American Water Engineering Manager - Asset Planning in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania

Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest and most geographically diverse publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company. With headquarters in Voorhees, N.J., the company employs 7,200 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 15 million people in 46 states and Ontario, Canada. To learn more about American Water and additional career opportunities, visit

Primary Role

Responsible for the development and implementation of engineering planning programs and practices at an AW state subsidiary operations level. Provides strategic planning through organization, coordination, procedures and governance of programs and practices and provides resources to execute these functions. Ensures enhancements to the Company’s asset planning programs to assure systems continue to provide safe, adequate reliable service.

Key Accountabilities

  • Lead the program for the development of comprehensive asset master plans for the State’s water and wastewater systems that address: source adequacy, system demand and usage trends, distribution storage and hydraulic analysis, production facility adequacy, fire protection capacity assessment and regionalization opportunities. Oversee the State’s development of such plans, utilizing in-house staff, Service Company resources, and/or external consultants.

  • Implement AW’s annual Asset Investment Strategy which aligns the State’s annual goals with the capital investment of American Water. Develop and implement practices, procedures, tools and training programs for the successful management and delivery of the State’s asset planning program. Provide input and recommendations on decisions involving the company's strategic asset planning, risk mitigation, and infrastructure reliability and sustainability.

  • Develop studies and reports to enhance the State’s ability to make strategic business decisions and optimize asset investment. Identify opportunities and implement programs for sharing asset planning best practices across the State to derive maximum value for the State’s capital investment. Maintain calibrated hydraulic models to enable effective assessment of system capacity and performance, asset criticality and emergency response. Assist in the development of accurate information on the inventory and performance of the State’s assets and leverage this data for improved asset planning and life cycle optimization.

  • Develop the professional skills and experience of the engineering staff to build and maintain required professional capabilities and capacity through effective Performance Appraisal, Development, and Succession Planning programs. Oversee staff participation in special assignments including workshops, business development, industry research and other matters of strategic interest to the State.

  • Represent the State before regulatory agencies and industry forums on key water and wastewater asset planning issues, policies and programs. Represent the State as technical lead for planning related issues both internal and external to the State. Assist business development function in pursuit of O&M, acquisitions, D/B/O contracts relating to areas of expertise.

Knowledge / Skills

  • Process, project and program management. Quantitative (e.g. analytical, technical, problem solving). Effective people management (e.g. planning, organizing, recruiting, controlling and leading individual staff and teams).

  • Written and verbal communications (e.g. fluency in report writing and presentations). Interpersonal (e.g. team building, persuasion, negotiation, listening, cooperation, tact, diplomacy, problem solving, internal consulting).

  • Leadership presence (e.g. ability to deal effectively and maintain cooperative working relationships with senior management and other key stakeholders).

  • Computer Literacy. Competent in the use of work processing, spread sheets, and flow charts.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of engineering water and wastewater systems planning and asset management, project management, water resources, water/wastewater facilities and utility operations.

  • Knowledge of current trends in water quality and treatment and other aspects of the regulated and non-regulated water and wastewater industries.

  • General understanding of state and federal regulations (commercial and environmental), legislative developments and trends impacting the water and wastewater industries.

  • Sound business acumen and judgment. Understanding of Company policies and management theories, practices, and trends.


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Experience / Education

  • Minimum of ten (10) years experience in the water resources planning, design, and/or project management.

  • Preferred minimum of 5 years' direct supervision of professional engineering staff and/or direct management responsibility for teams delivering water resources projects.

Licenses & Certifications

Professional Engineering (PE) license required.

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