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Woolgar Hunter are a design led boutique Structural and Civil Engineering consultancy delivering projects across the UK. The Head Office of 50+ staff is based in Glasgow, with a busy growing design studio in Manchester.

Our Manchester team continues to expand and work on exciting design-led projects ranging from large zero carbon offices with green facades, redevelopment of regionally important historic buildings, innovative forms of construction and digital fabrication such as graphene enhanced concrete, sculptural buildings including ‘Mach 1’ formed with shipping containers by David Mach, through to 5.3m tall timber Christmas trees.

As part of the continued success of Woolgar Hunter we are looking to appoint a passionate, talented, and enthusiastic Project Director in our Manchester design studio located on King Street in the city centre.  

The successful candidate will have a broad range of engineering design experience and be confident in managing multiple projects, managing junior staff and dealing with a broad spectrum of clients. They will embrace a ‘can do’ attitude to project delivery. Ideal candidates will be technically passionate and comfortable engaging with critique reviews across all Woolgar Hunter projects and be a part of an enthusiastic and active team who are driven by quality design, material and carbon efficiency, and creating buildable and affordable designs across our portfolio of projects in all our offices.

In return, we provide a broad range of project types and scales within a friendly studio environment that is both creative, passionate, practical, and design focused in its approach. The role will report directly to Dr Neil Currie, Manchester office director, and work closely with a professional and experienced team of senior engineers, engineers and technicians both in Manchester and in Glasgow. There is a good deal of interaction between the two offices to provide mutual support. The successful candidate will be a lynchpin within the Manchester team.

The anticipated requirement is a follows; 

  • Chartered Engineer
  • Demonstrate strong technical abilities 
  • Demonstrate strong management capabilities
  • Demonstrate strong interpersonal and communication skills

The anticipated input is as follows;

  • Successfully Lead Multiple Projects and Teams
  • Manage client expectation on multiple projects simultaneously
  • Review and maintain contractual position on projects
  • Be primary point of contact for clients
  • Set Project and team goals 
  • Write and deliver all key RIBA stage reports
  • Manage relationships with all design team members
  • Be aware of the wider construction market, developments, trends etc.
  • Establish Strong Relationships internally and externally with key contacts
  • Actively take part in and organise marketing events
  • Support Development of Senior/project/graduate Engineers
  • Prepare fee proposals and bids under Director review
  • Drive innovation within projects and implement latest information
  • Perform a role as Delegated Engineer/SCE 

This is an excellent opportunity with a successful engineering consultancy, and you will be rewarded with a competitive salary and benefits package, with career-propelling responsibilities and projects, and playing a pivotal role in the future of the company.

If you are interested in this role, please email your details to Dr Neil Currie at


Woolgar Hunter is an engineering consultancy specialising in the fields of civil, structural & geo-environmental engineering. We are an independently owned company established in 1971 with a reputation for being commercially aware and design focused.

Our core business is Engineering Design, particularly the design of building structures, augmented with in-house support disciplines of Civil & Geo-environmental Engineering. In recent years we have enjoyed a high level of repeat business and have worked for many clients within various sectors. Our aim is to work closely with the client, architect, extended design team and the contractor in a collaborative manner to deliver the most appropriate economic design solution.

We believe that good design requires innovative thinking, the expertise to deliver, but perhaps most importantly an enthusiasm for the art of engineering that underpins all of our work.

Our philosophy is to consider the design and construction process as one, especially on large scale masterplans or urban new build projects. In a well thought out design solution, the buildability needs to be considered, to maximise the site potential.   Part of our role in the design process is to provide an engineering solution which is not only efficient and safe to build, but also one that is practical and has addressed the issues of the site.

Engineering design involves analysing projects from every conceivable angle to eliminate problems, reduce costs and realise possibilities.

We approach all projects with an open mind and a desire to explore the best and most appropriate solutions for the client. There is no ‘right and wrong’ solution; on a Woolgar Hunter project there is a solution bespoke to the project.

We believe our role as Civil & Structural Engineering Consultants on any design project is to be part of the design team and to help prepare a design solution which is appropriate, not only technically but also commercially. We understand that the engineering design accounts for a considerable portion of the budget and it is our aim to provide efficient solutions for it.

We ensure that each design we are involved in is bespoke to the site and in particular, when dealing with new build and refurbishment projects, the buildability of the solution is of paramount importance. Our professional design house focuses on client satisfaction through delivering commercially aware and creative design solutions. We achieve this through our enthusiastic and innovative engineering approach which is focused on problem solving.

Our knowledge and experience is balanced by creativity, enthusiasm and our commercial awareness of the market. Woolgar Hunter has developed strong relationships with all our clients including architects, consultants and contractors. We have established longstanding relationships through our reputation of reliability and consistency which is influenced by our Director Led design approach.

Woolgar Hunter’s review process is based on the architectural “crit process” which allows the teams to draw on their vast knowledge and skill set across the business. We continually provide innovative solutions to engineering by embracing the latest analysis and design software. Our in-house BIM experts allow our engineers to express their ideas through 3D modelling by developing design critical details and construction sequences to provide key commercial input to our clients.

Ultimately our aim is to work closely with the client, architect, extended design team and the contractor in a collaborative manner to deliver the most appropriate economic design solution. Woolgar Hunter’s strategy is focused on a high level of repeat business whilst maintaining a breadth of experience across a multitude of sectors.

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