Principal Civil/Structural Engineer

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Whitfield Construction Services
Kingston upon Thames, England
Jan 14, 2022
Jan 23, 2022
Position Type
Engineer, Staff Engineer
Organization Type
Due to the continued growth of our business we are now looking for a Senior/Principal Engineer to join our expanding team in Kingston Upon Thames in London.

The key purpose of this role is to deliver innovative civil/structural engineering designs on all the projects the job holder is responsible for on rail/power/energy infrastructure. Design must be innovative, sustainable and intelligent and must meet fee and client budgets whilst exceeding all stakeholder expectations.

Engineer Responsibilities:
  • Manage junior engineers and technicians to produce complete, co-ordinated and high-quality project information (calculations, drawings, specifications and other documents) on time and on budget to meet agreed deadlines avoiding on site delays.
  • Undertake multi-disciplinary design and co-ordination activities with all relevant members of the design team.
  • Produce project information as needed.
  • Ensure the stability of designs in the permanent/final condition as well as during construction.
  • Ensure projects and work reviews are conducted regularly to ensure all deadlines are met.
  • Ensure all designs are thoroughly checked independently by other in-house engineers and any errors corrected prior to final documents being issued.
  • Record errors or issues with the Engineering Manager so they can be avoided again in the future.
  • Ensure Health & Safety is considered at all stages of the design process so that designs produced minimise risk during construction.
  • Maintain a CDM Designers Risk Register on all projects detailing the process by which all the risks were identified and then eliminated or minimised.
  • Ensure that adequate notes are added to drawings so that all unusual risks that cannot be eliminated from the designs are highlighted to the contractor and any specific methods of working or sequencing are clearly described.
  • Produce physical and/or computer models of projects as appropriate.
  • Ensure all necessary opening-up and site investigation are carried out on all projects to properly assess the ground conditions, existing buildings and boundary conditions.
  • Ensure exceptional high standards of presentation are maintained in all documents issued by the company.
  • Deputise for the Engineering Manager when required.

People Management
  • Supervise junior engineers and technicians to manage workflow, deadlines and quality.
  • Manage team workflow to ensure monthly invoicing targets are met.
  • Manage team workflow and work volumes highlighting if additional resource is required to meet deadlines.
  • Highlight to the Engineering Manager any areas where improvements could be made within the team.
  • Use Teams to track and co-ordinate tasks.
  • Ensure the completion of accurate time sheets each week.
  • Ensure effective knowledge and use of the office procedures and systems.

Fees & Invoicing
  • Prepare and issue bids and fee proposals for new projects that are competitive and profitable as agreed with the Engineering Manager.
  • Ensure a written appointment has been received from the client prior to significant work being undertaken or issued on all projects.
  • Monitor and record changes in the scope of works and when additional work is required, beyond the agreed fee, discuss with the Engineering Manager to ensure all additional fees are agreed with the client prior to the work being undertaken.
  • Keep all project spreadsheets and databases up to date to reflect the current and projected project status.
  • Prepare accurate invoices every month for the accounts department for all projects ensuring that expenses and disbursements are charged accordingly.
  • Help maintain accurate records of outstanding invoices and communication with clients and help chase outstanding invoices in a timely and sensitive manner.

  • Maintain excellent professional and friendly working relationships with colleagues, existing clients and other collaborators to secure flow or repeat work.
  • Actively and positively promote the company in all work activities. Attend suitable industry events to develop connections with new clients and to help secure new, interesting and profitable work.
  • Assist with editing and creating all marketing collateral (brochures, presentations, website, blogs, social media) under the direction of the Engineering Manager.

  • Liaise with clients and the design team to ensure that efficient and integrated structural solutions are produced on all projects which are sensitive to the design intent.
  • Maintain good, clear and proactive communication with all relevant members of the design team to ensure all are aware of project progress.
  • Attend design team, site and client meetings as required and keep accurate notes of all discussions.

  • Share expert knowledge across the team to help develop others.
  • Actively and continually update skills and technical knowledge through CPD.
  • Ensure that all IStructE/ICE CPD requirements are met every year.

The following are essential skills for successful performance in the role:
  • Degree level qualification in Civil or Structural Engineering
  • Minimum of 8 years' relevant experience in a design consultancy
  • 8 years' experience of executing, leading and managing the design of projects within rail/energy/infrastructure sectors
  • 4+ years' experience of managing a team of engineers and technicians and evidence of developing their skills and knowledge
  • Knowledge and expertise of design analysis software
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Strong written and verbal skills
  • Strong analytical and design skills with the ability to interpret design requirements and analyse complex structures
  • A high level of computer literacy with experience of relevant up-to-date engineering design software.
  • Experience of producing simple, clear calculations and drawings
  • Strong health and safety management experience including management and maintenance of CDM Risk Registers
  • An adaptable and flexible working style with the ability to develop and foster collaborative working relationships
  • Experience of mentoring and coaching junior engineers and technicians
  • Experience of preparing bid proposals
  • The ability to confidently present ideas, opinions and solutions
  • Experience of monitoring compliance with design, statutory professional requirements
  • Experience of attending design review and constructability meetings with clients including Network Rail, Tier One/Principal Contractors as well as national and local authorities.
  • Ability to represent the company on site visits/surveys (sometimes in unsociable hours) in a professional manner.