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Lead Designer Representative- Foundations and Geotechnics

Mott MacDonald

Location: Greater London

Job Type: Full time


Do you want to work for a company whose purpose is to improve society by considering social outcomes, and to transform businesses, communities, and opportunities for it's employees? Mott MacDonald is a global consultancy whose people do exactly that.

The earthworks/foundation role, as part of the LDR team, will involve a broad variety of responsibilities including, but not limited, to the following:

  • Provide specialist earthworks/foundation support and advice, as part of the LDR team, across the Design and Construction teams
  • Provide specialist earthworks/foundation support and advice to the LDR team
  • As part of a risk-based approach - participate in the focussed review of assets to evidence compliance through each stage of the asset lifecycle from detailed design, construction and handover
  • As part of a risk-based approach - participate in the high level review of assets from detailed design, construction and handover
  • Support the Designer and Contractor to identify and resolve 'gaps' in their processes, plans and procedures
  • Provide support and manage workload within the LDR team
  • Ensure smooth, timely completion and turnaround of Design and Construction Verification Certificate
  • Participate in signing of Design and Construction Verification Certificates
  • Support Design and Construction teams - often working to tight deadlines - across all parts of their works
  • Ensure processes, plan and procedures are adhered to by the Design and Construction teams
  • Understand the deliverables produced by Design and Construction teams, and how these provide evidence for compliance with the processes, plans and procedures
  • Liaise with HS2, Designers, Contractors, suppliers and third parties, as required, in all matters related to the delivery of works
  • Assist the Design and Construction teams in all matters related to delivery of their works
  • Work collaboratively to ensure a consistency of approach across all parts of Contractor and Designer works
  • Capture, and record, LDR engagement with the Design and Construction teams

Candidate Specification:

You will have experience of a similar role in an engineering and construction environment with full exposure to major project work. Ideally you will be able to demonstrate a mixture of the following:

  • Experience in working on large engineering and construction projects
  • Experience of design and/or construction across a range of geotechnical/foundation works
  • Educated to degree level
  • Membership of a relevant professional organisation (i.e., ICE, APM, IStrucE)
  • Chartered Engineer/Geologist (or with equivalent/relevant experience)
  • Understanding of engineering processes on multidisciplinary design and build contracts
  • Experience of working with and applying the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015
  • Familiar with NEC contract framework and project controls processes
  • Good analytical, organisational and communication skills
  • Ability to prioritise and organise workload without supervision
  • Build successful relationships with others - within the LDR team, DJV and across other organisations (BBV, HS2 etc.) during a project's lifecycle (design, construction and handover)
  • Proactive attitude, a willingness to engage and adapt, and apply previous skills/experience to new (potentially unfamiliar) challenges
  • Ability to understand and work in accordance with the applicable project procedures
  • Ability to test, challenge and develop project procedures
  • Familiar with common data environment principles
  • Working knowledge of MS Packages - Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Working knowledge of ProjectWise System, or willingness to learn
  • Appreciation of document control processes

Job Profile:

About the business unit

We help conceive, drive, and implement transport solutions for cities, regions, and asset owners/operators around the globe. From preparing the business case and​ advising on related issues - such as revenue, procurement, and environmental legislation - to delivering the completed infrastructure and helping maintain it. Our planning, engineering, environmental and management skills cover the whole project cycle. We play a major role in developing and delivering the Global Transport Sector Strategy.

Our Metro's and Civil's Tunnels team Are currently recruititng for a Lead Designer Representative to join the team on a Fixed Term basis in either our Croydon or Birmingham locations. The Lead Designer Representative (LDR) team is embedded within, working for, and representing Balfour Beatty Vinci (BBV on HS2 N1, N2) - whilst employed by the Mott MacDonald/Systra Design Joint Venture (DJV). As part of the team of engineering professionals - the LDR - you will work with the Designer (BBV/DJV) and Contractor (BBV) to collaboratively discharge the Lead Designer duties. These include a comprehensive list of assurance responsibilities covering all aspects of the Contractor's design and construction activities. The LDR involvement will span across all phases of the project lifecycle (from design, construction and finally handover back to HS2).

To discharge the Lead Designer duties - the LDR team will undertake a focused review for a limited number of 'high risk' assets (approximately 5% of all works), and a high level review for all other assets.