Principal Civil Engineer

Hertfordshire Office (Hemel Hempstead)

This is a permanent position within our Civil Engineering team.

At Glanville our Civil Engineers create, improve and protect the environment. They employ sound engineering principles and a broad knowledge base to assess, plan, design and oversee a wide variety of construction projects. Working in co-ordination with other professionals in varied project teams, our engineers develop excellent communication skills and a good understanding of the full range of construction related professions. There is a strong and supportive team culture and many exciting challenges to work on, which creates an environment for constant technical learning and strong career development.

As a Principal Civil Engineer, it will be your responsibility to ensure all projects are completed in a timely and cost-effective way whilst reporting progress on ongoing projects. You will be acting as a mentor to younger engineers and technicians ensuring that all work is completed in accordance with relevant best practice and standards. You will be efficient in using appropriate software and work with a complete understanding of all relevant standards. You will also have other duties including financial management, stakeholder engagement, contractor and consultancy liaison and budget holder responsibilities.  The role will be client facing and you will represent the Company externally at a senior level.


  • Lead project teams, supervising and training engineers and technicians
  • Responsible to the Director for the financial, technical and project management control of civil engineering aspects of projects
  • Delivering and managing the preparation of design packages for projects and the negotiation through approval stages with approving bodies and highway authorities
  • Preparing plans and drawings at all stages of the development cycle for new developments and remedial / improvement schemes for existing roads
  • Preparation of reports for Flood Risk Assessments, Infrastructure Strategy, Transport Assessments / Statements and Travel Plans
  • Liaise and attend meetings with architects, clients, subcontractors and other professionals whilst carrying out duties and at all times represent the business, in a professional and courteous way
  • Undertake site visits to monitor the progress of works against specifications, and highlight issues to the contractor, client and/or (internal or external) project manager as necessary
  • Check calculations, specifications, drawings and reports produced by others, in accordance with operational procedures
  • Assessing the sustainability and environmental impact of projects
  • Making sure the project complies with statutory requirements, especially health and safety

Key skills & experience


  • Minimum qualification - degree in Civil Engineering
  • At least 8 years post-qualification experience in civil engineering design
  • Proficient in use of AutoCAD and MircoDrainage
  • Proven ability to design roads, conventional drainage, SuDS and levels
  • The ability to think methodically and to solve technical problems
  • Proven ability to manage projects to deadlines and budget
  • Ability to maintain an overview of entire projects while continuing to attend to detailed design
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Proven negotiating and influencing skills
  • Proven ability to lead and motivate individuals and teams to achieve desired results
  • Good knowledge of relevant technical legislation and design guidance best practice


  • Proficient of Civils 3D/PDS, AutoTrack and Keys Signs
  • Proficient in design of earthworks cut/fill and retaining walls

Benefits Package

Glanville offer a market leading re-numeration and benefits package, sample below.

  • Pension scheme
  • Salary Sacrifice Scheme
  • Death in Service benefit
  • Initial 25 days holiday (3 held for the Christmas period)
  • Addition holiday can be accrued in accordance with the number of years services, up to a total of 28 days
  • The option to bank, buy or sell holiday each year after one years’ service
  • Paid professional membership
  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • Interest free loan for annual travel season ticket
  • Yearly Flu vaccine
  • Eye tests paid and contribution towards glasses, if require for solely for VDU work
  • Regular CPD seminars held in house (with lunch provided)
  • Regular social events organised and funded by the company throughout the year
  • Long service awards including additional days off and £500 cash award
  • Free refreshments, including tea, coffee and juice
  • Free on-site parking

Glanville has a friendly and supportive working environment, which has resulted in good morale and a low staff turnover. The company has a strong commitment to training ranging from ‘on the job training’ in new software and design techniques to training programs for Chartered status and external short courses.