Engineering Manager

Senior Planner

Design Manager

Design Manager


Site Engineer

Senior Estimator

Site/Senior Site Engineer

Senior Project Manager

Health & Safety Manager


Engineering Manager (CEM)

Rail / Civil engineering

Pontyclun. South Wales

A fantastic opportunity for an experienced Engineering Manager (CEM) to join our rail and civil engineering team in the Wales region supporting long term and secured Infrastructure projects and major frameworks, throughout Wales.


The Client:

A busy and fast paced business unit involved in a range of civil engineering works in a variety of sectors to include rail (bridges, embankments, stations, platforms, tunnels etc.), Environment Agency, Local Authority etc. The business unit are involved in multi-disciplinary civils projects across the Wales region, whether one off tendered projects or projects within our long term framework / contract agreements with key clients including both Asset Management and Infrastructure Projects.

Existing contracts include CP6 infrastructure projects, minor works and Environment Agency frameworks with works typically including bridge re-construction/replacement, upgrades and refurbishments, station work (platforms, access for all etc.), structures including bridges, tunnels, footbridges, flood repair and alleviation to name just a few examples.


The Role

As Engineering Manager (CEM) you will be working within the framework and project delivery teams, responsible for managing the design delivery process for both the internal design team and external designers, primarily dedicated to schemes within the local framework but also providing support to other projects in the Wales region.

You will be responsible for managing the engineering process throughout the project lifecycle, working closely with the Project Manager and CRE(s), reporting to the Contracts Manager for the associated project/ programme of works. You will typically be responsible for:


  • Review the remits
  • Develop and agree the relevant engineering processes and deliverables for the complexity and scale of projects to enabling the right solution to be provided.
  • This will be undertaken and agreed with the associated Network Rail DPE of the works, in accordance with Governance of Railway Infrastructure Projects (GRIP)
  • Prepare and manage design reviews
  • Arrange and attend meetings as required with the client, designers and colleagues to secure design and implementation.
  • Review project generated documentation including CPPs, WPPs, TBs, Specifications, and drawings.
  • Providing approval for construction methodologies
  • Brief out changes to standards to the project team(s) throughout the lifecycle of the project/ programme of works.


  • To excel in this position, you will have been accepted as a CEM (Contractors Engineering Manager) within a contracting organisation & have extensive railway project experience.
  • BSc / MEng / MSc in Civil Engineering
  • Chartered Member of a relevant and recognised professional industry body i.e. ICE
  • Experience as CEM / Contractors Engineering Manager in a multi-disciplinary rail contracting environment.


The Package:


  • Competitive annual salary negotiable dependant on experience
  • Company Car or Car Allowance
  • 25 days holiday plus bank holidays (increasing with service)
  • Up to 3 volunteering days
  • Company contributory Pension scheme
  • Life Insurance
  • Westfield Health Cash Plan & Westfield Rewards
  • Generous Employee referral scheme
  • Support and employee infrastructure embedded in the business as a platform for personal and professional development creating pathways for unrivalled career development and progression opportunities internally.
  • Employee forum’s that provide a platform for having your voice heard


If you’re interested and would like further opportunities, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Kind regards,

Our client is a well established (major) building contractor that operates from a base in the Cardiff area, covering the South Wales regions in its entirety. They carry out a range of building and refurbishment projects typically up to £200 million in value.

Due to expansion of the regional office and the award of a very prestigious and high profile building project in Cardiff,  they have approached us with the requirement to recruit an experienced Construction Planner to join their team.

Involed primarily in the delivery of lthe scheme, you will work closely with a very experienced project team. The projects starts in Q2 and you wwill be heavily involved from the very start. The project is in excess of £200 million in value.

Your role will involve carrying out a full planning function from pre tender stage through to handover. This will include Producing linked tender and construction programmes from quantities, method statements, identifying Key Performance Indicators, site logistics, compiling and contributing to submission documents.

Candidates will have a strong main contracting background as a Planner, and reside within commutable distance of the Cardiff area.

On offer is an opportunity to join a rapidly expanding contractor that can offer genuine long term prospects for the right individual, working on a range of major projects with key public and private sector clients.

Design Manager

South Wales

£60,000 – £65,000 + package


Sphere Solutions are currently recruting for a Design Manager to work for a large, reputable civil engineering contractor on a permanent contract. It’s working for our clients Wales & Energy Division.

