. Typically 37 hours per week, Monday – Friday although we are happy to discuss flexible working arrangements.

Do you have experience of leading design teams and have a passion for embedding new approaches and improving the environment?   

We have an exciting opportunity for an Engineering Design Manager to join the Engineering team at Yorkshire Water helping to provide the best service to our customers, our operational colleagues and the environment. Could this be you? 

What we do:  
Everyone has an idea of what a water company does. Here in Yorkshire, we make sure that over 5.4 million people living in the region and the millions of people who visit our region each year, can rely on our services, and have clean and safe drinking water on tap and that their wastewater is taken away. But for us, it’s so much more than this.  

We look after communities, protect the environment, and plan to look after Yorkshire’s water, today, tomorrow 24/7, 365 days a year. We provide essential water and wastewater services to every corner of the Yorkshire region, and play a key role in the region’s health, wellbeing, and prosperity.   

New environmental legislation, unprecedented levels of investment and changing expectations from customers means that this is an exciting time to discover opportunities within the water industry. The Engineering Design Team are a key part of how we meet the changing expectations of customers and regulators.    

The Engineering Design Manager will oversee a multi-discipline team of around 30 design and assurance engineers whose responsibility is to oversee the Design phases of our End to End Capital Delivery process undertaken by our Contracting and Consulting Partners.

You will guide the design activities in the capital programme to ensure that the most economical, sustainable, and lowest carbon design solutions are developed focussing upon:

•    Innovative approaches to complex challenges  
•    Optimisation and upgrading of existing assets and processes 
•    Developing systems and nature-based solutions
•    Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DfMA).

You will liaise with and ensure partner organisations are providing design and construction solutions based on these principles. 

Where you fit in: 

  • Provide leadership, technical direction and management to a multi-disciplinary engineering design team
  • Spearhead and optimise the engineering assurance process for designs prepared by partner at outline design and Capital Delivery partners at tender and construction design.
  • Provide expert engineering support to the design, construction and commissioning process from project definition through to detailed design, construction, commissioning and handover of capital schemes. 
  • Ensure that the Engineering design team, design consultants and construction partners develop technically and economically proficient engineering solutions against a TOTEX and whole life cycle process (cost & carbon).
  • Manage the liaison with suppliers, technical planning and procurement personnel on design and specification of equipment and construction activities in order to increase the quality and number of standard designs and percentage of Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DfMA). 
  • Be the impetus to developing innovation and engineering excellence through the programme by leading partner forums and supply chain engagement. 
  • Drive excellent standards and performance in health and safety in design, risk management and ensure compliance with the YW Safety Policy. 

What passion, skills & qualifications you will need:  

  • A desire to improve our natural environment. 
  • A passion for driving technical change and improvement through challenging the status quo. 
  • An understanding of the benefits of systemic thinking to drive effective solutions. 
  • Chartered Engineer status with a degree level qualification (or equivalent) in an engineering discipline. 
  • Significant, proven relevant engineering design, construction and management experience.
  • Experience of driving innovation and optimisation of plant and processes. 
  • Experience of managing and driving a multi-discipline technical/engineering team with a proven track record of driving sustainable performance against challenging business targets. 
  • Significant knowledge of water and wastewater treatment processes. 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to communicate complex technical concepts into more readily understood information suitable for a wider business audience. 
  • Able to influence people across multifunctional teams throughout the business. 
  • Experience of working on multiple deliverables to project deadlines. 
  • Experience in the application of quality procedures and document control in engineering design. 
  • Full valid UK driving license. 

We embrace a flexible working model, where our hybrid setup typically requires an average of one day in the office per week. This could be slightly more when collaborative efforts, training or meeting deadlines demand it. For those who prefer to work on-site, our office is open Monday-Friday during working hours. 

If you’re an experienced Design Engineering professional and want to help us deliver exceptional service for our customers whilst protecting the environment, then apply today to find out what a career with Yorkshire Water can offer for you.  

We are proud to serve the Yorkshire region and are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment that is reflective of the communities we serve. We strongly encourage candidates of all different backgrounds to apply.

If successful for the role, you will be required to undergo pre-employment checks that will include a Basic Disclosure Check, carried out through a Third Party Company, prior to commencing employment. Depending on the role, you may also be required to go through the security vetting process for either a Counter Terrorist Check or Security Check clearance. 

Kelda Group reserve the right to close this position before the published closing date, should the need occur. We therefore advise that you complete and submit your application as soon as possible.  

What's in it for you?

Career enhancement and development, colleague well-being and a genuinely positive work experience for all are key priorities. We are continuously evolving and improving our ways of working and you will support us in achieving our vision of 'taking responsibility for the water environment for good'.

If you feel this opportunity is suitable and you match the skills required, then please apply on line and complete the application process.

Kelda Group reserve the right to close this position before the published closing date, should the need occur. We therefore advise that you complete and submit your application as soon as possible.

The Kelda Group provides water and sewerage services to domestic and business customers across the UK, managing the following subsidiary companies: - 

Yorkshire Water, is the main subsidiary company providing water and sewerage services to 4.7 million people and 130,000 businesses in the Yorkshire region. Its activities are regulated by the Water Services Regulation Authority, Ofwat Loop Customer Management Ltd specialises in delivering customer service support to Yorkshire Water that includes billing, debt recovery and incident management. Employing more than 600 people, Loop have built up an impressive list of industry awards and achievements since being created in 2000 and is currently listed in the Sunday Times Top 100 list as being one of the best companies to work for.

Kelda Water Services (KWS) manages Kelda's non-regulated water and waste water contract operations. It is now the second biggest player in the UK market for outsourced clean and waste water services.

Kelda Water Services Retail offer quality, integrity and partnership but it is never just about the technologies behind our solutions in water. It is about the structure, delivery and even the financing of those solutions, and about giving our customers a level of convenience they never knew was possible.

KeyLand Developments Limited (KeyLand Developments) is responsible for managing, developing and disposing of the group's surplus property assets, either on its own or in partnership with outside organisations.

Kelda Group values equality, diversity and inclusion we believe that everyone should be treated with respect. We welcome applications from all individuals, regardless of gender, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, race, colour, ethnic or national origin, disability, age, religion or belief and trade union membership.

Kelda Group reserve the right to close this position before the published closing date, should the need occur. We therefore advise that you complete and submit your application as soon as possible.

Engineering Design Manager