Jacobs Principal Highways Engineer in Croydon, United Kingdom

Principal Highways Engineer


Jacobs is one of the world’s largest and most diverse providers of full-spectrum technical, professional and consultancy services for industrial, commercial and government organisations globally.

With more than 77,000 people globally, our teams collaborate, innovate and create. Our people are proud to have been behind some of the greatest consultancy and engineering feats over the past 70 years.

We foster a collaborative and inclusive environment for our people, and our partners, and we want you to be a part of our growing business.

We encourage applications from candidates looking for flexible working or reduced hours’ contracts.

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 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

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 projects.

  • 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 as well as construction supervision


Essential Skills

  • Bachelors or Masters degree in Civil Engineering

  • CEng and MICE status or equivalent.

  • 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

Our Culture

At Jacobs we see safety differently - we strive to go ‘BeyondZero’ by putting the health, safety and well-being of our employees first in everything we do.

We are committed to equality across our business and we work with external organisations such as STEM, WISE (Women in Science & Engineering) and Stonewall. We are also Disability Confident Committed; therefore, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for a vacancy.

When you join Jacobs you will have access to a wide range of Global Networks, centred on inclusion and diversity which is the foundation of our business and at the centre of our values.

To find out more about our networks, please visit our website; www.jacobs.com

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

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: BIA0004ZN