Construction, Civil & Structural Engineering

Probe Technical Recruitment operates a specialist sector that operates solely within consulting engineering for the built and natural environment.  Our consultants have more than 20 years’ experience recruiting on behalf of the UK’s most celebrated and well respected firms of Consulting Engineers, ranging from small specialist companies through to large multi-disciplined groups.

We pride ourselves on attracting both top performers and career opportunities exclusively for this sector and our focus is senior and 'difficult to fill' design and management positions operating within the following sectors but not limited to:

  • Rail / Rail Bridges
  • Roads / Roads Bridges / Highways
  • Transport Planning
  • Buildings
  • Water
  • Power
  • Environmental
  • Geotechnical

If you would like a confidential discussion surrounding strategic hiring for your organisation or your own career path we would be delighted to hear from you to determine how our services can assist you in finding the right solution so please call us on  0121 321 4311


Focussing on Piling and House Foundation contracts management, the Contracts Engineer will ensure projects are completed in a safe and effective manner in accordance with company procedures, in line with design and specification, through effective management deliver projects on time and to budget.

In this role, the Contracts Engineer will cover the whole of the Yorkshire region. This role is largely based on site with some office work. Client is pretty flexible on remote working and most Engineers are free to manage their schedules as needed. 

Contracts Engineer Salary and Benefits

  • £25,000 - £40,000 (dependant on experience, Graduates with Piling / House Foundations will be considered)
  • 33 days holiday, plus Christmas shutdown
  • Company car / car allowance
  • 6% employer pension
  • Life assurance

Commutable From: Leeds, Huddersfield, Bradford, Halifax, York, Scunthorpe, Barnsley, Doncaster

Contracts Engineer Key Responsibilities (but not limited to)

The Contracts Engineer will assist in the management of contracts across multi-disciplines with the main duties / responsibilities being as follows:  

  • Co-ordination of projects including tracking progress as work proceeds.
  • Attendance of pre-contract and site meetings with client, client’s representatives and key sub-contractors.
  • Ensure projects are planned and executed in accordance with company health and safety / Q.A procedures and statutory requirements. 
  • Assist in the management of the day-to-day performance of Contract Supervisors, Foremen, Site Operatives and Sub Contractors. 
  • Preparation and approval of all paperwork required for each project, before, during and after contract completion.
  • Ensure all plant, materials and labour are ordered to meet with project program.
  • Site operatives are briefed on the contents of the site file and issued a copy prior to start of work. Where applicable witness the start of the work to ensure they are in line with expectations.
  • Regular inspections of site to ensure works conform to the correct design and specification and are being carried out efficiently.
  • Provide technical advice and guidance to site teams, clients and Engineers to ensure compliance with performance specification 
  • Any variations to proposed works are managed in a timely manner, including obtaining designers/clients approval.
  • Site records, test results and plant inspections are checked to ensure all works are being carried out satisfactorily.
  • Toolbox talks and health and safety briefings are presented as works progress ensuring any training needs are met. 
  • On completion, check all works meet required standards and client satisfactions prior to handing over completed works.

Probe Technical Recruitment, providing Technical Engineering Recruitment Support since 1994



This is a permanent work from home role, although you will need to travel to meet clients on-site.

The Quantity Surveyor You will be required to work on projects throughout the UK; across all sectors of the Construction industry. You will be expected to work autonomously, with a great deal of responsibility being handed over from the Commercial Director. This role needs to have a strong interface with the Estimating and Finance functions of the business.

