Engineering Team Manager

Your new role

National Highways are looking to hire an Engineering Team Manager in our Asset Needs Team for the Sout West, based at either Bristol or Exeter, as part of our Operations Directorate.

As a proven people manager, you will lead and inspire a team of engineers to identify and prioritise the need for schemes, undertake feasibility studies and develop early solutions.  Working with peers in other disciplines and colleagues across our business you will contribute to our Region’s integrated forward programme and the achievement of our business objectives for Roads Periods 3 and beyond.

Using your expert engineering knowledge and experience in developing highway infrastructure improvement and renewal schemes, you and your team will provide technical advice and support to designers, project managers and spatial planners, ensuring that our schemes and those of our stakeholders and other third parties meet our operational requirements.

As the South West focal point for improvement schemes, you will work collaboratively with both internal and external partners and stakeholders.  This will include working with local and national teams within National Highways, our supply chain, local authorities and customers.  You will also interface with our Safety, Engineer and Standards (SES) colleagues to ensure compliance with our asset management framework, technical standards and scheme approval governance.

There will be a requirement to spend at least 40% of your week in the office or on site, and to travel between our offices and those of our stakeholders and partners. There will also be a requirement to occasionally work outside of normal office hours.

What you’ll be leading on

  • Lead, mentor and line management of a team of highway engineers, ensuring their health, safety and wellbeing, that timely objectives are set, regular performance management reviews undertaken and appropriate succession plans put in place.
  • Production and development of Asset Class Management Plans for drainage, road signs and ancillary assets.
  • Identifying and prioritising maintenance, renewal and improvement needs, undertaking studies, optioneering and preliminary designs, including compiling relevant documents, evidence and options for value management, taking into account standards, policies, strategies, industry innovations, delivery feasibility and cost.
  • Development of the regional five-year programme for highway improvements, drainage, road signs and other ancillary assets.
  • Compliance with our governance processes for renewal and improvement schemes, evidencing benefit and value for money to successfully secure funding for each stage of delivery.
  • Managing the utilisation and allocation of team resources to ensure appropriate resourcing levels, including the management of outsourced work.
  • Collaboration with internal and external stakeholders, partners, including our supply chain and customers, looking for opportunities for efficiencies, working closely with internal and external stakeholders to implement ideas.

To be successful

  • You will be a Chartered, or Incorporated Member of the ICE, IHE, IHT with a Civil Engineering Degree, or equivalent and have extensive post-professional qualification with relevant experience to the role.
  • You will have strong leadership skills and extensive experience in managing a technical team.
  • You will have extensive experience of asset management decision making and governance (capital investment, lifecycle costs, value optimisation, service & availability optimisation, social & economic knowledge).
  • You will have extensive experience of developing strategic management plans and tactical implementation plans
  • You will have extensive experience in collaborating with internal and external stakeholders at all levels

A bit about us
Making sure our customers have safe and reliable journeys is at the heart of everything we do in Operations. We keep the roads open for business and play a key role in making sure the network we manage is fit for purpose today and for the future.
Want to know more?

To request a copy of the role profile please contact quoting reference number #5364


Why you should join us

At National Highways we believe in a connected country. We are passionate about creating a culture where colleagues feel connected, included and enjoy greater wellbeing to achieve this. We’re proud that as an organisation we are continually striving to do better and actively encourage and support our colleagues to do the same with their careers. 

So, if you put safety first, take ownership of your work, show passion for what you do, work effectively in a team, and demonstrate integrity in how you do it – then you’ll be a great fit for our organisation.

A connected and sustainable working approach has been adopted across National Highways. For some roles, this means being able to work in a hybrid way spending up to 60% of time working from a remote location such as home.

Please wait until the interview stage before asking us about flexibility, and we will explore what is possible.

Our benefits package

  • Our total reward package includes basic salary, the potential for a performance related bonus
  • Contributory pension scheme with employer contribution of up to 10%
  • Annual Leave starting at 26 days (plus Bank Holidays) rising by 1 day each year up to 31 days (plus Bank Holidays)
  • Flexible hours and an approach driven by connected and sustainable working which includes hybrid working
  • Life assurance of 4 times annual salary
  • Health and wellbeing support, including an Employee Assistance Programme, available 24/7 365 days and network of mental health first aiders. Plus access to a wellbeing app to enhance your self-care 24/7, Occupational health service and flu vaccines
  • A cycle to work scheme for the purchase of a bicycle and equipment for healthy, low carbon travel
  • Significant investment in your career development, through learning and development, talent management, coaching, mentoring and on job experience

And we are

  • Family friendly with enhanced maternity leave and pay, paternity leave (15 days), shared parental leave, adoption leave. Plus access to financial support for holiday play schemes and paid special leave (up to 5 days pa), eg for caring responsibilities
  • Money friendly with access to a discounts platform including over 3000 discounts for supermarkets, eating out, leisure, holidays. Alongside a financial wellbeing programme
  • Community friendly – offering paid leave to volunteer, 3 days basic/year

If you are successful, it is key to know all offers of employment are subject to satisfactory completion of our pre-employment checks which include:       

  • Right to work check
  • 3 year employment history references
  • DBS criminal record check
  • Social media and adverse journalism check
  • Driving licence check (if applicable)
  • Fit to work questionnaire (for all), followed by a medical check (if applicable)
  • Qualifications and/or professional membership check (if applicable)

And finally 

We reserve the right to close before the advertisement expires.

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