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Construction Design Engineer – Building & Construction

FCDO Services
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
£40,400 - £42,890
Closing date
22 Sep 2023

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Construction Design Engineer – Building & Construction
£40,400- £42,890 plus £1,750 location allowance and excellent benefits including Civil Service pension

Based at Hanslope Park near Milton Keynes, MK19 7BH, with the flexibility of hybrid working depending on business need 
Free shuttle bus available between central Milton Keynes and Hanslope Park

There is a pay award pending which is currently being negotiated with the Trades Unions. It’s proposed as part of the offer that our pay ranges will be adjusted with salary minima’s being uplifted by between 4.5% and 8.6% depending on grade. Details will be confirmed once the pay award is agreed.

The Design Engineer provides the technical/engineering expertise between the Project Manager and the technical/ engineering installation teams. As a B&C Design Engineer, you will be responsible for the design of B&C elements to be installed by FCDO Services teams or external contractors.

You thrive under pressure and you’re a great problem solver. Someone with experience leading large scale network infrastructure installations and working in secure environments. And you’ve got a detailed understanding of common construction standards, installation practices and applicable legislation. So: have you ever considered taking your career to a global level?

At FCDO Services, you could do your job, bigger. We protect the UK’s interests around the world. We design and construct secure government buildings. We courier diplomatic packages across continents. We help earthquake-proof embassies. We safeguard government tech. And a whole lot more besides. As a Design Engineer, you’ll design bespoke, complex construction details for installation on projects of vital importance.

Design secure construction to protect overseas missions worldwide

You’ve got an in-depth knowledge of construction and the built environment, you’re able to produce drawings of construction details as part of your design work, and have experience of selecting or specifying construction materials. You will also be required to produce specifications, produce tender packs that are NEC3 compliant and undertake tender evaluations. Previous experience of using AutoCAD is advantageous, however training would be provided, if needed.

The role holder will be responsible for developing designs up to RIBA Stage 5, covering all aspects of building, construction and related systems installed as part of FCDO Services Secure Construction offering. Whether pulling together a fully coordinated RIBA Stage 4 Technical Design in the UK, or carrying out a Feasibility Study overseas, you will use your expertise in construction to maintain the security of the UK’s most sensitive assets.

You will be responsible for ensuring construction designs are compliant with safety guidelines and legal legislation. You’re confident making effective decisions and working collaboratively, so you’ll be comfortable taking the lead on major projects in the UK and overseas. Able to interpret technical documentation, you’ll produce and maintain documents for installation practices and standards, maximising efficiencies in the delivery of business. Plus, you’ll help us develop new products, creating design standards and evaluating products to introduce next-generation solutions.

Provide expert advice that will influence global projects

You’re an expert in construction health and safety and construction design and management regulations. So when you’re providing technical advice and helping us resolve technical issues, you’ll do it all with confidence and clarity. You’ll eliminate risk in projects and provide relevant health and safety information to ensure safe and compliant working practices. You’ll also communicate with the delivery and installation teams to ensure technical solutions are understood and developed with design in mind. In everything you do, you’ll be easy to work with, reliable, responsive, and great at building relationships.

Develop the skills you need to help people everywhere

When you join us, you’ll be contributing to protecting the nation’s interests at home and overseas.  How will we help you in return? As well as a competitive salary, generous holiday entitlement and Civil Service pension, we’ll also support your development with some superb training opportunities to help you advance your career with us. On-site gyms, nurseries, canteens and restaurants are available, as well as interest-free season ticket and bike loans, but if you want to work from home some of the time, we also offer hybrid working opportunities. Above all, it’s a chance to join a team with rare impact, using your skills to help us protect people, information and assets around the world. In short, it’s your job, bigger. 

Every single colleague must be security cleared before joining us. If you’re successful in your application, we’ll ask you to undergo our vetting process to achieve Developed Vetting (DV) clearance. You can find out more about vetting on our website: 

To find out more about this role, our benefits and organisation, visit FCOS Careers Current jobs (

Closing date: 22 September 2023.

It takes a diverse team to protect a diverse world

The vital work we do takes an incredible community of colleagues, with different skills, backgrounds, cultures and identities. We support every individual, so that you always know you’re welcome and valued. It’s what makes us a Disability Confident employer. And Employers for Carers. And it’s how you know you’re-joining an inspiring, inclusive organisation.

Candidates who are judged to be close to meeting the criteria may be considered for other positions in FCDO Services which may be at a lower grade, but have a potential skills match”.

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