Our client currently operate in a variety of sectors including waste, public realm, infrastructure, water, coastal defence and airports. They have won £60m worth of work and seem to have an incredibly busy 2024.


The Candidate:

  • You must have experience managing and working with design consultants and ideally have spent time working for a consultant.
  • You will be a chartered engineer or near chartered and a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers.
  • The role requires design management for both regional civils and national energy projects.
  • Clean UK Driving license
  • Experience of working for large civil engineering contractors previously


Our client actively promotes inclusiveness across the workplace, creating an environment where each individual has the equal opportunity to achieve his or her full potential and where employees feel respected. A diverse and skilled workforce is essential to their success.

If you are interested and would like further details, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Design Manager


£60K – £75K + Package


We are working with a leading specialist contracting group who work across clean and wastewater infrastructure delivering projects ranging from £500k – £30.M.

They currently operate multiple regional frameworks within this sector and have a confirmed workload until well into 2025.

Having secured several major projects within the region, they now seek a Design Manager to within the preconstruction team, responsible for coordinating the design process on a project, from tender to Client / end-user handover, ensuring that the designs produced are efficiently buildable, sustainable, delivered on time, within budget.

Ideally, you will have a proven background in design coordination/management within a civil engineering environment. However, the client is open to speaking with Senior Engineer, Site Agent & Project Manager, who can detail a strong background in design management.

Additionally, they would be happy to consider candidates ascending from a design consultancy background.

The Design Manager will be accountable for the following within each project:

  • Ensuring completeness of scope in the Design Brief and allocation of the remit to the designer(s)
  • Accountable for the day-to-day management and co-ordination of technical and engineering activities.
  • Ensure suitable design is delivered within safety, sustainability, time, cost, and quality requirements.
  • Communication of the design programme to the project team and Client as required.
  • Management of design change in line with the Site Change Control process and mitigation of any design delays where applicable.
  • Engagement in the periodic assessment of our designer’s performance.


Qualifications & Training

  • Membership of the Institution of Civil Engineers or equivalent relevant body desirable
  • Knowledge and experience using various BIM packages, ProjectWise, Connect Bentley, AutoCAD, Autodesk Revit, Navisworks, etc.)
  • In return, the client can offer a progressive career, continuity of regional work on exciting and challenging civil engineering project.

If you’re interested and want further details, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Many thanks

Tekla Draughtsperson


£45k – £50k DOE


Tekla Detailer / Draughtsperson required for an established manufacturing company based in Cardiff. The candidate will be working in a small drawing office working on a range of projects including steel bridges, stairs, lift shafts, walkways, slipways, flood defence gates, piling platforms and many more different fabrications. The candidate will ideally have experience of Network Rail standards (but not essential) and be proficient in Tekla solutions having worked in a similar role within a drawing office for a minimum 5 years. The ideal candidate will also have a basic knowledge of AutoCAD. This is an exciting opportunity to join a growing innovative company which will give the successful candidate the chance to progress their career within the Engineering industry. This is a full time position based at Centregreat Engineering fabrication facility in Cardiff.


Technician Overview

  • Interpret Engineer’s drawings.
  • Work on a variety of projects primarily within the rail sector.
  • Raise & interpret TQ’s.
  • Produce GA’s, assembly and part drawings.
  • Produce bolt lists.


Technician Position Requirements:

  • At least 5 years’ experience within a drawing office.
  • Basic AutoCAD experience.
  • 3D Modelling experience preferably using Tekla Structures software.
  • Good understanding of steel grades.
  • Strong communication & organisational skills.


Technician Position Remuneration

  • Salary £45K-£50K DOE
  • Pension
  • 25 Days holiday


If you are interested and would like further details, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Site Engineer


Permanent salary + Package

Sphere Solutions are currently recruting for a site engineer to work for a large, regional civil engineering contractor on a permanent basis.

Job Purpose:

Apply and develop knowledge and skills on projects. Make decisions as an engineer with direct support from your site agent, whilst being able to work autonomously. Level of autonomy will be dependent upon the size and complexity of the project.


