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Project Engineer

Hackensack, NJ

Company Description

About Veolia North America

A subsidiary of Veolia Group, Veolia North America (VNA) offers a full spectrum of water, waste and energy management services, including water and wastewater treatment, commercial and hazardous waste collection and disposal, energy consulting and resource recovery. VNA helps commercial, industrial, healthcare, higher education and municipality customers throughout North America. Headquartered in Boston, Mass., Veolia North America has approximately 10,000 employees working at more than 350 locations across the continent. Please visit our website

Job Description


Veolia's comprehensive benefits package includes paid time off policies, as well as health, dental and vision insurance. In addition, employees are also entitled to participate in an employer sponsored 401(k) plan, to save for retirement. Pay and benefits for employees represented by a union are outlined in their collective bargaining agreement.

Position Purpose:

Under the direction of the Manager of Network Engineering - NJ Utility Division, the incumbent will manage Water Utility Network Engineering functions, and develop and implement capital improvement projects primarily for water transmission/distribution networks. Specifically, this includes management of projects from inception to completion, including preliminary concept development, detailed engineering design, permitting, bidding, construction supervision, commissioning, and as-built plans. Projects will generally be focused on below ground assets.

This position is responsible for managing all activities related to the successful planning and execution of medium and large capital infrastructure projects from inception to completion, the size and sensitivity of which have a significant impact on operational, financial, regulatory and/or other company objectives.

The candidate works closely with engineering and operations personnel at the local business units, managing and coordinating project activities utilizing a cross functional team approach.

The candidate works to ensure stakeholder satisfaction by delivering projects in accordance with the success criteria defined by the manager (i.e., operational performance and efficiency, budget, schedule, regulatory compliance, safety, etc.)

Primary Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Manage water distribution projects from inception to completion, including conceptual design/development, development of the project plans, support internal funding approvals,and construction coordination and oversight
  • Independently manage up to approximately $5MM of water distribution projects (water main assessments, extensions, replacements, relocations, and rehabilitations) annually along with other projects/tasks and potentially wastewater collection system on limited basis
  • Develop technical, bidding and contractual documents in accordance with engineering guidelines including negotiations of agreements in coordination with supply chain management
  • Ensure Technical and Environmental Health and Safety/Security standards are incorporated into the design specifications
  • Manage environmental and governmental permitting in coordination with local business unit staff
  • Provide project oversight of design and construction management personnel to ensure timely completion of assignments, budget compliance and adherence to applicable standards
  • Drive efficiency into project delivery through the monitoring of delivery metrics
  • Report Project statuses and issues affecting performance to Management Participate in the development of engineering design and delivery processes and standards
  • Support the local operations and business development team to identify opportunities for additional services, support development of new proposals
  • Provide technical expertise on engineering and operational issues and support facility condition assessments for our water/wastewater systems
  • Collaborate with the Engineering Manager and the Operations group to assist in fulfilling their requirements and achieving operational, regulatory compliance, and health & safety objectives • Ensure effective utilization of Veolia's tools and applications for project Management
  • Develop funding project requests and update asset accounting records in computer systems •
  • Participate in master planning and capital improvement plans
  • Assist the Director of Engineering & Manager of Engineering in developing analysis and reports to be provided to regulators, internal or external customers as required
  • Provide Support to the Director of Engineering, the Manager of Engineering and the Rates Department as needed during the Rate Case filing, the DSIC foundational filling, etc.
  • Provide scheduled and emergency on-call operations support, as required; typical emergency coverage is a full week approximately six times per year
  • Prepare preliminary, engineering, and detailed cost estimates
  • Develop Project budgets, track costs, forecast expenditures, ensure alignment with budget and prioritize projects based on available funding and risk assessment
  • Manage several projects simultaneously ranging is scope from small to very large
  • Manage pipe condition assessment projects
  • Utilize a good working knowledge of engineering, project management and construction management practices in managing projects
  • Utilize good working knowledge of industry standards, regulatory requirements (state and federal - water quality, environmental, and safety), operational techniques and new technologies in managing projects
  • Assist and/or prepare permits (Master Permit) and reports (miles of main, in-foot)
  • Preparing and leading coordination meetings with internal T&D inspectors supporting field investigations and main replacement/extension projects
  • Provide assistance to the New Business Team as required, specifically in the review of fire calculations for new development and complex new service applications



  • Bachelor's Degree in Civil, Mechanical or Environmental Engineering or related field
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in a related field, including managing water/wastewater design and construction projects for water transmission/distribution systems and wastewater collection systems
  • Experience with environmental regulatory framework and permitting approvals preferred
  • Possesses broad knowledge of multiple processes and/or engineering disciplines, augmented with solid experience and seasoning, to the point where he/she can address complex projects and address complex challenges


  • Strong project management skills (initiating, planning, executing, monitoring, controlling and closing)
  • Ability to work effectively on all project phases from planning, design and construction, independently and in team environment
  • Thorough working knowledge of water and wastewater conveyance
  • Ability to collaborate effectively across the enterprise to gain delivery efficiency by engaging best management practices and subject matter expertise as needed
  • Strong interpersonal effectiveness skills, visible "leadership by example" utilizing participative management involving employees and teamwork whenever possible
  • Proficiency in Google Sheets/Microsoft Office Excel is required; AutoCAD, ESRI/GIS, PowerPlan, INFOR experience is a plus; computer skills in Google Workspace, MS Office Suite of products and other planning/performance monitoring tools is a plus
  • Strong communication, presentation and analytical reporting skills
  • Ability to communicate effectively in written form (email, memoranda, reports, status updates, etc.) and verbally (group meetings, virtual meetings, internal presentations, external presentations)
  • Financial analysis skills, including budget management, ongoing assessment of project risks/opportunities and basic accounting knowledge
  • Hydraulic Modeling expertise is a plus

Required Certification/Licenses/Training:

  • Professional Engineer (P.E.) License in State of NJ is a plus
  • PMP and/or Construction Management certification is a plus

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to travel approximately 30%.
  • Ability to work transversally with corporate and local business units.

Additional Information

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer! All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

Disclaimer: The salary, other compensation, and benefits information is accurate as of the date of this posting. The Company reserves the right to modify this information at any time, subject to applicable law.

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