Salary, Hours and Benefits

  • £35,000 - £40,000
  • Car allowance
  • Minimum 40 hrs per week as dictated to meet the needs of the business
  • Homeworking
  • Private Medical Insurance
  • Life Insurance

Desired Skills, Experience and Qualifications (but not limited to)

  • Proven record of success as an accomplished Quantity Surveyor within the Civil Engineering or Construction sector. Experience of working within a specialist sub-contracting organisation and/or the piling or geotechnical engineering sector would be desirable but not mandatory
  • Whilst specific formal commercial qualifications are not essential, they are highly desirable, ideally with a degree in Quantity Surveying, with in depth understanding of construction processes – ideally combined with knowledge of geotechnical activities
  • The pressure and fixed nature of deadlines for various commercial activities means some late nights may be needed. Overnight stays are rare, but you will need to travel to meet clients on site
  • Working knowledge of basic plant, equipment and materials. Experience of working for both parties of a contract, i.e. Main Contractor and Sub Contractor
  • The Quantity Surveyor will have good working knowledge of various forms of Conditions of Contract, particularly the NEC and JCT suites
  • Strong commercial awareness with excellent numeracy skills. Strong negotiator with the ability to articulate themselves extremely well in both written and verbal communications
  • Excellent IT skills and knowledge of relevant software, strong organisational skills, experience with project costing software and the ability to work flexibly and make decisions quickly

Quantity Surveyor Key Responsibilities (but not limited to)

  • Reviewing and agreeing Sub-Contract conditions with a wide variety of clients seeking to use various forms of contract, although mainly NEC and JCT
  • Monitoring and reporting of costs and revenue to determine the financial outcome and profitability of individual contracts
  • Carrying out and monitoring the applications for payments, following up and resolving late or disputed monies due
  • Ongoing and post contract administration. Carrying out checks on the creditworthiness of clients and where necessary, securing additional credit insurance and/or agreeing a suitable payment process
  • Liaising with both the Estimating and Contracts teams to ensure that the company’s objectives are met and where necessary, report risk to the Commercial Director
  • Monitor projects performance and visit sites on a regular basis and where necessary report risk to the Commercial Director
  • Assist with ensuring that all stakeholders understand and adhere to contractual obligations, ensuring that the financial aspects, risk and potential impact of a contract are clear to all parties and the training of other Quantity Surveyors as necessary

Probe Technical Recruitment, providing Technical Engineering Recruitment Support since 1994


As Contracts Manager you will report to the Operations Manager regarding all respective projects and team performance. You will be required to ensure all relevant paperwork is completed for all projects. You will then work with the HSEQ Manager and other Piling Contracts Managers to ensure the successful delivery of projects and complete satisfaction of clients. 

You will manage the site teams and ensure project work deadlines are met. Ensure that work performance and issues are reviewed, with a vow of constantly striving to improve your team’s efficiency.

This position would suit both a well experienced candidate, and even a Graduate with relevant work experience. 

Salary, Hours and Benefits

  • £35,000 - £48,000, dependant on level and experience
  • 40 hours per week, 8:30am – 5:00pm (due to the nature of the role, extra hours will likely be required)
  • Homeworking
  • Company Car or Car Allowance
  • Private Medical Insurance
  • Life Insurance

Desired Skills, Experience and Qualifications

  • Demonstrable Contracts Manager experience
  • Construction Degree/Qualification (Preferable)
  • Sound construction knowledge and experience to include steel piling
  • Knowledge and understanding of various standard construction contracts
  • Passport to Safety
  • Appointed person for lifting operations

Key Responsibilities (but not limited to)

  • Conduct project file briefing prior to commencement of work to Works supervisor and conduct Prestart meetings. Upon completion of handover from the applicable estimator, undertake all necessary actions/arrangements for the delivery of the project.
  • The Contracts Manager will liaise with Clients as required and at close of project obtain Client’s feedback – from this, implement any action needed. When needed visit site and complete Site Visit Form along with relevant photos.
  • Issue HSEQ Manager with instructions to create a Site Folder for each project. These instructions have to include the following: Equipment to be used, Staffing levels and rolls, Location of project, Project plans, Site Visit Form and Commercial file. Ensure lift plans are completed and added to Site File along with supporting documentation.
  • Work with the Operations Manager to ensure the development of policies and procedures that clearly reflect and support the undertaking of the Contracts department and work closely and efficiently with other Contracts Managers ensuring smooth project delivery. Ensure the Works Supervisor is aware of the requirements regarding project paperwork and the client’s needs
  • Ensure that the Works Team have all been fully briefed on the project file and expectations by the Works Supervisor. Working with the Works Supervisor ensure all staff have and use the appropriate PPE.
  • Ensure all staff are aware of their responsibilities under the Health and Safety at Work Act and ensure all activities are undertaken correctly and safely. Conduct site inspections, audits and Toolbox Talks.
  • Contracts Manager will liaise with Yard Manager and Transport Manager for the successful delivery to site of necessary machinery and equipment. Provide regular reports and feedback to Operations Manager regarding project progress, delivery requirements, project issues and conduct of your team


