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Senior Highways Engineer


Leeds, United Kingdom

We are an independent firm of designers, planners, engineers, consultants and technical specialists offering a broad range of professional services. Through our work, we make a positive difference in the world.

Through our work, we make a positive difference in the world. As a wholly independent organisation, we are owned in trust for the benefit of staff and their dependants; with no shareholders or external investors we determine our own business priorities and direction. Staff are allocated profit shares and therefore each individual has an invested interest in our global success.

We are a key player in the currently vibrant UK highways market, and our business is enjoying a period of significant growth.

Nationally we are engaged in significant highways projects such as the M4 Corridor around Newport, the Forth Replacement Crossing and the A303 between Amesbury and Berwick Down. Client involvement includes Highways England frameworks such as CDF and SPaTS, the Smart Motorway Programme, and several design and build links with major contractors.

Our expertise is also a critical component of a multidisciplinary offer on projects such as HS2. Approximately 1200 staff work on highway projects in the UK each year, successfully delivering integrated, multidisciplinary projects for our clients.


This is an opportunity for an experienced Senior Highways Engineer to lead the design of, or act as Project Manager on, a range of projects. You will also report to the Project Director for contractual and financial matters.

The role will combine a good technical understanding of highways design with the ability to deliver and manage whilst recognising quality, cost and time demands. It will include design, management and coordination, often liaising with other multi-disciplinary contributors to the project.

You will also contribute to the management of larger projects including quality and project management, and to mentor junior staff in the design and management of highways schemes.

As a senior highways engineer you will be required to:

·Bring sound technical knowledge to the team

·Work independently and proactively on many aspects of highways works, at all stages from concept and feasibility through to detailed design and build.

·Prepare technical, commercial and progress reports, programmes and other documents to monitor, control and report progress to our clients.

·Lead design teams and have responsibility for delivery to the specified cost, quality and programme.

·Check outputs and undertake technical design reviews.

·Mentor colleagues, including graduates, technicians and apprentices - providing guidance, training and feedback.

·Contribute to technical and financial responses for bids, tenders etc.

·Ensure compliance with and adherence to local Arup Management System Assurance procedures.

·Report to the local highways team leader or project manager and liaise on a regular basis with other teams, offices, clients and external contacts.

·Input to business development activity to enhance and grow capability.

·Occasionally work with, and from, other offices.

Requirements and skills:

Experience in the UK and/or an overseas highways industry is essential.

Key requirements should include:

Appropriate degree level qualification - BEng / MEng or similar.

·Civil engineer with over eight years post-graduation experience

·Chartered or Incorporated member of the ICE, CIHT or similar.

·Design and management experience undertaking design packages as part of a major highway scheme, or leading on small to medium size projects.

·An excellent working knowledge and experience of applying relevant highway design codes (e.g. DMRB, AASHTO).

·Confident with good communication skills.

·Substantial experience in consultation, negotiations and meetings with clients, contractors, and third party authorities.

·Ability in design and/or construction contract and specification preparation.

·Solid experience in one or more areas of highways technical capability such as alignment, junction design, drainage, pavement, signs and road markings.

·Experience of design and build and in tendering for new work would be beneficial.

·Experience of dealing with Highways England, and knowledge of key personnel at key client organisations would be an advantage.


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