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Design Lead - Wastewater


Company Description

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There has never been a better time to be at AECOM. With accelerating infrastructure investment worldwide, our services are in great demand. We invite you to bring your bold ideas and big dreams and become part of a global team of over 50,000 planners, designers, engineers, scientists, digital innovators, program and construction managers and other professionals delivering projects that create a positive and tangible impact around the world.

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Job Description

Start here. Grow here.

Are you ready to lead a team of talented engineers and shape the future of water infrastructure?

Our dynamic and multidisciplinary Water Engineering team are looking for a Design Lead to support our joint venture with Caledonia Water Alliance – alongside Morrison Water Services – to deliver Scottish Water’s SR21 Water & Wastewater infrastructure programme.

In this position, you will play a key role in the Improving Urban Waters programme for Scottish Water, as well as delivering flooding and capital maintenance projects through our SR21 wastewater infrastructure framework across Scotland. Projects will include CSO’s, storm storage tanks, rising mains, SUDs, sewer rehab/replacement and pipebridges. This position offers an unparalleled opportunity to lead a talented, diverse team committed to innovation and efficiency.

Here’s what you’ll do:

  • Expertise: Provide technical expertise and support for all aspects of civil projects, from design to implementation, ensuring that we comply with Scottish Water and Water Industry specifications.
  • Collaborate: Identify when there is a need for design resources and specialist input (ecological, geotechnical, hydraulic modelling, MEICA etc.)
  • Lead: Supervise and mentor junior engineers while liaising with the construction delivery team to provide solutions to challenges that arise during the construction process.
  • Quality: Check and approve design approaches, calculations, drawings, and technical reports while adhering to SW Specification & Standards and following CDM Health & Safety procedures.

If you're passionate about innovation and turning bold ideas into reality, AECOM welcomes you. Join our team, where we don't just construct infrastructure but also uplift communities and enhance lives. Why not give our AECOM Water page on LinkedIn a follow to stay updated on the impactful projects we're working on and see firsthand the difference we're making in the industry!

Come grow with us.

Become part of our dynamic Water business, which boasts around 670 experts across the UK & Ireland, including 30 immediate wastewater team members in Glasgow. Collaborate with top-tier civil, mechanical, electrical, and process engineers to deliver a variety of captivating projects, from small initiatives to large-scale ventures, all the way from concept to completion. At AECOM, you’ll thrive in an inclusive and forward-thinking environment where your contributions are valued.

And let's not forget about the perks at AECOM. You'll enjoy a range of core and personalised benefits designed to support your future and well-being, customised to fit your lifestyle. Take advantage of career development opportunities, technical practice networks, AECOM University, volunteering days and our flexible hybrid working model to ensure a work-life balance that suits your lifestyle.


Ready to push the limits of what’s possible?

Here’s what we’re looking for:

  • Engineering degree qualified.
  • Chartered Engineer Status (or approaching chartered status).
  • Experience leading major wastewater infrastructure engineering projects.

We celebrate diversity, including neurodiversity, and believe it enriches our team. We welcome applications from all backgrounds and abilities. If you are an applicant with a disability that requires reasonable accommodation to complete the application process, please contact us at [email protected].

At AECOM, we value everyone's unique contributions and perspectives. If you meet some of the requirements above or have transferable skills you believe would benefit us, we would be delighted to hear from you!

Additional Information

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For further information about the role, reach out to the recruiter on LinkedIn – Katie Scales.



AECOM is the world’s trusted infrastructure consulting firm, delivering professional services throughout the project lifecycle – from advisory, planning, design and engineering to program and construction management. On projects spanning transportation, buildings, water, new energy and the environment, our public- and private-sector clients trust us to solve their most complex challenges. Our teams are driven by a common purpose to deliver a better world through our unrivaled technical and digital expertise, a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion, and a commitment to environmental, social and governance priorities. AECOM is a Fortune 500 firm and its Professional Services business had revenue of $14.4 billion in fiscal year 2023. See how we are delivering sustainable legacies for generations to come at and @AECOM.

Freedom to Grow in a World of Opportunity

You will have the flexibility you need to do your best work with hybrid work options. Whether you’re working from an AECOM office, remote location or at a client site, you will be working in a dynamic environment where your integrity, entrepreneurial spirit and pioneering mindset are championed.

You will help us foster a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion – a safe and respectful workplace, where we invite everyone to bring their whole selves to work using their unique talents, backgrounds and expertise to create transformational outcomes for our clients.

AECOM provides a wide array of compensation and benefits programs to meet the diverse needs of our employees and their families. We also provide a robust global well-being program. We’re the world’s trusted global infrastructure firm, and we’re in this together – your growth and success are ours too.

Join us, and you’ll get all the benefits of being a part of a global, publicly traded firm – access to industry-leading technology and thinking and transformational work with big impact and work flexibility. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person’s potential, and we’ll help you reach yours.

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.