Job type: Permanent 

Location: Otley, Leeds, UK

Salary: £32,000 to £42,000+ depending on experience

Role description

As a design engineer, you will be providing specialist and technically demanding input to bridge and multidisciplinary civil engineering projects.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Working with both existing and new bridges and civil structures across a range of materials and forms, superstructure, substructure and articulation elements
  • Inputting at early project stages to scopes, specifications and interpretations of surveys, inspection and investigative works, optioneering, scheme design
  • Detailed design: modelling, calculations, drawing production
  • Document contributions, including authoring technical reports, such as AIPs, specifications and contract documents
  • Assisting in the review of others' work: cat 3 checking as a client representative and designer’s site representative
  • Supporting graduate engineers as they progress towards chartership. Our training scheme is approved by the ICE

Our very strong order book for 2022 and beyond features a broad range of bridgeworks and offers you much scope for career advancement.


  • Minimum three years’ professional experience as a bridge engineer
  • Chartership status with the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) or equivalent/have made significant demonstrable progress towards chartership
  • Knowledge and experience in the use of Design Manual for Roads and Bridges (DMRB) and other standards
  • Fluent/highly proficient in spoken and written English
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Good organisational skills
  • Motivated individual with a strong work ethic


  • Ability to undertake structural analysis modelling, such as grillages and finite element
  • Confidence to undertake detailed design calculations independently
  • A willingness and aptitude for understanding and contributing to colleagues’ work in areas beyond transportation infrastructure projects

About Roughan & O'Donovan

Founded in 1974, Roughan & O'Donovan (ROD) is a director-owned company employing over 200 people in the UK and Ireland. Our managing director is based in Otley.

We provide civil, environmental and structural engineering consultancy services, with a notable specialism in bridges. About 20% of our work is UK-based, and this figure is steadily increasing due to our strong relationships with clients.  

Current and recent bridge projects include:

ROD is a welcoming company. We genuinely care about our staff. Our UK office is in a converted mill building, situated in a picturesque wooded environment alongside the River Wharfe, with parking available.

To apply

Roughan & O’Donovan is an equal opportunity employer. 

For compliance purposes, Roughan & O'Donovan will retain, for at least one year, all records arising from the recruitment process.

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 a candidate(s) being hired.


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