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Burns & McDonnell Senior Civil Engineer - Transmission & Distribution (Multiple Locations) in Glasgow, United Kingdom


Chart your own course and change the world — with the support of people whose interests are aligned with yours. At Burns & McDonnell, opportunity is waiting. We’re looking for people with big ideas and an entrepreneurial mindset. It’s those kinds of people who’ve helped us grow from a small consulting business back in 1898 to a global leader in engineering, architecture and construction solutions. Today, we’re a thriving company with 8,000 professionals working in 50 offices worldwide and recognised as a leader in mission critical services.

To act in a senior technical capacity in producing Burns & McDonnell’s UK engineering related project deliverables relating to civil/structural engineering, within the (power) Transmission & Distribution Global Practice. This includes:

  • Lead successful output of civil and structural engineering deliverables in the UK business, working closely with the Section Manager to assemble suitable civil and structural engineering personnel from across our global offices, as required.

  • Be a lead technical role on civil and structural engineering work packages relating to electricity transmission and distribution infrastructure, including undertaking the role of Lead Project Engineer on project teams, as required.

  • Produce detailed civil/structural engineering design packages, compliant to required client and national technical standards (BS/Eurocodes/ENA), including civil design and analysis of foundations, structural substation components, steel structures and other civil structural components, using industry standard software.

  • Lead various civil project designs including site design, land development, roads, storm drainage systems, storm water management facilities, water and sanitary sewer utility design, sediment and erosion control, and facility design.

  • undertaking senior technical roles on project specific multi-disciplinary engineering teams;

  • being a senior technical authority on civil and structural engineering, as it relates to power T&D infrastructure (electricity substations, overhead lines, and high voltage underground cables), within the wider company;

  • Supporting the Civil/Structural Section Manager in growing and enhancing the Civil/Structural Section engineering capability in the UK business; and providing guidance and mentorship to less experienced engineers within the Civil/Structural Section.

  • Lead a variety of assignments using prescribed methods and standard techniques including drawing sequence and presentation, sizing various system components and refining rough sketches.

  • Incorporate and approve schedules, budgets and project criteria into civil design and layouts for project financial goals.

  • Execute complex assignments requiring the use of advanced techniques, resulting in the development of new or improved processes, equipment, and/or technological methods.

  • Undertake consultancy role on FEED stage projects, including production of technical reports and presentations.

  • Maintain compliance to CDM Regulations and all other legal and regulatory requirements associated with the nature of design undertaken.

  • Undertake technical quality assurance reviews and provide design approval/sign-off, as required, on civil and structural engineering designs.

  • Work closely with other sections with the UK T&D Engineering Team, particularly the Substation Section, to enable effective collaboration on multi-disciplinary projects and facilitate an optimal engineering function in the UK business.

  • Maintain technical compliance to applicable Burns & McDonnell and client design management standards, processes, and procedures on all work delivered by Civil/Structural Section staff.

  • Assist with developing and implementing policies, processes, procedures, standards, and technical guidance, as required to continually improve the engineering capability within the Civil/Structural Section.

  • Plan and lead project and client meetings, as required.

  • Act as Principal Designer representative, as defined by UK Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015, where required.

  • Where appropriate and required, Contractor Design Approval Engineer (CDAE), as defined by National Grid’s TP137 procedure, or equivalent role as defined by other clients.

  • Support the preparation of project proposals and lead tender presentations.

  • Drive ‘Safety by Design’ approach on all projects, at all times.

  • Support nurturing of a safety and technical excellence culture through emphasis on staff competence, diligence, and responsible attitude.

  • Understanding wider industry best practices and client technical standards/procedures for construction, operations & maintenance, and decommissioning, in order to drive safety, constructability, and operability throughout whole asset lifecycles.

  • Maintain project compliance to Burns & McDonnell’s UK Integrated Management System.

  • Support nurturing of world-class customer service culture, to drive client success.

  • Be an ambassador for Burns & McDonnell at all times through acting in accordance with expected high ethical and moral standards, and in adherence to Burns & McDonnell Code of Conduct.

  • Provide support for continued professional development of less experienced engineers in team, including technical guidance, and recommending training needs to the Section Manager.

  • Actively support marketing and business development activities, building relationships with clients and generating new business

  • Seeking and development of future business opportunities through nurturing of client relationships, active pursuit of new project leads, and elevation of the Burns & McDonnell brand.