Reporting to the Piling Manager, the Piling Supervisor will manage contracts efficiently, profitably, and safely ensuring compliance with all statutory obligations.

Piling Supervisor Key Interfaces in this role: Piling Operatives & Foreman and Pile Testing

Hours and Benefits

  • £35,000 - £37,500
  • 41.5 hours per week
  • 33 days holiday, plus Christmas shutdown
  • Company car / car allowance
  • 6% employer pension
  • Life assurance

Commutable From: Bristol, Bath, Chippenham, Trowbridge, Frome, Swindon, 

Piling Supervisor Key Responsibilities (but not limited to)

  • Produce, monitor and maintain all piling files and enquiries, including archiving (hard copies and electronic) to comply with Company’s QA system
  • Obtain briefing from Piling Manager and carryout site visits to assess and manage works for the Piling operation
  • Advise the Piling Manager of variations in requirements of site conditions which may affect the tendered works, for example start dates
  • Inform the Piling Manager of any specific requirements prior to the placement of order requests. Advise and agree on extras with the Client and Manager
  • On a weekly basis carry out compliance checks on ongoing works, toolbox talks and site safety inspections. Where possible visit site on day one of the project to assess early driving conditions
  • Liaise daily with Operators on rig performance, daily rig figures and material deliveries to enable accurate monitoring of work in progress for submission to the departmental Quantity Surveyor
  • On completion of works ensure works meet specification, agree all variations and customer satisfaction 

Piling Supervisor Candidate Specification

  • The Piling Supervisor will have previous experience of managing piling contracts
  • Flexibility with nationwide travel 
  • Experience of carrying out pre-start meetings with clients and completing all QA documentation
  • Assist in organising mobilisation of the Company’s plant and materials to site
  • You will have experience of maintaining working relationships with client’s representatives and dealing with administrative matters arising during the contract period
  • Procurement of site paperwork including preparation of foreman’s pack, CDM pack and site-specific RAM’s and advise the office of materials to be cleared, close out work in progress and base CVR figures
  • Collection and collating of site production figures, reporting to area office on a weekly basis

This is a well-established multi-disciplinary business, with a diverse project workload. They offer work that is varied and interesting and challenging in its own right.

Key to the role, is the successful management of projects, management of a small team and meeting the client expectations.

This is an immediate requirement for a proven Chartered Structural Engineer, so client will move quickly for the right person. Client will also consider candidates who will be looking to relocate.

Company Benefits

  • Salary £48,000 - £58,000, dependant on experience
  • Payment of Professional Subscriptions
  • 30 days holiday
  • Christmas shutdown 

Chartered Structural Engineer Candidate Essentials

  • Chartered Structural Engineer with membership of the IStructE
  • 5 plus years UK work experience.
  • Experienced with multi-disciplinary consultancy detailed design work on complex engineering projects in residential, commercial and industrial sectors both for new build and modification. Design skills in a wide range of materials which must include a good design knowledge of concrete, masonry and steel.
  • Experienced with following good quality assurance practices including a good understanding of all relevant health and safety implications of design work.
  • Ability to train and mentor junior engineering staff.
  • Ideally, you will have MIStructE with 4 years post Chartership experience.

Company Software

The business currently utilises Microsoft office, AutoCAD, Revit, Tekla TEDDS, SCIA, IDEA Statica & 3D Max.

