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Principal/ associate structural engineer

Job Profile

Mott MacDonald’s Newcastle Office has a strong engineering pedigree dating back to the construction of the Tyne Bridge in 1928, and has been responsible for the design of many of the area’s key infrastructure projects including the Metro Tunnels and the City’s Central Motorway. We have also been instrumental in the design of many of the area’s most recognisable buildings, including The Sage Gateshead, Newcastle Centre for Life, the Central Library, and more recently the redevelopment of Stephenson Quarter and Science Central including ‘The Core’ and the Urban Sciences Building.
We are looking to grow our local office and have a key opportunity to join our team at a senior level.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate, and take positive steps to create an inclusive culture.

We are seeking to recruit a Principal Engineer / Associate to develop new business and help manage the existing work load and the structural engineering team. This is a key position which will facilitate growth in the local building engineering team. The primary skill set required is to be technically adept and confident in structural analysis and design, with the ability to collaborate with design teams to deliver outstanding design solutions.
The role has a wide remit, from winning work, developing and growing client relationships, through managing a portfolio of projects, and leading project teams through successful delivery of structural engineering commissions across all sectors of construction.

A key element of the role is interfacing with other disciplines and fellow professionals in the area, including Mott MacDonald’s building services group, infrastructure team and project managers.
This is a long term career appointment based in our offices in Newcastle upon Tyne, however opportunities to travel both within the UK and overseas are available, and for the right candidate there is true potential for growth and promotion to a more senior role within the business.

Job Description

We are seeking a Principal Engineer / Associate with a background in structural engineering to work within the Built Environment Unit. This role will report directly to the Regional Director in the Newcastle upon Tyne office. The role will be challenging, demanding, varied and offer fantastic opportunities for skill set and career development. The focus of the role is delivering excellence in structural engineering.

Key elements of the role include:
-Develop existing and making new contacts within the North East building construction market.
-Develop client relationships, including developers, contractors, project managers and architects.
-Winning work, including proposal writing and delivering presentations.
-Commercial awareness, including pricing projects, negotiating appointments, and managing the bid process.
-Interpreting commercial and/or contractual aspects of correspondence with or between fellow professionals.
-Maintaining a comprehensive knowledge and appreciation of current technical engineering codes and practices and taking a lead role in technical matters at project level.
-Managing major projects and a portfolio of projects of various sizes.
-Providing the Mott MacDonald design team with leadership and guidance focused on project delivery.
-Mentor existing staff and provide support in recruitment within the structural department.
-Provide structural technical support and manage the technical accuracy of the project delivery.
-Be able to present technical aspects of a project and structural design approach to technical and non-technical individuals

Candidate Specification

We are looking for a Principal Engineer / Associate ideally with experience of working across the breadth of building sectors and for a range of clients. The key skills required include the ability to develop client relationships, strong commercial awareness, the flexibility to manage a portfolio of projects, while maintaining a comprehensive knowledge of best practice in structural engineering.

The successful candidate will be a Chartered Structural or Civil Engineer with knowledge of the North East construction market.
As a Principal engineer / Associate you will need:
  • Ability to demonstrate technical (design) skills
  • Enthusiastic and dynamic approach to work
  • Chartered engineer and member or fellow of IStructE or ICE status
  • Outward facing personality with good interpersonal skills
  • Self motivation with good organisational capability
  • Understanding of financial constraints of the UK construction consulting industry
  • Appreciation of UK construction law and contracts
  • Ability to evaluate and rationalise risk
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills
  • Client care and development skills
  • Ability to lead design teams and mentor staff
  • Able to provide support on structural software and drawing packages to the structural team
  • Flexibility, be willing to question and respond in a positive approach
  • IT literacy
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