We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced, enthusiastic and ambitious Engineer to join Sanderson Associates at their offices near Huddersfield/Wakefield as a Principal Highway Detailed Design Engineer (Team Leader Position) who will head one of our teams which consist of two to four engineers and technicians working on the design and procurement of highway and infrastructure projects


  • Manage and review the preparation of designs, drawings and reports for a variety of highway and infrastructure proposals
  • Preparation of site appraisals for residential developments
  • Undertake feasibility and pre-planning assessments of engineering infrastructure
  • Liaison with clients, regulators and other stakeholders
  • Management and mentoring of engineers and technicians and reviewing technical outputs
  • Project management, team management and budgetary control
  • Business development through client liaison, networking and preparation of bids and proposals


  • Civil Engineering degree/HND educated in a relevant discipline
  • Chartered or working towards chartered status with a recognized professional institution (e.g. ICE or IHE or CIHT) is desirable
  • Excellent knowledge of infrastructure design at concept, feasibility and preliminary level
  • Good knowledge of relevant policy and design standards (e.g. DMRB, Sewers for Adoption)
  • Experience in the design and supervision of adopted drainage and highways
  • Experience of NEC3 contracts and complying with Designer Duties under CDM
  • Competent in the use of AutoCAD, PDS/3D Civils and WinDes Microdrainage
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills


The current permanent employment opportunity offers a competitive salary and excellent flexible benefits package for permanent staff which includes training opportunities, reimbursement of professional fees, contributory pension, personal health care plan and life insurance, interest-free travel loan scheme, additional leave purchase and buy-back scheme, staff loyalty bonus. You can learn more about our staff benefits here.


We aim to be the number one team and company of choice for our clients, who seek integrated and high-quality services.

As an employer, we are motivated to support and develop our staff and to provide an environment where people can flourish and reach their full potential. We are committed to taking equity, inclusion and diversity seriously and support and encourage staff from all backgrounds, genders, age, LGBQT+, race, faith and cultures. We offer a range of inclusive policies, including hybrid working arrangements and family-friendly flexibility and support.

To apply for this position, send your CV to recruitment@fairhurst.co.uk stating the position and the office for which you are applying