Aug 29, 2021

Senior Principal Consultant – Water

  • Jacobs
  • Brisbane QLD, Australia
Full time Engineering


All living things depend on water, it is the building block that supports all life. Water issues are becoming increasingly prominent as we struggle with disparity between water scarcity and demands, a changing climate, water pollution, and competition for limited water resources. At Jacobs, we recognise these challenges, and our engineers, scientists, and planners are working together with our clients to find the right solutions to their water challenges. 
A career at Jacobs provides you with the opportunity to make a positive impact and deliver solutions that bring value to our communities and society as a whole. With a huge and growing focus on digital solutions and delivery, our water business provides the full spectrum of consulting services from advisory and engineering through to operations and asset management.   
With a workforce of 55,000 operating across much of the globe, we leverage our Solutions and Technology framework for the technical development of our staff and to bring globally innovative ideas to solve our client’s challenges.   
On top of the exposure to challenging projects and career development opportunities, we offer competitive remuneration packages and multiple staff benefits such as paid parental and partner leave, purchase leave, and mental health & wellbeing programs, to name a few.  
Here at Jacobs we also support a plethora of flexible working practices such as flexible start/end times, job share arrangements, working from home, and part-time arrangements.   

About the role  
Following a number of significant project wins and a strong pipeline, the Jacobs water business is seeking a Senior Principal Water Consultant to provide; strong technical leadership on our projects, mentorship to the team, outstanding service delivery building strong relationships with our clients and support to our continued strategic growth. 
Your strategic thinking and communication skills will see you influencing project delivery outcomes by keeping abreast of industry developments and our clients’ needs, supported by active engagement in Jacobs’ Communities of Practice. 
This role will see you working on some of the region’s most exciting water projects locally but with a remit to contribute to, and provide technical leadership on, projects across the greater ANZ business and beyond.   
Key to success in this role will be proven delivery in the water sector with technical knowledge and leadership across water projects and our respective clients.  
We welcome applications from a diverse group of people, including those who are seeking flexible working, have accessibility needs, want to bring their whole selves to work, and can enrich our workforce with cultural diversity.  
We understand that pursuing a new opportunity is a big move so why not simply register to start a discussion and see where it goes?  

Here’s What You’ll Need:

About You

  • You have a strong reputation in your region as an eminent water professional. You value building lasting, trusted relationships.  
  • You have big ideas and are eager to make an impact because you care about solving water challenges for our communities.  
  • You act as an enabler, collaborating with people to challenge the accepted. 
  • You have transcended your core discipline to operate as a consultant with a deep understanding of your clients’ businesses. 
  • Strong technical knowledge and proven experience in water resources or infrastructure design and delivery.  
  • Areas of strength might include; design management; project or program management; engineering and detailed design of water infrastructure.  
  • Ability and willingness to guide and mentor team members.  
  • Successful candidates will have an inclusive mindset and enjoy collaborating across geographies as part of diverse teams.  
  • Be a strong communicator across the various platforms which make for a truly flexible workplace.  
  • Be open-minded and willing to adapt with change and transformation.  
  • Demonstrate a passion for the water industry. 

About the Team

This is an exciting opportunity to join a well-established thriving business with a strong pipeline of projects. The current opportunities are predominantly based in Perth and Brisbane however, you will be joining a truly connected ANZ Water Solutions business who provide the full suite of consulting services from advisory and engineering through to operations and asset management.  
This role will be based in Brisbane and our local water infrastructure team is made up of over 45 water industry professionals of all disciplines relevant to water infrastructure, including process, environmental, civil, structural, electrical and control systems, and mechanical engineers, as well as designer/drafters. This breadth of skills allows us to deliver the entirety of multi-discipline water infrastructure projects locally, but also work with our wider national and global water business to both support projects in different geographies. 
A point of difference for this team is the extent to which we collaborate between engineering, economics, asset management and advisory, delivering high end solutions. You will work alongside consummate water industry professionals locally, nationally and globally. Real access to extraordinary global depth and breadth of skills and knowledge means that you’re with the team that can make an impact. 
The Jacobs water business has water infrastructure and water resources capability in every major city around Australia working across a multitude of markets such as Utilities, Government, Transport, Resources, and Energy Transitioning to name a few.   
Our team is currently working on projects that have a lasting enduring positive impact on our communities such as advisory services for new water sources for agriculture, flood modelling and engineering services to enable greater connectivity, innovative space saving wastewater sludge treatment projects, and major desalination plants in response to our drying climate.   
At Jacobs, we know that if we are inclusive, we’re more connected, and if we are diverse, we’re more creative. We're committed to creating a Culture of Caring — a workplace that values the safety, positive mental health and sense of belonging of all employees.  
We promote diversity because it makes us a stronger company, where brilliant people of all backgrounds feel at home. And our widely different perspectives and talents around the globe greatly enhance our ability to provide clients with more imaginative and effective solutions.  
At Jacobs, inherent in our approach, is a culture of connectivity. We leverage our Solutions and Technology framework to access our global technologists to bring globally innovative ideas and solutions to our local clients. We don’t just talk about it; this is inherent in how we do business.   

Jacobs. A world where you can.  
From our inclusive employee networks, to our positive mental health champions – we’re committed to driving a culture of caring where you can be you. Joining Jacobs not only connects you locally but globally – and together, our diverse perspectives and unique backgrounds power our collective strength. We collaborate and share! By supporting one another, we all succeed.
With safety and flexibility always top of mind, we’ve gone beyond traditional ways of working so you have the support, means and space to maximise your potential. You’ll uncover flexible working arrangements, benefits and opportunities to do good too – from participating in our global giving and volunteering program, to exploring new and inventive ways to help our clients make the world a better place. No matter what drives you, you’ll discover how you can cultivate, nurture and achieve your goals – all at a single global company.  

Please note:  If you are being represented by a recruitment agency you will not be considered, to be considered you will need to apply directly to Jacobs.  

At Jacobs, we’re challenging today to reinvent tomorrow by solving the world’s most critical problems for thriving cities, resilient environments, mission-critical outcomes, operational advancement, scientific discovery and cutting-edge manufacturing, turning abstract ideas into realities that transform the world for good. With $13 billion in revenue and a talent force of more than 55,000, Jacobs provides a full spectrum of professional services including consulting, technical, scientific and project delivery for the government and private sector.


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Degree targeted

Relevant Engineering degree (or equivalent) and relevant industry Chartership/Accreditation.  

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