Jacobs Highways Principal Engineer in Chelmsford, United Kingdom

Highways Principal Engineer


Jacobs is one of the world's largest and most diverse providers of professional technical services to industrial, commercial and government clients. With revenues approaching $11billion and approximately 80,000 employees across the globe, we are continuing to grow our business every year.

We are looking for talented people to join us across the UK and Ireland to continue our focus on building relationships and delighting our clients (90% of our business is repeat business). In return we have opportunities to work on unique and exciting projects, and a stable platform upon which to develop your career.

Jacobs has an enviable reputation in the Highways UK consultancy sector as a result of a portfolio of high profile projects with clients that include the Highways England (HE), Transport Scotland, Welsh Government, National Contractors and numerous Local Authorities. Our plans to add to this portfolio continue apace regionally and nationally.

Recent projects won include being part of Highways England £1.5 billion Smart Motorways programme that will deliver major improvements in technology, traffic lane and signaling with10 new Smart Motorways being designed and built across the UK.

Position Summary

We are wishing to recruit an experienced Principal Engineer to join our established highways team. You will become a member of our expanding design team, taking a leading role in delivering project management and design services throughout all stages of infrastructure project development and in all areas of highways design, working independently and supporting the Senior Project Managers across the business.


  • Reporting to the Technical Director, you will lead a team of engineers and technicians working on a variety of projects.

  • You will be responsible for the preparation of feasibility studies, scheme reports, scheme orders and detailed highway design for major and minor Improvement schemes.

  • You will be responsible for resolving technical issues as they occur for a range of areas across the project and for monitoring progress.

  • You will also attend progress meetings, public exhibitions and public inquiries.

  • The role will also encompass resource, financial and commercial management. Experience in construction practices would also be advantageous



Essential Criteria

  • Bachelors or Masters degree in Civil Engineering

  • CEng and MICE status or equivalent or demonstrable path to their attainment

  • Proven ability to project manage most aspects of infrastructure schemes.

  • Experience in the financial management and control of projects.

  • Experience of managing multi-disciplined projects being delivered by teams at various geographical locations both within the UK and overseas.

  • Confident with proven interpersonal and communication skills.

  • Thorough knowledge of DMRB standards.

  • Capable of managing a challenging workload subject to change at short notice.

  • Excellent IT skills.

  • A thorough knowledge of the financial management and control of projects.

  • Able to produce well-presented and accurate reports.

Desirable Criteria

  • MX/3D CAD proficient, and/or drainage design capabilities (WINDES or equivalent).

  • Experience of design and build projects.

  • Experience of construction supervision.

  • Good working knowledge of different contract types and procurement options


We offer a competitive package which includes aPension and Life Assurance Scheme and the opportunity to participate in ourFlexible Benefits programme which offers up to 29 days holiday per annum and arange of additional benefits.

Successful candidates will be asked to complete aBaseline Personnel Security Standard Pre-Employment check and will be requiredto undergo various checks including: Identity, Right to Work;Employment/Education History and Criminal Record. If you are unable tomeet this and any associated criteria, then your employment may be delayed orrejected.

JACOBS is an Equal OpportunitiesEmployer and is committed to the safety and wellbeing of all.

Primary Location United Kingdom-United Kingdom Countrywide-Chelmsford

Req ID: EU/0001UR