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AECOM Principal Highways Engineer in Dun Laoghaire, Ireland

Ireland - Dublin, Dun Laoghaire

Job Summary

Our Ireland Roads Team currently has a vacancy for a Principal Highways Engineer within our Dun Laoghaire office following continued growth of the workload and the team.

We are looking to grow this team with individuals who have a sound technical background and business development capabilities that share our enthusiasm and determination to develop our business.

The successful candidate will be a Chartered Engineer, or close to achieving Chartered status, with extensive experience in highway engineering design and project management. They will be ready to take the next step in their career taking a leadership role in the delivery and co-ordination of projects and design packages on complex road and infrastructure projects alongside ensuring these projects perform financially.

They will have the ability to lead complex projects and deal directly with clients. They will also be capable of providing technical leadership with the wider team leading senior engineers, graduate engineers, technicians, and supporting disciplines to successfully deliver our projects.

The role will suit a self-motivated individual who is aspiring to take a lead role in project delivery and manage dynamic teams delivering high-quality projects. The person will need to adopt a flexible approach and be able to work away from our Dun Laoghaire office for short duration to suit project needs.

They will have experience of working collaboratively as part of a team developing a range of local, national, and international road schemes or similar major civil engineering projects, and will have been directly responsible for delivering scheme design packages, and co-ordinating input from other disciplines.


The Dublin Highways team works both locally and across the UK & I market. Our current portfolio of works comprises a diverse mix of local, national and international highway and infrastructure improvements across significant delivery programmes for major Clients, including the A303 Stonehenge Project, the A55 Third Menai Crossing, the Foynes to Limerick TEN-T Core Network new road in Ireland, local council road improvements for the Midland’s Highway Alliance; strategic highway schemes for the Welsh government, Transport Scotland or Transport Northern Ireland, like the York Street Interchange in central Belfast; M3, M62 and M6 Smart Motorways, A428, A46, M54 Regional investment Programme projects for Highways England; and major integrated schemes such as the Mersey Gateway. Other projects include the London Highway Alliance, Dublin Airport Second Runway, the Forth Replacement Crossing in Scotland, the A1 Leeming to Barton project, the A47 Corridor Road Investment Strategy and the Stockholm Bypass in Sweden; the world’s largest highway tunnel project.

At an Ireland level, the following are some of the current projects

  • M7 Naas to Newbridge & Salins Bypass, detailed design & site supervision

  • A6 Randalstown - Castledawson Dualling Scheme, Employers Agent

  • N22 Baile Bhuirne to Macroom, D&B Tender Design

  • LDR4, Abbeyland on behalf of Meath County Council, Preliminary Design & EIA

  • N69 Foynes to Limerick, Preliminary Design & EIA

  • Athy Southern Relief Road, Detailed Design

  • N5 Ballaghaderreen to Scramoge, Advance Works

  • daa Northern Parallel Runway Contract Support

  • York Street Interchange

  • M50 EMOS project (variable speed limits), Highways design support

  • Liberty Square Thurles, Detailed Design & Site Supervision

  • Kildare South Green, Preliminary Design

  • Fitzwilliam Square Protected Cycleway (first such protected cycle way in Dublin), Detailed Design

Roads – Dublin, Team Overview:

Our Highways Team is involved in a number of high profile projects with a variety of clients across the Irish Public Sector, including TII, NTA, and many local authorities throughout Ireland. Recent successes have included the delivery of the daa Norther Parallel Runway Access Roads Package and delivery of the M7 widening detailed design which is currently on site. The Dublin highways team has been in place for over 20 years and has been responsible for delivery of a number of major road schemes in Ireland including the M8/N8 Cullahill to Cashel (40km), Kilkenny Central Access Scheme, A8 Belfast to Larne, and the A6 Randalstown to Castledawson.

Job responsibilities include:

  • Coach, mentor, support, and provide senior guidance and leadership for design team members – senior engineers, engineers, graduates, apprentices, and trainee technicians

  • Co-ordinates and manages project teams and small - to mid-size projects. It is expected the candidate will also take on AECOM financial management system responsibilities and will be responsible for project financial performance.

  • Serves as discipline Lead engineer on mid-to-large- size projects

  • Provides specialised technical input to studies and design for staff's specific area of expertise

  • Approves and signs off on work, and provides early verification of projects to ensure limited rework.

  • Provides technical direction for studies and design efforts

  • Presents complex technical solutions to clients

  • Performs quality control reviews of work developed by others

  • Participates in the development of technical proposals

  • Managing and developing both internal and external client relationships;

  • Work under the direction of and in support to project directors to deliver projects in accordance with agreed budget and schedule with little supervision, possessing the ability to solve any problems encountered along with identifying discrepancies in results

  • Managing the workload and the technical management and oversight of a design team;

  • Writing and overseeing the preparation of contract documents and technical reports as required;

  • Lead the provision of technical inputs, across a range of specialisms in the field of highway engineering

  • Show technical competence and through experience, gather and take on board the skills of others in computer-based applications and tasks including use of software such as MX, WinDES, and the Microsoft Office Suite of programmes including MS Project.

  • Ensuring compliance with all relevant technical standards;

  • Contribute to the development of technical proposals

  • Plan, lead and undertake site visits as required.

  • Plan and attend meetings – internal and external, as required.

  • Liaise and manage sub-consultants and external parties.

  • Participate as a team member on a number of levels, including; office disciplines and projects.

  • Be proactive and contribute to a safer work environment along with personal, professional development.

Flexible Working:

  • Life is different for each of us. But here at AECOM we believe your work/life balance is important. We are support equal opportunities and therefore offer flexible working within our roles.

Minimum Requirements

  • CEng required, or equivalent combination of education and experience

  • Experience of leading projects and teamsFull lifecycle experience across a range of projects

  • Project Management experience

  • Highways Design experience

  • Design and Build Experience (Ireland as preference)

  • Site Supervision / Site experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • Degree in Civil Engineering or similar (BSc, BEng, MEng, MSc)

  • Chartered Engineer

  • Safe Pass

  • Drivers licence

Your benefits will include:

Helping our employees achieve a healthy work-life balance is important to us. If you join AECOM, as well as receiving a competitive salary, you’ll also have the opportunity to explore flexible working arrangements. Core benefits include 25 days’ annual leave, company pension scheme, private medical insurance, life assurance, and one paid annual professional institution membership fee. You can also choose from a wide range of flexible benefits to suit your lifestyle.

What We Offer

When you join AECOM, you become part of a company that is

pioneering the future . Our teams around the world are involved in some of the most cutting-edge and innovative projects and programs of our time, addressing the big challenges of today and shaping the built environment for generations to come. We ensure a workplace that encourages growth, flexibility and creativity, as well as a company culture that champions

inclusion, diversity and overall

employee well-being through programs supported by company leadership. Our

core values define who we are, how we act and what we aspire to, which comes down to not only

delivering a better world , but working to “make amazing happen” in each neighborhood, community and city we touch. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person’s potential, and we’ll help you reach yours.

Job Category Engineering - Transportation

Business Line Transportation

Business Group Design and Consulting Services Group (DCS)

Country Ireland

Position Status Full-Time

Requisition/Vacancy No. 215868BR

Clearance Required No

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.

EOE including Disability/Protected Veterans
Accessibility/Reasonable Accommodations