Jacobs Technical Director – Ports and Maritime in Cardiff, United Kingdom

Technical Director – Ports and Maritime


Jacobs is one of the world’s largest and most diverse providers of full-spectrum technical, professional and consultancy services for industrial, commercial and government organisations globally.

With more than 74,000 people globally, our teams collaborate, innovate and create. Our people are proud to have been behind some of the greatest consultancy and engineering feats over the past 70 years.

We foster a collaborative and inclusive environment for our people, and our partners, and we want you to be a part of our growing business.

We currently have an opportunity for a full time Technical Director within our Ports and Maritime team based in Cardiff. The successful candidate will become part of a respected and ambitious company with excellent career prospects and international opportunities.

Jacobs Ports and Maritime provides specialist technical services in coastal zone infrastructure development. Our team specialises in commercial ports, bulk terminals, naval bases, breakwaters and coastal defences, dredging and reclamation, marine off-loading facilities and sea water intakes and outfalls. We support a wide range of major UK and international clients across the maritime, defence, energy and transport sectors.

We are currently in the midst of an exciting investment period for Jacobs Ports and Maritime during which we aim to achieve considerable and sustained profitable growth. This will provide great opportunities for you to work across a broad portfolio of projects and will offer a platform to gain significant experience.

The team includes a wealth of experience and expertise in all aspects of maritime infrastructure projects. Sharing of knowledge and learning of new skills is actively encouraged.

Our current projects involve the design and assessment of maritime facilities at naval bases, commercial ports and harbours as well as those associated with the construction and maintenance of power stations located on coastal sites (nuclear and conventional).

As a Technical Director you will lead multi-disciplinary, multi-office project teams to execute and deliver safe technical solutions to agreed standards, on-time, and within budget. You will have established your reputation for the highest standards of service and technical delivery across a broad range of major projects.

As a senior member of our Ports and Maritime team you will be comfortable taking the lead on projects and will provide appropriate technical guidance to develop your team. You will coordinate resources and plan tasks and will contribute to our business goals.

The primary job responsibilities are:

  • Technical leadership and quality and excellence of project delivery within a multi-disciplinary environment

  • Inter-discipline and inter-office project planning, delivery and financial performance;

  • Technical leadership and quality management of project deliverables;

  • Business development activities including business relationships with Clients, identifying work opportunities and managing delivery of proposals;

  • Technical and professional leadership, support and development of the team;

  • Adherence and contribution to business and quality management systems;

  • Design safety leadership, and developing and maintaining good safety culture; and

  • Recruitment and team development.



  • Chartered member of the ICE, IStructE, or equivalent, with considerable post-chartered experience in the design and delivery of civil engineering projects;

  • Breadth and depth of experience in civil engineering design and construction with a good understanding of structural theory and strong analytical skills, with proven problem solving ability

  • Good all-round technical design expertise using British and international standards, and/or Eurocodes

  • Proven ability in developing good working relationships with clients, and preparation of bids and proposals;

  • Excellent verbal and written communication and report writing skills;

  • Proven ability to manage projects and preparation of project deliverables, including managing quality, budget, programme and resources;

  • Proven leadership ability as well as the ability to work as part of a team, liaising directly with clients and other design team members

  • Commitment to continuous professional development; and

  • Proven ability in applying health and safety legislation and good practice.


  • Experience of assessment, inspection, design and construction of maritime structures;

  • Experience of assessing soil-structure-interaction; and

  • Experience of foundation design.

Our Culture

At Jacobs we have recently celebrated 10 years of our culture of caring - ‘BeyondZero’. We see safety differently - we strive to go BeyondZero by putting the health, safety and well-being of our employees first in everything we do.

We are committed to equality across our business and we promote STEM and WISE (Women in Science & Engineering) initiatives. When you join Jacobs you will have access to a wide range of Global Networks, centred on inclusion and diversity. To find out more about our networks, check out our website:


We encourage applications from candidates looking for flexible working or reduced hours’ contracts.

Successful candidates will be asked to complete a Baseline Personnel Security Standard Pre-Employment check and will be required to undergo various checks including: Identity, Right to Work; Employment/Education History and Criminal Record. If you are unable to meet this and any associated criteria, then your employment may be delayed or rejected.

JACOBS is an Equal Opportunity Employer who is committed to the safety and wellbeing of all.


Primary Location United Kingdom-United Kingdom Countrywide-Cardiff

Req ID: ATE00005Y