  • Understand project requirements (drawings, specifications, etc) and provide setting out information to the workforce/sub-contractors in a suitable clear, concise and timely manner.
  • Check accuracy of construction operations to ensure compliance with provided information, seek and provide clarification/guidance where required.
  • Ensure quality control requirements are met and recorded through compliance and management of the Inspection and Test Plan and accurate recording of As-Built information.
  • Prepare reports, method statements, risk assessments and approval documents.
  • Organise, supervise and manage site activities in line with RAMS, ensuring a high standard of health, safety and environmental compliance.
  • Provide input to proposals, work schedules, value engineering and general improvements.
  • Assist the site team with running and managing site to deliver the project to a high standard.
  • Ensure adherence to legal requirements and company procedures.
  • Proactively seek to improve safety standards and promote a positive safety culture.
  • Be sufficiently aware of contractual requirements – clarify where necessary including maintaining accurate records to assist in commercial recovery where appropriate.
  • Identify problems and seek the most efficient construction solutions.
  • Ensure labour (as required), plant, and material requirements are procured, reconciled and managed through implementation of Evision.
  • Proactively engage with project communities to promote construction as a positive career choice, create favourable relationships with stakeholders, and enhance Knights Brown’s reputation, gaining support from the wider team as needed.

The Candidate:

  • Experience within a civil engineering environment (3-5 years)
  • NEX Experience
  • Ideally degree qualified (preferred)
  • Represent and promote the company in a professional manner
  • Understand our business strategy and your personal contribution to achieving our six point plans
  • Be clear on your responsibilities and strive to deliver what is expected, taking time to think, plan, and reflect on progress.
  • Actively contribute to improving our business through our Right Works programme.
  • Help others to succeed and acknowledge the success of others.
  • Understand your personal responsibilities to maintaining our HSQE standards.
  • Understand our company policies and procedures and recommend improvements.
  • Allow our guiding principles to guide you in your work.
  • Challenge behaviours that do not create an inclusive environment

If you are interested and would like further details, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.


Senior Estimator

South Wales

Permanent Salary + Full benefits package


Sphere Solutions are currently recruting for a senior estimator, to work for a regional civil engineering contractor on a permanent contract.


Job Purpose:


Provide the business with the best net cost and margin to win the work in line with business strategy. Assist those less experienced within the function to achieve success. The senior role will work across all sectors of work. This role may take the estimating lead depending upon the size of the division and in such  instance will take responsibility for line managing the estimating team and contributing to  the development of the six point plan.




  • Fully understand tender documentation across whole suite of projects within the sectors we operate in and provide initial accurate assessment for all elements.
  • Engage with contracts managers and other experts within the business, ensuring there is a clear plan and programme of delivery.
  • Understand the build requirements and techniques, assess subcontract requirements, assemble enquiry documentation and issue.
  • Understand construction programming and planning.
  • Develop mitigation strategies as appropriate.
  • From first principles, produce accurate costs, access value engineering and risk issues and provide a comprehensive tender submission, anticipating changes in the marketplace.
  • Work closely with others across the business to gain an understanding of the project and use the advice gained from previous experience.
  • Understand design and understand the impact of individual / combined disciplines on the tender.
  • Be able as appropriate to work on more than one project at a time.
  • Present tender submission for approval ensuring a true and accurate picture of the tender is communicated.
  • Finalise project at tender adjudication.
  • Answer queries and undertake any negotiations.
  • Handover successful bids with contracts team providing clarity on the bid itself and programme of works.
  • As applicable support the development of the estimating team.


Manager Accountabilities:


  • Represent and promote the company in a professional manner.
  • Understand our business strategy and six point plans. Share with your team how they can contribute to achieving them.
  • Encourage colleagues to deliver and recognise success.
  • Challenge how things are done to make us more productive.
  • Encourage your team to suggest improvements to how we work in line with our Right Works ethos.
  • Understand our HSQE standards and ensure your team knows their responsibilities.
  • Understand personal responsibilities to comply with our company policies and procedures and recommend improvements.
  • Continually enhance the reputation of your team.
  • Help your team understand their roles in protecting and enhancing our reputation.
  • Recognise behaviours in your team that reflect our guiding principles.
  • Create opportunities for you and your team to learn.
  • Challenge behaviours that do not create an inclusive environment


If you are interested and would like further details, please don’t hesitate to contact me

Sphere Solutions are currently looking for an experienced Site Engineer to work with a large, Tier 1 building Contractor in Cardiff on a permanent basis.   The role will involve covering projects predominantly across the Gwent area (projects are mainly schools and commercial buildings).

