Commissioning Engineer
Water (Non - Infrastructure)
£45k - £60k + Benefits

Commissioning Engineer

Ref: 429| Posted: 10th May 2024

Commissioning Engineer – Water Sector – South Region – Reading / Remote Working mix

Opportunity to join one of the UK's most successful Tier 1 building & civil engineering main contractors, with a very stable and fast growing forward order book.

Job purpose

  • Mechanical, Electrical, Instrumentation, Control and Automation (MEICA) installations predominate when delivering water sector asset improvements. The process and MEICA Commissioning Manager role is therefore a key position within our Thames Water team.
  • You will plan, co-ordinate and resource the off and on-site process and MEICA commissioning activities that will deliver exceptional commissioning performance across the framework.
  • You will initially work with the Production Team and other subject experts to formulate a detailed and timed Commissioning Delivery Plan incorporating the Company's and Thames Water’s specific requirements. The plan will be regularly updated and will provide the basis for performance monitoring.
  • You will ensure that commissioning requirements are considered from the earliest stages of project delivery, implementing our “starting with the end in mind” philosophy to provide reliable, efficient and successful commissioning outcomes which delight Thames Water Operations.
  • In addition to the normal attributes of a successful leader this role will require determination and doggedness as you will be playing a part in changing for the better the way in which many people currently work embedding production line thinking and our “offsite first” philosophy.
  • You will work closely with our Project Teams and Commissioning Engineers and with Thames Water’s Commissioning and Operational Teams to safely delivery successful commissioning outcomes.

Your Responsibilities

  • Commissioning Plans: Work with Project Teams and Thames Water to generate Commissioning Plans during Project Brief/Outline Design stage thus positively influencing direction. Add further detail and granularity to these plans as the project develops.
  • Commissioning Systems and Records: Put in place robust commissioning processes and procedures that reflect the Company and Thames Water requirements and facilitate exceptional commissioning performance. Ensure that commissioning is undertaken comprehensively, and records and inspections are accurately and reliably produced and signed off. Ensure Quality Assurance Systems compliance.
  • Resources: Identify and recruit sufficient competent resources to deliver the framework commissioning requirements including appointing and supporting the development of technical apprentices and graduates.
  • Project Management: Work closely with our Project Managers to provide technical expertise and deliver all commissioning activities cost-efficiently and in accordance with the contract programme and applicable standards and specifications.
  • Operation and Maintenance: Ensure that great quality Operation and Maintenance Manuals are produced and that training of Thames Water personnel is undertaken. Provide aftercare services to Thames Water during the defects period.
  • Process Safety Management: Put in place framework specific processes and procedures to ensure that wider process/energy related risks are identified and controlled.
  • Health and Safety: Through meticulous planning and supervision, ensure that testing and commissioning is undertaken safely.
  • Co-ordination: Coordinate internal and supplier resources and ensure close liaison with Thames Water operational and commissioning staff throughout project delivery.
  • Design: Strong collaborative approach to integrate our own and supply chain expertise with our designers throughout project delivery to make sure that commissioning requirements are incorporated into the design. Provide specialist technical expertise to the design staff.
  • Reporting: Provide monthly commissioning reports to the Framework Senior Leadership Team.
  • Digital Engineering: Utilise digital tools and expertise to positively influence commissioning planning and delivery including the use of 3D models to aid visualisation.
  • Efficiency: Manage the planning and organisation of tasks, people and resources to maximise efficiency and improve wellbeing.
  • Capacity and Competence: Put in place the appropriate training, mentoring and coaching arrangements to ensure that commissioning teams (including Strategic Suppliers) have the appropriate technical skills and competence and exhibit the right culture and behaviours to deliver exceptional performance.
  • Culture: Fully embrace the Company's and Thames Water’s cultural vision, consistently demonstrating collaborative behaviours.

Supporting Production Line approach

  • Drive continuous improvement of data analysis and reporting.
  • Provide feedback on any opportunities to commission offsite.
  • Proactively monitor commissioning activities against the agreed programme escalating and promptly resolving any issues.


To be considered for this Commissioning Engineer role you must meet the following criteria:

-You will be a technically strong and analytical leader who can co-ordinate multiple work streams and meet challenging deadlines.

-You will have a detailed and competent technical knowledge of mechanical, electrical and chemical engineering commissioning. This would ideally be in the water sector, but this is not essential.

-You will have an appreciation of MMC, Lean Construction, Agile Programme Management, Production Thinking and other techniques that assure programme and quality performance.

-Can work independently or as part of a diverse team.

-Proficient in the use of computer packages including the BIM software to analyse schematic drawings and survey reports to aid commissioning planning and delivery.

-Display a creative and forward-thinking approach to problem solving and continuous improvement.

-Excellent communication and engagement skills – ability to bring the whole team on the MMC journey including Thames Water and our specialist supply chain.

-Minimum HNC qualified in a mechanical, electrical or chemical engineering subject.

-Professional qualification is desirable.

-SMSTS safety qualification is desirable.

To take the lead electrical engineering and management role within an M&E Department of a major contractor, delivering framework projects predominately within the Water and Industrial sectors.  This will be a challenging role to manage the electrical requirements, including management of electrical staff, design deliverables, sub-contract management and quality of installations, including inspections and testing.  The engineer will be fundamental in the development of the electrical staff, including apprentices and will ensure the highest level of quality and customer satisfaction is foremost in their delivery plans.


-The position would suit an experienced electrical engineer / supervisor who are looking for increased responsibility and accountability.  The role requires a self starter and free thinker and adaptable to change with a high skill level in fault finding and problem solving on electrical and control installations without reliance on the Engineering and Management Team.

-The position would offer a major opportunity to increase the knowledge and skill level of the candidate by working for a national multi-disciplined MEICA & Process organisation that are willing to provide training, guidance and support for the right individual to enhance their own working ethics, performance and career.


The successful Commissioning Engineer will receive:

-£45,000 - £60,000 Basic 
-Car Allowance 

To be considered for this vacancy or to find out more information please apply now.

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