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Principal Bridge Engineer


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United Kingdom - South Glamorgan, Cardiff

Job Summary

We are currently recruiting for a Principal Bridge Engineer to join our busy and expanding Bridges team in our centrally located Cardiff office.

Our Cardiff office is a large multidisciplinary office set at the heart of the city centre within a 5-minute walk of both the train station on the shopping centre. Our modern office comprises a vibrant mix of disciplines including buildings & places (structures & M&E), Transportation (Highways & Transport planning), Environment (Ecology, GDS, Archaeology) and Water Ports & Power. The bridges team provides design, assessment, inspection, repair/remediation, construction support and management services on a wide range of transport infrastructure projects.

Our Cardiff bridges office forms part of a West & Wales region with other offices in Bristol and Swindon. Combined with our neighboring Central region, consisting of offices in Birmingham, Chesterfield and Bedford, the two regions comprise of 130 No. bridge engineers and technicians working seamlessly to deliver a wide range of challenging projects.

Our current portfolio of works comprises a diverse mix of local, national and international bridges and structures projects in both rail and road including numerous long-term frameworks.

A selection of our current and recent projects includes

Network Rail Wales & West CP6 IP - AECOM support Principal Contractors Morgan Sindall and AMCO-Giffen for 'Design & Build' contracts in both the Western and Wales routes undertaking new-build detailed design and bridge refurbishment schemes through F001 to F003 delivery.

Civils Assessment Framework Agreement (CAFA) - AECOM is appointed across nine rail routes for the framework contract. Our Bristol team supports Wales and Western routes in undertaking Level 1 & Level 2 assessments of overbridges, footbridges and underbridges to a multitude of structural materials including steel, wrought-iron, cast-iron, pre-stressed concrete, masonry arches with structures aging from 200 years old to modern construction forms. Our works involve: undertaking Inspection for Assessment to determine condition, loading and obtain dimensionality of structures; structural analysis including grillages (Level 1) and Finite Element Analysis (Level 2) and reporting including sensitivity analysis and recommendations for further works.

WECA - AECOM provides TAA support, design and asset management services to the four local authorities that make up WECA (West of England Combined Authority) including Bristol CC, South Gloucestershire CC, Bath & North-East Somerset CC and North Somerset CC. We help support the local authorities through technical advice including departures from standard and AiP approvals, and providing consulting services including assessments, remediation, strengthening and detailed design of new structures in accordance with DMRB and Eurocode standards.

SWTRA (South Wales Trunk Road Agent) - AECOM are engaged to provide engineering support services within the 'Central' section. Recent schemes have included reinforced concrete repairs including cathodic protection, PTSI examination, pier impact assessment to IAN91, rehabilitation of half-joints, replacement of expansion joints and bearings and improved vehicular containment to bridges.

CORMAC - AECOM is appointed as 'strategic delivery partner' and responsible for providing numerous transportation services including bridges to Cornwall County Council on behalf of CORMAC; schemes include bridge replacement, bridge refurbishments and structures remediation.


- Proven track record in recent regional growth

- Opportunities for significant career advancement

- Multiple secured long-term works in both rail and highway end markets

- Agile and flexible working policies (Freedom to Grow

Role responsibilities:

- Take a leading role in the implementation of health & safety and wellbeing best practice into the delivery of all works

- Act as a technical lead for the delivery of highway or railway end market projects

- Lead, line manage and develop a delivery focused team of Engineers and Technicians

- Act as Supervising Civil Engineer (SCE) to trainees working towards Chartership

- Secure and deliver works to new and existing clients

- Project management of schemes including client reporting, programming, resource planning and commercial management

Minimum Requirements

- Extensive experience with bridge inspection, assessment and design schemes.

- Proven project management experience delivering to quality, time and budget.

- Extensive experience in road and/or rail projects in the UK.

- Previous exposure with clients including: national and local authorities and/or Network Rail and ideally Principal Contractors.

- Proven ability to manage staff and project Health and Safety responsibilities including compliance with CDM legislation.

- You will have a current clean driving license and be willing to travel throughout the UK to visit sites.

- Strong ability in various software packages ideally including LUSAS and MIDAS, with strong experience in Finite Element Analysis preferred.

- Strong knowledge and experience of the following: Eurocode, British, Highways England and Network Rail Standards.

- Strong experience in delivering bridge design through Highways England and Network Rail standards.

Preferred Qualifications

- Degree educated or equivalent in a relevant subject such as Bridge, Civil or Structural Engineering

- Ideally educated to MSc / MEng level or equivalent

- Chartered Engineer with ICE or IStructE

Your benefits will include:

Helping our employees achieve a healthy work-life balance is important to us. If you join AECOM, as well as receiving a competitive salary, you'll also be able to explore flexible working arrangements through our FREEDOM TO GROW * way of working. Core benefits include 25 days' annual leave, company pension scheme, private medical insurance, life assurance and one paid annual professional institution membership fee. You can also choose from a wide range of flexible benefits to suit your lifestyle.

You'll also be able to give back to communities with up to two paid CSR days each year. Through our charity, The AECOM Foundation, you can volunteer to support children in developing countries. And if you're a member of the Reserve Forces you'll receive an additional 15 days paid leave for training commitments.


- Freedom to Grow is the name we've given to our new way of working at AECOM. It's not defined by a policy or contract - quite the opposite. It's the permission, or empowerment, for people to find the working style that suits them best, balancing that with other commitments in their life, so that they can thrive and bring their best self to work. The guiding principle is: if it works for you, your team and your client then it works for AECOM._


What We Offer

When you join AECOM, you become part of a company that is pioneering the future. Our teams around the world are involved in some of the most cutting-edge and innovative projects and programs of our time, addressing the big challenges of today and shaping the built environment for generations to come. We ensure a workplace that encourages growth, flexibility and creativity, as well as a company culture that champions inclusion, diversity and overall employee well-being through programs supported by company leadership. Our core values define who we are, how we act and what we aspire to, which comes down to not only delivering a better world, but working to "make amazing happen" in each neighborhood, community and city we touch. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person's potential, and we'll help you reach yours.

Job Category Engineering - Transportation - Bridges

Business Line Transportation

Business Group Design and Consulting Services Group (DCS)

Country United Kingdom

Position Status Full-Time

Requisition/Vacancy No. 213086BR

Clearance Required No

Virtual: No

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.

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