Technical Director - Municipal Water and Wastewater Projects in Houston, TX at Veolia North America

Date Posted: 5/25/2023

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About Veolia North America

A subsidiary of Veolia group, Veolia North America (VNA) offers a full spectrum of water, waste and energy management services, including water and wastewater treatment, commercial and hazardous waste collection and disposal, energy consulting and resource recovery. VNA helps commercial, industrial, healthcare, higher education and municipality customers throughout North America. Headquartered in Boston, Mass., Veolia North America has more than 10,000 employees working at more than 350 locations across the continent. Please visit our website

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Veolia's comprehensive benefits package includes paid time off policies, as well as health, dental and vision insurance. In addition, employees are also entitled to participate in an employer sponsored 401(k) plan, to save for retirement.  Pay and benefits for employees represented by a union are outlined in their collective bargaining agreement.  

Position Purpose: 

The Technical Director (TD) will provide technical support to municipal (water and wastewater) projects. The MTD assists operations personnel with process troubleshooting, environmental compliance, and, where applicable, training efforts, optimization initiatives, and, as appropriate, business development activities to obtain new contracts. Prefer location resides within the designated Central South Region.

Primary Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Performs technical reporting within the region, i.e., technical reviews, audits, troubleshoot projects, works with non-compliance issues.
  • Extensive knowledge and use of the VNA Process Control Management Plan program (PCMP) and Hach WIMS database.
  • Demonstrated leadership ability with an understanding of Knowledge of Facilities / Capital Equipment Management, Laboratory QA/QC procedures, Safety, Environmental, and Process / Operations Management.
  • Is capable of utilizing/coordinating available resources in the Technical & Performance group to solve operational problems as needed
  • Possess the ingenuity and initiative required to coordinate problem resolution, resolve conflicting priorities, and meet assignment deadlines within a team environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage projects to an on-schedule completion.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and abilities in process modeling.
  • Demonstrated effective communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills in order to interface with and motivate all levels of personnel.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of water and wastewater regulations as issued by the Federal and State regulatory agencies.
  • Demonstrated ability to prepare accurate, effective, complete, and easily understood written communications, instructional presentations, and reports.



  • BS in Environmental Sciences or other related field preferred but not required.
  • 15+ years of progressive experience within operations and maintenance or engineering industries. 
  • Highly desirable to have municipal water and wastewater treatment experience with thorough knowledge of the methods, techniques, principles, and practices of water and wastewater treatment, water distribution, water reuse, and wastewater collections.
  • Highly desirable to have hands-on field experience with a wide range of municipal treatment systems and processes focusing on troubleshooting and optimization.
  • Familiarity with maintenance, operation, regulatory reporting, and cost estimating software.
  • Knowledge of specific modeling – hydraulic and process modeling programs is also desirable.
  • Demonstrated commitment to compliance with applicable laws and regulations, the Company’s Code of Business Conduct, and other Company policies and procedures.
  • Should have at least 12-years of extensive operational and maintenance knowledge and understanding of troubleshooting various plants/processes ranging from 2-100 Million Gallons treated/discharged per day.


  • Demonstrated a high level of entrepreneurship and creativity.
  • Must be an effective and proven leader able to form and motivate effective work teams and win the trust of senior client management.
  • Interpersonal skills (e.g., tact/diplomacy, persuasion, cooperation, ability to motivate others).
  • Demonstrated ability to lead teams of high-performing individuals in a fast-paced, ambiguous, and constantly evolving environment.
  • Performance and continuous improvement mindset with a proven track record of setting ambitious targets and achieving or exceeding targets.
  • Commercial skills in terms of contract negotiation and management, and financial budgeting, management, and reporting at a project level.
  • Effective problem-solving leader; ability to identify or develop structures or frameworks to solve complex business problems or technical challenges; comfortable with drawing meaning from ambiguous data or information.
  • Commercial mindset and business acumen; ability to translate ideas into the action plans
  • Exceptional communication (both written and verbal) and interpersonal skills; ability to develop and deliver structured and effective presentations to clients at all levels of staff and management.
  • Strong time and project management skills with demonstrated ability to manage teams against ambitious deliverables and timelines.
  • Adept at developing project execution plans after a thorough discussion with clients. 
  • Strong PC skills are essential. Must have proven proficiency in Microsoft Office Suites and Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides.
  • Self-motivated to high performance and ability to work autonomously.
  • Schedule: Regular Mon-Friday 

Required Certification/Licenses/Training:

  • Valid Driver’s license and safe driving record.
  • Operator Certification or other equivalent confirmation of specialty skills is highly desirable.
  • Highest level of water and/or wastewater licenses from a state agency. O&M background with the ability to Identify and recommend technological, operational, or engineering changes to improve system reliability, regulatory compliance, or reduction of cost.

Physical Requirements:

  • Mobility and ability to travel 50 - 70% required.

Additional Information

About Veolia:

Veolia offers the most complete range of environmental solutions to meet the challenges of cities, governments, campuses, businesses and industries. Our network of talent and hands-on know-how is unique and unrivaled. 

We help our customers address their environmental and sustainability challenges in energy, water and waste. That means improving our clients' energy efficiency, better managing their water and wastewater, and recovering resources from their wastes. We do this in a safe, cost-effective and innovative manner for more than 550 communities and more than 30,000 businesses, campuses and organizations throughout North America.  

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer!

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

Disclaimer: The salary, other compensation, and benefits information is accurate as of the date of this posting. The Company reserves the right to modify this information at any time, subject to applicable law.