Civil Engineer (Bridges & Structures)

Bristol (City Centre), City of Bristol
£40,013 - £43,587
22 Jan 2018
14 Feb 2018
Ref: 1569875
Civil Engineer
Job Type

The specialist Civil Engineer (Bridges and Structures) will have a national role leading on design, structural assessments, procurement and supervision of bridge/structures inspections, supporting the wider programme of civil engineering within Forestry Enterprise England (FEE) over the 250,000 hectare Public Forest Estate (PFE).

FEE is an agency of the Forestry Commission and manages the PFE and the Forestry Commission’s commercial activities in England. FEE is undergoing some changes as it moves to becoming a fully separate body with greater independence from government.

FEE is the largest single landholding in the country comprising over 1500 separate properties including a wide range of forested and open land, housing, commercial property and a variety of recreation/leisure businesses.

You will be required to lead on design, structural assessments, procurement and supervision of bridge/structures inspections, to provide technical advice in relation to bridges and structures and on other civil engineering matters supporting the wider programme of civil engineering within FEE.

Key work areas:

  • Consider and recommend design options for bridges and other structures in timber, steel, concrete and or reinforced earth, using analytical software and more traditional methods to current BS and Eurocodes. Check the designs and specifications for the same, of other FEE district engineers.
  • Provide advice to Forest Districts and other FEE staff, including landscape architects and land agents, building surveyors on recreation and other project development and delivery; consulting with other agencies, partners and local communities to secure support. Act as team player, investing time to generate a common focus and genuine team spirit.
  • Recommend technical specifications for contract documentation for the procurement of structural, infrastructure, special projects and other works. Provide technical advice and continually review best practice relating to all civil engineering assets and issues and share knowledge on good engineering practices.
  • Ensuring consistent asset management by co-ordinating inspections and assessments of existing bridges and other structures for dimensional analysis, strength, stability and durability. Finding ways to improve systems and structures to deliver with more streamlined resources. Plan ahead but reassess workloads and priorities if situations change or people are facing conflicting demands.
  • Carry out hydrological studies to obtain flood flows and hydraulic calculations for river channels, bridges, culverts, weirs and small dam spillways. Recognise patterns and trends in a wide range of evidence/data and draw key conclusions outlining costs, benefits, risks and potential responses. Engage and supervise consultants, civil engineering contractors and suppliers for delivering more complex designs and bridges/structures works.
  • To deputise for the Head of Civil Engineering in professionally leading the civil engineering function within Forest Enterprise England, setting the direction of policy and standards, in order to support the business deliver its objectives for people, nature and the economy. Continually communicate with staff, helping to clarify goals and activities and the links between these and Departmental strategy. This includes line management of a small team in the national office as the team develops and evolves.

Person specification:

Experience/Professional and Technical Expertise


  • A minimum of a BSc in Engineering or an equivalent qualification & membership of an engineering institution conferring Chartered Engineer status are required. Chartered or working towards chartership. Ability to become chartered within a year of taking post.
  • Knowledge & experience in structural design using software & other means to appropriate codes & standards.
  • Experience of safety in design and delivery of projects, including responsibilities under CDM.
  • Experience in engineering business, project & design management & procurement.
  • Experience in developing managing NEC Contracts.
  • Uses engineering skills and approaches to contribute towards organisational or process improvements in own area.
  • Engages with suppliers, service providers and delivery partners as an intelligent customer to ensure good delivery and shared understanding of agenda and context.
  • Competent IT user with experience of some engineering/design applications.


  • Experience in use of timber as a structural material and stages of hydropower scheme development, would be an advantage.
  • Experience of working in a forest or rural environment would be an advantage.
  • Construction related experience either as a resident engineer or through visiting design office support role.
  • Experience of GIS software.
  • Knowledge of hydraulic modelling packages used for mitigation option appraisal.


The duties of this post require the applicant to have a full current driving licence that enables them to drive in the UK. However, the Forestry Commission is willing to consider any proposals put forward by applicants that would allow them to do the job by any other means.


BSc. Engineering or equivalent.


Membership of an engineering institution conferring Chartered Engineer status.

Closing date: 14 Feb 2018.