Senior Consultant - Water Sector

10 Bressenden Place, London, SW1E 5DN, United Kingdom, London SW1E 5DN, GB


Company description

About us

We believe in the power of ingenuity to build a positive human future.

As strategies, technologies and innovation collide, we create opportunity from complexity.

Our diverse teams of experts combine innovative thinking and breakthrough use of technologies to progress further, faster. Our clients adapt and transform, and together we achieve enduring results.

An innovation and transformation consultancy, we are over 4000 specialists in consumer and manufacturing, defence and security, energy and utilities, financial services, government and public services, health and life sciences, and transport. Our people are strategists, innovators, designers, consultants, digital experts, scientists, engineers and technologists.

We operate globally from offices across the UK, US, Netherlands and Nordics.

PA. Bringing Ingenuity to Life.

Job description

Are you a brilliant asset manager who is curious, enjoys exploring new ideas, and seeks to evolve asset management thinking and problem definition?

On the back of continued success across our water utilities practice, we are looking for talented people to join our growing Asset Management team. We work very closely with all our clients, build strong interpersonal relationships and pride ourselves on our ability to ‘walk the talk’. Therefore, we are particularly interested in those who have practical ‘hands on’ experience with infrastructure assets and an interest in:

  • Strategy, planning, capital delivery and operations of infrastructure assets
  • Delivery of asset management transformation and change programmes
  • Working in the water sector

While successful candidates will have a good technical understanding of their field, deep specialism is not the only facet of PA consultants; we also want ingenious people who can turn highly technical detail into simple concepts and communicate this clearly to anyone from boardroom to factory floor. Our consultants should be able to adapt their style to work effectively with clients and inspire confidence. We’re looking for someone with these attributes:

  • Self-motivation and ability to manage their own workload effectively
  • Creative and open minded, enjoying learning and trying new ways of doing things
  • Strong communication, presentation creation, delivery and document writing skills
  • A great team member in multi-discipline teams

Please note: we like to recruit lots of great people into this role, across all ranks. You will see this advertised year-round and will be individually reviewed by our recruiting team who will reach out to you dependent on your suitability at this time or in the future.


We are looking for talented people capable of fulfilling one or more of the following roles in our team.

  • Organisational  design – an appreciation for operating model and organisational design principles in an asset-intensive organisation including workforce optimisation, roles & responsibilities, training, and supply chain analysis.
  • Asset Operations – an appreciation of the operational management of water and/or wastewater networks. Must have a good understanding of water and wastewater assets, and how these systems work together. Desirable would be to have first-hand experience in an operational role within a water company.
  • Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) systems – first-hand experience implementing and using EAM systems such as IBM Maximo, SAP, Ellipse, and other technology products. Desirable would be to have an appreciation of the challenges required to implement these systems and realise the full benefits case.
  • Work Delivery (capital and operational work programmes) – a strong understanding of construction & maintenance delivery models, how they work in practice, and associated business operating model/change requirements. This could include practical contract and commercial insights (e.g., NEC4).
  • Project & Portfolio Management (PPM) systems – first-hand experience implementing and using PPM systems such as Oracle P6, Microsoft Project, Planview, and other technology projects. Desirable would be to have an understanding of data management and governance of an investment plan, including the necessary integrations with other systems.
  • Delivery Planningdesirable would be to understand the development of asset management strategies and plans that take a business plan into a business delivery plan. Desirable would be to have experience in the use of systems to support these processes (asset investment planning tools, programme management systems etc.).
  • Regulationdesirable would be experience in supporting Price Reviews and strategic business planning processes with knowledge and understanding of regulatory framework, future trends and how these impact on network, asset, and field operational management.
  • Asset Investment Planning (AIP) systems - first-hand experience implementing and using AIP systems, including portfolio optimisation, hydraulic modelling, system planning, and strategic planning products and tools.

We know the skill-gap and ‘somewhat need to tick every box’ can get in the way of meeting brilliant candidates, so please don’t hesitate to apply – we’d love to hear from you.

Apply today by completing our online application

Additional information

Life At PA encompasses our peoples' experience at PA. It's about how we enrich peoples’ working lives by giving them access to unique people and growth opportunities and purpose led meaningful work.

We believe diversity fuels ingenuity. Diversity of thought brings exciting perspectives; diversity of experience brings a wealth of knowledge, and diversity of skills brings the tools we need. When we bring people together with diverse backgrounds, identities, and minds, embracing that difference through an inclusive culture where our people thrive; we unleash the power of diversity – bringing ingenuity to life.

Find out more about Life at PA here.

We are dedicated to supporting the physical, emotional, social and financial well-being of our people. Check out some of our extensive benefits:

  • Health and lifestyle perks accompanying private healthcare for you and your family
  • 25 days annual leave (plus a bonus half day on Christmas Eve) with the opportunity to buy 5 additional days
  • Generous company pension scheme
  • Opportunity to get involved with community and charity-based initiatives
  • Annual performance-based bonus
  • PA share ownership
  • Tax efficient benefits (cycle to work, give as you earn)

We recruit, retain, reward and develop our people based solely on their abilities and contributions and without reference to their age, background, disability, genetic information, parental or family status, religion or belief, race, ethnicity, nationality, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity (or expression), political belief veteran status, or other by any other range of human difference brought about by identity and experience. We are on a journey towards ensuring our workforce is diverse at all levels and that our firm is representative of the world around us. We welcome applications from underrepresented groups.

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