Jacobs Highways Technical Director in Chelmsford, United Kingdom

Highways Technical Director


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 Agency (HA), Transport Scotland, Welsh Government, National Contractors and numerous Local Authorities. Our plans to add to this portfolio continue apace regionally and nationally

Position Summary

As a Technical Director, you will have people management responsibilities and will be the lead on a variety of projects. Responsibilities will include:

  • Leadership, growth and development of a regional Highway Structures team adding value to the established national and international capability;

  • Managing reachback within Jacobs’ vertically integrated operational structure supporting a delivery on a large multi-disciplinary framework.

  • Preparation of proposals and designs at feasibility, optioneering, planning and detailed design stages; Identifying and leading on added value, sustainable engineering and Lean initiatives relating to Highway Structures;

  • Providing technical direction to other design engineers and/or technicians;

  • Liaison with clients, contractors and third parties;

  • Interfacing with other Jacobs disciplines and offices such as Highway Civils, Technology, Geotechnical, Rail, Transport Planning, and Environmental ;

  • Resolving technical issues as they occur and monitoring progress in your areas of responsibility;

  • Financial management and monitoring;

  • People/team management and local recruitment;

  • Client Relationship Management at all levels in client organisations



Essential Criteria

  • A degree in Civil Engineering;

  • Chartered Member of ICE or equivalent;

  • Experience of motivating and driving delivery teams;

  • Confident with proven interpersonal and communication skil

  • Experience in the highways sector including the delivery of HA projects;

  • Experience of liaising/negotiating with client representatives and staff at a senior level;

  • Thorough understanding and practical application of the DMRB and EN Eurocodes

  • Good working knowledge of different contract types and procurement options including but not limited to NEC3.

  • Able to produce well-presented and technically accurate reports;

  • Workload and resource management skills;

  • Capability to oversee tasks and costs and deliver programmed work on time and under budget including adoption of EVA techniques;

  • Good IT and presentation skills;

Desirable Criteria

  • Experience of ECI or Design and Build projects;

  • Experience of construction supervision;

  • Knowledge of HA PCF;

  • Knowledge of local authority interfaces;

  • PRINCE2 Accreditation;

  • Recent experience of Highways Agency Major Projects;

  • Health and Safety training in the infrastructure sector


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/0001US