Principal Engineer

Job description

In a world with increasing water shortage and contamination challenges, Nalco Water, an Ecolab company, helps customers conserve more than 161 billion gallons of water each year. We work with customers across the world in the light industry (institutional, food & beverage, transportation and manufacturing), heavy industry (chemical, power and primary metals industries), paper and mining operations to reduce, reuse, and recycle their water while protecting their systems and equipment. Nalco Water provides the unique opportunity to work with a broad suite of technologies to deliver automated monitoring systems, data analysis and deep technical expertise to increase efficiency, sustainability and performance for our customers.

Responsibilities of this role

  • Applies engineering skill to solve complex problems utilizing knowledge of customers, markets, and technologies.
  • Schedules and coordinates major segments of complex projects to meet cost and time objectives. Reviews design and documentation to ensure compliance with design criteria and standards.
  • Conducts feasibility studies, determines manpower and cost estimates, and develops engineering criteria.
  • May initiate and lead an engineering technology/capability/program development to deliver key business initiatives.
  • Activities lead to innovative applications and extensions of existing or new products, processes, systems or methods having major importance to the business.
  • Directs the technical work of others and manages engineering activities for important supply chain projects.
  • Have full professional competence to manage one or more engineering projects concurrently, with emphasis on in-depth technical contribution.
  • May guide or train lower-level engineers.
  • Actively participates in project planning by demonstrating knowledge of project management tools and techniques on cross-functional teams.
  • Normally reports to Engineering Manager.


  • Education: Chemical / Environmental / Mechanical Engineering Degree
  • Fluent in Dutch / English - Knowledge of French/Germany really appreciated
  • Minimum 5 years or more years of directly related engineering experience
  • Strong commercial mindset and financial acumen
  • Able to manage conflict and job-related pressure
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Ability and willingness to travel 30%-50% of time
  • Autocad preferred.

What is in it for you?

  • An attractive and competitive salary, participation in pension scheme, company car, laptop, mobile phone and 29 holiday days.
  • A flexible and autonomous work environment.
  • Ecolab offers a world class training program designed to provide the best in class tools, resources and technology for you to be one of the best in your field.
  • Opportunity for a long term, advanced career path in service, sales, corporate accounts or management
  • Thrive in a company that values a culture of safety to include top-notch safety training and personal protection equipment.