Principal Engineer - Highways

Wokingham, United Kingdom Countrywide
02 Sep 2016
28 Nov 2016
UK 00004W
Contract Type
Full Time
Jacobs is one of the world's largest and most diverse providers of professional technical services to industrial, commercial and government clients. With revenues approaching $13billion and over 50,000 employees across the globe we're continuing to grow our business every year. Our merger in 2014 with Sinclair Knight Merz (SKM) increased employee numbers by 6,500 and clearly demonstrates our commitment to developing our business and providing staff with wider career opportunities.

We are looking for talented people to join us across the UK and Ireland to continue our focus on building relationships and delighting our clients (90% of our business is repeat business). In return we have opportunities to work on unique and exciting projects, and a stable platform upon which to develop your career.

Jacobs has an enviable reputation in the UK consultancy sector as a result of a portfolio of high profile infrastructure projects with clients that include the Highways Agency, National Contractors and Local Authorities. Our current challenges include a significant portfolio of infrastructure projects for the Highways Agency, Transport for London, Buckinghamshire CC and Devon CC and many more opportunities are in the pipeline, including projects in the Middle East. So would you like to be a member of our infrastructure centre of excellence based in our UK office in Winnersh (Reading)?

We are wishing to recruit an experienced Principal Engineer to join our established highways team. You will become a member of our expanding design team, taking a leading role in delivering project management and design services throughout all stages of infrastructure project development and in all areas of highways design, working independently and supporting the Senior Project Managers across the business.

  • Reporting to the Technical Director, you will lead a team of engineers and technicians working on a variety of projects.
  • You will be responsible for the preparation of feasibility studies, scheme reports, scheme orders and detailed highway design for major and minor projects.
  • You will be responsible for resolving technical issues as they occur for a range of areas across the project and for monitoring progress.
  • You will also attend progress meetings, public exhibitions and public inquiries.

The role will also encompass resource, financial and commercial management as well as construction supervision

Essential Criteria
  • Bachelors or Masters degree in Civil Engineering
  • CEng and MICE status or equivalent.
  • Proven ability to project manage most aspects of infrastructure schemes.
  • Experience in the financial management and control of projects.
  • Experience of managing multi-disciplined projects being delivered by teams at various geographical locations both within the UK and overseas.
  • Confident with proven interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Thorough knowledge of DMRB standards.
  • Capable of managing a challenging workload subject to change at short notice.
  • Excellent IT skills.
  • A thorough knowledge of the financial management and control of projects.
  • Able to produce well-presented and accurate reports.

Desirable Criteria
  • MX/3D CAD proficient, and/or drainage design capabilities (WINDES or equivalent).
  • Experience of design and build projects.
  • Experience of construction supervision.
  • Good working knowledge of different contract types and procurement options


We offer a competitive package which includes a Pension and Life Assurance Scheme and the opportunity to participate in our Flexible Benefits programme which offers up to 28 days holiday per annum and a range of additional benefits.

JACOBS is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to the safety and wellbeing of all.