Highways Engineer

Ref: ZR_6575_JOB  ·  Posted on 11 November 2021


Our client is looking for a Highway Engineer with broad ranging experience in the technical delivery of highways projects to join their Highways Practice in the North East/Yorkshire.  Experience of successfully delivering highway designs on Design and Build projects would be an advantage.  You will be experienced the design of significant highways projects, delivering to the highest technical standards and quality targets. You will be an experienced Highway Engineer with proven ability who takes ownership and responsibility for design solutions.  With offices in Newcastle, Stockton-on-Tees and Leeds, there is flexibility on where you will be based.

Key responsibilities


  • Working within a multi-discipline team of engineers, technicians, and other professionals to develop highway and engineering designs from concept to detailed design and maintenance.
  • Responsible for production of highway designs, calculations, and drawings to relevant standards, including providing technical assurance of designs.
  • Co-ordinating the highway design process and integrating with associated environmental, geotechnical and structural engineering designs.
  • Responsible for the completion of specifically assigned tasks to programme and budget.
  • Assigning work to and checking the project work of graduates, technicians and administrative staff.
  • Preparing 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.
  • Undertaking site surveys.


  • Liaising with customers in a responsive and client focused manner.
  • Liaison with clients and key stakeholders including attendance at meetings
  • Preparation and presentation of progress and technical reports for discussion at client and key stakeholder meetings.


  • Supporting the project manager and teams with the development of design solutions and the management of the project, including supervision duties.
  • Delivering projects to a high quality on time and to budget
  • Operating project processes such as risk management and change control.
  • Instigate and maintain business management systems and compilation of associated project specific documentation.


  • Mentoring and supporting the development of graduates and technicians.
  • Able to work and integrate into multi-disciplinary teams and work independently.
  • Bidding
  • Support in the process of bidding and winning work.
Skills & experience


  • Chartered or Incorporated Engineer (or working to) and Member of a Professional Institution (relevant discipline)
  • Experience of working on Highways England and/or Local Authority highway design projects.
  • Experience of the current Highways England standards and conversant with the DMRB and Construction Design Management Regulations (CDM).
  • Ability to design all aspects of highways from conceptual layout to detailed design.
  • Experience of design interfaces (e.g. geotechnical, environmental, structural, transport planning etc.)
  • Familiarity with 3D design tools.
  • Ability to prepare reports and collate specifications from all parties to the project and to collect other data and statistics necessary for the preparation of progress and technical reports.
  • Ability to develop and agree project scopes and manage budgets, programmes and quality of deliverables.
  • Ability to manage the internal technical supply chain (e.g. geotechnical input), including budgets, programme and quality of deliverables.
  • 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-discipline team in leading and managing packages of work to completion, within budget and to programme.
  • Ability to research information and data independently and ability to corroborate facts required for the resolution of contractual problems and disputes.
  • Proficient in all Microsoft Office software particularly MS Excel and Word.


  • Proven ability to deliver work within set timeframes and contribute to a good working environment.
  • Experience of stakeholder management, e.g. liaison with utility companies, Local Authorities, statutory bodies (e.g. Environment Agency) etc.
  • Experience in developing and agreeing scopes and managing the internal supply chain, including budgets, programme and quality of deliverables

The client would also like to see some of the below, but this is not essential:

  • Proficient in software such as AutoCAD, Civil 3D, MX and Micro Drainage.
  • Flexibility for occasional periods working away from normal office location, including overseas.
  • Awareness of the regulatory framework associated with planning and approval regulations/processes, together with experience of managing a highway project through the planning process.
  • Experience of site, construction contracts and of site management.

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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