Principal Structural Engineer - Water

Job Title: Principal Structural Engineer - Water
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: UK - England - South West England, Bristol
Salary: Negotiable
REF: 116375
Contact Name: Thomas Bullen
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Job Published: over 4 years ago

Principal Structural Engineer - Water


Cardiff or Bristol


My clients Water and Utilities team is involved in some of the UK’s most complex and stimulating projects that are diverse and technically demanding. We are a design team supporting one of the largest construction projects of its type in Europe.  They’re currently looking for civil, structural and Infrastructure design engineers to join their Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO), Damage Assessment and Utility diversion teams, to help create a cleaner and healthier River Thames.


We are recruiting talented engineers to help us deliver our ambition of re-invigorating a much under-used social, environmental and economic asset, delivering a new tunnel to protect the tidal River Thames from the tens of millions of tonnes of sewage pollution discharged into it every year, via overflow points built into the capital’s overstretched, largely Victorian sewerage network.


But it’s not just an engineering project, it’s about building a London that meets the needs of generations to come.


Overview of Role:

Reporting to the Technical Director you will take on a key role within the sector, providing leadership, technical advice and leading by example where appropriate, build and consolidate networks within the industry and promote and market all facets of my client’s services during interfaces with clients and colleagues in other sectors.


You will manage selected projects (or parts of projects) meeting budgetary, quality and timeframe targets and provide input into the sector strategy and business plans as required.



Job Role

  • Leading structural design of projects and/or initiatives within the company
  • Provide structural lead & direction to the team & take a proactive role in developing staff to their full potential,
  • Lead by example & provide technical advice to project teams and contribute to achieve sector goals.
  • Manage selected structural projects (or components of multidiscipline schemes), take responsibility for resource estimation, subconsultants, the production of analysis & design (incl. calcs, drawings & reports);
  • Ensure the overall design complies with Arcadis quality, safety and project systems
  • Liaise with the Project Manager & Client to advise structural progress, changes/modifications.
  • Manage structural bids or provide input to multidisciplinary project bids;
  • Communicating with team members to ensure that they understand, and become engaged with, sector/discipline business plans.
  • Carry out asset inspections, surveys and reports – throughout the UK;
  • Identifying opportunities and driving implementation of re-engineering strategies to maximise the profitability of design components and maximise repeat business.
  • Gain a good understanding of your Client’s to build effective and enduring relationships.




  • Relevant engineering degree and professional services or related engineering background preferred
  • Chartered Engineer MIStructE or MICE (preferably both)
  • Essential Experience:
  • Experience in structural design particularly at the soil/structure interface including: civil engineering structures to water and energy sector, retention structures, foundations.
  • Fully conversant with current structural Eurocodes (EC 0-3)
  • UK Water Industry experience and desirably that in river/flood projects;
  • Contractor Client D&C experience to provide entrepreneurial contractor sympathetic designs from team;
  • Precast concrete project &/or design experience
  • Good motivation, influencing and people management skills
  • Capability with ROBOT, MasterSeries, TEDDS software (or sim) plus BIM project experience (e.g.REVIT).
  • Desired Experience & Skills:
  • Desirable experience in at least one of the following: National grid specifications; River/flood defence engineering
  • Project management; Confined space trained.
  • Project BIM experience

To discuss this role in detail, please contact Tom Bullen on 01202 888 986. We look forward to hearing from you!