Civil Design Engineer
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Civil Design Engineer

Date: 18-May-2022

Location: Bury St Edmunds, Bury St Edmunds, GB



Civil Design Engineer


Reporting to

Design Lead



Engineering Design



Bury St Edmunds


Reference Number



Employment Period



Contract Type



CiP Level / Bonus 



Starting Salary 

£60,278 - Plus benefits and bonus 


Closing Date




All applications will be reviewed after the closing date


We also offer : 

Annual leave 25 days

Personal Pension Plan – Personal contribution rates of 4% or 5% (UK Power Networks will make a corresponding contribution of 8% or 10%)

Tenancy Loan Deposit scheme 

Tax efficient benefits: cycle to work scheme

Season ticket loan

Occupational Health support

Switched On – scheme providing discount on hundreds of retailers products.

Supplier discounts, such as O2, EE, Vauxhall cars, Universal tyres

Discounted access to sports and social clubs

Employee Assistance Programme.


Job Purpose:


Working predominantly for the connections portfolio, the successful candidate will be responsible for producing civil designs from a scope provided by Project Managers, Customers or the Design Lead, and will include project costings to customer requirements for time, quality and budget.  These schemes could be for both non-contestable and contestable works, adhering to UK Power Networks design standards.

The designer will liaise with the Project Manager, Design lead, electrical designer and PDC, ensuring compliance to design, CDM and relevant standards for both the regulated network solutions for all customers.


Key Responsibilities:


  • Production of Civil and Structural Designs, that can be constructed in compliance with standards and CDM requirements
  • Produce effective designs, which conform to all relevant Codes of Practice and company and industry standards in conjunction with Electrical engineering works
  • Oversee and contribute to the production of technical, commercial and contractual documents for procurement of engineering products
  • Ensure compliance with all relevant legislation, regulations and company procedures.
  • Compliance with design assurance and audit processes
  • Supporting and mentoring other members of the team to enhance their technical knowledge and experience.
  • Provide an excellent service to the customer.
  • Work as a Team Player in a dedicated team of Designers and Estimators
  • Liaise with the operational teams to ensure a smooth process from initial enquiry through to final connection and business closure.
  • Comply with the requirements of the designer as determined by the CDM Regulations  
  • Ensure design eliminates/reduces any hazards which may give rise to risks; and reduce risks from any remaining hazards (in conjunction with CDM)
  • Ensure designs provide sufficient information about aspects of the design of the structure or its construction or maintenance as will adequately assist clients, the CDM team, other designers and contractors


Knowledge, Skills, Qualifications and Experience:


  • Educated to degree (BSc in Civil Engineering) level or equivalent
  • Qualified to Chartered Engineer or Incorporated Engineer Status with proven relevant experience would be beneficial.
  • A strong civil / structural engineering background and extensive experience in civil engineering and building works ideally within Utility sector.
  • Competence in resolving a significant range of technical civil engineering issues and in providing technical advice; a sound understanding of company standards and policies and their application to this role. Awareness of current and technological developments in civil / structural engineering.
  • Ability to work with external engineering organisations and customers/stakeholders representing UKPN to best effect.
  • A good safety culture and sound understanding of Construction Design and Management (CDM) Regulations and their application in this role.
  • Ability to work unsupervised, set and comply with own targets, and identify and implement innovative cost saving solutions.
  • Good team working skills
  • A good level of business, environmental, safety, financial, and regulatory awareness;
  • A general appreciation of financial reporting systems;
  • Knowledge of the ISO 9001:2000 and ISO 14001 procedures relevant to the team’s activities;
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft desktop applications, in particular: Word, Excel, Project and PowerPoint;
  • Strong interpersonal skills, and be competent in written and oral communications.
  • Manage (not line manage) and communicate with the CAD team in order to produce design drawings suitable for construction.
  • Experience of planning permissions
  • Experience of site surveying and setting out
  • Experience of AutoCAD and Bentley software would be beneficial
  • Experience of building services
  • Excellent communication skills required
  • Good organizational skills required
  • Broad knowledge of power engineering plant and equipment i.e. Transformers, Switchgear, cables, protection schemes
  • Experience of: Roadworks, external works including drainage, building reinforced concrete foundations, superstructure including structural steel works, brick block cavity walls, different types of roofing, reinforced concrete structures.
  • Input into innovative construction ideas and techniques, which feed into UK Power Networks Green Action Plan



The post holder is required to undertake site visits as part of this role and this will include entry to operational substations where compliance with safety rules and procedures is mandatory.



Health & Safety Responsibilities

Managers and supervisors carry both legal and company responsibilities for ensuring the health and safety of their employees, those under their control and those who might be affected by the work undertaken, i.e. public, visitors and employees of other organisations. This includes briefing individuals working for them and ensuring there is the necessary understanding, competence and application of requirements to work safely and without harming the environment.


Employees will ensure they fully understand the health and safety risks involved in their work activities and their responsibility to apply the controls needed to manage those risks to acceptable levels. Similarly where work activities can have an adverse impact upon the environment, and particularly where there are legal requirements, employees will understand those impacts and the controls they must ensure are applied.

Employees need to be aware that for some craft and operational roles that work at height, or use fall arrest devices, there is an upper weight limit of 116Kg due to maximum safe working load of the safety equipment that is used.

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We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender, gender identity or expression, or veteran status. We are proud to be an equal opportunity workplace.