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Mott MacDonald • Croydon, UK / London, UK / Cambridge, UK

Project Principal - Highways and Infrastructure

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:

This is a unique opportunity for an experienced, qualified and enthusiastic Project Principal / Technical Principal to join our team in our London and South-East region of England. Reporting to the Resource Group Leader, the role provides leadership within the Infrastructure and Highways team supporting and contributing to the development of the business as well as having management and technical responsibilities. In addition, you will have a key role in contributing to the development of the wider divisional team based in the South East. We would consider applications from candidates interested in Cambridge, Croydon, Norwich, London or Southampton offces.

As a successful Infrastructure & Highways Project / Technical Principal, you will have a track record of growing businesses, developing people and delivering cross sector multi-disciplinary projects to quality, budget and timescales. You will be technically and commercially strong and have previously managed a number of projects simultaneously.

You will be offered, and be expected to take on, a high degree of autonomy and responsibility and be able to actively contribute to growing the Infrastructure & Highways team's profile and work portfolio through successful project delivery and active participation in business development.

Key elements of the Project /Technical Principal role are:

Growing the Business

  • Active involvement in business development
  • Preparation of bids & proposals
  • Developing and growing positive customer relationships including repeat business
  • Growing the team and expanding skills & capability
  • Applying knowledge of professional, commercial & contractual issues

Successful Delivery

  • Directing the planning, design & implementation of projects
  • Planning & managing budgets and resource requirements
  • Managing a portfolio of projects
  • Meeting required standards of quality, cost and programme
  • Delivering commercially successful projects

Positive Leadership & Management

  • Providing technical leadership including digital capabilities
  • Proactive approach to project and management issues
  • Providing positive leadership in Health & Safety
  • Developing the abilities and contribution of the team members
  • Ensuring compliance with corporate governance
  • Undertaking externally visibility activities.

Candidate Specification:
The successful candidate will meet the following criteria:

  • Degree qualified in Civil Engineering or transport related discipline, or extensive equivalent experience
  • Chartered (or Incorporated) Engineer
  • Respected leadership capabilities and skills externally and internally
  • Demonstrable record in providing technical leadership on infrastructure projects
  • Demonstrable record of successfully managing project teams and of planning and controlling project programmes, budgets and resources
  • Demonstrable record in providing team leadership
  • Reputation as an outward facing representative able to develop and win new work.
  • Proven ability of commercial and financial competency
  • A strong portfolio of successful project delivery
  • IT and standard industry software skills, including knowledge of BIM and other digital tools.
  • Able to communicate confidently and professionally with colleagues, fellow professionals and clients at all levels (written and verbal)
  • Able to contribute to business development & development of client relationships
  • Confident, articulate, collaborative & proactive
  • Strong client-focussed behaviours and a desire to develop opportunities with clients.

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.


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.

Apply now, or for more information about our application process, click here.

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