Take the safer bet with an established outfit that have ready made work to step into
a more challenging role where you will need to build and grow a team (with the security of some work in place).
There are obviously pros and cons for each role - are you the type of person that takes risks, likes a challenge and wants to make a name for yourself? Or are you someone that would prefer to be with a well known brand, with big juicy projects and not too much pressure on your shoulders to bring in the work.
One offers recognition and rewards which tend to be much higher in a role where you can make a name for yourself and build a team and network. Yes there are always risks with a less established team but the rewards and the opportunities far exceed this risk.
Without such an established framework there is also more room to move up the ranks and the doors would be wide open for a Director role.
In an established team there would obviously be other Engineers already in line for those types of roles so there would naturally be more competition to get that progression. However the large projects you will have access to in those big project teams might be of interest, if your not that fussed about a path to management/directorship.
Either way we have roles that suit either type of Engineer at the Senior and Principal/Associate level within the building structures space, particularly mid to high rise sector.
Must have at least 10-15 years experience in the consulting environment within the building structures space. Chartered status preferable.