Associate – Highways

Our client is a leading international structural, geotechnical, civil and construction engineering consultancy. They are specialists in the built environment and complex infrastructure, are recognized for a large range of landmark projects, and can offer you excellent career progression and opportunities in inspiring and challenging projects, both locally and internationally.

They are looking for an Associate (Highways) to join their Civil Team in the London Office.  As they go through continual expansion, it presents an opportunity for someone looking to further their career within a thriving engineering consultancy.

The Role:

  • Proactively and ethically motivate and lead project teams to deliver optimised and sustainable design and construction solutions.
  • Preparation of tenders/bids and fee proposals to capitalise on work winning opportunities.
  • Collect, prepare, and compile fee forecast and projections for the UK business.
  • Financial management to include cost control and invoicing.
  • Resource planning – allocate and assign resources to project teams under your direction.
  • Development of Senior and Design Engineers in their professional development and coach them to accept greater responsibility and accountability of the projects they are responsible for.
  • Arrange for effective mentoring to be provided to employees under your direction so that they reach their full potential through career development and personal growth.
  • Identify training (either on-the-job or through suitable courses) for all employees under your direction.
  • Supervising staff under your direction and offering pro-active advice in relation to problem solving issues.
  • Onboarding of internal suppliers and procurement of external suppliers
  • Commercial governance of projects to include commercial, financial and risk management.
  • Actively participating in developing the UK practice including technical excellence, culture, procedures, professional development, and continuous improvement.
  • Developing and implementing company policy.
  • Compliance with and overseeing implementation of Health and Safety policies and procedures to include CDM Regulations 2015.


  • Implement the business development strategy outlined by the Director to support growth of the discipline.
  • Promotion of the company to existing and prospective clients, establish new clients and develop existing client relationships through excellent project delivery and repeat business.
  • Implementing branch/discipline marketing strategy in association with the Director and Associate Director. Preparation of business-to-business presentations, technical articles, seminar presentations and workshops.
  • Preparation of technical capability statements and project profiles. Obtain client feedback for projects that you are responsible for.
  • Expanding knowledge of clients, market and project opportunities.
  • Assist with identifying leads and participating in work winning opportunities in converting them into confirmed work.


  • Focus on highways, access roads and temporary/enabling works design, to include road diversion and haul road projects across all sectors to include Roads, Rail, Urban Regeneration and Aviation. Undertake due diligence, feasibility studies, conceptual optioneering, detailed design both pre and post planning and design and build through construction. Design interface with asset structures to include bridges, stations etc.
  • Geometric Highway Design to include horizontal/vertical alignments to include Highways, Roundabouts, Junctions (T, Staggered and Grade Separated/Signalised etc).
  • Highway Design to ‘Design Manual for Roads and Bridges’ (DMRB), ‘Manual for Streets’ (MfS), Highways England and Local Authority Standards. Obtain appropriate Technical Approvals.
  • Demonstrate track record in surface and foul water drainage design and Sustainable Urban Design Solutions (SuDs), to appropriate design standards and local legislation and guidelines, to align with SuDs Hierarchy.
  • Demonstrate track record in Earthwork’s design to include cut/fill analysis, cutting and embankment design with associated land drainage.
  • Demonstrate track record in Flexible and Rigid Pavement Design, to include regulating and new pavement construction, kerbs, footways.
  • Demonstrate track record in signing and lining design with Vehicle Restraint Systems (RSAs) and Road Safety Audits (RSA) – Stages 1, 2 and 3.
  • Liaise with Service Providers (Utilities) and undertake service diversions and protection of services to ‘NRWSA’ and ’ENJUG’ to obtain appropriate approvals.
  • Stakeholder Management to obtaining appropriate Technical Approvals from Local Planning Authorities (LPA’s), Environment Agency (EA).
  • Develop concept design and detailed design philosophy for utilities spacial planning, roads and public realm, level strategy, earthworks analysis, drainage, pavement design and signing/lining design.
  • Prepare design and production information for review and approval by Associate Director.
  • Responsible for Technical Governance and undertake design review and validation of design and design documentation prepared by the project teams that you are responsible for (design checking when required).
  • Respond to Planning Application and Reserved Matters queries post submission of Planning Applications.
  • Ensure below ground design co-ordination and clash detection exercises are undertaken during the design development.
  • Lead Risk Management and Value Engineering Workshops to develop de-risked design for value sustainable solutions.
  • Respond to Technical Queries during Construction.
  • Attendance at Client project team meetings.

What you need to Succeed:

  • BEng (Hons) or MEng (Hons)
  • Towards Chartered/Incorporated Status with ICE (or equivalent)
  • Relevant engineering and drafting experience (5 Years)
  • Relevant Project Management Experience (2 Years)
  • Demonstrated Capacity to provide leadership to project teams (3 Years)
  • Proven Delegation and Negotiating Skills (3 Years)


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Summary information

  • Location: London, UK
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Job sector: Civil Engineer
  • Salary: £60K – £75K
  • Published: November 4, 2022