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Principal Highways Engineer

  • Job reference: TR-001902
  • Sector: Roads & Bridges, Transportation
  • Location: Epsom, Chelmsford
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. With 3,000 staff across the UK & Europe, they are brilliantly placed to lead the sector at a time when Government commitment and investment in infrastructure is at all-time high.

Getting close to the heart of their clients, Atkins has a number of lead roles on major programmes for Network Rail, Highways England, TfL, as well as being at the centre of major projects like High Speed 2, Crossrail and Heathrow airport expansion.

It’s not just about today; Atkins are investing in capability to lead on intelligent mobility, the digital railway and digital asset management – all aimed at creating the transport networks of the future. They are looking for leaders to join the team to further shape this vision and to lead the industry forward.

Working in partnership and reporting to the Business Group Leader, your focus will be project delivery and technical excellence. Providing a valued source of engineering expertise, you will influence high standards and innovation, whilst ensuring projects are delivered successfully to our Clients. In addition to technical delivery of designs, you will be significantly involved in tendering new works and supporting business relationships through interacting with our Clients. Experience with stakeholders is necessary. The diversity of our project work sometimes requires flexibility & mobility.


• Delivery of highways technical excellence
• Project management of highway schemes delivering the required quality to time and budget
• Assistance in the management and delivery of bids
• Managing senior stakeholders
• To maintain and develop excellent professional relationships which can secure repeat business
• Presenting to clients and key stakeholders in a professional, responsive and client focussed manner
• To work collaboratively across the Atkins Group
• Client, programme and financial management of projects
• Mentoring and supporting the development of the team



• Appropriate academic and professional qualifications, including Chartered or Incorporated Engineer and Member of relevant Professional Institution.
• Significant experience in Highway Engineering delivering technical solutions to public and private sector clients.
• Experience of working with our key clients, i.e. the Highways England and major contractors.
• Good knowledge of national design standards particularly the Highways England Design Manual for Roads & Bridges.
• Applies broad professional knowledge and experienced judgement, but knows when to refer to more senior staff
• Able to present own technical work and that of colleagues on the project
• Building relationships with a growing set of clients, networking and promoting the Company
• Successful in identifying and following through on leads associated with new and existing clients
• Able to realistically estimate pricing associated with projects bids across a range of expertise
• Clear knowledge of BMS work procedures, and ability to brief project team on them
• An effective team member able to apply knowledge gained across a broad range of disciplines
• Understand multi-disciplinary process
• Understanding of People Management issues and can conduct staff development and appraisals
• Technical supervision and mentoring of other staff
• Computer literacy e.g. Word, Excel and Outlook


• Strong commitment to professional institutions
• Experience of 3D design software (MX, Civils 3D)
• Able to discuss in detail with clients the local business (Divisional) technologies and markets
• Able to manage the drafting of successful responses to bids across a range of expertise
• Knowledge of programming software such as MS Project
• Able to respond professionally to enquiries
• Conversant with the commercial aspects of project management and PSR’s

The Individual

• Excellent interpersonal, organisational and communication skills both verbally and in writing and leadership skills.
• Enthusiastic and flexible professional attitude.
• A confident and professional manner.
• The ability to take the initiative.
• Strong analytical skills and very detail conscious
• Enthusiastic, creative and keen to progress.
• The ability to work collaboratively.
• A high expectation of own performance and those working around you
• Customer focussed with excellent relationship management skills
• Flexible approach to working in other Atkins offices
• Have valid UK driving licence

Atkins is a truly global organisation and our strategy means much of our multi-disciplinary work spans various regions around the world. We especially welcome applications from those who are able to travel and spend extended periods of time abroad.

Flexible Working

We support flexible working and equal opportunities as we believe that diverse teams provide the best mix of interpersonal and technical skills needed to exceed our customers’ expectations.


Please refer to our website for full 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.


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.

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