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5 months ago
Location: West Midlands
Job type: Permanent
Sector: Construction
Category: Design / Development Jobs
About the Role

As one of the world’s leading engineering, professional services and technical consultancy firms, at WSP, we’re passionate about the big questions. And big answers, naturally. For us that’s all about reaching beyond the expected to do work that’ll make a profound impact felt long into the future.

WSP Development Infrastructure and Water team, specialises in providing sustainable development infrastructure solutions from feasibility studies, planning, design and through to implementation. Following our appointment to several high profile UK projects, we are seeking to recruit a Principal Engineer to join the team in Birmingham.

The Development Infrastructure and Water team provides high level advice to mainly private sector clients on planning and design issues relating to Highways, Public Realm, Signal Design, Sewerage, Flood Risk Assessment and Management, SuDS, Building Drainage, Earthworks, Flood Protection and Services Co-ordination and Utilities Diversion on Residential, Retail, Industrial and Commercial Developments both in the UK and overseas.

The team also works closely with other WSP disciplines on high profile major multi-disciplinary projects, contributing to the success of the London based teams.

A typical week would include:

* Day-to-day general project management, the delivery of concept studies and strategies with hands on design, leading to planning applications and down to detailed design and construction drawing issue.

* Being active on a number of projects and client accounts at any given time with a main focus on water/drainage. You will be supported by a team of experienced technical staff of various grades, to whom you will be expected to assist and provide guidance and support where appropriate. You are also expected to manage and mentor junior members of staff.

* Client and design team liaison, assisting in the preparation of fee proposals, financial control of projects when acting as a project manager and undertaking business development. It represents an exceptional opportunity for the right candidate.

* You will be responsible for ensuring your projects are delivered to budget, programme and technical standards and meet QA, CDM and SHEQ requirements.

About You

We’d love to hear from you if you have:

* At least 4-5 years post graduate (or equivalent) experience and either have been awarded or nearing Chartered status (CEng, MICE), with appropriate commercial experience and responsibility. You should be able to demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of, and experience of S278 / S38 highway design and detailing, and design of drainage systems for S104 approval.

* The ability to produce masterplans, site appraisals andwritten submissions for planning applications (for example Highway Layout and Drainage Strategies), technical reports, design calculations and construction drawings. You will be well versed in the preparation of drawings for Contract Documents and S38 and S278 Agreements.

* Good written and spoken communication skills and be aware of current and emerging technical and planning guidance. You will be able to direct and check the use of relevant software, for example PDS, Civil 3D and Micro-Drainage. You will also need to have experience of liaison with clients, co-professionals and design teams, and be competent in liaising with highway, water, statutory and local authorities to negotiate the necessary outline and detailed technical approvals.

* A good knowledge of the legal processes, planning, design, design software, technical consents process, adoption and contract procedures for the provision of drainage schemes including SuDS systems and associated infrastructure for new developments and regeneration projects and how to effectively deliver these to achieve a client brief.

* A robust knowledge of the financial and contractual aspects of planning, bidding, and delivering both large and small projects. You will have a good knowledge of the relevant design codes such as Sewers for Adoption, Building Regulations, SuDS Manual, DMRB and Manual for Streets and associated guidance relevant to drainage and the water environment.

* A consultancy or Development background with a bias on private sector work. Ability to seek clarity of instructions, check own work before submitting for approval, agree and meet timescales for items of work.

About Us

Together, our people make up one of the world's leading engineering professional services consulting firms. We’re dedicated to the communities where we live and work in the UK and propelled by international brainpower. Staying curious is what drives us. Looking at challenges from fresh angles helps us deliver future-ready solutions that break paradigms.

With around 7,900 talented people in 70+ offices across the UK, and 43,000 around the world, we engineer projects that will help societies grow for lifetimes to come.

What if we can?

What if we can have work-life balance? What if we can be rewarded in ways that support our individual needs? What if we can be accepted for who we are? Here at WSP – we can!

WSP recognizes that work is only one part of our lives and making time for the other things in our life is important – be that our families, our friends or ourselves. So, if working from home, working part-time or having flexible start and finish time will help with this let us know as part of your application.

As well as rewarding you with competitive pay, WSP offers standard benefits including a 37.5 hour working week, 25 days annual leave, pension schemes, life assurance, personal accident cover and paid professional subscriptions, and some not so standard benefits as part of our flexible benefits scheme – so if you would like to hop on a new bike (cycle to work scheme) or thrill the family with your Lego building skills (Discount at Legoland Windsor) – WSP can help!

Be you, be happy - we strive to have a friendly and inclusive culture which respects and maximizes the contribution individuals can bring to WSP. We recognise the benefits that people with varying backgrounds and experiences can bring. Our VIBE (LGBT + employee network) and WiL (Women in Leadership) networks work with the business to help ensure we continue to promote the right environment to enable LGBT+ and female employees to reach their full potential, and to ensure we continue to promote equality, inclusivity and diversity for everyone.

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