AECOM Principal Water Resources Engineer in St Albans, United Kingdom

Requisition/Vacancy No. 143819BR

Position Title Principal Water Resources Engineer

Job Category Engineering - Water / Wastewater

Business Line Water

Country United Kingdom

State/Province/Region GBR - Hertfordshire

City St Albans

Why Choose AECOM? AECOM is a premier, fully integrated professional and technical services firm positioned to design, build, finance and operate infrastructure assets around the world for public- and private-sector clients. With nearly 100,000 employees — including architects, engineers, designers, planners, scientists and management and construction services professionals — serving clients in over 150 countries around the world, AECOM is ranked as the #1 engineering design firm by revenue in Engineering News-Record magazine’s annual industry rankings, and has been recognized by Fortune magazine as a World’s Most Admired Company. The firm is a leader in all of the key markets that it serves, including transportation, facilities, environmental, energy, oil and gas, water, high-rise buildings and government. AECOM provides a blend of global reach, local knowledge, innovation and technical excellence in delivering customized and creative solutions that meet the needs of clients’ projects. A Fortune 500 firm, AECOM companies, including URS Corporation and Hunt Construction Group, have annual revenue of approximately $19 billion. More information on AECOM and its services can be found at

About the Business Line


We create comprehensive delivery solutions for water, wastewater and wet weather systems, desalination, water resources, water reuse, tunneling, and community infrastructure through traditional and alternative delivery services such as program management and design-build.

Job Summary

We are currently recruiting for an experienced Principal Water Resources Engineer to join our busy and expanding Water Team in St Albans, Hertfordshire. As part of a team that helped deliver landmark infrastructure projects globally including London and Rio Olympics, the role will provide the opportunity to lead a challenging mix of projects in flood risk management, water sensitive urban design and a variety of multidisciplinary schemes. As a Principal Water Resources Engineer you will have the following responsibilities:

  • Lead and manage a range of projects including Local Flood Risk Management Strategies, Strategic Flood Risk Assessments, Surface Water Management Plans, Flood Risk Assessment and Flood Alleviation schemes.

  • Work with Local Authorities, the Environment Agency, water companies and private sector clients.

  • Support the work of the other teams in the office including Development Infrastructure, Asset Management and Civil Engineering.

  • Contribute using your engineering, drainage, hydrology, water resources, hydraulics and broader environmental impact experience.

  • Supervise and provide technical support to other team members.

  • Some travel may be required, mainly in the UK.

Minimum Requirements

  • Proven track record of delivering successful projects and developing good working relationship with clients and key stakeholders.

  • Outline and detail design experience in water/flood risk management related projects.

  • Previous experience working in the Environment Agency frameworks (NEECA, SFRM, WEM).

  • Experience in flood risk management at site specific as well as strategic scale (FRAs, SWMPs, SFRAs, etc.).

  • Experience in the design of Sustainable Drainage Systems (SUDS) as well as a good understanding of the latest legislation/best practice.

  • Robust understanding of Flood Risk Management including current legislation, particularly the Flood and Water Management Act 2010.

Preferred experience:

  • Negotiation experience with key stakeholders such as the Environment Agency and Local Authorities.

  • Understanding of hydraulic modelling including potable and wastewater networks - capable of instructing/overseeing modellers based in other offices.

  • Knowledge of GIS packages (MapInfo, ArcView).

  • Experience in the production of tenders

  • Experience in leading project teams and mentoring Junior Staff

Preferred Qualifications

  • Degree educated in a relevant subject such a Civil or Water Engineering, ideally to MEng level or equivalent.

  • Chartered Engineer with ICE, CIWEM or equivalent - or nearing Chartered status.

What We Offer

AECOM is a place where you can put your innovative thinking and business skills into high gear and work alongside other highly intelligent and motivated people. It's a place where you can apply your skills to some of the world's most challenging, interesting, and meaningful projects worldwide. It's a place that values the diversity of our areas of practice and our people. It's what makes AECOM a great place to work and grow. AECOM is an Equal Opportunity Employer.