Lead Commissioning Engineer

  • Job Reference: 00000120-1
  • Date Posted: 5 May 2022
  • Recruiter: JN Bentley
  • Location: Reading, Berkshire
  • Salary: On Application
  • Sector: Engineering
  • Job Type: Permanent
  • Work Hours: Full Time

Job Description

JN Bentley – part of the global engineering consultancy Mott MacDonald – is a leading civil engineering and construction company, delivering design-and-build projects with clients in the water sector and beyond, across the UK.

We directly employ over 1,300 people across 9 office locations and hundreds of construction sites nationwide. We have a turnover in excess of £300 million, delivered by our water utilities design and build business Mott MacDonald Bentley (MMB), our environmental design and build business Jeremy Benn Associates-Bentley (JBA-B) and directly by JN Bentley.

The Lead Commissioning engineer’s role is to develop from first principles the commissioning strategy and to ensure that the projects process outputs are delivered safely and in compliance with design, client standards, regulatory outputs and meeting all environmental constraints. Establish a reputation for commissioning excellence, providi ng commissioning support across the whole project lifecycle.

Key Responsibilities:


  • Ensure the commissioning is carried out in a safe manner & ensure that safety issues are reported immediately and participate in improving best practice.
  • Ensuring that SSOW’s are in place for the process commissioning for the duration of the project, including incorporation of MMB and supply chain SSOW’s.
  • Identify and bring to the attention of Project Management any COSHH, electrical, mechanical & DSEAR processes to be implemented.
  • Ensure that process testing and putting into service considers and controls hazards to the end users.
  • Safely maintain the plant up to client hand over.
  • Detailed records of commissioning environmental activities are to be maintained.
  • Environmental impacts of the packages are to be reflected in the and provisions made at site.
  • Ensure compliance throughout the commissioning with all environmental body and regulatory obligations (e.g. EA/OFWAT/Thames Water/Water Regs).
  • Identify environmental best practice and raise environmental near misses where appropriate.
  • Ensure commissioning quality plans and ITP’s are maintained
  • Process and Commissioning compliance
  • Commissioning plans are developed and are accurate and sufficiently detailed to ensure commissioning is optimised.
  • Takeover testing is carried out and documented to facilitate hand over of the plant to operations.
  • Provide documentation to support production of the project O&M’s.
  • Attendance and control of FATs & SAT’s, documentation and follow up of actions arising.
  • Review and contribution to project URS, Control Philosophy & FDS.
  • Update of TW Site Operating Manual (SOM)
  • Assessment of construction completion and readiness to commission for each package.
  • Comply, as appropriate with the processes contained within the MMB BMS & Thames Water asset standards.
  • Coordinate and optimise commissioning across the supply chain and assist in developing subcontractor commissioning requirements.
  • Contribute to HAZOP, HAZCOM & OPMAN meetings.
  • To be proactive in implementation of digital tools and make full use of MMB preferred digital delivery tools.
  • Being the technical and process lead at the construction and commissioning phase of the project.
  • Liaison with operations and other stakeholders during the commissioning process.
  • Production of the Commissioning Plan, Training Plan, ITP’s, Takeover Test Reports and over all commissioning manual.

Candidate specification:

  • Relevant M&E or Process Engineering HNC/HND or relevant vocational engineering qualifications or training.
  • Engineering background particularly commissioning within the water/wastewater or process industries.
  • Member of relevant professional body (e.g. IET, IChemE, IoW)
  • Good working knowledge of water industry engineering practices(WIMES), SSOW’s, specifications and regulatory requirements.
  • Excellent organisational skills and ability to multi-task.
  • Stakeholder Management & Relationship development.
  • SHEQ Compliance.
  • Problem Solving & Decision Making.
  • Performance Measurement & Commercial awareness.