The role would typically include the following responsibilities:

  • Controlling positions and levels on multiple construction sites
  • Quantifying and procurement of materials
  • Controlling labour on site
  • Ensuring high standards of health, safety and quality are achieved by producing Construction
  • Phase Plans and RAMS
  • Programming work activities to ensure deadlines are achieved
  • Assisting Project Manager/Site Agent with their duties
  • Mentoring apprentice engineers

This role would suit an experienced Site Engineer from either a construction or civil engineering background who is able to commute to the Gwent area on a regular basis, and is open to a permanent role with a very reputable main contractor.

Please get in touch for further details.


Senior Project Manager

Our client is a large and very well-established Tier 1 Building Contractor with a regional base in Cardiff and Bristol. They are a household name, well renowned for successfully carrying out a diverse range of projects up to £100 million typically.

Due to the award of a very large, high profile and prestigious project in Cardiff they are looking for a Senior PM to oversee and deliver a significant part of the scheme, which by itself is in excess of £100 million.

Reporting to the Project Director, you will have responsibility for a team of Project Managers, an M&E Manager and a Design Manager. You will ensure that the project runs smoothly and efficiently and this will involve ongoing liaison with the client as well as the rest of the project team including the commercial lead.

Candidates will come from a larger main contractor background, adept at delivering larger building projects, ideally above £50 million. Ideally, you will reside within commutable distance of the Cardiff area, although if you live further away the company would entertain covering lodging during the week.

This is a unique opportunity to join a market-leading business that can offer excellent long-term opportunities working on a highly prestigious project.

Please get in touch today for further details.

Health & Safety Manager


£55K – £60K + Package

Sphere Solutions are currently recruiting for a Health & Safety Manager to work for a large, regional civil engineering contractor on a permanent basis.

Our client currently operates in a variety of sectors including waste, public realm, infrastructure, water, coastal defence and airports. They have won £60m worth of work and seem to have an incredibly busy 2024.

They have just finished a £6m regeneration project on Churchill Way in Cardiff and currently working on a £30m coastal defence project which will provide flood protection along the 2.9km of the Cardiff coast using a variety of interventions including rock armour, 19m sheet piles and embankment reinforcement works.

Job Purpose:

To support the implementation of our business strategy and provide advice and guidance on HSQE matters to our people. To monitor the implementation of our policies and processes, investigate incidents and promote a culture of continuous improvement.

Role Responsibilities:

  • Keep up to date with the latest HSQE requirements including legislation and best practice.
  • Provide support to the directors and management teams in all aspects of HSQE setting the highest standards by personal example.
  • Ensure site management is aware of and provided with up-to-date HSQE documentation.
  • Advise and propose policy and procedure amendments as required to meet the changing needs of the company and continual improvement.
  • Represent the company to clients and other external parties including the relevant enforcement agencies.
  • Assist in the facilitation of external audits for certification organizations and other bodies.
  • Assist with HSQE requirements at the pre-qualification and bid stages.
  • Assist in the preparation of risk assessments and method statements with project teams as needed.
  • Conduct six weekly reviews and HSQE audits and inspections on sites and for premises in accordance with the audit programme. Feedback findings to improve the management system.
  • Investigate accidents and incidents, preparing detailed reports with recommendations as directed by the HSQE operational lead.
  • Liaise with insurers in respect of claims and investigations for incidents including motor-related incidents.
  • Assist with the preparation of various HSQE awareness briefings, toolbox talks, alerts etc. in line with operational requirements.
  • Attend meetings both internal and external to represent the HSQE team, as appropriate.
  • Actively promote and support the Right Works programme partaking in joint reviews with divisional directors for the annual awards.

They are looking for candidates with the following skills and experience:

  • Individuals must have at least 5-10 years civil experience
  • NEEBOSH general or construction certificate
  • IOSH
  • Ideally resides locally to the area
  • Full UK Driving License
  • Demonstrate a track record of overseeing major projects up to £20-£30m
  • Computer literate and able to demonstrate a good working knowledge of MS Office
  • Undertake onsite inspection and monitoring of health, safety, and welfare.
  • Understand our business strategy and your personal contribution to achieving our business
  • priorities.
  • Be clear on your responsibilities and strive to deliver what is expected, taking time to think, plan, and reflect on progress.
  • Actively contribute to improving our business through our Right Works programme.
  • Understand your personal responsibilities to maintain our HSQE standards.
  • Understand our company policies and procedures and recommend improvements.
  • Understand how your actions impact positively and negatively on our reputation.
  • Allow our guiding principles to guide you in your work.

If you are looking and would like further details, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Kind Regards,