Senior Civil Engineer

Country:  United Kingdom
Position Location:  Edinburgh, United Kingdom / Glasgow, United Kingdo
Contract Type:  Permanent
Work Pattern:  Full Time
Sector:  Water
Discipline:  Civil
Job Ref:  2578
Recruiter Contact:  Nicola Coyle

Mott MacDonald

Position location: Glasgow, United Kingdom / Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Recruiter contact: Nicola Coyle

We’re a global engineering, management, and development consultancy. 
Our purpose is to improve society by considering social outcomes in everything we do, relentlessly focusing on excellence and digital innovation, transforming our clients’ businesses, our communities and employee opportunities. 


A fundamental part of this is respecting each person’s differences and striving to meet their needs. 


We are proud to be a one of Glassdoor’s top employers to work for in the UK, as well as being recognised as a Top Inclusive Company in the UK.


Our values: Progress, Respect, Integrity, Drive, Excellence. 


About the division
The Water Consultancy Division is the centre of excellence within Mott MacDonald for responding to water and wastewater challenges, providing support to colleagues across our global business, and offering fantastic opportunities to get involved in diverse and technically challenging work.

Climate change, aging assets, and population growth place increasing pressure on our water and wastewater assets. Our highly successful water consultancy business is servicing ever-increasing demands from water sector clients to help deliver ambitious capital programmes. The work we do is at the forefront of ensuring safe water supplies for future generations and protecting our environment.

With sustainability, social impacts, digitalisation, and carbon reduction in mind, our diverse and multi-disciplinary teams work together to provide a variety of services throughout the full project life-cycle, from advisory services and feasibility studies, through outline and detailed design, to construction support and site supervision.

We have an excellent opportunity for a chartered or near chartered Civil Engineer in our office, to work within our multidisciplinary Water Consultancy Division, the centre of excellence within Mott MacDonald for everything to do with water.  We work on a vast range of design projects including water and wastewater treatment, major pipelines and pumping stations, water and wastewater networks, surface water management and hydropower.


We cover all phases of the project lifecycle from feasibility studies through outline and detailed design to construction support and handover. Our clients include the majority of UK water authorities, and other governmental organisations and private companies in the UK and overseas.

You will apply your knowledge and experience on a diverse range of strategic/feasibility studies and design projects mainly in a Design Lead/Project Manager role.

In this role you will be:

  • Working across a number of different UK water authorities, with a main focus on Scottish Water as a key client;
  • Leading multi-disciplinary design teams in project delivery; 
  • Project management duties, including programme and financial management for small to medium sized projects;
  • Provide direct input into projects with minimal supervision. Can self-direct and prioritise.
  • Review of design submissions to ensure compliance with contract requirements;
  • Conduct discipline checker role on standard outputs;
  • Undertaking studies, concept, preliminary and detailed design;
  • Interfacing and liaising with clients and other stakeholders;
  • Mentoring and contributing to the development of junior staff.


Essential experience / attributes:

  • Civil Engineering or other relevant degree;
  • Chartered or near chartered Engineer status (ICE or equivalent);
  • Experience of leading engineering design and/or multi-disciplinary design teams on water or wastewater projects;
  • Understanding of the designer’s responsibilities under the CDM regulations;
  • Solid knowledge of water or wastewater specifications and standards;
  • Strong communication, collaboration, and leadership skills;
  • Proactive approach, with an ability to adapt to changing scenarios.


Desirable experience / attributes:

  • Experience of working with Scottish Water;
  • Strong digital capability (e.g. Copilot / AI, Civils 3D, GIS, hydraulic modelling software);
  • Contributed towards the identification and development of low carbon solutions.


We are actively recruiting a diverse workforce that is reflective of the communities we serve. We recognise that differences in ability, skills and experience are a strength and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds


Equality, diversity, and inclusion 

We put equality, diversity, and inclusion at the heart of our business, seeking to promote fair employment procedures and practices to ensure equal opportunities for all. We encourage individual expression in our workplace and are committed to creating an inclusive environment where everyone feels they can contribute.



We want you to perform your best at every stage in the recruitment process. If you are disabled or need any support to enable you to apply or attend an interview, please contact us at and we will talk to you about how we can support you.


Agile working 

Happy to talk Flexible Working and how we can support your responsibilities beyond the workplace.


We offer some fantastic benefits including:


Health and wellbeing

  • Private medical insurance for all UK colleagues.
  • Health cash plan to support you with every day health costs and treatments.
  • Access to Peppy, providing free support from menopause experts for all UK colleagues.
  • A variety of wellbeing support is available through our comprehensive wellbeing program, including access for you and your family.
  • Ability to flex your salary to opt into a wide range of health benefits, many of which can be extended to your family too.

Financial wellbeing

  • We match employee pension contributions between 4.5% and 7%.
  • Life assurance equal up to 4 x your basic salary, with an option to increase the level of cover to 6 x your salary.
  • Our income protection scheme provides a financial benefit, as well as absence and return to work support due to long-term illness or injury.
  • Flexible benefits, including increased life assurance cover, critical illness insurance, payroll saving and will writing.
  • As an independently owned business we share the financial success of the business with all our colleagues in various ways including annual bonus schemes.


  • A minimum of 33-35 days holiday each year, inclusive of public holidays and dependent on level, with the ability to buy or sell leave through our flexible benefits programme.
  • Holiday entitlement increased to a minimum of 35 days after 5 years’ service.
  • Variety of employee saving schemes and discounts from high-street retailers.

 Enhanced family and carers leave

  • Enhanced family leave policies, including 26 weeks paid maternity and adoption leave, and two weeks paid paternity/partner leave.
  • Our shared parental leave matches maternity leave meaning we pay up to 24 weeks at full pay.
  • Up to five additional days leave are provided for those with significant caring responsibilities, two of which are paid.

 Learning and development

  • Primary annual professional institution subscription.
  • A broad range of opportunities to enhance both technical and soft skills through mentoring, formal training, and self-development options.

Networks, communities, and social outcomes

  • Join a wide range of groups including our Advanced Employee Networks which support our LGBTQ+, gender, race and ethnicity, disability, and parents/carers communities.
  • Make a difference within our communities through our social outcomes.

Apply now, or for more information about our application process, click here.