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Drainage Engineer - Transportation

  • Job reference: TR-002234
  • Sector: Transportation
  • Location: Manchester
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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 a Transportation Drainage Engineer with broad ranging experience in highway and/or rail drainage design to join our Transportation team in either Manchester or Warrington.

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 be an experienced drainage designer with proven ability who takes ownership and responsibility for design solutions.



• 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.
• Responsible for production of drainage designs, calculations and drawings to relevant standards, including providing technical assurance of designs.
• Co-ordinating the drainage design process and integrating with associated highways, rail, 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.


• 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.
• Delivering projects to a high quality on time and to budget.
• Contributing to project processes such as risk management and change control.
• Instigate and maintain business management systems and compilation of project specific documentation including 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.


• Support in the process of bidding and winning work.



• 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 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.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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 managing a transportation drainage project through the planning process.
• Experience of site, construction contracts and of site construction desirable.


• 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.
• 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 to mentoring 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 both private and public sector clients and an appreciation of the different drivers and approach to management and procurement.
• 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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