Jacobs Technical Director - Transportation Structures in Croydon, United Kingdom

Technical Director - Transportation Structures


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, Jacobs has grown into a global player with 54,000 people in more than 25 countries.

Jacobs are one of the leading consulting firms in the Highways sector where we deliver a diverse range of projects for Local Authority frameworks, private highways markets and major projects for Highways England. We have opportunities to work on unique and exciting projects, and a stable platform upon which to develop your career.

We also provide professional services through our strategic alliance with Ringway Jacobs delivering to local authorities throughout England under long term contracts. This includes a range of schemes from minor municipal projects to major projects exceeding £100m.

We are looking for talented people to join us across the UK and Ireland to continue our focus on building relationships and making a difference to our clients (90% of our business is repeat business driven by our performance on existing schemes).

Expand your highly sought after technical expertise on complex projects that are strategically vital to Britain’s infrastructure ambitions. Deliver strategic capability and well thought out solutions that genuinely help shape our clients’ business or mission. Thrive in an ethical, safe and healthy environment.

Primary Job Responsibilities

Reporting to the Divisional Director/Senior Consultant, this position requires an articulate and focused Technical Director or experienced Principal Engineer seeking the next step in their career. With highly developed technical engineering, interpersonal and organisational skills you will be responsible for the technical and commercial delivery of highway structures solutions with an emphasis on offering a reliable and high-quality, client-focused service.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Leading the technical and commercial delivery of new highway structures solutions at feasibility, optioneering and detailed design stages

  • Management and preparation of bridge strengthening or modification designs at feasibility, optioneering and detailed design stages

  • Providing technical and managerial direction to other design engineers and technicians placed under your responsibility, including managing staff workloads, sourcing and disseminating work amongst the team

  • Programming structures inputs to multi-disciplinary schemes, including works and budget management of our fees and contractors’ works costs for our client bridge managers

  • Leading and managing the delivery and checking of inspection and assessment reports and bridge capacity assessment calculations

  • Preparation and checking of Technical Approval documents

  • Preparation and checking of contract documents and fee & works estimates for schemes.

  • Liaison with clients, stakeholders, specialist suppliers and contractors

  • Interfacing effectively with other Jacobs engineering disciplines

  • Monitoring and reporting progress against time and financial objectives

  • Compliance with Jacobs’ safety, quality and environmental policies, including promotion of our BeyondZero safety philosophy

  • Supporting recruitment, retention and talent management issues within the team

  • Supporting the professional development of staff through work and training activities, including mentoring junior members of staff by acting as a Supervising Civil Engineer (or equivalent)



  • Chartered Civil or Structural Engineers with significant post-professional qualification experience in a similar relevant role

  • Detailed knowledge and understanding of the conceptual and detailed design of a broad range of civil engineering structures, including bridges, underpasses, culverts and retaining walls, including associated approval procedures

  • Detailed knowledge of relevant design standards, the Design Manual for Roads and Bridges (DMRB) and Manual of Contract Documents for Highway Works (MCDHW) in relation to both new build and structural maintenance and refurbishment schemes

  • Ability to prepare proposals at the feasibility, pre-planning, planning and detailed design stages

  • Ability to plan, organise and manage resources, provide leadership, mentor and motivate a team of engineers and technicians

  • Ability to provide guidance on the use of design/analysis software (eg SAM, LUSAS, Midas, Superstress)

  • Ability to prioritise and manage multiple projects to deadline and budget

  • Experience of business development including Client liaison and preparation of bids

  • Excellent communication, client handling and interpersonal skills

  • Ability to manage project risk and monitor and review quality processes

  • A full clean driving licence


  • Experience of ECI or design and build projects

  • Experience of construction supervision

  • Good working knowledge of different contract types and procurement options

  • Project management qualification such as PRINCE2

  • Health and Safety training in the Bridges Sector


We offer a competitive package which includes a Pension and Life Assurance Scheme and the opportunity to participate in our Flexible Benefits programme which offers up to 28 days holiday per annum and a range of additional benefits.

JACOBS is an Equal Opportunity Employer who is committed to the safety and wellbeing of all.

Primary Location United Kingdom-United Kingdom Countrywide-Croydon

Req ID: EU/00017A