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Mott MacDonald • Plymouth, UK

Quality Assurance Engineer - Civils

2 days/week at home

A little flex time

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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 Advisory and Programme Delivery (APD) unit delivers management services in all the sectors that Mott MacDonald operate in the Built Environment, Defence, Energy, Water, Transportation and, Education, Health and Care.

The Unit delivers services to projects ranging in scale and complexity up to £20bn, through the technical disciplines of Programme Management, Project Management, Project Controls, Scheduling, Cost Management, Estimating, Infrastructure Finance, Management Consulting, Digital Consulting and Education, Health and Care Management.

Overview of role

Mott MacDonald are in a Joint Venture to deliver a major defence sector infrastructure project in Plymouth and are looking to recruit suitably qualified and experienced Quality Assurance Engineers to support delivery of this project.

The role will require regular site attendance in line with the construction programme. This will usually be a 60/40 split between site and working from home in any week e.g. 3 days on site / 2 days home working, though this is dependent upon the pace of delivery and assurance/control activities within your specialism.

During 2024 the working pattern may move to a day and night shift pattern to meet the project delivery pace and client deadline requirements.

QAE Primary Purpose

The role will report to a Senior Quality Assurance Engineer (SQAE), and successful candidates will be required to deliver on the following in line with their qualifications and experience:

  • To provide the Project with accurate and timely quality assurance support in relation to civils enabling, construction and installation works.
  • To support delivery of the Civils Quality Assurance function on allocated project(s), including witnessing civils/construction activities for compliance with design/technical standards, supplier Inspection & Test Plan and supporting the generation of Lifetime Quality Records (LTQRs).
  • In line with competency and experience support audit activities on civil activities to ISO 9001, industry standard(s) and Client and/or Regulator specific requirements.
  • Where requested to assist with Supply Chain assessment and surveillance activities against ISO 9001 and Client/Regulator requirements for all First Level Safety Critical suppliers and support the provision of professional support to the Project for all supply chain quality issues.
  • To effectively manage their activities and maintain competency in line with their roles and responsibilities.

Common for all discipline QAEs in line with qualifications and experience

  • Conduct patrol inspections of the project in line with their qualifications and experience.
  • Undertake additional tasks and duties in line with their qualifications and experience.
  • Other roles and duties in line with experience and competency as directed.

Candidate Specification

  • Hold (or be working towards) a Level 3 NVQ (or equivalent) in a construction/civil engineering.
  • Hold Quality Assurance qualifications relevant to major civil engineering projects.
  • Membership of the CQI and/or relevant Civils Quality Assurance/Control professional body.
  • Experience with using quality tools & techniques to report quality assurance performance.
  • Able to carry out investigations and produce reports.
  • Strong problem-solving skills.

Preferred, but not required

  • Experience of civil engineering projects in defence environments advantageous
  • Experience of working within a joint venture / alliance / matrix reporting organisation is advantageous.

Vetting to Security Clearance level required by the Client and will be undertaken by the Mott MacDonald security vetting team prior to onboarding. Pre-existing SC vetting will be transferred via the team prior to onboarding.

All travel and hotel stays are booked through the Mott MacDonald travel app and reasonable expenses for meals and drinks reimbursed via our expense process.

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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