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Jacobs Associate Director Civil Engineering in Manchester, United Kingdom

Our People & Places Solutions business – reinforces our drive to improve the lives of people everywhere and epitomizes the "why" of what we do – the tremendous positive impact and value our solutions bring to our communities and society as a whole. From facilities delivering life-saving therapies and ensuring clean water to enabling the connection of people through all modes of transportation and providing access to technology – we're integrating a multitude of these solution elements to build the smart environments of tomorrow.

Start your Jacobs career with a company that inspires and empowers you to deliver your best work so you can evolve, grow and succeed – today and into tomorrow.

Your Impact:

About the opportunity:

The Water business unit has centres of excellence in London, Reading, Bristol, Birmingham, Peterborough, Manchester, Warrington, Edinburgh and Glasgow where our Infrastructure teams boasts an extensive portfolio working on high profile, challenging projects, providing multidisciplinary solutions to commercial, industrial buildings, advanced facilities, ports and maritime, aviation, water, wastewater, transportation, environment, waste and energy clients. From feasibility studies and planning, to design, construction management and operations and maintenance, we bring together the talent and expertise necessary to deliver success.

With high profile clients and projects across the UK, Europe & globally, we are growing to meet our clients’ needs and are actively recruiting at multiple levels.

We currently have opportunities for Associate Directors of Civil Engineering with utility / water / civil infrastructure engineering experience to join our team, based in offices across the United Kingdom, working flexibly from home or co-located with our major Water Industry clients in their offices. The successful candidates will become part of a respected and ambitious company with excellent career prospects and international opportunities.

Working on projects throughout Europe as well as number of global projects, your responsibilities may include:

  • Taking responsibility for delivering projects and engineering designs in all the markets identified above at all stages in the project life cycles, from due diligence, masterplanning, concept design through to detailed design whilst ensuring technical excellence and best practice.

  • Leading the site civil teams on civil infrastructure, landscaping, utilities etc. for major industrial development projects.

  • Leading multi-disciplinary teams to deliver projects within agreed timeframes and budgets and to exceed our clients’ expectations.

  • Ensuring project financial and schedule performance.

  • Driving health and safety in all aspects of our projects.

  • Supervising and visiting contractors on site and advising on engineering issues.

  • Communicating and liaising effectively with colleagues, contracting engineers, subcontractors, sub-consultants and clients both in person and remotely across the globe.

  • Leading tendering procedures and developing proposals.

  • Providing guidance and support to less experienced engineers / technicians as well as contributing to global knowledge share Communities of Practice.

Here’s What You’ll Need:


  • Professionally qualified engineer status - Incorporated or Chartered Engineer

  • Proven experience in the civil engineering industry

  • Proven ability to work as part of a team, liaising directly with client and other project team members

  • Excellent communication skills, including written work and remote working practice

  • Ability to take responsibility to review work and make sure projects are completed to the correct specifications, on budget and on time.

  • Be comfortable developing a pipeline of projects through business development and develop client relationships within the industry.


  • Experience in the design of water or wastewater schemes; drainage, site infrastructure civils inc. utilities and landscaping/earthworks, clean water and sewage systems, pumping systems, pipelines, pumping stations and treatment facilities.

  • Working knowledge of contract types and procurement options.

  • Construction experience

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.

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.

Jacobs partners with VERCIDA to help us attract and retain diverse talent. For greater online accessibility please visit www.vercida.co.uk to view and access our roles.

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.

If you have any queries regarding the application process, please contact the team here (https://www.jacobs.com/contact/careers2) .

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.