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Principal Engineer- Drainage and Earthworks

Civil Engineering
SHE0000B2 Requisition #

The Opportunity:

We are looking for a Senior civil engineer, with broad skills in civil engineering to join our successful infrastructure team in Sheffield.  You will join a close-knit team of 15 civil engineers based in Sheffield that work collaboratively as part of our wider 100 people strong team across North West and Yorkshire sub-region.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work on a range of projects for commercial and public sector clients, including overseas projects. You will play an active role in all stages of our projects, across a number of sectors. Projects are wide ranging and currently include redevelopment of Sheffield Heart of the City II retail scheme, new lineside civils along the Transpennine Route Upgrade programme, amended urban highway schemes and masterplanning for University’s.

As well as working with the civil engineering team you will be also working with a wide range of other specialists, particularly the Railways, Energy, Geotechnical, Environment, Buildings and Planning teams who are based with us in our Sheffield office.   You will also be working with Arup people across the UK and overseas. You will be based in Arup’s Sheffield office.  You will sit in the civil engineering team there but may be asked to work for periods in other Arup offices in the sub-region including Manchester, Leeds, York, Cumbria and Liverpool.  You will be asked to visit client and collaborators offices for meetings, and where appropriate to visit sites.  This may include opportunities to work overseas. The role is hybrid, you will be visiting the office 2-3 times a week.

Duties will include:

You will act as a leader, integrating, coordinating, and guiding the team. You will direct the design process and carrying out civil engineering design. You will use your analytical, creative and conceptual thinking to evaluate of options and make decisions. In addition, you will be working with other Arup colleagues, collaborators and clients and generate mutual agreeable outcomes.

Additionally, you will be responsible for writing official documents for internal and external use, and you will define parts of design projects and individual projects, including the commercial aspects of these elements / projects.

Furthermore, you will be responsible for organising events, activities, processes, and/or small internal business projects. As well as mentoring the development of younger engineers within the team, checking the quality and accuracy of own and others’ work and, you will be on charge of the supervision of others carrying out civil and structure engineering design. And finally, you will represent the team both internally and externally.

Desirable skills

  • Proficient knowledge of AutoCAD or Microstation CAD packages and design software packages (GSA, Oasys packages) spreadsheets and GIS, 3D environment.
  • Understanding of drainage design, utility design, and highway design.
  • Experience of developing solutions with varying levels of detail from masterplanning phase through to construction information.
  • Manage own and others' time, ensuring the production of projects and design deliverables to agreed deadlines and within budget.
  • Ability to respond to Project Manager and Client requests and meet challenging deadlines. And proven ability to write accurate, clear, high-quality reports in English.


  • You will have an appropriate HND, university degree or equivalent qualification in Civil Engineering.
  • A Chartered Civil Engineer (CEng MICE) or close to gaining professional membership with the ICE or similar. 


Rewards and Benefits

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

Core benefits include cover under the UK Healthcare Plan (private medical insurance), Life Assurance, Accident Insurance, and Income Protection (long term disability) cover. Core benefits are funded by us and made available to all permanent staff in order to support and safeguard your financial, physical, and mental wellbeing. You will also have access to Choice Benefits to help with your work/life balance and financial security.

In addition, all permanent employees are eligible for the Global Profit Share scheme. Subject to scheme rules employees can receive two Profit Share payments per year, which are dependent on the firm’s financial performance.

Different people, shared values.

At Arup, we believe when talented people collaborate, great things are possible. Arup hires people with proven skills and open minds. We are taking deliberate action to create an inclusive culture that is grounded in our purpose to shape a better world.

At Arup, we welcome candidates from all backgrounds, regardless of age, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background, and any other protected characteristic. Our internal employee networks - BAME, Culture, Disability, LGBTQ+ and Women - provide a space for you to express your views and to make a positive difference - discover more about life at Arup here.

At Arup, we are committed to making all stages of our recruitment process accessible to candidates with disabilities. Please speak to our recruitment team and we will work with you to make reasonable adjustments to ensure you can perform at your best throughout your application.

At Arup, we appreciate that everyone’s circumstances are different and having the freedom to flex the way we work is essential to our wellbeing. If flexibility matters to you let us know when you apply, and we will discuss how this could work in your role.

Our Application Process

To understand what to expect next, please visit our UK Application Process page.

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