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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:

We are looking for a Senior Highways Engineer, based in the Southwest, to help lead the delivery of sustainable infrastructure projects for a diverse range of clients around the UK. We have a portfolio of exciting and innovative Highways projects for clients including for a range of Local Authorities, National Highways, design and build schemes with major contractors, and HS2. We are looking for someone to contribute to the winning of new work and the development of our staff within the Highways sector.

You will work on a range of infrastructure projects bringing real change to our communities by providing new vital transport links and driving social value through the wider benefits of our projects. If you are a team player, passionate about sustainable and inclusive modes of transport, and keen to help our business to deliver NET ZERO mobility then we want to hear from you.

Here are just a few examples of the recent successes of our team:

  • Delivery of National Highways’ economic growth project to provide a new junction for the Avonmouth Severnside enterprise zone
  • Newquay Strategic Route – technical assurance and quality management for Cornwall County Council
  • Bristol City Council youth zone development junction improvements and access
  • Active travel improvement schemes including providing off road cycling infrastructure along the A38 for Sustrans
  • Congestion relief for the A31/A331 junctions working for Guildford and Sussex County Council
  • Innovative projects looking at the concepts for fully autonomous zero carbon public transport allowing road space within our streets to be reallocated for community and commercial use
  • Delivering highway improvements to improve air quality in Coventry by reducing the environmental impacts of traffic congestion on air quality and local communities.

Candidate Specification:

You will be responsible for managing projects and multi-disciplinary design teams producing and assuring designs, controlling task budgets, and the development of staff competencies and career paths. You will also support our Highways Practices in business development activities and take responsibility for developing commercial and technical responses to new opportunities.

The successful candidate will have demonstrable highways experience and be professionally qualified with an appropriate engineering institution (ICE, CIHT, PWI etc) or show equivalent continuous professional development..

The successful candidate must have experience in two or more of the following areas:

  • Early stage optioneering (e.g. Business Case development)
  • Understanding of all stages of design (Feasibility Design through to Detailed Design)
  • Demonstrate experience of leading a key phase of a rapid transit / infrastructure scheme (feasibility, concept design, detailed design, construction, commissioning, operations etc.)
  • Project Management (Procurement, Requirements, Technical Assurance, Risk etc)
  • Full awareness of Health & Safety Legislation and CDM Regulations and how it is applied to the design process

The candidate will be able to demonstrate practical skills in the following areas:

  • Proven experience in project management of projects and leading teams across multi-disciplines (from bidding stage through to delivery against contracted cost and programme)
  • Excellent communication skills (good verbal, written and presentation skills) and confident in Client facing roles
  • Previous experience of working on UK public sector highways / infrastructure projects
  • Experience in highway design with competence to independently check and approve the work of others (knowledge of key design standards and guidance
  • Experience of using Digital Design Tools for production of deliverables including BIM

The following would be seen as beneficial but are not essential to the role:

  • Technical Excellence (someone experienced in coaching, mentoring and developing people & teams)
  • Previous experience of working on UK public sector rapid transit / infrastructure projects
  • Knowledge of contract preparation, procurement and risk management
  • Appreciation of the operational and maintenance impacts of our design solutions
  • Available to travel for short assignments when required to other UK offices and possibly overseas

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.

Our award-winning team has global reach and this particular role is based in the South West out of our Exeter or Plymouth offices, there will also be a requirement to be in Cornwall from time to time to support our Clients there. In Exeter we have a growing team of over 30 staff working in easily accessible grade A offices. Our Southwest Infrastructure team is one team working across Bristol and Exeter offices so you will be part of a South West community of circa 400 staff.

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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