Principal / Associate Utilities Consultant

We are seeking to employ a full time Principal / Associate Utilities Consultant within our Infrastructure and Environment Group who will benefit from our agile home / office working scheme and generous benefits.

The role

We are currently seeking a Principal/Associate Engineer/Project Manager with proven experience dealing with:

  • The planning, design and procurement of new utilities (and energy networks) in support of a wide array of commercial and residential development projects but often large multi-phase mixed-use urban extension or residential led urban regeneration projects.
  • The delivery of complex utility enabling works including temporary and permanent diversions and disconnections within major building projects often in constrained urban environments.

Half of the Team is based in London (London Bridge) and half are in Manchester (Charlotte Street). We also have offices in Farnborough and Cambridge and will consider candidates who would wish to be based in these offices.

Your Responsibilities Will Include, But Are Not Limited To:

  • Together with our Associate Directors and Directors meet with commercial and residential developers and/or landowners, and their supply chain including Architects, Planning Consultants and Project Managers, to understand development needs, both technical and commercial drivers, and develop proposals that meet their needs.


  • Once appointed by a client then consult with the wider design team, but particularly utility undertakers and other utilities, energy and data service providers to understand opportunities, risks and costs associated with our client’s development proposals and advise of these risks, costs and opportunities via meetings, sketches, presentations and reports.


  • Maintain and enhance both client and design team relationships through regular reporting and communication. Develop utility designs directly and via third parties and coordinate (using our in-house Engineering and CAD Technicians as required), often to support a client’s groundworks tender, whereby tender and contract drawings will be developed.


  • Procure the services of specialist utility and multi-utility contractors and undertakers by developing scopes and specifications as part of a wider Employers Requirement document using drawings and other documents as required. This might be new connections related work, early utility enabling works, or likely both.


  • Manage the delivery of critical utility enabling and new connection works often alongside third-party Project Management and Cost Consultancy Practises.


  • Report back to our client on progress and issue any relevant instructions to contractors.


  • Lead utilities progress meetings as required to progress the works.


  • Review as-constructed data and closeout or reconcile final costs.


  • Using timesheets understand your impact on project costs and profitability.


  • Take ownership of the delivery of all the above through an intimate understanding of client needs and an understanding of project costs and profitability.


  • Mentor and develop more junior members of the team. Delegate simpler projects directly to junior members of staff and retain a watching brief so that they too begin to intimately understand client needs and expectations.

We’d Like To Hear From You If You Have

The successful candidate will have a good understanding and likely a past working relationship with commercial and-or residential developers, utility undertakers and independent utility or energy network operators. The candidate will have a good commercial understanding of utilities infrastructure including costs and programme risks, as well as their own costs.

Ultimately if you have good experience of planning, managing, and delivering utilities infrastructure for major development projects we are very keen to hear from you.

You will likely be a self-starter and certainly be able to plan your own workload.

Qualifications & Skills

Although specific academic qualifications are not required you will be working with professional and chartered engineers, town planners, architects and project managers and as this is a consultancy role you will need to influence verbally and through sketches (we use Bluebeam) and the written word (reports). Presentation, spreadsheet skills and the ability to check technical documents is a necessity.