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AECOM Principal Designer, Health & Safety Lead - Water in Belfast, United Kingdom

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Job Description

What your new role will entail;

As a Health & Safety Lead within Water Engineering, Ireland, you will join a long-established, high-performing team in the delivery of the full range of consultancy services to strategic clients including Northern Ireland Water, Uisce Éireann, and Tier 1 contractors.

In this role you will be a key member of the Water Ireland team, working with your peers to drive our growth and delivery objectives in the provision of Health and Safety services, with a particular focus of Principal Design (PD) and Project Supervisor for the Design Process (PSDP) roles.

Reporting to the Director for Water Engineering, Ireland & Scotland, you will further develop our existing H&S offer by growing and leading the team of PDs and PSDPs. Key aspects of the role will include:


  • Development of the Health & Safety services portfolio.

  • Development of the Health & Safety services delivery team.

  • Mining of existing framework appointments, securing reappointment, and winning new appointments.

  • Supporting the work winning team on H&S aspects of pursuits.

  • Supporting the Northern Ireland Water CAM.

  • Supporting the Uisce Éireann CAM.


  • Support the Operations Director in achieving the financial plan and growth metrics.

  • Contribute to the continued development of our SHE culture.

  • Resource management, forecasting, and recruitment within the H&S team.

  • Ensure compliance with governance requirements.

  • Ensure compliance with quality systems.

  • People management, support, and guidance; line management.

  • Support staff engagement as part of the retention strategy.

  • Fulfil the role of Project Director/Approver to provide oversight of assigned programmes and projects in support of PMs and delivery staff, as required.

  • Champion collaborative working across UK&I Water teams and end markets.

Role Duties & Key Responsibilities

  • Work closely with project team leads and project managers to ensure the effective and robust delivery of PD/PSDP duties..

  • Supervise, manage, and lead PD/PSDP team members and their workload, with decision-making authority.

  • Grow the PD/PSDP team to meet future project demands and needs.

  • Manage a portfolio of projects from bid stage through to completion.

  • Deliver project inputs within the agreed time, cost & quality requirements.

  • Manage in-house quality assurance procedures and drive quality during project delivery.

  • Work collaboratively with the SHE Director for the Water business in UK&I to drive and maintain a positive safety, health and environmental (SHE) culture across the Water team in Ireland and ensure SHE management and leadership are delivered to the highest standards.


Here's what we will need from you;

  • Civil Engineering degree, Chartered Engineer, Incorporated Member of the Association of Project Safety, NEBOSH National Certificate in Construction Health and Safety and PSDP (H&S qualification from Engineers Ireland).

  • Experience in managing and leading a team of PDs and PSDPs ensuring effective and efficient delivery of their duties under CDM and the Construction Regulations.

  • Experience in proactively supporting clients to fulfil their duties under CDM and the Construction Regulations.

  • Experience in reviewing the design risk management outputs from teams to ensure they comply with the principles of prevention and are compliant with the CDM and Construction Regulations.

  • Experience in working with project teams and the client in the development, periodically updating and delivery of project Health and Safety Files / Safety Files.

Additional Information

Want to find out more about the role or what working at AECOM is like?

You can learn more about us here : 2023 AECOM Candidate Brochure (adobe.com)



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 aecom.com 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.

ReqID: J10092337

Business Line: Water

Business Group: DCS

Strategic Business Unit: Europe & India

Career Area: Safety, Health & Environment

Work Location Model: Hybrid