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American Water Works Co Inc

Construction Inspector (Water Utility) (99921)

Construction and Facilities

Commercial Construction



Alexandria, Virginia, United States

Diversity of backgrounds, ideas, thoughts, and experiences is vital to our culture and the way we do business. Creating an environment where differences are embraced and where every person feels engaged and included makes us safer, stronger, and more successful.

With a history dating back to 1886, American Water is the largest and most geographically diverse U.S. publicly traded water and wastewater utility company. The company employs more than 7,000 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to 15 million people in 46 states. American Water provides safe, clean, affordable and reliable water services to our customers to help make sure we keep their lives flowing. For more information, visit and follow American Water on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

Primary Role

Manages and inspects the day-to-day construction activities for company funded and developer funded construction projects to ensure service reliability and regulatory compliance and in accordance with Company policies and procedures and all applicable governmental laws and regulations.

Key Accountabilities
  • Plan, prepare, and control local construction within established budget limits and schedules
  • Coordinate construction activities with internal asset owners and other internal functions as required and with external contractors, suppliers and consultants.
  • Coordinate construction related activities with rights-of-way owners and other utilities within the public rights-of-way.
  • Obtain or coordinate all required permits, licenses, rights-of-way, etc. required for development and construction within area of responsibility.
  • Contribute effective communication by listening and providing constructive feedback; supporting the creation of an open and honest work environment; cascading and sharing knowledge and information relevant to other members of the team and colleagues across the business.
  • As an Operations position, the Construction Supervisor may be required to be "on-call" as needed for regularly scheduled periods after normal work hours and weekends. Department management will establish the need for on-call rotations for supervisory staff.
  • Knowledge of the regulated water/wastewater business within the region and the regulations impacting the business as well as applicable regulations, requirements, and trends within water/wastewater business.
  • Working knowledge of utility construction and project management practices, contract administration, cost estimating and construction technology.
  • Knowledge of management theories, practices, and trends, expert knowledge of process and operational areas.
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills (e.g., fluency, report writing, developing materials and presentations).
  • Strong interpersonal skills (e.g., persuasion, negotiation, listening, cooperation, tact, diplomacy, problem solving, internal consulting, etc.)
  • Effective leadership skills and presence and strong team building, collaboration and talent evaluation skills.
  • Good quantitative skills (e.g., analytical, technical, problem solving).
  • Ability to supervise a geographically diverse and dispersed organization.
  • 3-5 years in related field
  • 2 year or 4-year degree preferred or equivalent experience.
  • Must be willing to work a rotational on-call shift (every 5-6 weeks) that will include nights and weekends.
Travel Requirements


Work Environment

80% Field & 20% Office

Competencies Prioritizes & Role Models SafetySelf-AwarenessDevelops TalentPlans, Aligns, & DirectsDrives EngagementDecision Quality

Join American Water...We Keep Life Flowing

American Water is firmly committed to Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and prohibits employment discrimination for employees and applicants based on his or her age, race, color, pregnancy, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, marital status, citizenship, or because he or she is an individual with a disability, protected veteran or other status protected by federal, state, and local laws.