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Mott MacDonald • Glasgow, UK

Principal Maritime Civil Engineer

2 days/week at home

A little flex time – We’re happy to talk flexible working and how we can support your responsibilities beyond the workplace. We offer a range of options depending on your role, so please discuss this with your recruiter.

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Job Description

Mott MacDonald

We’re a global engineering, management, and development consultancy.
Our purpose is to improve society by considering social outcomes in everything we do, relentlessly focusing on excellence and digital innovation, transforming our clients’ businesses, our communities and employee opportunities.

A fundamental part of this is respecting each person’s differences and striving to meet their needs.

We are proud to be a one of Glassdoor’s top employers to work for in the UK, as well as being recognised as a Top Inclusive Company in the UK.

Our values: Progress, Respect, Integrity, Drive, Excellence.

About the business unit
The Buildings and Cities Unit (BNC) has a major presence in Mott MacDonald's regional offices throughout the UK and mainland Europe, providing a wide range of diverse and transferable cross-sector skills across five key Sectors; Advisory, Built Environment, Energy, Transportation and Water. We also provide local services to customers and technical leadership to the rest of the Group in these sectors.

Job description

Reporting to the unit Maritime Account Leader you will use your high standard of technical capability to deliver projects within the maritime sector and guide and develop other members of the team on technical aspects of projects. You will collaborate with colleagues in a constructive manner on projects, sharing knowledge freely. We have established a comprehensive set of quality management, health and safety and environmental management procedures and you will conform to these procedures and act as a role model in their proper implementation.

In your role it is likely that you will contribute to the delivery and/or management of several projects concurrently. In doing so, you will plan your work in a structured manner using appropriate planning tools and collaborate with colleagues in addressing the peaks and troughs in resource demand taking account of priorities on their projects as well as your own. Projects rarely go according to plan and you will track and monitor performance against baseline and work constructively to recover and bring projects to a successful outcome to meet or exceed targeted profit, deadlines and output quality.

You will contribute to bidding and winning work, using your knowledge of clients and your understanding of the technical requirements and risks associated with the prospects. As part of supporting business development initiatives, you will understand and define key selling points and added value within bids which will help to differentiate the service that Mott MacDonald will offer. As part of the bidding process you will assist with the calculation of fees, taking account of commercial risks and opportunities and present the commercial case, internally for approval before submitting the offer. Additionally, you’ll follow the standard processes established within Mott MacDonald for undertaking bids.

Candidate Specification
As a Civil or Structural Engineer within the maritime industry, you have a variety of experience in the design of port and maritime facilities and have been involved in the preparation of specifications and contract documentation. With your collaborative approach to work, you are comfortable undertaking client facing roles and are used to establishing professional relationships with internal and external clients utilising your communication skills. You have the ability to lead project teams as well as mentor and develop the skills of other members of the team. You’re willing to communicate and engage with the broader business to seek guidance and foster an environment of sharing best practice. Additionally, you are well organised with strong planning and management skills and you’re able to deal with various interfaces including technical, commercial and personal.

You will also be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Degree qualified and a chartered member of a relevant institution for example ICE;
  • Experience in commission management and leading design teams;
  • Capable of providing high levels of support to clients;
  • Clear and precise communication skills both verbally and in writing reports

Although not essential any knowledge or experience of contract administration would be advantageous as would experience of the design of coastal structures. Additionally, it would be beneficial if you have successfully developed new client relationships and secured new business within the ports and maritime sector.

We are actively recruiting a diverse workforce that is reflective of the communities we serve. We recognise that differences in ability, skills and experience are a strength and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds.

Job Profile
We are growing our regional maritime teams and are currently recruiting for a Principal Ports/ Maritime Engineer (Design Manager/Associate) to join our growing maritime team in Scotland and North East England, where we are providing advisory, project management, design and supervisory services to a range of private and public sector clients on a variety of ports and coastal projects.

Recent and current projects include refurbishment and upgrade of linkspans, pier refurbishment works, breakwater works, STAG and OBC studies for new ferry terminals and ferries, long sea outfalls, cooling water intake and outfall systems and redevelopment of a former shipyard site, together with general port and coastal engineering.

