Highways Engineer

Dublin, Ireland Countrywide
02 Sep 2016
02 Jun 2017
UK 0000IN
Contract Type
Full Time
JACOBS is one of the world's largest and most diverse providers of technical and management services. We offer a full spectrum of consultancy support to commercial, government and industrial clients across many sectors. We are one of the largest engineering consultancies in Ireland and with offices in Dublin, Cork and Belfast, we have an extensive portfolio spanning industry sectors from infrastructure and buildings including highways and global life sciences.

Our Buildings and Infrastructure team provides multidisciplinary solutions to water, highways, transport, environment, waste and energy clients in Ireland, the UK and beyond. Our highways team is one of the largest in the country, and we are currently working on a number of Transport Infrastructure Ireland and National Transport Authority schemes, as well working with a large number of local authorities across the country. Our project teams deliver the full range of engineering services from feasibility and planning through preliminary and detailed design to procurement, construction supervision and operations and maintenance. Our extensive experience of national road schemes brings together the talent and expertise necessary to successfully deliver these projects. Our collaborative approach allows us to develop long-term relationships with our clients whilst allowing our teams to develop professionally and personally.

Our current team brings together a varied range of backgrounds. Alongside a large number of staff who have been with Jacobs since graduation, other team members bring consultancy, local authority and contractor experience, adding to the wide breadth of experience within the office. We are looking for talented people to join us to continue our focus on building relationships and delighting our clients. In return we have opportunities to work on a range of unique and exciting projects, and a stable platform upon which to develop your career. Jacobs has an enviable reputation in the Highways sector as a result of our portfolio of high profile and challenging projects including:
  • Dunkettle Interchange Improvement Scheme, Cork: as Lead Consultant we successfully delivered this scheme through planning and EIS stage, and we have recently been successfully appointed to the role of Designer and Employer's Representative through design and construction phases.
  • N17/N18 Motorway PPP scheme: we have a large team of site personnel undertaking the role of Employer's Representative on this scheme, the largest civil engineering project currently underway in Ireland;
  • N69 Listowel Bypass: design and consultancy services including preparation of structures design, EIS and planning procedures;
  • N40 Traffic Study: a wide-ranging study of Cork's road network including proposals to manage traffic along this key artery including standard junction upgrades, Smart Motorway and other ITS proposals;
  • Tunnel Operations and Maintenance: contract and project management services to TII for the operations and maintenance of the Dublin Tunnel, Jack Lynch Tunnel and Motorway Traffic Control Centre;
  • National Transport Authority: we have delivered the new Regional Modelling Systems over the last number of years as part of our Modelling Services Framework with the NTA;
  • National Transport Authority: we also work with the NTA as Technical Advisor on their Transport Projects framework, delivering a wide and varied range of transport and infrastructure tasks including junction assessments; bus market procurement; integrated ticketing; project appraisals; scheme option assessments; bus network planning; and rail network studies;
  • N15 Blackburn Bridge: Designer and Employer Representative role including contract management and construction supervision for Donegal County Council;
  • As well as working on a range of projects in Ireland, we also support Jacobs teams across the UK and further afield and we have recently worked on a number of projects for Essex County Council and Transport Scotland.

To assist you with your professional development, we have a number of working groups that meet regularly throughout the year and focus on different levels of experience and areas of expertise, including:
  • BeyondZero: representative from all sides of the organisation come together to look at ways of improving health and safety for our teams, our clients and our partners;
  • Technical Excellence: regular presentations on various topics of interest presented either by in-house staff or by external experts;
  • Jacobs Futures, Jacobs Next: for professionals with under five years' experience (Futures) and over five years' (Next), these networks aim to support Jacobs colleagues professional development through various means including mentoring, fostering business relationships, communicating business opportunities and regular CPD events.

Position Summary

Complex highways and transportation schemes require a multi-disciplinary approach, with Highways Engineers playing a pivotal role in the delivery of individual elements of the wider overall scheme. As such, you will be a key participant in the team who will assist in the delivery of projects and project deliverables focusing on technical delivery including alignment, drainage, pavement and accommodation works. You will be required to regularly interface with other disciplines, such as geotechnical, structures, environmental and traffic, building on your experience in differing aspects of engineering and enabling you to fully demonstrate and develop your technical and project management skills. You will have strong communications and presentation skills, the ability to write for technical and non-technical audiences, and you will be enthusiastic about laying the foundations for a career in highways engineering and project management.

You will be given responsibility for certain areas of scheme designs and development and take ownership to deliver them with support from senior and junior staff as required.

You will attend client and stakeholder meetings; meet with interested parties including the public, landowners, statutory bodies; and take responsibility for:
  • Preparing and leading aspects of the design development using software including Bentley MXROAD, Civil 3D, AutoCAD and Microdrainage.
  • Preparing contract documents, administering tender processes, assessing tenders and dealing with scheme procurements;
  • Writing technical reports as well as other reports for non-technical audiences, such as public consultation reports;
  • Visiting site locations, reviewing scheme designs, addressing environmental and design challenges collaboratively with our clients and internally with other Jacobs disciplines;
  • Managing sub-consultants and ensuring high quality deliverables;
  • Assisting and training more junior colleagues, and learning from more senior colleagues.

Experience required:
  • An accredited Civil/Structural BEng (Honours) Engineering Degree (NFQ level 8 and above) or equivalent
  • At, or in the process of, gaining Chartered Engineer status
  • Excellent written and oral communication
  • Excellent literacy and numerical skills
  • Flexible and capable of working on a variety of projects, sometimes simultaneously
  • Enthusiastic approach to team working.
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Focus on results and project delivery
  • A keen interest in developing Project Management and design skills.
  • Previous work experience in the highways industry either for a contractor, consultant or public sector organisation

  • Knowledge of TII Publications, DMRB or equivalent road design standards
  • Knowledge of Irish, UK or EU planning, procurement and environmental legislation
  • Full Clean Driver's License

We offer a competitive salary and benefits, including:
  • Membership of our Jacobs 'Next' Network - our employee led group for professional networking and development; at Jacobs we recognise that development doesn't end with chartership.
  • A broad flexible benefits package including the option to buy additional holidays, contributory pension scheme and the cycle to work scheme.

Join Jacobs. Imagine the possibilities...

At Jacobs, we help prepare people for new opportunities and challenges. With positions at every level, openings in multiple disciplines, expertise in a range of markets and offices around the globe, we create an environment where you can learn, grow, and thrive. From our competitive benefits program to our Health and Safety initiative of Beyond Zero workplace injuries, we believe that you'll find a flourishing career here at Jacobs.