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Senior Drainage Engineer - Transportation

  • Job reference: TR-002233
  • 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 Senior Transportation Drainage Engineer with broad ranging experience in highways and/or rail drainage design to join our Transportation team in either Manchester or Warrington.

You will play a key role in the development and delivery of major transportation projects for our key clients such as the Highways England, Network Rail, County Councils and design and build contractors. You will be responsible for delivering the drainage design of multi-disciplinary civil engineering projects, and supporting the leadership and development of our drainage capability. .

To support the technical delivery of projects, your responsibilities will include:


• Leading the design of highway or rail drainage schemes from concept to detailed design and maintenance, as stand-alone projects or part of larger multi-disciplinary schemes.
• Responsible for the development of sustainable drainage designs including balancing/ infiltration ponds, soakaways, attenuations tank systems etc.
• Working with a multi-discipline team of engineers, technicians and other professionals.
• Overseeing and reviewing the production of drainage designs, calculations and drawings to relevant standards, including providing technical assurance of designs.
• Leading the co-ordination of the drainage design process and integrating with associated highways, rail, environmental, geotechnical and structural engineering designs.
• Responsible for determining and assigning drainage design tasks, and managing the programme and budget.
• Leading and encouraging the technical development of graduates and technicians in the drainage discipline.
• Managing and reviewing 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.


• Managing and developing stakeholder relationships to support the development of the drainage design and consents process.
• Acting as drainage interface for clients and key stakeholders including attendance at meetings.
• Preparation and presentation of progress and technical reports for discussion at client and key stakeholder meetings.


• Leading the drainage design discipline in the development of design, including supervision duties.
• Championing the role of drainage within a multi-disciplinary project.
• Delivering projects to a high quality on time and to budget.
• Operating 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 engineers, graduates and technicians in the field of drainage design.
• Able to work collaboratively and integrate into multi-disciplinary teams or work independently.
• Ability to research information and data independently to support problem solving and develop solutions to complex drainage design issues.


• Provide technical support and input in the process of bidding and winning work.



• Chartered Civil Engineer and Member of a Professional Institution.
• Experience of leading the drainage design on Highways England, Local Authority or Network Rail projects.
• Experience of the current standards (DMRB / Network Rail) and Construction Design and 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 specifications and to collect other data and statistics necessary for the preparation of progress and technical reports.
• Ability to identify, manage and develop project scopes and manage budgets, programmes and the 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.
• Ability to research information and data independently and communicate findings coherently.
• 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.
• Knowledge 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.


• Ability to manage the delivery of technical design, often within challenging timeframes. Ability to inspire others and contribute to a good working environment.
• Experience of stakeholder management, e.g. liaison with utility companies, Local Authorities, statutory bodies (e.g. Environment Agency) etc.
Ability in developing and agreeing scopes and managing 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.
• Enthusiastic about transportation drainage and it’s role within the civil engineering environment.
• 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.
• Experience in working for both private and public sector clients and knowledge of the different drivers and approaches 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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