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Senior or Principal structural/civil engineer

Job Profile

Mott MacDonald is at the forefront of developing advanced structural analysis solutions, dynamic and vibration projects, materials technology studies, asset life management projects and undertaking specialist studies for a diversity of clients. Our expertise has been gained over many years by solving technically challenging issues on projects such as the West Coast Mainline upgrade, Taiwan High Speed Rail, Heathrow tunnels, London Underground asset management and Thames Water structural investigations.

Special Services are seeking a senior/ principal, chartered civil and/or structural engineer to join an established division and become an instrumental influence on leading projects, delivering technical solutions to unique issues and team management.­

Job Description

We work alongside colleagues who are designing a number of structures –­ bridges, tunnels, residential and commercial properties, sports centres, highways, railways, airports – the list goes on. Projects arise from a number of sources. An issue might arise on a current Mott MacDonald project with the design, construction or materials and our team are called in for their technical subject-matter expertise.
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We work on a wide range of projects from concept stage through the whole life of a structure including design, construction, asset life management, remedial works and demolition. We also look at existing civil structural assets that are showing signs of deterioration or distress to determine their current conditions and capacity and to identify what remedial measures are required. Such projects involve inspections, monitoring, analysis and assessment and design of repairs. Our analytical work is often very complex including non-linear finite element advanced analysis and dynamics. You­ should have a solid technical background, that enables you to ­guide, review and challenge work done by others.­
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As you can see there will be many technically challenging and unique projects.

Responsibilities will include:
  • Leading and managing the ­project/ technical area/ team (structural, materials­ and civil engineers) and ensuring deliverables meet contracted obligations
  • Structural calculations and­ analysis using tools like LUSAS, STADPRO or similar
  • Technical leadership/ input/ review role for design, assessment and other technical aspects
  • Operate as project manager for the bid documentation and assist in building up proposals
  • Manage relationships with external and internal client, consultants and contractors ­
  • Preparation and implementation of detailed project plans
  • Monitoring of project scoping, budgets, monthly operating plans and resource allocation
  • Attending meetings with clients and contractors representing the design team.
  • On site visits/ inspections/ investigations
  • Assist and guide less experienced engineers
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Candidate Specification

This is a technically challenging environment, and you will need to have a solid background based on project experience in technical civil and structural engineering.
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Proven capability of project management of small and medium sized projects is of significant benefit to an applicant to enable immediate integration and contribution to team delivery.

You will need­ to have:­­
  • Strong and relevant ­project experience
  • Be a chartered engineer – ICE, IStructE most likely
  • Strong academic, engineering degree qualified (or equivalent). Additional qualifications such as PhD, MSc, MEng or MA are welcomed but not essential.
  • A desire to get involved in highly technical problem solving
  • Knowledge of tools such as LUSAS, STADPRO or similar is beneficial
  • Ability to sense check calculations and challenge solutions
  • Experience of working with a range of structures e.g. tunnels, bridges, buildings, highways, railways and materials e.g. concrete, steel, timber, masonry
  • Proven project management including project scoping, coordinating design activities, contractual and financial management
  • Team management of teams of c3-5 people
  • Capable of operating as technical lead as well as a team member; also in a team and on your own
  • Experience of working on multiple concurrent and multi-disciplinary commissions­
  • Good report writing skills as both an author and a checker
  • Used to representing the company to clients and working with a range of project stakeholders and contractors
  • Experience of site investigations and supervision including desk study reports
  • Be innovative and looking to use and further develop your technical delivery­ skills
  • Good team management skills and on-the-job training of junior engineers
  • Experience and understanding of quality, environmental and safety project requirements
  • Proficient in use of MS office

In addition to your CV please submit a cover letter that explains why you are currently looking for a new role and your relevant technical skills as well as your current salary package and availability.

Mott MacDonald is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity at our company. We do not discriminate, and take positive steps to create an inclusive culture
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