Senior/Principal Civil Engineer

London, WC2N
Jan 10, 2022
Jan 20, 2022
Position Type
Engineer, Staff Engineer
Organization Type
Firm, Consulting Engineering
Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin, is one of the world's leading multi-disciplinary consultancy firms offering unparalleled opportunities for talented individuals in search of a rewarding career. Atkins' Infrastructure business is looking for a flexible and civil engineer to support our Cities and Development, Aviation, Energy and Defence clients around the UK and overseas in a range of exciting and unique design and construction projects.

The Infrastructure business provides multidisciplinary engineering services and integrated solutions across a wide range of building and infrastructure projects, leading the way in innovation, design transformation and digital engineering. Drawing upon a diverse skill set and with a proven track record of delivery we are playing a leading role in challenging and exciting engineering projects. We pride ourselves in offering a truly multi-disciplinary working environment and bring exciting opportunities to influence a project from beginning to end. This position will form part of our national Building Design Practice in a growing Civil Engineering team, with all the opportunities for collaboration that this brings, but with a specific focus Civil engineering within the Cities and Development market.

We are seeking a Senior Civil Engineer with demonstrable technical experience. The role will be non-location specific with the opportunity to work remotely or within any of our UK offices to reflect our flexible working practice. The role will offer a challenging and rewarding opportunity to apply knowledge, experience and problem-solving skills whilst providing good opportunities for career development.

You will be a Chartered Civil Engineer with a proven track record of successful delivery of design projects from concept to completion. Credibility, competence and technical excellence are a given as the role requires close working with our internal and external clients, industry stakeholders and other consultants to develop robust design solutions through collaborative and proactive management of client demands. Atkins provides multidisciplinary design and engineering services and integrated solutions across a wide range of sectors on local, national, and international projects. Drawing upon a diverse skill set and a proven track record of delivery we are playing a vital role in some of the world's most complex and exciting engineering projects. These include Education, Commercial, Residential, Aviation, Defence, Energy and Civil Infrastructure sectors. This role offers a challenging and rewarding opportunity to apply knowledge, experience, and problem-solving skills to develop our business.

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.

  • Excellent communication and presentation skills that can support our client relationships.
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a multi-discipline team.
  • Ability to lead a design team and supervise, and support more junior staff.
  • Be a technically excellent engineer, with established skills and delivery capability.
  • The ability to translate this broad range of technical skills into imaginative ideas which enhance the quality of our designs.
  • Proven experience on developing projects from concept to construction stage.
  • The ability to develop scopes of work and delivery programmes.
  • Experience of working with, and managing, small, focused project teams.
  • Assist in preparing bids and generally enhance our work winning capability.
  • Contributing to the delivery of small to medium infrastructure projects as part of a technically focussed design.
  • Production of designs for projects in accordance with relevant design standards and codes.
  • Be the first point of contact for clients, contractors, design team and third parties.
  • Producing civil specifications.
  • Experience in site survey's, inspection of works carried out on site and monitor quality and compliance with design drawings.
  • Ensuring the provision of efficient and high-quality engineering services, to a high level of quality assurance.
  • Comply with Quality and Technical Assurance Procedures.
  • Be aware of and work in compliance with BIM standards, Digital Plan of Work and the project BIM Execution plan.


Please read these requirements carefully before applying and ensure they are evident on your CV if you have achieved them.

Experience working as a Civil Engineer ideally in the Buildings sector-
  • Honours Degree in Civil Engineering (preferred) or HND or equivalent experience.
  • Chartered Civil Engineer (MICE).
  • Experience in the design and analysis of drainage, utilities, paved and unpaved surfaces, earthworks, access and accessibility and construction logistics.
  • Experience with current UK design standards and working practices.
  • Good communication and presentation skills, verbal and written (for report writing purposes).
  • Ability to use AutoCAD, Civils' 3D. Revit BIM 360 experience is also desirable.
  • Ability to work and collaborate both independently and as part of a multi-discipline team.
  • Embrace new technologies including digital engineering, automation and parametric design.
  • Ability to achieve SC clearance (desirable).
  • Driving Licence (desirable).

In Addition -
  • Have a proactive, co-operative and helpful attitude to colleagues and clients.
  • Have a self-motivating, reliable and consistent approach to work.
  • Be practically minded with a problem-solving nature.
  • Be able to work independently and in teams.
  • Have the ability to communicate effectively at all levels.
  • Take acceptance of responsibility for work carried out.
  • Have a flexible and adaptable approach to work.
  • Have excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Have a flexible attitude to both the type of work undertaken and the level of responsibility given.

What we offer?

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. As part of this commitment, we understand the need for a diverse and flexible workforce, where a work-life balance is important. So, by default Atkins offers flexible working, where there is no fixed 9 ‘till 5, no need for a 5-day week, no requirement for a full-time contract, and no requirement to spend all your working time in the office.

Rewards and Benefits:

We offer a competitive salary that is regularly tested against other consultants with a default 25-days leave each year plus bank holidays and options to buy some or sell of that leave. Salary and benefits will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Please refer to our website for details of our full benefits package.


Atkins is committed to developing its people both personally and professionally. Our colleagues have the advantage of access to a high ranging training portfolio and development activities designed to help make the best of individual's abilities and talents. We also actively support staff in achieving corporate membership of relevant institutions.

Additional Information:

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.

We are committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community - a place where we can all be ourselves, thrive and develop. To help embed inclusion for all, from day one, we offer a range of family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements and employee networks to support staff from different backgrounds. As an Equal Opportunities Employer, we value applications from all backgrounds, cultures and ability.