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Assistant Drainage Engineer

  • Job reference: TR-002321
  • Sector: Roads & Bridges, Transportation
  • Location: Epsom
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Atkins is one of the world’s most respected design, engineering and project management consultancies. They build long-term trusted partnerships to create a world where lives are enriched through the implementation of new and exciting ideas. Atkins have a vision to shape the future of transportation, to lead where others follow and to deliver the future of mobility today.

Atkins’ Transportation is our centre of excellence for the design of highway and rail infrastructure projects. We aim to be the first choice designer for local and national highway authorities, Network Rail, contractors and developers. We are working on a number of high profile projects and frameworks nationwide, including Cambridge to Huntingdon A14 upgrade and Smart Motorways programme through the Collaborative Delivery Framework for Highways England, Cross Rail, Great Western Electrification Programme, HS2 and related projects.

Join our cross-sector transportation team and you’ll help us deliver innovative solutions to the biggest transportation challenges in the UK and beyond. You’ll turn ideas into reality with the award-winning engineering consultancy behind smart motorways and intelligent transport and you’ll improve the everyday lives of millions of people. So, help us move the world forward, one step at a time. This is your time to make a difference.

We are looking for an Assistant Transportation Drainage Engineer with experience in highway and/or rail drainage design to join our Transportation team in Epsom.

You will be responsible for designing drainage elements of significant highway and/or rail drainage infrastructure projects, delivering to the highest technical standards and quality targets. You will have experience in drainage design, able to work unsupervised to a limited extent, but be eager to take on more responsibility and develop technical skills as your career progresses.


• Working within a multi-discipline team of engineers, technicians and other professionals to develop highway or rail designs from concept to detailed design and maintenance.
• Production of drainage designs, calculations and drawings to relevant standards.
• Integrating the drainage design with associated highways, rail, environmental, geotechnical and structural engineering designs.
• Completion of specifically assigned tasks to programme and budget.
• Supervise apprentices and CAD technicians.
• Assist in preparing specifications; tender and contract documents and supporting the construction process.
• Undertaking site surveys.

• 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 discipline leads and/or project manager with the development of design solutions and the management of the project, including supervision duties.
• Ability to manage yourself to deliver your assigned tasks to the requisite quality, and to programme and budget.
• Contributing to project processes such as risk management and change control.
• Deliver your work with in compliance to the company’s quality, safety and environmental policies and procedures.

• Mentoring and supporting the development of graduates and technicians.
• Able to work collaboratively and integrate into multi-disciplinary teams or work independently.


• Working towards Chartered Engineer and Member of a Professional Institution (relevant discipline)
• Experience of working on Highways England, Local Authority or Network Rail drainage design projects.
• Experience of the current standards (DMRB / Network Rail) and awareness of the Construction Design 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, transport planning etc.)
• Familiarity with 3D design tools and BIM.
• Experience of preparing reports and specifications.
• Ability to work to the agreed project scope, and manage budgets, programmes 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.
• 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.
• Awareness of the regulatory framework associated with planning and approval regulations/processes, together with experience of working on a transportation drainage project through the planning process.

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

The Individual:
• Excellent interpersonal, organisational and communication skills both verbally and in writing
• A hard working and flexible individual, a team player, who has great attention to detail, is reliable, shows initiative and is proactive and is able to deliver to set deadlines.
• Self-motivated in developing their own knowledge and capabilities, and progressing their career aspirations.
• Be available to travel across the UK and work occasionally away from home, including periods overseas on assignments
• Confident and professional manner.
• Be well organised with good time management skills. Works to deadlines with minimal supervision.
• Ability to prioritise tasks and maintain a focus on agreed targets.
• Good team working skills and the ability to communicate effectively at all levels.
• Supportive and encouraging approach when working with less experienced members of the team.
• Ability to adapt to different cultures and working environments to build rapport with clients and the whole project team.
• Good leadership qualities.
• Customer focused with excellent relationship management skills.
• Desirable to have experience of working for public sector clients.
• Hold a valid UK driving licence.

We encourage career progression and there is the opportunity to further develop your career. We would expect to work with you in developing your career aspirations through staff appraisal, offering a range of opportunities and appropriate training designed to help you make the best of your abilities and talents.

This role may require security clearance and offers of employment will be dependent on obtaining the relevant level of clearance. If this is necessary it will be discussed with you at interview.

If applying to this role please do not make reference to (in conversation) or include in your application or CV, details of any current or previously held security clearance.

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