In addition, across Mott MacDonald we are growing and developing our maritime business on a global basis. As a result, there may be opportunities to provide input to projects in other regions.


Equality, diversity, and inclusion

We put equality, diversity, and inclusion at the heart of our business, seeking to promote fair employment procedures and practices to ensure equal opportunities for all. We encourage individual expression in our workplace and are committed to creating an inclusive environment where everyone feels they can contribute.


We want you to perform your best at every stage in the recruitment process. If you are disabled or need any support to enable you to apply or attend an interview, please contact us at reasonable.adjustments@mottmac.com and we will talk to you about how we can support you.

Agile working

Happy to talk Flexible Working and how we can support your responsibilities beyond the workplace.

We offer some fantastic benefits including:

Health and wellbeing

  • Private medical insurance for all UK colleagues.
  • Health cash plan to support you with every day health costs and treatments.
  • Access to Peppy, providing free support from menopause experts for all UK colleagues.
  • A variety of wellbeing support is available through our comprehensive wellbeing program, including access for you and your family.
  • Ability to flex your salary to opt into a wide range of health benefits, many of which can be extended to your family too.

Financial wellbeing

  • We match employee pension contributions between 4.5% and 7%.
  • Life assurance equal up to 4 x your basic salary, with an option to increase the level of cover to 6 x your salary.
  • Our income protection scheme provides a financial benefit, as well as absence and return to work support due to long-term illness or injury.
  • Flexible benefits, including increased life assurance cover, critical illness insurance, payroll saving and will writing.
  • As an independently owned business we share the financial success of the business with all our colleagues in various ways including annual bonus schemes.


  • A minimum of 33-35 days holiday each year, inclusive of public holidays and dependent on level, with the ability to buy or sell leave through our flexible benefits programme.
  • Holiday entitlement increased to a minimum of 35 days after 5 years’ service.
  • Variety of employee saving schemes and discounts from high-street retailers.

Enhanced family and carers leave

  • Enhanced family leave policies, including 26 weeks paid maternity and adoption leave, and two weeks paid paternity/partner leave.
  • Our shared parental leave matches maternity leave meaning we pay up to 24 weeks at full pay.
  • Up to five additional days leave are provided for those with significant caring responsibilities, two of which are paid.

Learning and development

  • Primary annual professional institution subscription.
  • A broad range of opportunities to enhance both technical and soft skills through mentoring, formal training, and self-development options.

Networks, communities, and social outcomes

  • Join a wide range of groups including our Advanced Employee Networks which support our LGBTQ+, gender, race and ethnicity, disability, and parents/carers communities.
  • Make a difference within our communities through our social outcomes.

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Company benefits

Open to part-time employees
Adoption leave – 26 weeks full pay
Open to part time work for some roles
Buddy scheme
Flexible working week
Enhanced sick pay
Dental coverage
Compassionate leave
Health assessment
Eye Care Support – Eyecare vouchers
Private GP service – Private Medical care for all UK staff
Season ticket loan
Theme park discounts
Religious celebration leave
Buy or sell annual leave
Accrued annual leave
Caregiver Leave
Enhanced maternity leave – 26 weeks
Enhanced paternity leave – 2 weeks
Shared parental leave – We match up to 24 weeks full pay
Pregnancy loss leave
Tax-free childcare
In office yoga classes
Cycle to work scheme
Faith rooms
Salary sacrifice
Life assurance
Annual pay rises
Pension match/increase
Life insurance
Annual bonus
Income protection
Employee discounts
Professional subscriptions – We pay for your primary professional annual subscription
Lunch and learns
Employee assistance programme
L&D budget
Teambuilding days
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More information needed
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Work-life balance
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Role modelling
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Working at Mott MacDonald

Company employees

18,000 worldwide

Gender diversity (male:female)


Office locations

UK Wide; London, Croydon, Birmingham, Derby, Altrincham, Manchester, Whitehaven, Newcastle, Middlesbrough, Durham, Bristol, Southampton, Reading, Cambridge, Peterborough, Brighton, Norwich, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Inverness, Cardiff, Newport, Exeter, Leicester, Leeds, Skipton, York

Hiring Countries

United Kingdom

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