Senior Civil/Structural Engineer

Mott MacDonald
Reading, RG1
Jan 10, 2022
Jan 20, 2022
Position Type
Engineer, Staff Engineer
Organization Type
Firm, Consulting Engineering
Job DescriptionAs part of our Civils Asset Management account, you will be involved in working with new and pre-existing infrastructure (including tunnels, bridges, retaining walls, culverts, piers, and jetties etc.) to evaluate its condition and performance and apply engineering knowledge to the data gained to help develop strategies, plans and processes for managing risk and optimising asset value.
You will have the opportunity to work with major physical asset owners, primarily in the UK road and rail sectors but also in water and energy. Using your technical and problem-solving abilities, you will be responsible for the creation and management of projects while establishing professional inter-personal relationships with internal and external clients.
What you will contribute to the team:
  • Plan and carry out inspections and investigations, evaluate existing assets to assess their structural condition, capacity, and current and future performance
  • Develop strategies for extending asset life, improving reliability, and minimising whole-life-cost through risk management, monitoring, protection, and repair
  • Work with others to develop deterioration models and decision support tools that provide a framework for consistent, evidence-based management decisions
  • Research, develop and apply new techniques and technologies for obtaining and analysing asset data
  • Understand, support and influence clients, prepare and review reports, give presentations and author guidance for publication.
Candidate SpecificationThe role would suit someone who wants to apply and develop their existing civil/structural engineering skills to help asset owners make decisions about how they should manage a wide range of structure types. You have experience managing projects with commercial awareness and can interpret complex technical information and present to a variety of audiences through reports and presentations (both in person and virtually).
You will also have/be able to demonstrate the following:
  • A degree or post-graduate degree in Civil Engineering (or equivalent)
  • Chartered with a relevant professional institution (ICE, IStructE or similar)
  • Experience in the inspection, investigation, monitoring and assessment of civil engineering structures, an understanding of how they perform, deteriorate, and fail and how they can be protected, maintained, and repaired
  • An interest in getting out on site to see a range of structures in different environments
  • Good interpersonal skills with the ability to engage and build professional relationships with clients, peers, and other organisations
  • A full UK driving licence and can travel with occasional night-time and/or weekend working
Ideally you will also have:
  • Good problem-solving attributes and you enjoy learning new things (expanding your existing knowledge and applying this in new areas) and taking on new responsibilities
  • An interest in the use of emerging technologies for asset data collection and analysis and are flexible with the vision to provide high quality outcomes for our various clients
  • High standard of written and verbal communication with the ability to write technical reports and proposals as well as give presentations to various audiences
  • Any experience or interest in developing asset management plans and strategies for individual assets or groups of assets will be beneficial as would experience in applied research, development, and the use of technology to gather and analyse data
  • It would be beneficial if you have worked with asset data to create models and practical tools for asset management and decision-making processes
Job ProfileMott MacDonald's Special Services team is currently recruiting for a Senior Civil/Structural Engineer to join the Civils Asset Management (CAM) account in Croydon, Liverpool, Sheffield, Birmingham, or Reading We help major UK infrastructure owners such as Network Rail and Highways England to optimise the value of their civil engineering assets, helping them to achieve their organisational goals. Our projects are highly varied, for example we are currently:
  • Working with the National Physical Laboratory to develop an automated asset inspection system based on ‘computer vision' and automated defect recognition algorithms
  • Writing a best practice guidance publication on the use of non-destructive testing (NDT) technologies for investigating civil engineering structures
  • Carrying out intrusive investigations to characterise historic brickwork in support of the redevelopment of one of London's oldest railway stations
  • Investigating the condition of ageing culverts and jetties and developing options for extending their service life
  • Developing data-driven risk assessment and asset management processes for structures and geotechnical assets on the UK rail network
  • Using various techniques to carry out inspections and investigations of old railway tunnels to locate and assess the risk from ‘hidden shafts'
This is an opportunity to be part of a team with truly cross-disciplinary, cross-sector expertise and approach that includes specialists in a diverse range of disciplines including civil and structural engineering, materials technology, geotechnical engineering, data management and analytics.
Equality, diversity and inclusion
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Flexible working
At Mott MacDonald, we support our staff to create work-life balance which works for them and welcome candidates looking for career flexibility. We are open to discussing flexible working at interview stage.
We can offer:
  • Pension matched up to 7%
  • Competitive annual leave and the option to purchase additional annual leave
  • An annual professional institution subscription
  • Life insurance
  • Enhanced parental leave
  • Annual company performance bonus scheme - Subject to company performance
  • Flexible benefits scheme to suit you, including cycle to work & Interest free season ticket loans etc.
Job Ref46331BRRecruiter ContactRachael Adams/ Lisa WatsonCountryUnited KingdomRegion/StateEngland - North East, England - Outer LondonDisciplineCivil, StructuralSectorTransportWebsite RegionEurope and Central Asia Website SectorTransportation
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Work pattern: Full time
  • Position Location: Croydon, Liverpool, Sheffield, Birmingham, Reading