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Principal Bridge Engineer

  • Job reference: TR-002226
  • Sector: Transportation
  • Location: Edinburgh
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Why not...

Atkins is one of the world's leading design, engineering and project management consultancies, employing some 17,400 people across the UK, North America, Middle East, Asia Pacific and Europe. Our people’s breadth and depth of expertise has allowed us to plan, design and enable some of the world’s most complex and time critical projects.

We are looking for an experienced civil engineer to join our structures team in the Edinburgh office. You will have a strong technical focus and be able to lead others to deliver and exceed client expectations in the management, design, assessment and inspection of highway and railway bridges and related infrastructure. You will contribute to improving the delivery of technical designs, develop innovative solutions and participate within our national Bridge Engineering Working Group. You will lead project teams and manage projects to programme and budget.

Whilst this is a “hands on” technical delivery role, you will have a proven track record in building client relationships, project management and staff development. You will interface with our key clients including Local Authorities, Transport Scotland, Network Rail and D&B contractors.


• Leading the design/assessment, contract preparation and supervision of highway and rail structures on specific projects
• Delivering projects to a high quality on time and to budget; managing risks, implementing change control and monitoring project programmes and resource plans
• Assigning work to and reviewing the project work of engineers and technicians in the UK and our Global Design Centre in India
• Reviewing bridge inspection reports and carrying out Principal and General Inspections
• Ensuring compliance with internal and external quality, safety and environmental standards
• Managing local authority clients including their annual capital and revenue budgets
• Leading and supporting bids to win new work
• Mentoring and supporting the development of less experienced engineers and technicians in all aspects of bridge design


• Chartered Civil or Structural Engineer (MICE or MIStructE)

Essential Criteria

• Proven competency in the design and assessment of highway and rail structures with an ability to analyse them appropriately according to project stage and complexity
• Wide technical experience of bridges and other highway and rail structures, including reinforced concrete, prestressed concrete and structural steel
• Experience using structural analysis software e.g. LUSAS
• Ability to deliver high quality projects on budget and programme
• Commitment to Health and Safety and well-versed with the CDM Regulations
• Commitment to sustainable development and environmental protection
• Experience using the DMRB and Eurocodes
• Experience of design interfaces, e.g. geotechnical, environmental, highways and rail
• Experience of site, construction contracts and site management
• Experience of writing bids and offers and an understanding of the commercial risks associated with projects
• Hold a driving licence valid in the UK
• Proficient in Microsoft Office software particularly Excel and Word

Desirable Criteria

• Experience of rail infrastructure design and inspection
• Flexibility for occasional short term assignments working away from the normal office location and overseas secondments
• Familiarity with BIM processes and 3D design tools

Personal Attributes

You will be an effective team player with the desire and ability to lead bridge design and assessment teams. You will need good written and verbal communication skills and be able to exercise judgement in your own work without referring often to more senior staff. You will be highly motivated and organised to deliver against demanding programme and cost targets. You will be able to come up with innovative solutions to technical problems.


Atkins develops individuals through a portfolio of training and development activities designed to help you make the best of your abilities and talents. These are reviewed with individuals through an annual appraisal process. We actively support staff in achieving corporate membership of relevant institutions.

Rewards and Benefits

Please refer to our website for details of our full benefits package.

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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