Senior Bridge Engineer - Highways

Shrewsbury, United Kingdom Countrywide
02 Sep 2016
07 Jun 2017
UK 00003J
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 $11billion and approximately 80,000 employees across the globe, we are continuing to grow our business every year.

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 Highways UK consultancy sector as a result of a portfolio of high profile projects with clients that include the Highways Agency (HA), Transport Scotland, Welsh Government, National Contractors, Birmingham City Council, Lancashire County Council, Devon County Council and numerous other Local Authorities. Our plans to add to this portfolio continue apace regionally and nationally

Position Summary

We are wishing to recruit an experienced Senior Bridge Engineer to join our small established bridges design team in our Shrewsbury office, with the opportunity to also contribute to the major work that arises from our newly opened city office in Birmingham. We anticipate you taking a technical role in delivering bridge design, assessment and project management services throughout all stages of major project development, involvement in the delivery of solutions for smaller bridge maintenance schemes as well as bridge assessments for local authorities.


As a Senior Bridge Engineer you will be working on a variety of project types, sizes and complexities. Responsibilities will include:

Preparation of bridge-related structural scheme designs at feasibility, optioneering and detailed design stages, both for new build and modification to existing structures.

Providing technical direction and mentoring to graduate engineers and/or technicians.

Preparation of outline drawings and detailed sketches of engineering solutions.

Interfacing with other Jacobs engineering disciplines such as geotechnical, highways and environmental engineers.

You will be responsible for resolving technical and construction-related issues as they occur and for the monitoring of progress of your areas of responsibility.

Preparation of technical approval documentation, contract documents and fee estimates.

Organising and carrying out General, Principal & Special Inspections and preparation of inspection reports (including occasional out-of-hours working).

Regular reporting of programme/budget performance to line management


Essential Criteria

A degree in Civil or Structural Engineering.

CEng or near Chartered.

Experience in the UK bridges/highway sector

Understanding of structural behaviour and detailed knowledge of current codes and standards, including Eurocodes, DMRB, SHW, and Networkrail standards.

Experience of input into the preparation of Approval in Principal (AIP) documentation
  • Extensive experience of design analysis and assessment of structures using Structural analysis software such as Superstress or LUSAS.
  • Experience of liaising and negotiating with client representatives and senior staff.

Able to produce well-presented and accurate reports.

Capable of managing a challenging workload subject to change at short notice.

Capability to manage tasks and costs; and deliver programmed work.

Good IT skills.


Confident with proven interpersonal and communication skills.

Desirable Criteria

Experience of NEC contract preparation

Experience of rail bridge design

Experience of construction supervision

Good working knowledge of different contract types and procurement options.

Health and Safety training in the Bridges Sector

Proficient with use of AutoCAD


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 29 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.