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Lead Civil Engineer - Data Centres - United Kingdom

Date:  Nov 12, 2022


Company:  Black & Veatch Family of Companies


At Black & Veatch, our employee-owners go beyond the project. For over a century, we have been breaking down social, economic and geographic barriers by making life's critical resources accessible to all. Working with us, you will help provide critical expertise as we, along with our valued clients, deliver solutions that positively impact communities around the world. Our professionals are our greatest asset, and we believe nothing is more important than the health, happiness and professional growth of our employee-owners. With a focus on flexible work-life balance options, an expanding and diverse workforce, and limitless career growth opportunities, we will give you our best to help you give us your best, and together we can build a world of difference. 


Req Id : 84481 

Opportunity Type : Staff 

Relocation eligible : No 

Full time/Part time : Full-Time  

Contract Hire Only for this Project : No 

Job Summary

This position will function as a lead Civil Engineer role within the Commercial & Connectivity Business at Black & Veatch and will focus on the civil site development design for Data Centre projects in accordance with best practice and recognized design standards/codes of practice. 

Black & Veatch's Connectivity & Commercial business is dedicated to creating and providing leading solutions to communication infrastructure, mission critical solutions, and commercial enterprise clients. By joining our business, you will have the opportunity to be involved in cutting-edge technology and work with a team that moves quickly with decisions and expectations. We are an organization of highly skilled professionals delivering data-driven and strategic planning, consulting, engineering, construction, program management and combined EPC solutions. We are dedicated to innovation and staying up to date with technology advancements and have a desire to help our clients navigate changing demands and regulatory compliance, while providing a cost-effective competitive advantage.

Note: This position has flexibility on work location throughout The United Kingdom (Glasgow, London or Hybrid/ Remote/Home)


Key Responsibilities

  • Act of Point of contact with the UK team for interaction with other international B&V teams.
  • Interface management with UK civil and geotechnical leads to develop compatible engineering solutions for projects.
  • Input to the delivery of data centres project developments in accordance with the pre-defined budgets, deadlines and quality requirements.
  • Regularly and accurately reporting the status of projects to management. .
  • Be a key interface and manage the relationship with clients and contractors.
  • Add value, avoid/resolve issues, mitigate risks and manage project’s finances and contracts by .applying robust project management practices and experience from previous projects. 
  • Participation at site visits and client meetings.
  • Disseminate knowledge and experiences to other team members and supporting the development of the team and team members. 
  • Outline design, FEED, procurement and installation project stages relating to Data Centre civil infrastructure including cable route, substation/facility layout, access roads, building layout design, drainage plans. Construction feasibility of civil infrastructure including pre-construction layout (e.g. stockpile, laydown area and site compound areas, temporary working corridors) and RAMS.

Key Skills/Competencies

  • Completely fluent speaker and writer in English at equal to first language level.
  • Full driving licence and ability to drive to project site locations UK wide. 
  • Initiative, self-reliance, and drive to deliver results.
  • Commercial awareness.
  • Experience of project and people / contract management activities.
  • Well-developed technical skills and experience.
  • Numerate and well-developed MS Excel skills.
  • Well developed report writing and reviewing skills, using MS Word.
  • Prioritising, planning, and organising own workload and team members.
  • Accountability, including level of self-motivation and ambition and developing in others.
  • Understanding client’s needs, and business development experience.
  • Communication and team-working skills and sharing / using best practice information.
  • Influencing others, including communication skills and self-confidence in general.
  • Willingness to be adaptable, work flexibly.
  • Experience in the use of specialist software (e.g. Ansys Mechanical, SolidWorks, OPILE) is desirable.

Management Responsibilities

Acts in capacity of a "lead person." Does not have management responsibility for the people to whom they provide work direction.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Degree in Civil Engineering or equivalent qualification.
  • Working toward/ near completion of a professional recognition qualification such as Chartered Engineer.
  • Experience in the design of terrestrial civil works.
  • A demonstrable track record  designing of onshore civil works including the following experience:
  • Application of recognised IEC/ISO/Eurocodes standards/codes of practice for the design of terrestrial and nearshore civil works.
  • Experience in Management of CAD resource for the preparation of engineering drawings. Preparation of technical specifications.
  • Design experience in accordance with Health & Safety legislation and regulations (e.g. CDM Regs).
  • Professional recognition qualification such as Chartered Engineer with the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) or a similar institute/institution.


Experience in the undertaking of assignments in some or all the following areas is desirable:  

  • Detail design project stage of Data Centre developments.
  • Drainage plan development
  • Preparation of Tender documentation to support procurement activities including Invitation of Tender, Employer’s Requirements, Bills of Qualities.
  • Input to project site due diligence and owners engineer assignments. 
  • Experience of civil / site development works for Data Centre Structures.
  • Knowledge of procurement contracts such as the New Engineering Contract (NEC).

Minimum Qualifications

Requires a bachelor's degree in engineering from either a recognized accredited program in their home country or the country in which the professional is practicing. Minimum of 8 years related work experience. All applicants must be able to complete pre-employment onboarding requirements (if selected) which may include any/all of the following: criminal/civil background check, drug screen, and motor vehicle records search, in compliance with any applicable laws and regulations.


Professional recognition qualification such as Chartered Engineer with the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) or a similar institute/institution.

Work Environment/Physical Demands

Typical office environment: Sitting/standing, computer usage for extended periods of time. Speaking, Listening. Ability to utilize audio/video conferencing software for internal/external communication purposes.

May require travel to client/project sites. May require ability to rent/drive a vehicle requiring UK Driver's licence.


Communicates effectively
Directs work
Instills trust
Interpersonal savvy
Organizational savvy
Customer focus
Decision quality

Salary Plan

ENG: Engineering

Job Grade


Black & Veatch Holding Company, its subsidiaries and its affiliated companies, complies with all Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) affirmative action laws and regulations. Black & Veatch does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, religion, color, sex, national origin, marital status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender Identity and expression, disability, veteran status, pregnancy status or other status protected by law.


Black & Veatch is committed to being an employer of choice by creating a valuable work experience that keeps our people engaged, productive, safe and healthy. We offer professionals an array of health and welfare benefits that vary based on their geographic region and employment status. This may include health, life accident and disability insurances, paid time off, financial programs and more. Professionals may also be eligible for a performance-based bonus program.


By valuing diverse voices and perspectives, we cultivate an authentically inclusive environment for professionals and are able to provide innovative and effective solutions for clients.

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