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Job Description

Mott MacDonald

Position location: Altrincham, UK / Bristol, UK / Glasgow, UK

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 Energy unit delivers services to clients globally across several sectors including hydropower, nuclear, waste, renewable generation and transmission & distribution networks. Together we provide integrated engineering and project management services across the project lifecycle – from concept and design to construction and operations, to decommissioning or repowering and life extension. Together with our clients, we’re helping to deliver the energy transition globally.

About the role:

Our division provides Civil and Structural expertise across power generation and HV transmission including power plants, HV substation / HVDC Interconnector converter station, and HV cable projects. Due to continued growth, we are looking for Principal Structural Engineer with experience of engineering design to join our Civil and Structural Team. The role will span a diverse portfolio of work and there will be opportunities for advancement within the team.

The selected candidate will carry out design work on power plants, HV substation/ HVDC Interconnector converter station, and HV cable projects, fulfilling tasks including:

  • Project Management.
  • Proposal Writing.
  • Scheme Costings.
  • Front End Engineering Design (FEED).
  • Preparation of drawings for use in planning applications and tender packages.
  • Detailed Civil/Structural Design.
  • Design Coordination across multidisciplinary teams.
  • Preparation of Specifications.
  • Condition and Structural Assessment of existing structures to determine suitability for reuse.


1. Technical Expertise:

  • Advanced Structural Engineering Knowledge: The candidate should have a deep understanding of structural engineering principles, including load-bearing capacity, material properties, and design codes (e.g., Eurocodes, ASCE).
  • Proficiency in Structural Analysis Software: Familiarity with tools such as SAP2000, ETABS, or similar software is essential for modeling and analyzing complex structures.
  • Experience with Building Information Modeling (BIM): Knowledge of BIM technologies and their application to improve project visualization, coordination, and execution.

2. Project Management Skills:

  • Project Leadership: The successful candidate must be capable of managing structural engineering projects independently. This includes overseeing project timelines, budgets, and quality.
  • Proposal Writing and Cost Estimation: Ability to write compelling proposals and estimate project costs accurately.
  • Front End Engineering Design (FEED): Experience leading FEED activities related to structural components.

3. Design Coordination and Collaboration:

  • Multidisciplinary Collaboration: The candidate should excel in coordinating with other disciplines (e.g., architects, electrical engineers) to integrate structural designs seamlessly.
  • Conflict Resolution: Effective resolution of design conflicts within multidisciplinary teams.

4. Attention to Detail:

  • Drawing Preparation: Proficiency in creating detailed drawings for planning applications and tender packages. Compliance with relevant standards is crucial.
  • Structural Assessment: Ability to assess existing structures for suitability and safety, considering reuse options.

5. Communication and Leadership:

  • Clear Communication: Excellent verbal and written communication skills are essential for conveying technical information, collaborating with team members, and presenting findings.
  • Leadership Mindset: The candidate should demonstrate leadership qualities, especially when guiding junior engineers or collaborating with stakeholders.

4. Experience:

  • Relevant experience in structural engineering.
  • Energy project experience would be advantageous for this role.


  • Education: A Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Civil or Structural Engineering.
  • Professional Engineer (PE) License: While not mandatory, having a PE license is advantageous


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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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