Job type: Fixed-term contract

Contract duration: 24 months 

Salary: Competitive

Location: Omeath, Co. Louth

About the role

As a clerk of works on the Narrow Water Bridge Project, you will be part of the site-based team responsible for the supervision of the construction of the Narrow Water Bridge. You will report directly to the project resident engineer.

This project provides a new crossing over the Newry River to the north of Carlingford Lough. The single carriageway road and bridge, which have a combined length of 600m, will link the R173 Omeath to Newry Road in Co. Louth with the A2 Newry to Warrenpoint Road in Co. Down.

The bridge consists of a 138.50m fixed cabled-stayed main span and a 56.8 m rolling bascule opening span that has been designed to span the Newry river. The cable stayed moveable bridge will accommodate pedestrians, cyclists and vehicular traffic.

The works primarily involve: 

  • marine works consisting of combi-pile cofferdams, piling for pier foundations, construction of reinforced concrete pile caps, piers and abutments
  • fabrication of steel superstructure for fixed and rolling bascule spans
  • incremental construction of cable-stayed main spans
  • rolling bascule span deck launch
  • mechanical, electrical, instrumentation, control, and automation (MEICA) for the rolling bascule span and associated control room and building
  • bridge deck finishes, including parapets, railings, lighting etc.
  • construction of pile supported navigation tower, bridge fendering system and aids to navigation
  • construction of an approach road, roundabouts, variable message signs for opening bridge, control building and associated site development works, greenway underpass and associated greenway ramp and reinforced earth retaining wall


Your duties will include supervision of:

  • all marine works, including cofferdams and reinforced concrete substructures
  • bridge deck superstructure erection and finishes
  • supervision of all earthworks, roadworks, drainage and utility diversions
  • supervision of the construction of foundations, substructures and superstructures of bridge structures
  • record keeping
  • supervision of piling works for the train station and platforms including flood defence works
  • supervision of all civil and structural works for the transport hub and associated civil works


  • A recognised Higher Certificate in Civil/Construction Engineering (Level 6 in the National Framework of Qualifications) or other equivalent qualification
  • At least 20 years’ postgraduate experience in the design and construction of major road and bridge structures.
  • At least 10 years’ experience in the role of clerk of works or equivalent on major road and bridge projects 
  • Experience of civil engineering projects involving construction works over environmentally sensitive watercourses
  • Extensive knowledge of civil and structural engineering works
  • Knowledge of and experience in site supervision of contract works, including earthworks, drainage, bridge and building construction
  • Good organisational skills
  • Knowledge and awareness of health and safety legislation
  • Motivated individual with a strong work ethic
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Fluency/high level of proficiency in spoken and written English

About Roughan & O'Donovan

Roughan and O’Donovan (ROD) is a leading civil, environmental and structural engineering consultancy. An independently owned firm, we employ a multidisciplinary team of more than 200 people, of 20 different nationalities, in our Dublin and UK offices.

 Our portfolio features:

  • bridges, including cable-stayed and moveable bridges
  • highways, roads, public transport and greenways in Ireland and the UK
  • residential, health, education, office and retail developments 
  • asset management 
  • research and development
  • environmental services

Current and recent projects include:

What to expect when you join Roughan & O'Donovan

When you join ROD, you will become part of a team recognised for outstanding technical skill and passion for excellence. You will have access to the exceptional training opportunities our award-winning CPD programme provides and enjoy a workplace that supports growth, flexibility and creativity. 

We offer health and wellbeing packages, flexible working and life-event supports, so whatever challenges life may bring, you can feel secure in the knowledge that you will be taken care of.

We are a friendly team with an active social committee. From surfing weekends and ski events to tag rugby and cycling challenges, you'll find lots of ways to get involved.


How to apply

Address your cover letter to Human Resources 

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Roughan & O’Donovan is an equal opportunity employer. 

Roughan & O'Donovan will retain, for at least one year, all records arising through the recruitment process for compliance purposes in line with the Employment Equality Acts, 1998-2015.

Roughan & O'Donovan is not accepting unsolicited CVs from search firms.  CVs submitted by search firms without a valid written search agreement, including those submitted to hiring managers, are deemed to be the sole property of Roughan & O'Donovan, and no fee will be paid in the event of candidate(s) being hired.