Materials Engineer

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  • Sector:

    Construction, Engineering

  • Salary:

    Competitive salary

  • Published:

    8 months ago

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About Costain and your project.

Costain helps to improve people’s lives by deploying technology-based engineering solutions to meet urgent national needs across the UK’s energy, water and transportation infrastructures.

The HS2 Main Civils Contracts include both Lots S1 (Euston Tunnels & Approaches) and S2 (Northolt Tunnels). The first 16 months of the project will involve detailed design, pricing and building up target cost, with work on site likely to start in early 2020.

Scope of works includes twin-bored tunnels (TBM driven), SCL tunnels/adits, shaft sinking, bridge demolition and reconstruction, utilities diversions, earthworks and the construction of site compounds.

Flexible working: We welcome you to ask about the flexibility you need. This might be part-time, remote working, or compressed hours for example. Anyone who applies for a role can ask about flexibility at interview. In return, we will explore what is possible for the role. 

Security Vetting: HS2 requires SCS to undertake security vetting on all staff to the UK Government Baseline Personal Security Standard. All successful candidates will be subject to this vetting procedure as part of the on-boarding process.


What will I be doing?

We currently have a vacancy for a Materials Engineer on our HS2 Main Works Contract.

  • Ensuring that materials specified by the design are compliant and provide best value for the project.

  • Ensuring that materials are procured consistently, to the required specification, and necessary approvals for use are obtained, recorded and managed using the Costain MAR process.

  • Ensuring that sufficient imported materials are available to meet both the overall and section construction programmes.

  • Advising the Project Team about material performance, specification and best use.

  • Identifying and promoting recycling initiatives in conjunction with the construction team, their supply-chain & the Environmental Manager.

  • Managing the testing regime operated by the Project Team and the laboratory personnel.

  • Reporting on a monthly basis on all material matters

  • Assisting the Quality Team in verifying the construction of the works.

  • Liaison and discussions with suppliers and sub-contractors including visits to their off-site premises


About you

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

Degree or HNC in Civil Engineering, CSCS or NVQ level 4

Key Competencies, Experience of the following:

  • Detailed knowledge of Quarry Products, Concrete and Surfacing Products with experience of placing and testing of these products.

  • Knowledge of geotechnical engineering issues

  • Confident, effective written, oral, questioning and listening skills

  • Ability to communicate effectively with clients, designers, subcontractors etc at all levels

  • Ability to effectively manage meetings

  • Ability to manage subordinates and sub-contractors

  • Must be able to work in a team as well as act as team leader

  • Ability to build relationships with external parties

  • Commercial awareness and ability to contribute to project success

  • Knowledge of highways construction

  • Interpretation of drawings & specifications

  • Planning, programming, and project control

  • Computer literacy

  • Experience of NEC form of Contract

  • Understanding of internal reporting requirements for customers such as the Progress report and KPIs.


You’ll be a welcomed member of the wider team, with opportunities to take on additional responsibility, join one of our networks for women, military or LGBT+ staff, and participate in cultural and social events with the local community (e.g. as a STEM ambassador). SCS Railways is a Disability Confident employer. We welcome applications from candidates with a disability.

Your personal and professional development is important to us. We welcome a discussion about how we can support you with further study, or professional membership or attainment for example.

It is expected that you will work to be a part of the wider project team, living by the programmes expected values. 

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

HS2 – working with Skanska, Costain and STRABAG, closely monitors job applications, to ensure an inclusive recruitment process. To ensure we are able to maintain this, and to recruit a diverse workforce, we encourage candidates to complete the diversity form as part of their application so we are able to monitor and improve our approach to diversity.  Please note, all responses are anonymous, you do not have to provide a response.

All data will be held securely, (as stated within the Data Protection Act 1998) and will be reported to HS2. We will not share any of your data with other parties. This form is not mandatory, but your response would be appreciated

Deadline for application: Applications will be assessed on a first come first served basis. We recommend you apply early to avoid disappointment.

Unsuccessful applicants: Due to the volume of applications we receive, we are unable to contact unsuccessful applicants on an individual basis.


Final Statement

We listened to our employees so our Core Benefits are funded by us and include a Group Pension Scheme, Employee Assistance Programme, Life Assurance, Income Protection and funded membership to a Professional Institute. In addition to this we also offer a Private Healthcare Scheme, Private Dental Scheme, Childcare Vouchers, Cycle to Work, Volunteering Days and Save as You Earn Scheme.  

At Costain we aim to be an accessible, diverse and inclusive organisation to continue to meet our customers’ needs. We will be industry leading in our approach and people from all backgrounds will be proud to work for Costain. Our goal is to have a workforce that is representative of society.

We actively encourage applications from candidates who have a relationship with the armed forces community whether as a currently serving member or reservist, ex-military or wounded personnel or as a member of a service family.