Principal Civil Engineer - London/Epsom

London, WC2N
Jan 10, 2022
Jan 20, 2022
Position Type
Engineer, Staff Engineer
Organization Type
Firm, Consulting Engineering
Principal Civil Engineer

Atkins, a member of SNC Lavalin, is looking for a Principal Civil Engineer to join the Design and Advanced Technology (D&AT) Practice, to work on projects based principally in our Epsom or London offices but with opportunities to work at our own and our Client locations elsewhere in the UK and overseas.

Our people are focused on our routes to market and driven to deliver for our clients, improve efficiencies, develop and exploit cutting-edge technology, deliver safe and sustainable solutions, and develop our leaders of tomorrow. Working collaboratively, we pride ourselves on the safe delivery of technically excellent engineering solutions in the built environment, with the end-users in mind, to both external and internal clients. Our expertise covers the full infrastructure life cycle, from feasibility, planning, investigation, design, and supervision of new assets through to assessment, repair, modification, and rehabilitation of existing assets.

The ideal candidate would be a well-rounded civil engineer, technically competent across all core Civil Engineering disciplines, with exemplary communication skills, and who has experience leading teams and delivering projects. This role would support projects in multiple sectors including transportation, energy, and defence.

The candidate must be willing to participate in the Practice and foster collaboration with colleagues. They would also demonstrate a commitment to and participation in the industry.

The role will offer a challenging and rewarding opportunity to apply knowledge, experience, and problem-solving skills whilst providing good opportunities for career development. If you have a passion for engineering and want to understand where a career with Atkins might lead then we would like to hear from you.

Key Responsibilities:

As a Principal Civil Engineer in the D&AT practice the successful candidate would have the following responsibilities:
  • Undertake, and technically lead teams undertaking Civil Engineering designs including Surface Water, Foul Water, Reinforced Concrete Structures, Utility Design, and Coordination.
  • Competently lead teams to deliver schemes on large-scale projects from concept design to for construction.
  • Produce and review designs following relevant design standards and codes, and to high-quality levels.
  • Prepare briefs, scopes of work, and input into bid proposals.
  • Successfully manage time and budgets to key project milestones and programmes.
  • Participate in practice leadership and mentoring to others (this could include a role as a DE/SCE with the ICE).
  • Work closely with teams in the UK and overseas to deliver integrated design solutions.
  • Adhere to quality assurance standards in design.

Key Requirements (necessary):
  • Engineer with sound problem-solving skills, and a pragmatic, practical mind.
  • Experience in business devlopemnt and successful competitive tendering.
  • Proficiency in designing at least one of the sub-fields of Civil Engineering with an excellent knowledge of the applicable codes and guidance of that sub-field (examples of sub-fields: Surface Water, Foul Water, Reinforced Concrete Structures, Utility Design, and Coordination).
  • Able to work independently to deliver work, as well as part of a team.
  • Take accountability and responsibility for work carried out by the individual or the team.
  • Work well with and form relationships with others, including the client team, other disciplines, and contractors at all levels (junior - senior) inside and outside the business.
  • Be self-motivated to produce high-quality deliverables.
  • Flexible attitude to the type of work undertaken, level of responsibility given, and work location.
  • Have experience coordinating with other disciplines in multi-discipline projects.
  • Produce designs following CDM regulations.
  • Professionally Qualified (CEng, MICE, or equivalent qualifications or career experience).
  • Experience working with and negotiating with key project stakeholders including regulatory, statutory, and local bodies.
  • Strong communication skills, independent working, presenting, and influencing skills.

Key Requirements (desirable):
  • Experience in external works design, including utilities, paved and unpaved surfaces, earthworks, access and accessibility, construction logistics, and familiarity with current UK design standards and working practices.
  • Experience in the use of Civil 3D, AutoCAD, Navisworks, and other modelling software.
  • Proficiency in designing within appropriate digital analysis packages, following local and national guidance. eg MicroDrainage, InfoWater, or InfoWorks for drainage.
  • Robust understanding of contracts (principally NEC forms) and their administration.
  • Have experience mentoring junior staff (i.e. DE/SCE with the ICE).
  • Digital skills desired but not essential - appetite to learn is key.
  • Robust experience in change management and QA processes

Software Competencies
  • MS Office (including MS Excel - Visual Basic Script desirable) - proficiency
  • Autodesk products (AutoCAD, Civil 3d) - introductory-level skills
  • NavisWorks - introductory-level skills
  • GIS (desirable)
  • Information Management platforms (ProjectWise, Aconex, etc.)

This role may require security clearance and offers of employment will be dependent on obtaining the relevant level of clearance. If this is necessary, it will be discussed with you at interview.

If applying to this role please do not make reference to (in conversation) or include in your application or CV, details of any current or previously held security clearance.

Atkins recognise that there are many well qualified people who are looking to further their career, but who cannot commit to full time employment. We support flexible working arrangements and are interested to discuss how we can accommodate individual requirements.

ATKINS, part of the SNC Lavalin Group, is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce. As an Equal Opportunities Employer, we value applications from all backgrounds, cultures and ability.