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Principal Civil / Structural Engineer

  • Job reference: EN-002440
  • Sector: Nuclear, Power
  • Location: Bristol
If you are a pro-active Senior Civil or Structural Engineer with exceptional technical leadership, communication and stakeholder management skills then this could be the ideal opportunity for you.

The Role

Working within our Energy business in Bristol, you will be working on a range of varied projects of national and international significance, at the forefront of the addressing modern energy needs. You will cultivate strong working relationships with our clients, develop a comprehensive understanding of their needs, and thereby enable work to progress with confidence and professionalism. You’ll take the lead delivering and carrying out technical work to time, cost and quality.

The Person

A questioning mind and an ability to challenge and interrogate in different situations is a key part of this role along with a gift for lateral thinking. You’ll have an agile mind with an ability to adapt to different working scenarios and will be used to working in a strong health & safety culture.

Building strong and trusted relationships is an important aspect of this role. You’ll enjoy leading and developing others, sometimes directly at client sites, sometimes from our offices. You’ll be client focussed – being able interface with clients, understand their needs and convert opportunities into successful work streams. 

Specific requirements include:

• Experience of leading or managing a multidisciplinary, or complex single discipline, design team.

• A strong technical background, including first principles analysis and knowledge and use of relevant UK and international codes and standards.

• Chartered Engineer with full membership of The Institution of Civil Engineers and / or The Institution of Structural Engineers,

• Degree qualified (with a degree accredited by The Institution of Civil Engineers or Institution of Structural Engineers, or another recognised body) 

Experience of one, or more, of the following aspects is desirable: 

• Making informed decisions balancing client, staff and business needs.

• Leading the design of concrete, steel and masonry structures using recognised codes, standards and specifications.

• Recognised training or considerable experience with engineering software packages, preferably including FE analysis.

• Working knowledge of concept and detailed design phases

• Inspection or appraisal of existing concrete, steel and masonry structures. 

• Responsibility for budget and schedule for engineering tasks.

• Design and validation of structural modifications.

• Design and analysis of structures under dynamic loading such as seismic, impact is beneficial.

• Design and/or analysis of offshore structures.

• Leading the development of bids and winning work.• Successful management of project budgets, contracts and commercial arrangements.

• Working with contractors on site to deliver the implementation of engineering solutions.

• Pastoral Care and Line Management of other engineers, including development of staff and performance management.

• Previous experience of the Energy sector or other highly regulated sectors.

• ICE Supervising Civil Engineer or other professional institution mentor status

Additional Information and Benefits

Travel to other Atkins premises and client sites will be necessary. You should be willing to work flexibly and outside of normal working hours to satisfy the requirements of the role.

Successful candidates will be required to undergo a security vetting process and offers of employment will be subject to relevant security clearance being granted.

Please refer to the Atkins website for details of our benefits package which includes the opportunity to purchase up to 15 days additional annual leave per year on top of our standard 25 days paid annual leave. 

Flexible working options may be considered.

There may be opportunities for international travel.

About Us 

Atkins is ranked as one of ‘The Sunday Times 25 Best Big Companies to Work For’ and as one of the ‘The Times Top 50 Employers for Women 2015’. We support flexible working and equal opportunities as we believe that diverse teams provide the best mix of skills needed to exceed our customers’ expectations. Our commitment to staff development is underpinned by numerous stable and long-term framework agreements with key clients.

We are one of the world’s foremost engineering and design consultancies, operating in most regions of the world, and in virtually every market. Choosing to work for Atkins will provide you with the opportunity to engage on some of the most exciting engineering challenges of our time. Together with our rewarding and flexible packages, you’ll have the perfect balance to bring your personal and career goals to fruition.

Our passion for excellence in civil and structural engineering has earnt an exceptional reputation for delivering specialist, innovative and cost efficient solutions to some of the world’s most technically challenging problems.



Atkins develops individuals through a tailored portfolio of training and development courses designed to help successful candidates make the best of their 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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