Principal Highways Engineer - Military veterans preferred



  full-time   employee

United Kingdom

United Kingdom - Derbyshire, Chesterfield

Job Summary

AECOM is one of the world’s leading consultancies. To be the best in the industry, we hire the best. Year after year our company is expanding in more ways than one, which means possibilities for you to thrive and grow. At AECOM we want to support you and your career development with the opportunity to develop your skills and knowledge and challenge you to reach your potential. We value your commitment to us and work hard to ensure you achieve your career goals.

We are looking to enhance and grow the team in Chesterfield with people who have a sound technical background and share our enthusiasm and determination so have a vacancy for an experienced Principal Engineer with significant experience of the design and maintenance of major highways.

The team is currently engaged on a number of interesting and challenging major highways projects including A38 Derby Junctions and the M54-M6 Link Road, part of Highways England’s Regional Investment Programme.

You will be Chartered Engineer with proven design and project management experience. You will have experience of working collaboratively as part of a multi-disciplinary team developing a range of major highway projects from initial concept through to detailed design.

The role will suit a self-motivated individual who is aspiring to take a lead role in project delivery and manage dynamic teams delivering high-quality projects.

Job Responsibilities include:

An appropriate level of technical expertise is required in order that the Job/Project accountabilities listed below can be carried out to the expected standards:

  • Produce technical design information including, drawings and specifications

  • Demonstrate a broad technical understanding across a range of highways disciplines including drainage, geotechnics, pavements and structures, and the ability to seek specialist advice when required

  • Provide technical input and leadership in the field of highway engineering

  • Ensure compliance with all relevant technical standards

  • Identify and manage project risks

  • Deliverer specified project outcomes on time, within budget and to the quality required

  • Manage the workload, technical management and oversight of a design team

  • Write and oversee the preparation of contract documents and technical reports

  • Coach and mentor junior staff

  • Assess staff requirements at each stage of the project

  • Prepare resource plans, delivery programs, and fee proposals

  • Undertake Health and Safety duties including ensuring a safe and healthy working environment for the design team and fulfilling responsibilities for safety in design

  • Build and maintain excellent client relationships

  • Undertake business development activities and secure opportunities with new and existing clients.


  • Staff morale is important to us, so as well as providing you with the opportunity to work on some iconic projects and supporting your career, we also think that the day-to-day stuff is important too. Our modern offices are open plan for that real team feel. They are filled with all the tools and equipment to assist you to do your job to the best of your ability. We have onsite free hot drink facilities as well as weekly fresh fruit boxes. Each of our offices has a social team to encourage a good work /life balance with your co-workers.

Flexible Working:

  • Life is different for each of us. But here at AECOM, we believe your work/life balance is important. We are support equal opportunities and therefore offer flexible working within our roles.

Minimum Requirements

  • Significant experience of highway technical design on major projects

  • Experience of preparing technical reports

  • Experience of managing design teams

  • Site experience during construction

  • Understanding Health and Safety responsibilities including CDM

  • Ability to work collaboratively with contractors

Preferred Qualifications

  • BSc, BEng, or higher degree in Civil Engineering

  • Chartered status and membership of a relevant professional institution (MICE).

Your benefits will include:

Helping our employees achieve a healthy work-life balance is important to us. If you join AECOM, as well as receiving a competitive salary, you’ll also have the opportunity to explore flexible working arrangements. Core benefits include 25 days’ annual leave, company pension scheme, private medical insurance, life assurance and one paid annual professional institution membership fee. You can also choose from a wide range of flexible benefits to suit your lifestyle.

You’ll also be able to give back to communities with up to two paid CSR days each year. Through our charity, The AECOM Foundation, you can volunteer to support children in developing countries. And if you’re a member of the Reserve Forces you’ll receive an additional 15 days paid leave for training commitments.

What We Offer

When you join AECOM, you become part of a company that is pioneering the future . Our teams around the world are involved in some of the most cutting-edge and innovative projects and programs of our time, addressing the big challenges of today and shaping the built environment for generations to come. We ensure a workplace that encourages growth, flexibility and creativity, as well as a company culture that champions inclusion, diversity and overall employee well-being through programs supported by company leadership. Our core values define who we are, how we act and what we aspire to, which comes down to not only delivering a better world , but working to “make amazing happen” in each neighborhood, community and city we touch. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person’s potential, and we’ll help you reach yours.

Job Category Engineering - Transportation / Roads + Highways

Business Line Transportation

Business Group Design and Consulting Services Group (DCS)

Country United Kingdom

Position Status Full-Time

Requisition/Vacancy No. 229476BR

Clearance Required No

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.