Principal Engineer / Team Manager

Posted 08/04/2021 by Penguin Recruitment

Manchester, Greater Manchester
£50,000 - £60,000/annum


The Principal Engineer & Team Manager role within the Infrastructure Design team is a key role within the team. Reporting into the Regional Lead, they will act as the central coordinating point on all matters design related across the programme / portfolio of Projects. Playing an active role in work planning and delivery, this role also incorporates line management as well as Project Management accountabilities.

Working with the Regional Lead, this role will also have supporting responsibilities in Work Winning and Bidding


Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities associated with the role are as follows:

  • To be the principal point of contact on all project-related matters and to provide expertise and advice in all aspects of highway engineering and/or transportation planning;
  • To Plan, Coordinate and delivery of weekly work plans for the Team against monthly and quarterly programmes.
  • To bring together the necessary internal and external resources and skills required to fulfil the obligations of each and every commission to the budget and timescale agreed with the client;
  • To liaise/meet with other consultants and external members of the project team where necessary to ensure co-ordination of information and resources;
  • To liaise with the client to agree the project specification, the timescale, the fee and the terms of engagement;
  • To liaise with the client to promptly report any issue arising during the undertaking of the project that has implications either to the brief or the timescale. Such implications are to be reported as variations and budget alterations are to be agreed with the client;
  • To ensure that the project is undertaken to the specified budget and that all project-related fees and disbursements are accurately recorded and expediently recovered;
  • To have a full understanding of the tools and techniques employed within the field of Infrastructure Civil & Highway Engineering
  • To keep abreast of the latest developments with respect to all the tools and techniques employed within the field of Infrastructure Civil & Highway Engineering;
  • To have an understanding of local and national planning policies and guidelines insofar as they relate to transportation and development;
  • To have a full understanding of, ensure compliance with and assist in the upkeep and refinement of the company's Health & Safety Policy;
  • To have a full understanding of, ensure compliance with and assist in the upkeep and refinement of the company's Quality Assurance system;
  • To be involved in staff recruitment and to actively mentor and assist in the professional development of more junior staff;
  • To develop the business in the North office by proactively engaging in marketing activities and identifying future opportunities to enhance and expand the profile of the company;
  • To report monthly on Team performance


This role requires necessary experience, knowledge and technical expertise to act as direct Client contact and project manager on each commission entrusted to them. They must be conversant in post planning detail design skills on Infrastructure schemes, including but not exhaustive to the following, Highway and Drainage design. Also, you will need to understand utilities, including the diversion and review process.

The key skills will include delivery across the following;

  • Highways; S38, S278,
    • Highways Specification; o Highways Cost Estimating o Detailed Horizontal Design; o Detailed Vertical Design (including cross sections and long sections, 3D modelling);
    • Detailed Pavement / Footway design; o Highway surface water drainage; o Signing & Lining; o Site clearance; o Setting out; o Signals; o Street lighting; o Kerbing, and o Standard Construction Details.
  • Drainage S104 newly designed adopted sewers, S185 Sewer Diversions
    • Working knowledge of Construction Design Guidance ("the Code"), formerly

Sewers for Adoption o SUDS design including ponds, attenuation, o Design principles of Pumping Stations (Foul & Surface Water)

  • Flood Risk; Flood Risk hierarchy, policies, Flood Risk Statements & Assessments and Drainage Strategies.
  • Utilities design management and diversion.
  • Tender Management and Construction Procurement.
  • Site and Contract Management.
  • Principal Designer and CDM role.

The Principal Engineer will provide essential support to the Directors for certain management, marketing and administrative roles that are essential to the smooth running of the business. They will act as direct line manager for a number of more junior personnel in relation to both general office and project-related management issues. The role will require excellent communication skills, both oral and written, and an ability to present the findings of a project or to represent the interests of the company in public.

The Principal Engineer will be responsible for business development within the North and will be expected to expand the company's existing client base and build and enhance the company's reputation in North and the South-East.

The Principal Engineer will be expected as a minimum to be able to fulfil the responsibilities outlined within the Staff Grades and Responsibilities sheet.

On Offer

In return for this role you will receive a competitive salary, company benefits training/development opportunities and more.

What To Do Next

Interested in this or other roles in Civil Engineering, please click on the link to apply. Please do not hesitate to contact Martin Boland now at (url removed) or call (phone number removed). We have many more vacancies available on our website. Please refer to (url removed). This is a permanent role. Penguin Recruitment is operating as a Recruitment Agency in respect to this position.

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