SMEC Technical Principal (Dams and Hydropower) Job Vacancy in Kenya

Position Title: Technical Principal – Dams and Hydropower

About SMEC: SMEC is a professional services firm with Australian origins and a global footprint that provides high quality consultancy services for major infrastructure projects.

SMEC is ranked among the world’s top infrastructure design firms and continues to win industry awards for technical excellence, design innovation and the management of environmental and social risks.

SMEC is a member of the Surbana Jurong Group of Companies.

The SMEC Profile:

It is our culture to celebrate diversity, employ great people and work on interesting projects

We are a private company registered in Australia

We have an established network of over 75 permanent offices around the world and over 6,000 employees.

We offer our people opportunities to work, both in Australia and internationally, in the areas of: Water; Hydropower and Energy; Transport; Geotechnics and Tunnels; Environment; Urban Development; Social Development; Government and Advisory Services and Mining, Oil and Gas.

Technical Principal – Dams and Hydropower

Key Responsibilities

  • Maintain a high standard of technical support and delivery on projects;
  • Ensure tasks and projects are delivered to required specifications as well as agreed timeframes;
  • Ensure that quality control measures are maintained, such as project deliverables are reviewed internally at appropriate stages of all infrastructure projects.
  • Ensure that all Infrastructure projects are subjected to regular technical audits;
  • Share the marketing intelligence with other Divisions Liaise with Regional Managers and other
  • Divisions to ensure appropriate skills are incorporated into multi-discipline and/or shared teams; and
  • Coordinate with Regional Managers and other Divisions to optimise resource utilisation.
  • Maintain an understanding of latest design software as well as design technologies and ensure that the Dams and Hydropower team is trained as well as up to date on the latest technology for implementation on projects
  • Market SMEC’s Dams and Hydropower sector with clients and prospective clients by collaborating with the Regional Managers in each management centre;
  • Responsible for ensuring that technical reports/proposals for Infrastructure projects are responsive to the client’s requirements and/or Terms of Reference
  • Prepare financial proposals with sufficient budgets (fees and expenses) to facilitate the technical delivery of the projects to a minimum acceptable standard, including provisions of Quality
  • Assurance, technical audits and peer reviews, as appropriate;
  • Monitor prospective work opportunities, engaging with clients and stakeholders to identify project requirements and ensure that SMEC’s capabilities and track record are recognised before the project(s) are advertised;
  • Monitor submitted proposals, ensure that feedback is obtained and used productively to improve future proposals/submissions
  • Responsible for ensuring quality, time and cost control throughout project delivery; including acting as or appointing Project Directors for Infrastructure projects;
  • Prepare status reports on a monthly, quarterly and annual basis as specified in the BMS; and
  • Perform any other duties as directed by the Functional Manager Dams & Hydropower function.

Key Challenges

  • Management and integration of technical teams;
  • Project delivery and fee revenue for Dams and Hydropower function group in Africa
  • New work won for Dams and Hydropower function group in Africa
  • Net contribution (Division Dams and Hydropower performance)
  • Integration and collaboration with other SMEC business units
  • Project Audits
  • Management assessment, quality checks and reviews
  • Project controls and monitoring
  • Initiative and pro-active approach to managing projects and staff

Key Qualifications and Experience

  • Minimum of first degree in Civil/Mechanical Engineering
  • A minimum of 15 years’ practical experience in the field of civil engineering related to dams and hydropower infrastructure;
  • A good understanding of hydropower/dams infrastructure project implementation and a demonstrated ability to deliver to clients’ satisfaction successfully;
  • Demonstrated experience in leading a team of technical resources.
  • Ability to communicate (oral and in writing) effectively in English to furnish reports;
  • Assist with the preparation of business development materials including proposals;
  • Demonstrated experience in societies and cultures within SMEC’s geographic footprint;
  • Demonstrated technical and commercial leadership within the candidate’s discipline; and
  • Experience working in Africa would be an added advantage.

How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should send their updated CVs quoting the job title on the email subject to, on or before 16 October 2022.

All CVs MUST have at least 3 referees.