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Principle Civil Engineer

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    Building & Construction

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  • Salary:

    Up to £55000 per annum

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    Tom Francis

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  • Published:

    8 days ago

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Principal Civil Engineer

Job Role
To lead a team of Civil and Structural Engineers and manage civil design projects, ensuring the designs are safe, compliant and economic.

Team leader:

Lead a team of Civil and Structural Engineers, supporting the business, team and colleagues to achieve maximum potential
Manage the team effectively with adherence to commercial performance and resource management via productivity and time methods
Support the Associates and Directors, linking effectively and proactively with other teams
Work proactively and flexibly to support delivery across the service with commercial and solution focus
Take ownership for own personal development
Be an authority on Civil Engineering matters in the team and the business
Support the professional development of team members

Customer service:

Provide an efficient and business-like point of contact. This includes responding to internal and external enquiries and (via face to face, telephone, email and virtual meeting platforms e.g. Microsoft Teams)
Lead conversations with clients
Deliver a consistent and professional level of customer service at all times to Clients, and other practices within the industry
Excellence in advice towards design quality and the Built Environment
Provide an initial point of escalation for issues both internally and externally to support the team, the business and the clients

Business strategy:

Lead the Civil Engineering team strategy for the business
Develop and deliver a team business plan linked to the strategic business plan
To have a sound understanding of the strategic business plan, providing support accordingly
Cultivate new business clients and retain existing clients

Business delivery:

Develop and deliver new processes for the team
Manage effectively Sub-Contractor and Consultant Partners
React and resolve issues which arise during all stages of projects within the team
Have a good knowledge of Legislation, Policies, Good Practice and Guidance and apply this to the Studio and Business
Ensuring projects are completed on budget and to schedule
Preparing scheme designs with costings, programmes for completion of projects and specification of works
Organising documents for tender and advising on appointing contractors, designers and procurement routes for a project
Undertake feasibility, concept and detail civil engineering design and checking
Organise and undertake inspections of civil engineering installations
Ensure approvals from statutory bodies are obtained
Prepare and check reports including Flood Risk Assessments
Create and check engineering drawings using CAD packages and sketches for drafting
Assessing the environmental impact and risks connected to design decisions
Assessing the Health and Safety impact and risks connected to design decisions

BIM roles and responsibilities:

Ensuring Asset Information requirements and/or MIDP requirements set out in the Employers Information Requirements and delivered on a BIM project
Enable reliable information exchange through a common data environment
Enable integration and co-ordination of information within an information model
Configure information for project outputs
Assure delivery of information exchanges
Confirm supplier's ability to deliver information requirements
Co-ordinated delivery of all design information
Manage information development and information approvals
Confirm Design Deliverables
Overall Lead for configuration management
Production of design outputs related to a discipline-specific, package-based or time-based task.
Direct the production of task information in compliance with standards and methods.
Direct the production of task information using agreed systems.
Manage spatial co-ordination on behalf of task team.
Propose resolutions to co-ordination clashes
Accept/reject information exchanges within the common data Environment
Oversee team to ensure compliance of their job responsibilities

Measures of success:

Feedback from team members and line manager
Directors feedback
Contribution to service delivery
Team performance
Accuracy and timeliness of support
Efficiency of system and processes
Feedback from stakeholders
Service delivered within budget and to agreed targets
Feedback from colleagues and managers across the business
Service delivery performance indicators
Effective delivery of agreed outcome

It's essential you have:

A relevant degree or proven experience in Civil Engineering, including being professionally chartered with ICE
Experience in SuDs drainage and highways working in a multi-disciplinary environment
Knowledge of structural engineering
A comprehensive knowledge of building regulations and of planning legislation and health and safety
Effective communication skills across a range of contacts
Ability to work effectively under pressure
You will be a highly experienced professional with strong interpersonal and organisational skills, including attention to detail and multitasking
You will have team management experience and be able to demonstrate leadership competencies
Excellent problem solving skills
Proficient in Microsoft Office and relevant civil engineering software packages


Create a positive first impression of the company and deal with all contacts professionally
Manage the relationship with the client and stakeholders
Communicate with all staff efficiently

How you act:

Professional, friendly and honest - builds good relationships with colleagues, understands the importance of confidentiality
Attention to detail - able to deliver clear and accurate information
Team worker - you work collaboratively with your team to achieve better outcomes for customers
Service deliverer - you focus on delivering a service that provides great outcomes for our customers
Customer focused - you put the customer first
Shows initiative - you come up with ways of improving how we do things
Well organised - you plan and prioritise your work to ensure that deadlines are met. You have the ability to plan and multi-task and can work to strict deadlines
Willing to learn - you want to acquire new skills that will support you in your role
Flexible attitude - you are prepared to work flexibly to deliver the service