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Structural Engineer

Useful Simple
London (Greater) (GB)
£30,000-£40,000 per annum depending on experience including generous benefits
Closing date
3 Dec 2021

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Who We Are

The Useful Simple Trust (UST) is a family of professional design and consultancy practices. Our 60+ talented and committed engineers, architects, designers and strategists work side-by-side creating positive outcomes for our changing environment.

Our four practices Expedition Engineering, Useful Projects, Useful Studio and Thomas Matthews share space, ideas and experience, and regularly collaborate on a range of high-profile projects in the UK and internationally. Our breadth of experience gives us a depth of inter-disciplinary thinking rarely found in the industry.

As a Social Enterprise, B Corp™ and Employee Benefit Organisation we do things differently. Our people are highly motivated and committed and our structure means that our combined success is shared equitably. We share part of our profit and re-invest the remainder in research, social and environmental projects and initiatives. We believe that our work requires inquisitive minds and we invest significantly in our own learning and development in order that we can help our clients explore new ideas and approaches.

Expedition is an award-winning engineering consultancy and has a rapidly growing pipeline of work across a range of sectors including building structures, low-carbon engineering, bridges and innovation consulting in the infrastructure and construction sector and we are looking to expand our team.

We deliver purposeful projects that we believe have a sustainable impact on our clients and the wider human environment. We are focused on the sector’s biggest challenges around productivity, resource efficiency and the climate emergency.

What we are looking for

We are looking for multiple structural engineers, with experience between 0-5 years. We are looking for at least one graduate structural engineer and one structural engineer. 

You will be working towards professional membership and will have experience to design structural elements in accordance with codes of practice across a range of materials e.g. steel and concrete, masonry, timber. You will enjoy working with and building relationships with internal and external project teams. You will utilise your knowledge and skills to provide support to the wider Trust. You’ll enjoy taking on a range of your own tasks, some project related, some wider business oriented; all of which helps us to run a strong business. You will be committed to your development and be proactive in seeking expansion of your knowledges and experiences and we will support you on this journey.

The successful candidate will have a range of experience and/or potential (with training) to cover the below:

  • To contribute to the delivery of projects and their technical guidance
  • Able to develop and assist with calculations for a building control application
  • Ability to brief others on work packages and supervise them
  • Assist with preparing options and scheme designs to satisfy project criteria
  • Ability or interest in use of rhino and other 3D modelling software
  • Able to liaise with CAD team to facilitate the preparation of drawingsAbility or interest in embodied carbon calculations and wider whole life carbon assessments
  • Build good working relationships with peers in external companies
  • Demonstrate your ability to use basic project management tools (e.g. resourcing, monthly reporting)
  • Attend events for your own professional development (i.e. CPD) and to expand your own network
  • Assist with drafting fee proposals, scope of services and initial review of appointment documents
  • Contribute to practice wide initiatives


  •  Core attributes and knowledge are expected to include:

  • Working towards chartered membership of an appropriate professional body such as IstructE or ICE
  • A grounding in structural design appropriate to experience
  • Awareness and engagement in wider industry challenges facing the construction sector including embodied carbon and low-carbon design approaches
  • Basic knowledge of Rhino or other 3D software would be desirable
  • Enthusiastic person, who takes pride in her/his work
  • Structural background
  • Proactive person who enjoys working on challenging jobs
  • Flexible, organised and good communicator

Personal Attributes

  • Proactive approach
  • Team player, we encourage our people to work together
  • Good sense of humour
  • Passionate about building a better future

What we offer

  • Competitive salary
  • Supported route to chartership with enhanced L+D opportunities
  • Comprehensive pension scheme
  • Flexible working including 9-day fortnight scheme
  • Private medical insurance with access to WeCare 24/7 GP access
  • Life Assurance
  • Cycle to work scheme

This vacancy closes on 14th November 2021. Should your application be shortlisted for interview, you will be contacted within 10 days of the closing date. Due to the volume of applicants, only shortlisted candidates may be contacted.

This application may require applicants to respond to a few selection criteria to demonstrate suitable competencies and experience against the role. In addition, a form of assessment or presentation following the first interview may be requested. Any reasonable adjustments required will be met.

Useful Simple Trust is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, colour, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.

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