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Jacobs Principal Structural Engineer in London, United Kingdom

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Your Impact:

About the opportunity:

We are looking for a Principal Structural Engineer to join our busy and exciting London Studio, who are currently working on some extremely diverse and challenging projects. Some of our exciting key clients include the DFE, DIO, TFL and NWR, Big Tech, and the recently won Scape framework.

The Principal Structural Engineer will play a role in providing design leadership and discipline integration of projects delivered by our Cities & Places business. Using technical experience and excellent people skills, the Principal Engineer will manage projects and guide / mentor less experienced structural engineers to produce designs and associated deliverables for projects. The role will provide a client facing lead for projects and ensure that Jacobs maintains the highest technical standards, levels of service and quality.

Main Responsibilities

As a member of the regional multi-disciplinary design team, a Principal Engineer plays a crucial role in the delivery of technical solutions, acting in support of the Team Principal, balancing commercial, technical, and mentoring responsibilities.

A Principal Engineer will be responsible for:

  • Ensuring the delivery of high quality technically excellent solutions and the seamless sharing of information with other discipline teams

  • Representing Jacobs in liaising with clients, architects and other design team members

  • Develop and maintaining excellent client relationships through successful project execution

  • Develop talent by coaching and mentoring less experienced staff and supporting their technical career development aspirations

  • Management of project resources and reporting to the Team Principal

  • Management of engineers within the team with a range of skills and experience

  • Assisting in the preparation of technical and commercial bid proposals.

Communications and Working Relationships

The Principal Engineer will cooperate and work closely with other members of the multi-disciplinary team members of regional teams across the UK, and with our Global teams for effective Global Integrated Delivery.

Externally a Principal Engineer is expected to work closely with external organisations within a project team and with our clients through all stages of our relationship with them.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • A Chartered Engineer and member of a relevant professional body, preferably MIStructE.

  • Relevant knowledge and experience in the design, specification and procurement of building structures in steel, concrete and timber to the relevant standards

  • Ability to undertake structural inspections and report on material and construction defects and provide guidance for remedial repairs

  • Experience and understanding of multi-disciplinary design processes

  • Ability to lead a team of engineers within a project, liaising directly with clients, architects and other design team members

  • Sound knowledge of Information Management and Digital Delivery to the relevant standards

  • The ability to work and deliver solutions within the 3D environment. Our teams use Revit, Robot Structural Analysis, and other 3D Structural Design and Analysis applications

  • Ensuring commercial success of projects involved, including delivery within budgeted hours and effective change control management

  • Ability to develop designs to eliminate health and safety risks within the design.


A Principal Engineer must be an excellent communicator, capable of presenting projects and design solutions to clients and collaborating with multi-discipline teams to achieve the best results.

The job holder will need to:

  • Take responsibility for the culture of safety and caring within the team;

  • Take ownership and responsibility for the projects that they are involved with;

  • Engage and motivate the team;

  • Be creative and innovative;

  • Effective supervisory and organisational skills;

  • Be able to resolve issues in a timely manner;

  • Be flexible and dependable;

  • Be able to work in multifaceted working environments on a range of project types.

Why Jacobs?

We clear the way for inventive thinking, so you have the support, means and space to deliver the boldest solutions for the extraordinary and every day. Jacobs. A world where you can.

Our Culture:

We’re invested in you and your success. Our values stand on a foundation of safety, integrity, inclusion and diversity. We put people at the heart of our business and we truly believe that by supporting one another through our culture of caring, we all succeed. We value positive mental health and a sense of belonging for all employees.

We aim to make inclusion and diversity core attributes of our identity, embedded in all our employment and business practices in all locations. We know that if we are inclusive, we’re more connected, and if we are diverse, we’re more creative.

As a Disability Confident employer, we will interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for a vacancy. We welcome applications from candidates who are seeking flexible working and from those who may not meet all the listed requirements for a role. ​​​​​​​

Successful candidates will be asked to complete a Baseline Personnel Security Standard Pre-Employment check and will be required to undergo various checks including: Identity, Right to Work; Employment/Education History and Criminal Record. If you are unable to meet this and any associated criteria, then your employment may be delayed or rejected.

At Jacobs, we’re challenging today to reinvent tomorrow by solving the world’s most critical problems for thriving cities, resilient environments, mission-critical outcomes, operational advancement, scientific discovery and cutting-edge manufacturing, turning abstract ideas into realities that transform the world for good. With $13 billion in revenue and a talent force of more than 55,000, Jacobs provides a full spectrum of professional services including consulting, technical, scientific and project delivery for the government and private sector.