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Mott MacDonald • Brighton, London, Croydon, Southampton United Kingdom

Senior Associate / Technical Director 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

Position location: Brighton, London, Croydon, Southampton United Kingdom
Recruiter contact: David McFall

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.

The Water Consultancy Division is the centre of excellence within Mott MacDonald for responding to water and wastewater challenges, providing support to colleagues across our global business, and offering fantastic opportunities to get involved in diverse and technically challenging work.

Climate change, aging assets, and population growth place increasing pressure on our water and wastewater assets. Our highly successful water consultancy business is servicing ever-increasing demands from water sector clients to help deliver ambitious capital programmes. The work we do is at the forefront of ensuring safe water supplies for future generations and protecting our environment.

With sustainability, social impacts, digitalisation, and carbon reduction in mind, our diverse and multi-disciplinary teams work together to provide a variety of services throughout the full project life-cycle, from advisory services and feasibility studies, through outline and detailed design, to construction support and site supervision.

Do you want to be part of an employee-owned company where our unique independence affords us the opportunity to focus on projects that matter – those delivering positive social outcomes and enhancing the environment? Do you want to harness digital innovation and push the boundaries of current practice in pursuit of technical excellence? Working for a company like ours, with technical excellence at our core, offers you access to industry recognised experts in a variety of disciplines and the support and opportunities you are after for your career progression. At Mott MacDonald, we are a collaborative team, excited to solve complex challenges that have a positive impact on the world, and we are always looking for like-minded people to join us.

We are committed to improving people’s lives and working to alleviate poverty and social exclusion whilst safeguarding the environment for future generations. As part of this, we deliver a wide variety of engineering and advisory projects in support to the challenges faced by the water sector. In the UK, we have secured new AMP8 consultancy frameworks, including Southern Water Professional Services Framework, adding to our existing commitments, and are reinforcing our excellent technical teams in response to that.

We are seeking a Senior Associate or Technical Director Civil Engineer with a background in water supply, wastewater, water resources, dams and/or river engineering to lead our technical teams in the south and south-east. This a fantastic professional opportunity for driven individuals to work on a uniquely wide range of water related projects in the UK and worldwide. As part of our team, you will be able to make a difference by:

  • Leading the design of major water supply infrastructure to ensure sustainable water security in the region,
  • Contributing to innovative grey and blue-green sewer solutions to reduce the amount of wastewater spills,
  • Developing climate-resilient flood protection for our communities whilst safeguarding habitats including our rare chalk streams,and
  • Delivering cutting-edge water treatment plants to improve water quality in our rivers and coastlines.

In this role, you will:

  • Provide technical leadership across our programmes of potable water pipelines, sewers, treatment works and other civil engineering designs, taking overall responsibility for their delivery.
  • Direct, develop and supervise large teams of design staff, providing technical and commercial guidance to support their development and to respond to the needs of the programme.
  • Develop and nurture sound relationships with our clients, and other relevant external stakeholders (such as relevant local authorities, NGOs and community groups) to meet expectations and client satisfaction.
  • Represent the company in high-profile meetings.
  • Lead technical excellence activities through digital innovation, sharing best practice and implementing robust QA procedures.
  • Contribute to our commercial success through forecasting and risk management, and the production of bids and proposals.
  • Work to Mott MacDonald’s global standards and review Health, Safety and Welfare alongside environmental impact.
  • Mott MacDonald offers a highly innovative and collaborative environment within which to further develop your career. We can offer career opportunities in technical, management or client-facing directions. You will have control of your own career path and great prospects progression as the business continues to grow.

Candidate Specification
We are looking for a driven individual, with a strong technical background in water and the desire to contribute to projects which improve society and transform our clients’ businesses and our communities.

Required skills and experience:

  • Proven ability to lead a portfolio of technical projects, ensuring compliance with relevant quality assurance and technical standards and supporting the development of less experienced staff.
  • Demonstrable technical experience in the design of complex projects and the management of large design teams
  • Strong communication skills with experience in effective collaboration across internal multi-disciplinary teams with other technical disciplines including environmental specialists, geotechnical, structural, electrical and mechanical engineers.
  • A drive to be abreast of professional development and knowledge of current and emerging technical solutions.
  • Good understanding of designers’ responsibilities under CDM
  • Chartered Status (CEng) with a recognised Professional Institution.


  • Able to travel to other offices and sites, as required.
  • Track record in building teams and capability of junior staff.
  • Experience in preparing successfully bids and in undertaking client engagement.

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.

If you meet 80% or more of what we’re looking for, please still apply. We understand not everyone will meet all the requirements, but you might have skills we didn’t know we need.

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

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