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Associate Structural Engineer




Civil & Structural Engineering

Employment type

Full time

Contract type


We have an excellent opportunity for an experienced Associate Structural Engineer to join our highly regarded, award winning Civil & Structural team within Cardiff. The role focuses on delivery and management, with increasing business development responsibilities. 

We offer an excellent people-focused culture, an abundance of engaging projects and a clearly defined progression structure. As well as being part of our national Civil and Structural team (250 employees and growing,) you will work alongside our regional team in Cardiff: an office of 90 staff including MEP, Fire, Acoustics, Geo, Transport and Smart Energy and Sustainability. 

Responsibilities of the Role:


As a highly experienced structural engineering designer, you will help lead the C&S team’s project delivery, taking responsibility for all aspects of our projects from resourcing, to commercial management. You will lead the way for our engineers and technicians, promoting design innovation, sustainability and technical excellence. You will maintain a high-level overview of your team’s projects, ensuring that the design is delivered correctly and in accordance with Hydrock’s quality assurance procedures and health-and-safety responsibilities.


You will take responsibility for aspects of management including:

• Resource planning;

• Managing staff HR issues;

• Identifying team weaknesses/issues;

• Change control/additional fees;

• Financial performance;

• Divisional task groups/design innovation;

• Contractual matters.

Business Development

You will take responsibility for ensuring a sustainable stream of work through sales planning, project bids, tender interviews, client management and business networking. You will be able to contribute to marketing materials and assist with business/sales planning and financial budgeting.

You will be set up for success if you have:

  • MEng or BEng in civil, architectural or structural engineering.
  • Chartered membership/ Associate membership of the IStructE/ ICE OR working towards Chartership.
  • Significant experience in building structures and development design.
  • Self-motivated team player with good people skills.
  • Strong communication, analysis, technical design and drawing skills.
  • Experience using analysis and design software packages.
  • Ability to design through hand calculations.
  • Understanding of BIM requirements up to and including Level 2.
  • Developing marketing/ business development skills.
  • Someone ambitious, who believes in our values and wishes to be part of Hydrock and our success.

What's great about Hydrock 

We are a British-owned integrated multi-disciplinary engineering consultancy of over 900 staff in 21 offices across the UK. Our driving motivation is to be a ‘Force for Good’, as it is our aim to improve the quality of people’s lives from our employees to our clients, through to the communities we work in and our planet as a whole through the work we do.  

From the buildings that surround you, the roads and bridges you cross, all related to the infrastructure that we create, we aim to offer the most sustainable possibilities to shape the places, communities and society that we live in through meeting our client’s needs. Through the path we are on to delivering a green future, the result is something that everyone can be proud of. 

Named as Building’s Engineering Consultant of the Year in 2023, we’re known for delivering outstanding sustainable projects for our communities, planet, and society.

Some of these projects have recently received industry accolades, including Cleveland Pools winning the Conservation and Regeneration category at the Construction Excellence South West Awards 2023; Bay Technology Centre named Commercial Project of the Year at the British Construction Industry Awards 2022; YGG Tan-y-Lan picked out in the Integration and Collaborative Working category at Construction Excellence Wales Awards 2022; The Deaf Academy singled out for its Universal Design at the Civic Trust Awards 2022; and Bristol’s iconic waterfront Wapping Wharf Living sweeping up at the Bristol Property Awards.

Take a look at our 2023 end of year film and get a feel for what we’re all about. 


What we can offer you: 

  • Inspiring and supportive colleagues 
  • Reward for progression and hard work 
  • An opportunity to develop your soft skills, as well your technical skills
  • Competitive starting salary 
  • Excellent health benefits 25 days of holiday (buy/sell up to five days), accrue 1 day extra every 2 years, with bonus holidays too!
  • An earlier finish on Friday (4pm!) 
  • An opportunity to give back: “Day off for good cause” (on a workday) 
  • A huge range of flexible benefits, including climate perks and an EV car leasing scheme 


A place to feel included

We champion diversity, equity and inclusion. As an Equal Opportunities Employer, we commit to supporting our employees and ensure we create a safe environment that nurtures you to perform at your best. Offering our people flexibility is an important factor in achieving this aim.  

We consider all application individually with the required qualifications and knowledge without regard to any of the protected characteristics. We would like to provide everyone with a fair selection, assessment and employment experience so we ask with are made aware of any physical or neurodiverse condition within your application for which appropriate reasonable adjustments can be made by us. 


Looking for the next steps? 

Once you have completed your application through our careers site, we aim to review and respond to you as soon as your application’s been reviewed.

If shortlisted, a member of our Talent Acquisition Team will call you for an initial pre-screen by phone (typically 30 minutes) to help us assess your motivations and interest in the position and Hydrock.

If you progress following this telephone pre-screen, you will be invited to attend a formal interview by video conference (Microsoft Teams) or in our offices. 

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