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Principal Engineer

R-046334
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Principal Engineer

Principal Engineer

Are you ready to take up a vital role in shaping some of our exciting projects? How about joining our talented team, where everyone has a voice, and together we face our clients' problems head-on. It's a diverse and inclusive work environment where world-class talent knows no distinctions.

We know that different people have different priorities, which is why we're here to support you. Flexible and remote working is a central part of our culture. So, talk to us about what's ideal for you – from reduced weeks to buying more leave over school holidays. And if you're returning from a career break, ask us how we can help you transition back into work with us.

Read more about how you can thrive with us.

Atkins is one of the world’s most respected design, engineering and project management consultancies. We build long-term trusted partnerships to create a world where lives are enriched through the implementation of new and exciting ideas. Atkins has a vision to shape the future of transportation, to lead where others will follow and to deliver the future of mobility today.

We are working on many high-profile projects and frameworks nationwide, including the A465 Sections 5 and 6 upgrade, Smart Motorways and Roads Investment Programmes through the Collaborative Delivery Framework for Highways England, High Speed 2, East West Rail and alongside a number of local authorities in Wales and the West of England.

Our Transportation Business is currently seeking a Principal Engineer for our Bridges, Civils and Geomatics team in Cardiff. The successful candidate will support the delivery of a wide variety of multi-disciplinary projects in Wales and the wider UK, including major highways improvement schemes and local authority schemes.

Responsibilities:

  • Use analytical skills to derive potential solutions to engineering problems and engineering judgement to recommend the most suitable option.
  • Using your people, technical and delivery skills, you will be responsible for delivering a variety of structural and bridge design packages for new highways schemes, maintenance and assessment works.
  • Delivery of both individual design packages and entire projects, across a range of multi-disciplinary projects within the highway and local authority environments.
  • Management of resources and project finances, to ensure our schemes are delivered profitably, to programme, and in accordance with Atkins’ quality assurance systems.
  • Working in large, geographically dispersed multidisciplinary design teams, to deliver projects at varying stages of development from feasibility through to detailed design.
  • Stay abreast of industry developments and changes in standards. Ensure that all design submissions are compliant with all relevant standards.
  • Developing the wider team by technical training and mentoring.

    Requirements:

    Technical

  • BEng / MEng or MSc degree in civil engineering or equivalent.
  • Chartered Membership of a relevant professional body (ICE and/or IStructE).
  • Experienced in advanced Finite Element analysis techniques (material and geometric nonlinear analysis, nonlinear buckling, soil-structure interaction).
  • Knowledgeable of BIM software (Revit) and experienced with parametric design tools (ideally proficient with programming such as VBA and/or Python).
  • Knowledge of Welsh Government/SWTRA frameworks project controls, and the various deliverables required at each stage.
  • Ability to lead the technical delivery of bridge and civils design projects, and relevant aspects of complex, multi-disciplinary projects.
  • Experience in the analysis, strengthening and refurbishing of challenging existing bridges.
  • Intimate knowledge and understanding of relevant design standards (e.g. DMRB, TSRGD, MCHW, Eurocodes and those of Highways England, Welsh Government and Manual for Streets).
  • Relevant highways industry experience of working within a design consultancy essential. Wider knowledge gained from working within a contractor and/or client organisation desirable.
  • Excellent spoken and written English.

    Stakeholders

  • Experience of working with our key clients, such as Welsh Government, Local Authorities and major Contractors, and have an understanding or their internal organisation and processes.
  • Identify and respond to our clients’ values in a competitive market sector.
  • Ability to manage stakeholders, e.g. specialist suppliers, independent checkers and local authorities.

    Management

  • Strong project management skills, commercial awareness, financial control and ability to deliver across a range of contract types. This will include an ability to manage stakeholders, e.g. specialist suppliers, independent checkers and local authorities.
  • Ability to develop and agree scopes and manage the internal technical supply chain, including budgets, programme and quality of deliverable, delivering within set time frame.
  • Awareness of the business models adopted in the sector, and commercial and technical risks.
  • Ability to lead bids and tenders.

    People

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to converse with a wide range of Clients and colleagues across a number of engineering disciplines.
  • Experience of line/team management, and motivating teams to prioritise and deliver tasks to time and budget.
  • Flexibility for occasional periods working away from normal office location.

    Requirements – Desirable:

  • Experience as designer on design and build (D&B) and/or Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) commissions.
  • Experience of collaborative software (ProjectWise, SharePoint, Business Collaborator, ProNet or Arenium).

    The Individual

    We are looking for an enthusiastic individual to work in a dynamic environment as part of a wider team. The preferred candidate will be able to take ownership of their projects and responsibilities and will be comfortable working independently and leading a team.  This is an exciting opportunity for someone with team or line management experience, strong leadership skills, with the opportunity to manage and grow our West and Wales region team, for the right candidate.

    Our team and our business are continually looking for ways to improve how we meet our clients’ needs and encourage challenge and alternative viewpoints/approaches from all our staff. You will be required to adopt a similar mentality, bringing fresh ideas and perspectives to our team and our ways of working.

    Why work for Atkins?

    Our Transportation teams are reinventing transport for a challenging yet exciting future. We're creating new ideas and smart solutions for cities, people and the environment. You'll be working alongside some of the top people in our industry, solving challenges that bring together traditional engineering and new technologies. As part of our organisation, you'll be in a privileged position, delivering what's right for governments and communities. You'll be helping us to improve our leading environmental performance while enabling others to do the same.

    Meeting your needs

    To help you get the most out of life in and outside of work, we offer employees "Total Reward." It's a package that can be tailored to your changing lifestyle, career and personal needs. You'll enjoy benefits such as partner discounts, leadership training, professional, accreditations, and career planning for any stage of your career.

    Making sure you're supported is important to us. So if you identify as having a disability, tell us ahead of your interview. And let's talk through any adjustments you might need.

Read more about 'Total Reward'.

More about us

Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, is a leading global consultancy with over 80 years of design and engineering expertise. With us, you'll be surrounded by the skills, knowledge and support to help you succeed. Together, we can deliver projects which have a positive, sustainable impact on the world.

Atkins, ranked as one of LinkedIn’s Top 25 Companies, where UK professionals want to work and stay once they join.

Check out some of our recent, most exciting projects.

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.

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.

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