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Principal Civil Engineer

Principal Civil Engineer

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Work Location 
Department / Discipline 
Engineering - Civil
Additional Work Location 
Position Type 
Staff / Permanent

Job Description

Overview / Responsibilities

Wood is currently recruiting for a Principal Civil Engineer to work in our Reading office. Your role will be to lead a team of engineers in the delivery of surface water and flood engineering concepts and designs for the proposed development at Heathrow airport.  The team will work alongside our existing flood modellers to create, develop and detail innovative, functional and cost effective engineering solutions for the proposed surface water, pollution prevention and control systems on both the existing airport and the proposed expansion.


We are looking for individuals that have a strong base of technical skills, with excellent organisational and communication skills gained in either a multi-disciplinary or engineering consultancy environment who now want to enhance and diversify these skills within a growing organisation that will support their future development.


This position will provide an excellent opportunity to work on one of the largest and most complex infrastructure projects in Europe and will allow you to grow a team to deliver this work as well as a wider portfolio of projects across a diverse range of sectors. 


Key Duties:


  • Grow, develop and lead a team of engineers to support the Heathrow Expansion Programme, with particular emphasis on the surface water systems
  • Provide leadership and technical assurance/review for all deliverables produced by the team
  • Develop capabilities and experience of team in order to sell services to other UK/international airports and/or major infrastructure projects
  • Work collaboratively with other consultants and colleagues to the benefit of the programme
  • Seek opportunities to deliver engineering services/projects to other sectors


Skills / Qualifications


  • Qualified to degree level (or equivalent) in Civil Engineering
  • Chartered Engineer
  • Member of a relevant professional body such as ICE, ICHEME
  • Has worked on UK airports
  • Has experience of leading, developing and growing an engineering team
  • Has demonstrable surface/flood engineering experience
  • Has worked extensively within a multi-disciplinary or engineering consultancy
  • Has experience of working on major infrastructure projects
  • Substantial consultancy experience
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrable technical review/assurance skills
  • Knowledge of the CDM Regulations and Principal Designer role
  • Experience of Project Design Management 



  • Has worked for one of Wood's direct competitors
  • Has multi-sector and international experience
  • Has experience of working at Heathrow Airport
  • Has experience of working within a design and build environment, as either contractor or consultant
  • Has worked alongside flood modelling specialists
  • Working in an NEC Contract environment


Company Overview

Wood is a global leader in the delivery of project, engineering and technical services to energy and industrial markets. We operate in more than 60 countries, employing around 55,000 people, with revenues of around $10 billion.  We provide performance driven solutions throughout the asset life cycle, from concept to decommissioning across a broad range of industrial markets including the upstream, midstream and downstream oil & gas, power & process, environment and infrastructure, clean energy, mining, nuclear and general industrial sectors. We strive to be the best technical services company to work with, work for and invest in. www.woodplc.com

Diversity Statement

We are an equal opportunity employer that recognises the value of a diverse workforce. All suitably qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment on the basis of objective criteria and without regard to the following (which is a non-exhaustive list): race, colour, age, religion, gender, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran status, or other characteristics in accordance with the relevant governing laws.


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