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Mott MacDonald • Cardiff, UK

Project Principal - Structures

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.

Job description

The Wales team deliver many projects that are important to the local community, as well as supporting on national and international prestigious schemes. We currently have projects in the health, education, transport, commercial, defence, entertainment and water sub-sectors ranging up to £150m in value. Come work with the team who is working on Cardiff Central Station Enhancement, Cardiff Crossrail and ABP’s exciting Port Talbot Transformation plans.

You will be part of the Wales team leadership with line management of a team of structural engineers, responsible for technical leadership and mentoring of the wider structural engineering team and actively involved in technical delivery. You will promote and lead on technical excellence and Mott MacDonald will support your own professional development. The Cardiff structures team is part of a rapidly growing 66 strong Western, Midlands and Wales Team located across Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Colwyn Bay, Exeter and Carmarthenshire.

We are looking for someone who will provide a proactive and collaborative approach to clients to ensure the best solution is offered to meet their needs. You will support business development and input into business strategies and planning meetings. You will manage your own client accounts and build strong relationships with our wider client base.

You will have accountability for your own portfolio of projects with commercial and contractual management of projects under your direction.

Your day-to-day duties will include:

  • Completion of technical and other project reviews
  • Completion of regular project control meetings and monitoring of commercials
  • Control and planning of resources and contribution to regular team resource meetings
  • Client facing role on projects, including attendance of principal meetings and critical technical design meetings
  • Mentoring of junior members of staff and supporting their development
  • Supervising, checking and approval of project deliverables
  • Preparation of project bids and fee proposals
  • Supporting the senior divisional management team
  • Ensure more senior staff are kept informed of important and relevant service/design decisions

Candidate Specification
The candidate must have extensive experience in design and management of structural engineering buildings projects across a wide variety of sectors and for a range of project sizes and complexities.

Ideally you will have the following experience:

  • Relevant degree qualification (BEng BSc, MEng or MSc) in a suitable engineering subject such as Civil or Structural Engineering or equivalent
  • Be a chartered engineer and a member of a relevant professional institution (CEng, MIStructE preferred)
  • Have a broad depth of experience in the delivery of building structures and experience working with other consultants as part of a multi-disciplinary team including architects and MEP engineers
  • Be experienced running projects in a client facing role and managing technical, commercial and contractual matters
  • Experience guiding and coach teams with excellent communication and mentoring skills.
  • Have excellent technical delivery skills, including up to date knowledge of British and European Codes of Practice, BIM, software such as Tekla Structural Designer and Sustainability issues affecting the industry
  • Be able to manage and coordinate resources and contribute to business planning exercises.

Desirable criteria the candidate might have:

  • Experience of undertaking building or infrastructure condition, defect or deterioration surveys and inspections and the preparations of reports
  • Have a good understanding of the buildings market in South Wales, a broad range of contacts and proven business development ability.
  • Be able to manage bids and development of new work winning opportunities.

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.

Please be advised that offers for this role are conditional upon obtaining the appropriate level of Security Clearance.


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

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