Group Drainage Engineer

Ref: ZR_6576_JOB  ·  Posted on 11 November 2021


Our client is looking for a Group Transportation Drainage Engineer with broad ranging experience in highways and/or rail drainage design to join their Transportation team in either Newcastle, Stockton-on-Tees or Leeds.

You will play a key role in the development and delivery of major transportation projects for their key clients such as Highways England, Network Rail, local authorities and design and build contractors.  You will be responsible for delivering the drainage design on multi-disciplinary civil engineering projects and supporting the leadership and development of their drainage capability.

Key responsibilities

To ensure the technical delivery of drainage designs for our projects, your responsibilities will include:


  • Leading the design of highway or rail drainage designs from concept to detailed design and construction, as stand-alone projects or as part of larger multi-disciplinary schemes.
  • The development of sustainable drainage designs including balancing/ infiltration ponds, soakaways, attenuations tank systems etc.
  • Promoting development of digital solutions in drainage design including full integration of designs within the BIM environment.
  • Working collaboratively with a multi-disciplinary team of engineers, technicians and other professionals.
  • Overseeing and reviewing the production of drainage designs, models, calculations and drawings to relevant standards, including providing technical assurance of designs.
  • Leading the co-ordination of the drainage design process and integrating with associated highways, rail, environmental, geotechnical and structural engineering designs.
  • Determining and assigning drainage design tasks and managing delivery to programme and budget.
  • Leading and encouraging the technical development of graduates and technicians in the drainage discipline.
  • Managing and reviewing specifications; tender and contract documents and supporting the construction process.
  • Ensuring compliance with business management standards set in the company’s quality, safety and environmental policies and procedures.


  • Managing and developing stakeholder relationships to support the development of the drainage design and consents process.
  • Acting as drainage interface for clients and key stakeholders including attendance at meetings.
  • Preparation and presentation of progress and technical reports for discussion at client and key stakeholder meetings.


  • Leading the drainage discipline locally to develop and enhance the drainage design capability within the local team.
  • Leading drainage designs, managing the interface and providing technical assurance for drainage designs produced in our Global Design Centre.
  • Championing the role of drainage within a multi-disciplinary project.
  • Delivering projects to a high quality on time and to budget.
  • Operating project processes such as risk management and change control.
  • Instigating and maintaining business management systems and compilation of associated project specific documentation.


  • Mentoring and supporting the development of engineers, graduates and technicians in the field of drainage design.
  • Able to work collaboratively and integrate into multi-disciplinary teams or work independently.
  • Ability to research information and data independently to support problem solving and develop solutions to complex drainage design issues.


  • Providing technical input to the preparation of bids including provision of Quality Submission responses on drainage strategy and design approach and input to price via preparation of fee proposals and associated programme for delivery including assessment of risk.


Skills & experience


  • Chartered or Incorporated Civil Engineer and Member of a Professional Institution.
  • Experience of leading the drainage design on Highways England, Local Authority or Network Rail projects.
  • Experience of the current standards (DMRB / Network Rail) and Construction Design and Management Regulations (CDM).
  • Ability to design all aspects of drainage from conceptual layout to detailed design.
  • Experience of design interfaces (e.g. highways, rail, geotechnical, environmental, structural etc.)
  • Familiarity with 3D design tools and BIM.
  • Ability to prepare reports and specifications and to collect other data and statistics necessary for the preparation of progress and technical reports.
  • Ability to research information and data independently and communicate findings coherently.
  • Proficient in all Microsoft Office software particularly MS Excel and Word.
  • Proficient in hydraulic modelling software such as Micro Drainage.
  • Proficient in AutoCAD / Civil3D or similar.
  • Knowledge of the regulatory framework associated with planning and approval regulations/processes, together with experience of managing a transportation drainage project through the planning process.
  • Experience of construction contracts and supervision of drainage works on site.


  • Ability to identify and respond to our clients’ values in a competitive market sector. Candidates are required to be self-motivated and able to work both independently as well as within a larger multi-disciplinary team in leading and managing packages of work to completion.
  • Ability to identify, manage and develop project scopes and manage budgets, programmes and the quality of deliverables.
  • Ability to inspire others and contribute to a good working environment.
  • Experience of stakeholder management, e.g. liaison with utilities companies, Local Authorities, statutory bodies (e.g. Environment Agency) etc.

Our client is committed to providing a diverse and inclusive workplace and welcomes applications from all backgrounds.

Part-time opportunities/flexible working is available to suit individual needs.

Additional benefits
  • Pension Plan
  • Life Assurance – Life assurance will be 4 x salary for new starters, whether or not they are in a pension scheme.
  • Holidays – Basic entitlement 25 days with option to buy an additional 15 days or to sell 5 days.
  • Income Protection – All annual salaried UK employees who are aged between 16 to state pension age except casual employees who are hourly paid.
  • Professional Fees – Annual subscription reimbursed for membership of a professional body relevant to your role with the client.
  • Season Ticket Loan – All UK employees are eligible on successful completion of their probationary period.
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