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American Water Works Co Inc

Director of Engineering (Utility) (100212)

Engineering and Architecture

Architectural Director



Lexington, Kentucky, 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.

Kentucky American Water is looking for it's next Director of Engineering for our Lexington, KY location. This role will report directly to the SVP.

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

The Director of Engineering will lead a team of 16 and is accountable for providing professional engineering, planning, direction and coordination of capital investment projects in a state that has been designated as “Large2” due to its size and customer base. Directs the design, construction and maintenance of water and wastewater utility plant and ensures the integrity of sources of supply, production, treatment and distribution and collection system facilities for assigned states.

Key Accountabilities
  • Provides strategic planning for facility development required to sustain and improve Company operations, including long term capital investment/large maintenance plans and annual engineering functional business plans. (10%)
  • Ensures a rigorous and robust process for asset planning and capital program management, in order to drive investment appraisal decisions, balancing financial and operational risks. (10%)
  • Directs Engineering Design and Construction activities in conformance with sound technical and engineering management principles. (10%)
  • Develops and participates in projects which reduce costs and improve the level of service provided, and proactively explores, evaluates and implements the integration of new technology and/or methods in order to enhance utility operations. (10%)
  • Proactively explores, evaluates, initiates and develops expansion of Company operations through acquisitions and management contracts. (10%)
  • Directs successful management of developer funded projects. (10%)
  • Recognizes the abilities of the Engineering staff and coaches and counsels individuals through an effective Performance Appraisal and
  • Development Program to ensure the continued professional development.
  • May represent the Company before regulatory and environmental agencies and is responsible for providing professional testimony.
  • Pursues educational opportunities and professional development to enhance performance and contributions to the organization.
  • Contribute to 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. (40%)
  • A thorough understanding of water and wastewater operations, planning, design, construction and project management.
  • Working knowledge of regulatory requirements
  • Strong financial acumen with capital budgeting experience.
  • Proven leadership skills with the ability to mentor and develop talent. Should have been a people leader to those in supervisory/management roles.
  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills.
  • Minimum 7-10 years leadership experience in the utility engineering and operation field.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering.
  • Professional Engineering (PE) license required.
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.