Commissioning Manager Water

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BPIC Network

Type of Job

Full Time

Published Date

17 November 2021, 16:00:00

About the job

Tilbury Douglas Construction is a leading UK building, infrastructure, engineering and fit-out company. We deliver vital projects across a range of sectors including health, education, highways, justice, defence, aviation, water and environment.  We are headquartered in the UK and have a workforce of circa 1,200 highly experienced colleagues.

It is our people that make Tilbury Douglas Construction a success.  We believe that our inclusive culture encourages new ways of thinking, enabling us to innovate whilst maintaining our resilience. We value and celebrate all individual differences and look forward to receiving your application.

The Project

These are exciting times for the Company which has embarked upon a Creating Sustainable Value change programme building on already strong foundations to create a modern and successful business. The programme includes adding environmental and social value, being more effective and creative by being more inclusive and diverse and streamlining our businesses to eliminate waste.

A key enabler to achieving the above is becoming a manufacturing organisation, using production line techniques, and defaulting to offsite manufacture.

This is fundamentally changing for the better our work environments and will make us the employer of choice for a dynamic, creative, and diverse workforce.

We will deliver differently and better (safer, quicker, cheaper, and right first time) and have set ourselves up as a manufacturing entity adopting a modern approach to construction.

In the above context we are delighted to have been selected to work in partnership with Thames Water on Four frameworks incorporating Civils and MEICA disciplines to deliver fantastic infrastructure, brilliantly and to make things better for current and future generations.

We have committed to working collaboratively with Thames Water, our valued strategic supply chain and other stakeholders to embed MMC (Modern Methods of Construction) into our delivery model to realise leading safety, health and wellbeing, quality, customer service, sustainability and efficiency performance improvements.

To achieve the above we will warmly welcome into our team people from all walks of life who wish to be a part of a  thriving  high energy, dynamic, close knit and creative production team .


What you will be doing

  • 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' 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,  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's 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 Training , 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 (Wood PLC) 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 Wood and 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 Yorkshire Water’s cultural vision, consistently demonstrating collaborative behaviours.

Supporting our 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.

Line Management Responsibilities

  • Reports to the Production / Construction Manager.

  • Works as part of the Production Delivery Team.

  • Direct reports: Commissioning Engineers, Graduates and Apprentices


What we’ll need from you

  • You will be a technically adept 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 Yorkshire Water and our specialist supply chain.

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

  • Professional qualification is desirable.

  • SMSTS safety qualification and CSCS is desirable.

  • EUSR water Hygene Card is desirable.


In return for your valued contribution we offer the following benefits packages:

  • Competitive salary

  • 26 days annual leave (with the opportunity to buy or sell up to 3 days holiday)

  • Private medical insurance for yourself (with the option to buy family cover)

  • Life Assurance

  • Defined contribution pension scheme matched up to 8%

  • 2 days volunteering opportunities

  • Flexible and Agile working (dependent on your role)

  • Employee Assistance Programme

  • Professional membership fees

  • Flexible Benefits scheme which includes the opportunity to purchase benefits such as:Critical illness insurance (with option to purchase for your partner)
    Dental Insurance
    Travel insurance
    Bike to work scheme
    Retail vouchers/payroll giving/activity pass for top leisure attractions

About us

BPIC working on behalf of our client. Our mission is to increase the participation of black and ethnic individuals in the industry whilst also empowering and educating individuals along the way. We champion the importance of diversity within the industry by directly providing solutions for organisations to create inclusive work environments and attract a diverse workforce. The network is dedicated to delivering solutions for participants that work in all areas of the industry from major infrastructure projects, fit-outs, SMEs to specialist professions that support our industry such as tech, law & finance.