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Principal Engineer

  1. Chelmsford
  1. Transportation

Principal Engineer

Job Description

Atkins’ UK Transportation business brings together the capabilities of our Rail, Highway and Local Transport teams, into a single business of 3,000 talented engineering professionals transport planners and consultants. The unique breadth of services in Transportation, combined with our scale, makes Atkins the leading UK transportation infrastructure consultancy. We create a culture and environment to inspire our people, ensure collaboration with our clients and continue to shape the future of mobility.

Following our recent success in securing Highways England’s East Region Design Service Commission, we are looking for dynamic, charismatic individuals at all levels to join our team in the East.

You will need excellent technical competence, in highway engineering design preferably including renewals and improvements. Your role will be leading the technical quality of large schemes or a significant portfolio of highway renewal and improvement works, embracing collaborative working and helping to drive efficiencies for Clients.

You will be responsible to the East Region General Manager or Practice Manager for ensuring that your portfolio of work is delivered in accordance with the highest technical standards and Client imperatives

There are currently two roles, one based in Highways England Offices, Bedford and the other in Atkins office, Chelmsford.


oChartered Engineer

oBEng, BSc, MEng or MSc in Civil Engineering (or similar)

Proven competency, experience and success in;

oAll aspects of leading teams in delivering highway engineering solutions in accordance with the appropriate standards that are; ready for construction, embrace innovation and achieve project objectives within programme and budget constraints.

oAll aspects of highway design including geometric design of links, all types of junctions and highway drainage.

oCo-ordinating multi-disciplinary teams including specialists

oProviding advice to clients and stakeholders through a thorough understanding and experience in using the technical standards relating to highways and drainage design.

oIdentifying and seeking approvals for appropriate departures from standards in the provision of effective design solutions

oSuccessfully delivering technically robust projects of varying values.

oCoaching and developing team members.

oLiaising with operational teams, taking schemes through handover and into maintenance

oComplying with the designers responsibilities under the CDM regulations (Performing Principal Designer role would be an advantage)


oLeading technical delivery of highway engineering projects and key technical input into multidisciplinary projects.

oRunning the commercial aspects of projects, ensuring project margins are maintained, change control is effectively managed and re-work minimised to ensure commercial targets are met. Preparing and overseeing the preparation of design resource estimates

oActing as Technical Lead or Technical Reviewer on projects.

oEngaging with clients, contractors and stakeholders at project and portfolio level, building excellent relationships to ensure the effective provision of services, understanding and complying with contract terms, meeting and exceeding expectations.

oLeading, mentoring and supporting a team of engineers, technicians and apprentices and taking responsibility for the performance and development of staff including annual performance reviews.  Motivating individuals and teams to be effective, efficient, economic and creative.

oHelping to manage welfare and safety, applying appropriate safe systems of work and managing/undertaking specific risk assessments.

oIdentifying new opportunities, agreeing project scope, preparing technical submissions and quotations to win new work.

Flexible Working:

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

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, 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.

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