Principle Design Engineer

Contact Cian Kavanagh
  • Salary: 65,000 - 75,000
  • Location: UKNorth East
  • Sector: Construction & Civils

We are recruiting a skilled Principle Design Engineer with expertise in tunnelling planning to join our clients team in Leeds.

Our Client is a leading construction company specialising in tunnelling and underground infrastructure projects across London and regionally throughout the UK. They are recruiting heavily and have a full pipeline of work for the next 5 years.

This is a full-time, permanent role. Our client has a preference for PAYE.

About the Role:

The successful candidate will provide technical support to various sectors of the business, including above ground structures and tunnelling teams. They will also assist the tendering team in developing construction methodologies and lead projects through the preconstruction design phase, producing designs, and offering technical support during the construction phase to assist the site teams.

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  • Producing high-quality designs and CAD drawings while coordinating with the design team.
  • Assisting in the development and mentoring of the design team to encourage dynamic and ad-hoc design solutions.
  • Applying Temporary Works design principles according to the BS5975 standard and also applying permanent work standards using timber, steel, reinforced concrete, and proprietary structural systems.
  • Typical applications of design will include shaft design, timber headings, microtunnelling/pipejacking, excavation stability and support, earthwork stability, concrete formwork, crane platforms, and ground settlement analysis.
  • Working in a multicultural environment that fosters growth and is recognised as a center of excellence for quality constructible design.


  • Master’s level degree in Civil and Structural Engineering or similar
  • Chartered or near-chartered is desirable
  • 5 to 10 years of experience with expertise in underground structures/tunnelling temporary works, preferably within a design consultancy environment.
  • Strong technical skills
  • Leadership capabilities with the ability to support, mentor, and develop junior engineers.
  • Solid understanding of health and safety regulations, design risk assessment processes in line with CDM H&S regulations.
  • Excellent communication skills to effectively collaborate with the team and external clients.

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