Chartered Structural Engineer Key Responsibilities

  • The ideal candidate will be experienced with providing management and support to junior engineers and or CAD support. 
  • You will be experienced in the cost-effective and efficient management of multiple projects and be successful in delegation. 
  • Responsible for the production of clear, concise and accurate professional reports, documentation and correspondence for both construction professionals and domestic clients.

Commutable From: Milton Keynes, Northampton, Bedford, Luton, Aylesbury, Banbury

Probe Technical Recruitment, providing Design, R&D & Projects Engineering Recruitment Support since 1994


Recruitment Consultant – Sutton Coldfield

Are you an experienced Recruiter or Salesperson, who perhaps loves what you do, but not where you do it?  Does specialist and niche interest you more than big and generalist?  Would you be inspired by, working with highly knowledgeable colleagues who could make you better at your job? If this has piqued your interest, please read on, as our two current vacancies may be of interest.

A common question I receive is, do I need experience?  There’s no doubt that it can be an advantage, particularly at first, but it’s your attitude to sales, and how you would build a successful long-term business, coupled with an openness to develop which is more important than experience.  If you possess these attributes, then you would do well here, just as others have, in some cases for 20 years.

With Probe, it’s not so much what you do, but how you do it that’s important.  Our Consultants are relationship builders rather than archetypal Salespeople.  They work with clients to help resolve a problem, rather than see a client as an opportunity to make a quick buck.  They understand that if they do the right things by their clients, those relationships should look after them in the future.

But this is of course a sales role, and there would be targets, but you would be supported to achieve those targets, and you would enjoy all of the normal trappings of working within an established recruitment consultancy of nearly 30 years, such as an outstanding commission scheme, a structured career pathway, incentives, and working with an amazing team.

If you have some recruitment or sales experience, ideally within a technical field, and would like to find out whether we could be a good fit for you, then please contact Andy Davies directly – / 0121 321 4311.


This is a well-established multi-disciplinary business, with a diverse project workload. They offer work that is varied and interesting, which would suit a proven Senior Structural Engineer with 8+ years’ experience.

The Senior Structural Engineer will be Chartered MIStructE Degree Level 1st or 2:1. You will have Structural Appraisal experience and varied design experience in a multi-disciplinary engineering consultancy

This is an immediate requirement, so client will move quickly for the right person.

Company Benefits on offer to this Structural Engineers Role:

  • Salary £38,000 - £48,000, dependant on experience
  • Payment of Professional Subscriptions
  • 30 days holiday
  • Christmas shutdown

Senior Structural Engineer Candidate Essentials

  • Experienced with structural appraisal of both commercial structures and domestic housing stock. Knowledge of regional geological conditions beneficial.
  • Design skills in a wide range of materials which must include a good design knowledge of concrete, masonry and steel.
  • Experience with Tekla Tedds.

Senior Structural Engineer Key Responsibilities

  • The ideal candidate will be able to provide pivotal support to the current structures team within a thriving civil and structural engineering practice. 
  • You will be experienced in the cost-effective and timely production of residential property surveys with additional expertise in wider structural surveying and be expert in the compilation and production of supporting reports/documentation.
  • An ability to write clear, concise, and accurate reports is essential.

This Senior Structural Engineer's role is commutable from: Derby, Nottingham, Leicester, Loughborough, Tamworth, Burton Upon Trent, Mansfield

Probe Technical Recruitment, providing Technical Engineering Recruitment Support since 1994


This is a great opportunity for an experienced Piling Design & Estimating Engineer with a leading UK business. The business has multiple sites, a 76 million turnover with aspirations of pushing on further. This is a permanent full-time work from home role, with a couple of visits to the South East office per month, so the incumbent can be based any where within reason.

Piling Design Engieer Benefits:

  • Full time homeworking
  • £50,000 salary plus car allowance or company vehicle
  • 33 days holiday
  • Share scheme
  • Discretionary bonus
  • 6% employer pension
  • Life cover

This senior Piling Design role is pivotal in the development of the South East Regional Office within the piling discipline. Substantial experience will be gained in CFA, CHD, Tubular Steel and Precast driven piles for a market leading specialist renowned for innovation and development.

