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Lead Engineer Water Infrastructure

Project Management
Skilled (3 < Experience < 15 years)
Ref: URB00000292


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Tractebel is a global community of 5000 imaginative experts engineering a carbon-neutral future. Through our game-changing solutions for complex energy, urban, nuclear and water projects, we help our clients create a positive impact towards a sustainable world, where people, planet and profit collectively thrive.  

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“WATER” is one of the product lines of Tractebel, specialised in port engineering and waterway infrastructure, with projects all over the world. The technical competences within our team cover the complete range of marine infrastructure: quay walls, locks, jetties, dikes, off shore wind foundations, bridges, tunnels, flood protections, master planning, port expansion, etc. Our team designs projects from feasibility, over conceptual and detailed design through owner’s engineering, in close collaboration with our national and international clients.


Tractebel has a long track record regarding design and construction of ports and waterways, as for example the conceptual design and technical assistance of the third set of locks of the Panama canal, detailed design of the caisson wall of the Piraeus container terminal in Greece, design of 2nd jetty of the Fluxys LNG terminal in the Port of Zeebruges in Belgium, master plan to improve sea access to the port of Zeebruges, design and assistance during construction of the stabilisation of the existing quay wall of the river Scheldt in the city of Antwerp, detailed design of a rolling bascule bridge in the port of Antwerp, conceptual design of foundations of many offshore wind farms in Belgium and abroad, etc.


To tackle the exciting challenges that lie ahead, we will strengthen our team are looking for dynamic and motivated people with a passion for marine structures.


It is possible to work from our offices in Ghent, Antwerp or Ostend. The main location of the team is Ghent, so the team meets there once a week to ensure good communication. Working (partly) from home is also an option. 


You will take the lead for one of our major marine infrastructure projects.
  • You are the main point of contact between the client and your team and you work together with external partners (such as our partner in the joint venture, other design and engineering consultancies, subcontractors, contractors during the construction phase, etc.) in a constructive way.
  • You are responsible for the follow-up of progress, quality, and financial performance of the project executed by your team. You ensure systematic follow-up of the project, by watching over customer satisfaction and foreseeing deteriorations in financial performance
  • You take a role as principal engineer of the project and coordinate and coach our junior engineers and CAD designers
  • Prepare designs (preliminary, basis, tender, detailed) for marine structures such as Port & Waterways development studies: Port Master planning, locks, quay walls, jetties, bridge foundations, flooding areas, dikes, breakwaters and perform analyses to find the optimum installation method of these structures; always with an open mind for innovative and alternative solutions
  • You dimensions marine infrastructure projects following current Belgian and European standards, legislation, codes of practice and internal guidelines
  • You enhance an integrated design process by looking transversally over the different disciplines involved and you take the project from concept design through to completion
  • You will be the main liaison officer between the different competence centres in Tractebel and our partner in the joint venture for water infrastructure, road infrastructure, spatial design, mobility and equipment. You coordinate with the marine engineering design by the Ports and Waterways team
  • You ensure knowledge development and sharing related to your expertise and coach junior engineers
  • You keep up with standards, new techniques and developments in your discipline
  • You assist the tender manager in establishing attractive and innovating offers.


What we offer

Every day with Tractebel is your chance to make the world more resilient, livable, energised and ultimately more sustainable. To shape and enhance the lives of millions of people. To apply your talent in multidisciplinary teams with boundless creativity. To learn and grow with world-class experts at your side. To leave a game-changing engineering legacy you can be proud of in your community and communities around the world.

sustainable and social impact

Accelerate the transition to a carbon-neutral future for people and the planet we all share.

imaginative expertise

Work alongside experts who imaginatively challenge convention in the search for solutions.

caring community

Join a community where youu2019re genuinely valued and appreciated with leaders who champion you to success.

grow as we grow

Benefit from continuous opportunities for learning and professional growth within ENGIE group.

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What we need
Your profile
  • You are a qualified Master of Science in Structural Engineering with a Major in 'Dredging and Off-shore Engineering" or "Construction Design" or "Marine Engineering"
  • You have at least 8 years of relevant technical design experience 
  • You have experience in applying the relevant design codes and guidelines for the structural design and soil-structure interaction of marine infrastructure such as port infrastructure, quay walls, sheet piles, anchors, combi walls, ...
  • You have experience in designing concrete reinforcement in complex 3D structures 
  • A thourough knowledge of English is essential and good knowledge of Dutch/French is an important asset
  • You have extensive knowledge of current Belgian and European Design Standards, legislation, codes of practice (EC2, EC7, NEN, EAU, SB250, SB260, ISO, ...) 
  • You have experience in project management with delivering a high quality product within time and budget 
  • You have experience in financial reporting and contract management for public tenders 
  • Expertise in modelling with SCIA engineering, Plaxis and/or GeoStudio or Dsheet is an important asset
  • You are a teamplayer and have excellent communication skills

Find your path to positive impact in the sector thatu2019s right for you.

Lead Engineer Water Infrastructure