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Job - Principal Structural/Civil Engineer - Nuclear and Defence in United Kingdom

United Kingdom, United Kingdom
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Engineering Jobs
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Posted on
5 Oct 2016
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About the Role:

Jacobs employ some of the UK's most experienced and skilled technical services professionals and has grown to over 9,000 people in locations across the UK.

At Jacobs we provide the resources to turn great ideas into reality, and we're looking for the most talented and passionate individuals out there to be our next generation of leaders.


The UK Nuclear area within Jacobs provide engineering design, construction, planning, support, survey, design-build, project management and/or program management for our Nuclear Industry clients. With more than fifty years of experience across the complete nuclear asset lifecycle, we support client delivery and the associated infrastructure requirements at every stage of a project. Recognized a leader in the energy industries, our team consistently receives high rankings from Engineering News-Record (ENR) in their categories of Top Design Firms, Top Contractors, and Top Transportation Companies.

We currently have an opportunity for a Principal Civil/Structural Engineer within our civil and structural team based in Warrington preferably with experience of working in the nuclear/defence industries, but also those with relevant conventional design experience looking to work in a technically challenging environment. The successful person will become part of a respected and ambitious company with excellent career prospects and international opportunities.

Working in Nuclear and Defence in Warrington, you will be involved in delivering structural designs and analysis/assessment studies in a multi-discipline environment. The team includes a wealth of experience and expertise in seismic engineering, structural dynamics, finite element analysis and numerical modelling. Sharing of knowledge and learning of new skills is actively encouraged.

Our projects involve designing and assessing complex structures to resist variable and dynamic effects from earthquakes, dropped loads and impacts, vibrating machinery, mechanical handling, explosions, extreme environmental loading and fire. This requires a fundamental understanding of engineering principles and the considered application of numerical analysis techniques, for example modelling ductile behaviour, 'beyond design basis' response, soil-structure-interaction, and non-linear buckling behaviour. Also required is an understanding of how structural performance contributes to the critical safety function of nuclear facilities.

Primary Job Responsibilities:

  • Technical quality and excellence of your work and the work of those working under you
  • Technical and professional guidance, support and development of more junior engineers and technicians
  • Communication with clients and other design team members
  • Project planning, delivery and financial performance
  • Business development activities including preparation of proposals
  • Adherence and contribution to business and quality management systems
  • Operational and design safety, and developing good safety culture


  • Broad experience in civil engineering design and construction
  • Good all-round technical design expertise using British and international standards, and/or Eurocodes
  • Experience in the management of preparation of drawing and project deliverables
  • Good understanding of structural theory and strong analytical skills, with proven problem solving ability
  • Good verbal and written communication, and report writing skills
  • Ability to lead design aspects of projects including managing quality, budget, programme and resources
  • Proven ability to work as part of a team, liaising directly with clients and other design team members
  • Good, accredited BEng degree in Civil Engineering or similar
  • Chartered Civil or Structural Engineer.


  • Experience of structural dynamics, including designing for seismic, blast and impact load effects
  • Experience of assessing soil-structure-interaction
  • Experience of numerical analysis software
  • Experience of fire engineering
  • Nuclear industry experience and experience of safety case documentation
  • Experience of 3D modelling

All staff will be required to obtain SC level security clearance, and therefore must have been resident in the UK for the preceding 3 years.

Jacobs is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to the safety and well-being of all.


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