  • Reporting to the Area Manager, you will cover all aspects of the regional piling work winning activities with a certain level of autonomy (depending on experience), in respect of pile design and technical sales including CFA, CHD, Tubular Steel and Precast Driven. Some overlap may occur with the Mini piling team in respect of technical support and sales, and liaison with other regions will be required in terms of sales intelligence, pricing levels and R and D.
  • This role offers much diversity in terms of work activities from design, through estimating, technical sales and then follow up, in a demanding yet extremely challenging environment working for a highly regarded specialist.
  • Piling Design will include bearing piles, tension piles laterally loaded piles and retaining walls. Design includes both tender and contract design and site redesign as required.
  • The individual will manage all incoming piling enquiries, including assessment of opportunities and allocation of tenders/designs and includes estimating, tendering and client interaction / negotiation to the point where orders are secured, and provide ongoing support throughout the life of a project if required.
  • There will be some work providing support dealing with site issues as and when these arise. This includes contract redesigns, rectification of design issues and liaising with external approving authorities and Engineers if required.
  • Reporting to the Area Manager the role should provide effective control of the Technical and Estimating element of the discipline ensuring compliance with the company management system and business strategy.

Piling Design Engieer Person Specification:

  • You will preferably be a Chartered Civil Engineer
  • Client is looking for proven Piling Design experience, CFA and retaining walls
  • You will be a solid, well experienced Piling Design Engineer. If required, the estimating side can be taught
  • Flexibility, attending the South East office a couple of times per month

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Negotiable Salary (DOE), Homeworking, Car Allowance, Company Pension, Private Medical Insurance & Life Insurance

Role Overview

  • Client is looking to recruit an experienced Piling Design Engineer, to work within their estimating team, who is looking to progress their career, working within a homeworking role. As a business, they are committed to the professional development of their employees and this is a fantastic opportunity to join a successful and expanding business.
  • The teams principal objective is to identify new business opportunities by preparing design solutions, estimates and tender proposals for the delivery of a variety of piling disciplines that meets the customer’s needs and in accordance with the Company’s Sales and Commercial Strategy.
  • The role is design and estimating. You will need to be proficient in working with relevant design software and have an understanding of the estimating process. You will be expected to work from a bill of quantities or a set of drawings and any other form of enquiry documents a client will issue and provide piling designs and price estimates for everything from a one-off scheme to ongoing projects which will be completed over several months.
  • You will be required to follow a project through with any design requirements as the project develops or progresses.
  • You will be expected to have combined site experience with quantity surveying skills, commercial acumen and a mind capable of financial analysis.
  • This is a customer focused role that requires you to have the ability to engage with clients to determine their needs and articulate those requirements in order to provide a solution-based proposal.

Design and Estimating Skills Required

  • Interpret architectural engineering plans, blueprints and specification drawings to determine the scope of works
  • Check the tender requirements against the Company’s governance procedure and accordance with the Company’s Sales and Commercial Strategy to determine the most appropriate engineering design solution for the installation of sheet steel, driven or bored piles, etc
  • Prepare designs for fully embedded retaining walls, cantilever and propped solutions, bearing piles either bored driven or VCC using information supplied by the client or suitable generic engineering values for the soil strata present on site 
  • In conjunction with the Contracts Manager, conduct site inspections for tender understanding, analysis of conditions, assessment of risk and identification of activities that may or may not be shown in the tender documents
  • Review contract conditions and incorporate the Company’s requirements within a written tender submission document
  • Liaise with client on an ongoing basis to determine progress of tender
  • Comply with stated Company policies and procedures relating to health and safety legislation

Essential Qualifications and Work Experience

  • BA Engineering / Civil Engineering – or equivalent in relevant experience
  • At least 5 years’ experience in heavy civil engineering

Working Hours

  • Minimum 40 hrs per week as dictated to meet the needs of the business.
  • The pressure and fixed nature of deadlines means some late nights may be needed. Overnight stays are rare, but you will need to travel to meet clients on site.

Probe Technical Recruitment, R&D Recruitment Specialists since 1994