  • Identifying new skills and competencies required within the Burns & McDonnell team to meet business needs and actively supporting development and recruitment of talent, including candidate interviewing.

  • Act as technical leader in T&D infrastructure civil and structural design and contribute to relevant professional bodies and industry groups. Maintain Continued Professional Development (CPD).

  • Interpret and establish policies, procedures, and strategic goals of the organisation.

  • Assist in determining Section objectives and requirements, organise projects and develop standards and guidelines.

  • Demonstrate creativity, foresight, and judgment in anticipating and solving problems.

  • Advance and develop Department tools and workflows to increase efficiency of designs, specification development, and project execution.

  • Lead drawing production work including problem analysis, design layout and calculations on non-routine assignments of substantial variety and complexity.

  • Undertake other duties and responsibilities as may reasonably be asked of this position by Senior Management.


  • Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering (or related field), from an accredited institution.

  • Professional registration as a Chartered Engineer with the Engineering Council, preferred.

  • Membership of a relevant professional Engineering Institution (e.g. ICE).

  • Relevant Health & Safety qualification (e.g. IOSH Managing Safely, NEBOSH Cert./Dip., NVQ Level 3 in H&S related subject).

  • Minimum of 7 years of civil and structural engineering design experience, with at least 5 years of experience in the electricity transmission & distribution sector.

  • Knowledge of engineering design management best practices with ability to implement this knowledge.

  • Advanced knowledge in civil and structural engineering related design, calculations and design systems.

  • Understanding of the requirements of relevant UK Health & Safety legislation relating to design and construction work in the electricity supply industry.

  • Understanding of the requirements of relevant UK Environmental and Waste Management legislation.

  • Thorough understanding of current Construction (Design & Management) Regulations, and experience of discharging all required duties of the CDM Principal Designer representative.

  • Experience of working in a lead civil/structural engineering design role on National Grid Electricity Transmission projects in the UK and acting as a TP137 CDAE for Substation Civil/Structural.

  • Good knowledge of National Grid’s Transmission Procedures, in particular: TP135, TP137, TP141, TP153, TP163, TP184, TP188, TP235, TP241.

  • Thorough knowledge and experience applying National Grids Technical Specification, Technical Guidance Notes, and Design Handbooks relating to civil/structural engineering of electricity T&D infrastructure in the UK.

  • Understanding of the causes and consequences of Impressed Voltage.

  • Understanding of the general requirements of procedural control of Temporary Works, in accordance with British Standards.

  • IT literate, with good knowledge of using Microsoft Office applications.

  • Good knowledge of applying CAD technology/software (Revit, Civil 3D, MicroDrainage, Tekla Tedds etc.) to civil and structural engineering design and strong understanding of BIM principles (PAS 1192 and ISO 16950).

  • Excellent written & verbal communication skills.

  • Strong persuasion and negotiation skills with clients and employees.

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.

  • Ability to deal effectively with a wide variety of stakeholders across clients, industry, government and public.

  • Able to manage tasks on multiple projects and conflicting deadlines.

  • Able to work autonomously and/or as part of a project team.

  • Pro-active in building knowledge and understanding of the electricity transmission and distribution industry.

  • Capability to coach and develop the team.

  • Engaged in the engineering community and how we can drive success for our clients.

  • Ability to develop innovative and practical solutions to a range of problems, and an understanding of how one issue may be part of a much larger solution.

  • Ability to make an effective and collaborative contribution to the team through sharing knowledge, promoting ideas, and valuing the contribution of all team members.


  • Membership of a professional Health & Safety organisation (e.g. APS, ISC, IOSH etc.).

  • Experience fulfilling the role of Contractor Design Approval Engineer (CDAE) and per National Grid’s TP137.

  • Substation safety and access training (e.g. NSI 30, BESC:AIM etc.)

  • Formal training in CDM 2015, Temporary Works, and Impressed Voltages.

At Burns & McDonnell qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identify, disability or protected veteran status. We believe an inclusive culture is necessary to grow a successful and strong organisation.

Job Civil Engineering

Primary Location GB-Birmingham UK-Birmingham

Other Locations GB-Glasgow, UK-Glasgow

Schedule: Full-time

Travel: Yes, 10 % of the Time

Req ID: 234046

Job Hire Type Experienced #LI-JA #UKO N/A