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Highway/ Digital Engineer


Highway/ Digital Engineer– Solihull

Closing Date: 30th October 

We are an independent firm of designers, planners, engineers, consultants and technical specialists offering a broad range of professional services. Through our work, we make a positive difference in the world.


As a wholly independent organisation, we are owned in trust for the benefit of staff and their dependants; with no shareholders or external investors we determine our own business priorities and direction.  Staff are allocated profit shares and therefore each individual has an invested interest in the global success of the firm.


Arup is a place where creativity, innovation and exciting technical challenges are always possible; we are part of a team that enjoys what they do, embracing a unique culture.  As a global firm we can develop careers in the UK or abroad through international assignments, and our commitment to training and development is fundamental to ensure we continue to develop our staff and look to the future requirements of our clients.


Arup are open to flexible working requirements


Arup Highways


We are a key player in the currently vibrant UK highways market, and our business is enjoying a period of significant growth.  Working closely with our clients, we continue to take a whole-life view of project delivery and are proud to be in a position to provide a total design and advisory service. We have invested heavily in research and development initiatives to help understand the key forces driving the shape of our sector. This insight has enabled us to plan for a future which links highway design and management expertise with a rapidly expanding digital environment.

Nationally we are engaged in significant highways projects such as the Silvertown Thames Tunnel and the Forth Replacement Crossing.  Client involvement includes Highways England frameworks such as CDF and SPaTS, the Smart Motorway Programme, and several design and build links with major contractors. 

Our expertise is also a critical component of a multidisciplinary offer on projects such as HS2. Approximately 1200 staff work on highway projects in the UK each year, successfully delivering integrated, multidisciplinary projects for our clients.


Arup Office


The role is based at the Arup ‘Campus’ in Solihull, a purpose built office which comprises over 600 people representing the full range of professional services we offer.  You will join our growing highways team, which is more than 70 people strong and delivers a wide portfolio of work from multi million pound projects for Highways England to designing small scale junctions for developers.  We also work as designers for contractors and advise Governments and Lenders on PPP projects.  Our current projects are spread across the Midlands, the wider UK, and internationally across Europe and Africa. We have a strong forward workload which supports our strategy to expand the team.

Opportunities also exist for experience overseas, and in related fields such as railways. The Arup Campus serves as Arup’s global highways skill-centre and we regularly assist our 70+ worldwide offices with highways projects. This can include short or long-term assignments.



We are seeking a highway/ digital engineer to be based at the Arup ‘Campus’ office.  You will join our growing highways team, which is more than 70 people strong and delivers a wide portfolio of work from multi million-pound projects for Highways England to designing small scale junctions for developers.  


The Role 


The successful candidate will join our existing engineering team to support in the delivery of high-profile highway and infrastructure projects.  You will be responsible for your own work (designs, drawings, calculations, reports, etc) as part of a design team. You will be required to self-check your work and check that of others to ensure compliance with local Arup Management System Assurance procedures.

You will run discipline design teams for small projects, or as a part of a larger project, undertaking highway alignment design and digital development using the latest 3D design software. Delivering projects from feasibility studies and route selection through to  detailed design and build projects. Demonstrating technical capability and experience in one or more areas such as alignment and junction design, drainage, pavement, signs and road markings. You will be required to occasionally working with and from other offices.  


Essential Skills and Knowledge


·       Practical knowledge and experience of relevant highway design codes (eg DMRB).

·       Ability in, and demonstrable experience of, the application of 3D design software packages (e.g. OpenRoads, MX, Civils 3D, etc) on major highways.

·       Ability to liaise with external parties, as primary contact may include clients (at a technical level), contractors, and government agencies.

·       Experience of managing small design teams


Desirable skills and knowledge:


·       Experience of the delivery of preliminary and detailed highway design, including the submission of Departures from Standards, and scheme assessment reporting

·       Experience of the delivery of highway or large infrastructure design and build projects would be desirable

·       Advanced skills in Microsoft Office, Teams or PowerBi would be beneficial

·       Knowledge of coding language such as Python, Dynamo or C# would be advantageous



·       Civil engineer with over four years post-graduation experience, or 

·       Incorporated civil / highway engineer

·       Have as a minimum Incorporated Engineer (IEng) status or be actively working towards this or CEng or similar status of a relevant professional body.   



Reward and Benefits

We offer a competitive salary at all levels and one of the best benefits packages in our sector.

Core benefits including private healthcare and a range of other protection schemes are funded by Arup and made available to all permanent staff in order to support and safeguard your financial, physical and mental wellbeing.

Shape your time with us

Our goal is to shape a better world. And to do that, we need to make Arup a phenomenal place to work for everyone. If we want to solve problems for people around the world, we must seek and attract the best people from the widest talent pool and create an environment that supports and includes them. We aim to encourage a culture where people can be themselves and be valued for their contribution. This includes people with disabilities so please discuss any adjustments that you may require throughout the selection and assessment process with your recruitment contact.


At Arup, you’ll be an encouraged member of the team with opportunities to participate in cultural and social events with the local community (e.g. as a STEM ambassador) or by joining one of our staff networks for women, culture or LGBT+ people. You’ll have access to a range of flexible working options – whether you’re a parent, a carer, a student, or just have a busy lifestyle - we recognise it’s not always easy to commit to standard working hours so if you're interested in flexible start and finish times, working from home or working part-time, please let us know when you apply, and we'll discuss how this could work in your role.

Join us in shaping a better world.

We are an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer and welcome all qualified applicants. You will receive fair and impartial consideration without regard to sex, race, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status, genetic data, or other legally protected status. We recognise that not all disabilities are visible and will make reasonable adjustments to cater for diverse applicants in the selection and assessment process.

What happens next?

If this could be the next step in your journey, please apply online. All applications will be considered, and we will try our very best to respond to you within 72 hours of receiving your application.

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