Region: England - SE - Greater London
Location: London
Category: Development planning
Closes: 30 Apr 2024
Salary: Unspecified
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Principal Infrastructure Engineer Development - London

Job Description

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We are seeking an enthusiastic Principal Engineer to support our regional Development Team in London, focusing on civil and infrastructure engineering for land and property development projects.

You will work within a team driving the design development process and leading the preparation of design documentation, drawings and technical reports to advise our clients, collaborators and stakeholders from strategy through to construction. You can expect to be active on several projects and client accounts at any given time. You will report to a senior member of the Development Team.


Our team work on some of the most prestigious developments in the UK, and you will be helping deliver projects within the following sectors:

  • Urban Regeneration.
  • Local Government.


Your new role, what's involved?


  • Leading day to day technical delivery of civil engineering consultancy services to support our clients through all stages of the project life-cycle from feasibility and concept design through to planning, detailed design, and construction.
  • Providing technical expertise in drainage, SuDS, flood risk, highways, streetscape, earthworks and utilities to all types of land, property and infrastructure development projects across all sectors and clients.
  • Providing project leadership on several varied multi-disciplinary projects acting as Project Manager where required.
  • You will be supported by a team of experienced and developing technical staff of various grades, to whom you will be expected to provide guidance and support as appropriate.
  • Involvement in high profile client engagement, stakeholder management, design team collaboration (both internal and with other external multidisciplinary professionals), and project management.
  • Being responsible for, or actively engaged in, ensuring your projects are delivered within budget, on programme, and to the required quality for technical and legal compliance.



  • The Development Team is a well-established and high performing discipline within the Planning and Development business unit which includes over 800 colleagues focused on project delivery through the whole project life cycle, from initial land acquisition, planning support and design, through to scheme implementation.
  • Our vision is to be recognised as the strongest and best Development team in the industry. We strive to achieve this through continuous improvement and a management structure comprising of four pillars, namely Expertise, People, Clients and Operational Excellence.
  • We help our clients to promote, implement and manage sustainable development, from pre-feasibility through to planning consent; establish plans and provision for how an area, its accessibility and needs, will develop over time and guide sustainable future development; and develop multi-disciplinary design from concept through to detailed design and construction.
  • We work with public/private sector land promoters and house builders, developers, signature architects, Government, and local authorities. Some of the multi-disciplinary services we provide that you will help deliver include:
    • Drainage, flood risk and SuDS.
    • Civil engineering, highways design and earthworks strategies.
    • Utilities, energy planning and coordination.
    • Site appraisal, due diligence, and strategic planning advice.


We'd love to hear from you if you have:


  • Knowledge of and experience in highway design, drainage strategies and technical design, flood risk assessments and management, utility design and planning as well as a good working knowledge of the development sector.
  • Design experience focused on the development sector (drainage, flood risk, highways, earthworks and utilities).
  • An appreciation of hydraulics, hydrology, geotechnics and building structures is desirable as well as an understanding of construction design stages and procedures.
  • The ability to produce infrastructure masterplans, site appraisals, technical reports, design calculations and construction drawings.
  • A good knowledge of the relevant design codes such as Water UK Sewerage Sector Guidance, Design Manual for Roads & Bridges, Manual for Streets, Local Authority Design Guidance, SuDS Manual and are well versed in the preparation of drawings for contract documentation and technical approvals.
  • Good written and spoken communication skills and are aware of current and emerging technical and planning guidance on climate change and sustainability.
  • The ability to use or direct and check the use of relevant software including Micro Drainage, Info Drainage, Civils 3D and/or PDS.
  • Experience of liaison with clients, co-professionals and design teams, and competence in liaising with highway, water, statutory and local authorities to negotiate the necessary outline and detailed technical approvals and statutory agreements typically relating to development projects.
  • A good knowledge of the relevant legal processes, planning, design, design software, technical consents process, adoption and contract procedures for the provision of sewers, SuDS, highways and utilities to new developments and regeneration projects and how if, applied effectively, these skills combine to add value to a client’s development proposal.
  • A robust knowledge of the financial and contractual aspects of planning, bidding, and delivering both large and small projects.
  • Postgraduate (or equivalent) experience and are at least nearing Chartership or have equivalent commercial experience and responsibility.
  • Willing to become an ICE Supervising or Delegated Civil Engineer (SCE / DE) to assist with training and development of junior members of the team.


What's in it for you?


  • Work-life balance?

WSP recognises that work is only one part of your life and making time for other things is important – whether that’s for your families, friends, or yourself.

Our hybrid working policy allows the flexibility to work from the comfort of your own home as well as collaborating in our contemporary offices across the UK.

  • Inclusivity & Diversity?

We want our people to achieve rewarding careers, bringing their whole selves to work. We celebrate integrity and treat people with respect, supporting each other and embracing diversity to create a culture of inclusion and belonging at WSP.

Our employee resource groups VIBE (LGBTQ+ employees), CREED (Championing Racial Equality and Ethnic Diversity) and our Gender Balance Group, in tandem with WSP’s Neurodiverse Community Group, WSP Connect Group (visible and non-visible disabilities) help us promote the right environment for you to reach your full potential.

  • Health & Wellbeing?

We are committed to supporting our people, giving you the tools to make improvements to your health and wellbeing through our Thrive programme.

Med24 gives you and your family unrestricted telephone access to an NHS doctor where you can call day or night or have a face-to-face video consultation.

  • Flex your time?

For improved work life balance, WSP offers the “WSP Hour” which enables you to take one hour per day to do as you wish and make up the time earlier or later that day. We also offer part time and flexible working arrangements plus the option to flex your bank holiday entitlement to suit you.

  • Your development?

We appreciate that development and training is important to you and that’s why we have a supportive environment that invests in your development, whether that’s chartership, training or mentoring.


Apply now and be the future of WSP!



Here at WSP we positively encourage applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, pregnancy or maternity/paternity. As a Disability Confident leader, we will interview all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria, please let us know if you require any workplace adjustments in support of your application.

Please note WSP reserves the right to close the vacancy before the advertised closing date.

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