Lead engineer water infrastructure

Requisition ID:  6235

Ghent, BE, 9000

Lead Engineer Water Infrastructure


Tractebel is a global engineering and consulting company delivering integrated solutions for sustainable energy and built environment projects. Our expertise is trusted worldwide across multiple markets like nuclear, renewables, power & gas, electrical grids, hydropower & dams, water resources & supply, desalination, complex & high-tech buildings, transport infrastructures, and ports & waterways.

By connecting strategy, design, engineering, social & environmental studies, project management and in-house digital applications, we partner with companies and public authorities to create a positive impact on people and planet. 

Backed by more than 150 years of experience, today Tractebel is a community of over 5,500 passionate experts across the globe, committed to ethical business and the fight against climate change. Tractebel is part of the ENGIE Group, a global reference in low-carbon energy and services.


Your work environment (?)

 “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, 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, from the conceptual design of the third set of locks of the Panama canal to the detailed design of a rolling bascule bridge in the port of Antwerp, as well as many others!


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



Your mission

It will be your responsibility to take the lead for one of our major marine infrastructure projects. As a Lead Engineer 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • Dimension marine infrastructure projects following current Belgian and European standards, legislation, codes of practice and internal guidelines
  • Enhance an integrated design process by looking transversally over the different disciplines involved and you take the project from concept design through to completion
  • Are 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
  • Ensure knowledge development and sharing related to your expertise and coach junior engineers



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 thorough 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 financial reporting and contract management for public tenders 
  • Expertise in modelling with SCIA engineering, Plaxis and/or GeoStudio or Dsheet is an important asset


If these projects sound like something you really want to sink your teeth in, don’t hesitate to apply! We would love to have an open conversation with you and discuss if Tractebel can offer you the challenging work environment you’re looking for.



Business Unit:  GBU Energy Solutions
Division:  ES Tractebel L2
Contract Type:  Permanent
Job Type:  Full - Time
Professional Experience:  Skilled ( >3 experience <15 years)
Education Level:  Post Graduate Diploma (MBA, PhD)