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Job description

Start your Jacobs career with a company that inspires and empowers you to deliver your best work so you can evolve, grow and succeed - today and into tomorrow.

Our Ground Engineering and Tunnelling team provides technical support to a wide range of infrastructure projects throughout the UK, and worldwide. As a result we're looking for people who have the passion and drive to be involved with major geotechnical projects across a range of sectors: Rail, Highways, Utilities and Nuclear.

Our People & Places Solutions business - reinforces our drive to improve the lives of people everywhere and epitomises the "why" of what we do - the tremendous positive impact and value our solutions bring to our communities and society as a whole. From facilities delivering life-saving therapies and ensuring clean water to enabling the connection of people through all modes of transportation and providing access to technology - we're integrating a multitude of these solution elements to build the smart environments of tomorrow.

About the opportunity:

As part of our strategy for growth and to further develop our capabilities in the tunnelling sector, Jacobs are looking to hire a Principal Tunnel Engineer to be based in our London Office.

Reporting to one of the team leads within the Tunnels discipline this individual will be a key resource in project and work package delivery with the ability to work with minimal supervision for a range of internal and external clients. Our tunnels team focusses on a range of small to large scale projects from pipejack undercrossings of railway infrastructure to complex underground caverns utilising techniques from empirical methods to 3D FE analyses. Work undertaken can be structural and/or geotechnical in nature.

Sector Experience - The candidate will have demonstrable experience in leading work packages in the tunnelling sector either in the UK or abroad. Ideally this should cover a wide range of sectors with experience in several or all the following areas: Metro, Highway, Heavy Rail, Utility and Conveyance. Experience in hard rock tunnelling is highly desirable.

Innovative - Jacobs promotes innovation at all levels in the organisation. An ideal candidate would be someone who is naturally solutions orientated, and where appropriate is not inhibited by existing standards or conventional thinking and is willing to push boundaries where viable alternatives have been identified.

Job responsibilities

The candidate will work within project teams and will report to team leaders and project managers. The priorities of the role are likely to include:

  • Provide tunnelling leadership and direction in multi-disciplinary project teams

  • Planning and management of project and proposal team resources

  • Use technological advances to improve quality, results and efficiencyAbout you:


  • Demonstrable expertise in segmental and SCL lining design

  • Rock tunnelling experience is preferable

  • MICE Chartered Engineer status

  • Proven ability interfacing directly with clients and building lasting relationships with them.

    Why Jacobs?

    We're invested in you and your success. Our diverse perspectives and unique backgrounds power our collective strength. By supporting one another and through our culture of caring, we all succeed. The biggest questions spark our curious minds. We clear the way for inventive thinking and exploration, so you have the support, means and space to deliver the boldest solutions for the extraordinary and every day. We redefine what's possible. There's something that drives everyone - and we want you to keep evolving your career, discover unexpected opportunities and ensure you can deliver on tomorrow.

    Our Culture

    At Jacobs we see safety differently - we strive to go 'BeyondZero' by putting the health, safety and well-being of our employees first in everything we do.

    We are committed to equality across our business and we work with external organisations such as STEM, WISE (Women in Science & Engineering) and Stonewall. We are also Disability Confident Committed; therefore, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for a vacancy.

    We encourage applications from candidates looking for flexible working or reduced hours' contracts. Please also bear in mind that you do not need to meet 100% of the Essential Criteria to be considered for a position with Jacobs.

    When you join Jacobs you will have access to a wide range of Global Networks, centred on inclusion and diversity which is the foundation of our business and at the centre of our values.

    To find out more about our networks, please visit our website; www.jacobs.com

    Successful candidates will be asked to complete a Baseline Personnel Security Standard Pre-Employment check and will be required to undergo various checks including: Identity, Right to Work; Employment/Education History and Criminal Record. If you are unable to meet this and any associated criteria, then your employment may be delayed or rejected.

    JACOBS is an Equal Opportunity Employer who is committed to the safety and wellbeing of all.

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