Watericon – Project Engineer


APPLY NOW – Send your CV and Portfolio to hr@watericon.co.za

The closing date for applications is 26 March, 2021.


Who we are:

As the start and endpoint for every aspect of water purity and preservation in Africa, our customers, the environment, and preserving nature’s most precious resource is at the core of our business. We fulfil the unique needs of these customers and the earth through our specialised problem-solving techniques and highly skilled partners and resources. We build lifelong relationships with all stakeholders, ensuring ongoing, sustainable solutions, business practice, and growth.

To purify and preserve life’s most precious resource by improving the quantity, quality, and use of Africa’s water.


What we’re looking for:  

Job Title:  Project Engineer



This is a permanent position located at the company’s Head Office in Modderfontein, Ekurhuleni. Salary & Benefits are market related and will be discussed in detail with the successful applicant. 

The Project Engineer will report to the Engineering Manager  and will be responsible for the sale, design, cost, execution (project management and fabrication/assembly), installation and commissioning of the companies engineering projects. The purpose of this role is to provide an “end-to-end” engineering solution to the client/customer. Travelling locally and international may be required 



Formal Education / Academic Qualifications:


Relevant Tertiary Qualification/s in Engineering



2 to 5+ years of experience in water treatment design and commissioning, including operations. 

Exposure and experience with the respective water treatment technologies in the market (filters, reverse osmosis etc.) 

Previous experience in project management is a plus

Sales or proposals background is an advantage

Knowledge of the current water treatment space


Certifications/Licenses and Registration:  

A membership of an appropriate professional body will be advantageous

Valid driver’s licence


Specific Knowledge and Skills

  • Effective problem solving and decision making
  • Excellent analytical skills
  • Effective planning, organising and coordinating
  • Excellent analytical skills
  • Results driven
  • Commercial and strategic awareness
  • Independent and self-directed individual that can drive execution
  • Effective interpersonal skills, the ability to communicate effectively (written and verbal) and articulate risks with an understanding of overall impact/sensitivity to the project
  • Attention to detail
  • Project management skills is a plus (cost and timeline)
  • Ability to apply engineering principles to an existing system/framework and provide improvements where possible
  • Computer skills on MS Office
  • Understanding of water treatment equipment and technology
  • Deep working knowledge of engineering principles
  • Experience on project management



Business Competencies:

  • Performance driven
  • Accountability/Ownership
  • Make good decisions

People Competencies:

  • Communicate effectively
  • Deals with ambiguity/embraces change
  • Lead and influence others


  • Continuously grows and develops
  • Contributes special expertise


Position Description



Sales / Proposals and Process Design 

Respond to customer/client requests for engineering solutions

Maintain relationships with new and existing customers 

Promote and develop new business within the company’s core focus

Meet deadline submissions for sales/tenders 

Follow-up on previously submitted quotations 

Obtain possible technical solutions for clients in conjunction with the engineering department

The marketing updates on pricing, promotion, market penetration

Improvement of existing business functions & systems and their profitability including but not limited to “pre-engineered” projects servicing and turnkey projects

Draft and submit quotes/pricing to customers on time and before deadline. Quotations can be in the form of emails, 1 pager or detailed proposals depending on size of project and requirements 

Secure after sales maintenance agreement and hand over to service and internal sales department

Provide correct engineering solutions to the problem 

Response time and deadlines on tenders (set internally or by client) 

Design correctness 

Costing accuracy 

50% Sales and proposals are directly linked with business financials and the growth of the business 
Design correctness and accuracy would lead to the success of the sale and ensure after-sales annuity income. If done incorrectly, the project would be a failure and lead to a financial loss to the company and reputation damages 
Project Management 

Managing, establishing and maintaining the costing and estimating systems of the company

Liaise with workshop manager regarding workload and scheduling

Ensure the project is executed in a timely manner and meets client expected lead times 

Testing of equipment prior to delivery/shipping 

Ensuring the quality and specification of the company’s products and equipment are established

and sufficient for market requirements

Use existing process workflow and provide input on improvements where possible


Project charter to be updated 

Project costing sheet be updated and reflect correct information 

Project close out notes 

Costing accuracy Project deliverables (equipment and documents)
Factory acceptance test document 
Time line and lead time for the project
40% Costing accuracy would directly impact the profitability of the project / company
Meeting the client’s timelines would impact the success of the project and possible future projects / sales
Installation, Commissioning and Training (where required)

Ensure that the project is correctly installed at the various sites 

Represent the company in the most professional manner and successfully commission the equipment on site 

Training of operators who will be operating the plant 

Provide necessary handover document (commissioning, handover certificates, training registers) 

Traveling locally and internationally may be required

Travel to and from site individually or with designated engineering team 

Successful installation and commissioning of plants / projects 

Sign off of handover certificates / training registers  10%  

Site work is essential for the completion of projects and directly impacts future sales (services and consumables) 

Continuous Improvements

Conduct ad hoc analytics required to improve design and costing accuracy 

Ensure up to date knowledge of existing and new water treatment / process technologies available in the market

Travel to and from site individually or with designated engineering team   Reviews with management  Own Time Continuous improvement will ensure that the company is at the forefront of new technologies and gain future projects 


Internal and external sales team Associates & Managers Associates and Managers: Operational engagement to ensure correctness and accuracy of projects 
Engineering team / Workshop Associates: Operational engagement to ensure correctness and execution of projects 
Managers: Presenting to managers on project updates and closeouts notes
Finance / Procurement  Associates & Managers: Operational engagement to ensure aligned forecast for budget and project costing
 IT  Associate & Managers: Working in collaboration to ensure efficient work environment and data tracking 
Customer/Clients  Associate & Managers: Working in collaboration to ensure service/product and project is successfully executed/delivered 
Marketing Team  Associate & Managers: Working in collaboration to continuously improve product marketing and strategy developments 


About Watericon

Watericon is a South African based water treatment company providing a full range of water treatment services for the industrial, municipal and residential sectors.

Based in Johannesburg, Watericon’s reach extends throughout Africa and we have successfully completed several turnkey projects on the continent.  

Offering a unique portfolio of technology, we offer everything from emergency water supply and conventional water treatment processes to waste water reuse systems. In addition to our full range of expert water treatment services, we stock a large selection of high quality water systems, water purification products, water faucets and fittings and provide a one-stop source for filters and accessories.

We take pride in the fact that Watericon products are distributed and sold all over the world and we are associated with the highest qualified engineers who design and manage our water treatment plants.

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