Principal Highways Improvement Engineer

“Your new role

National Highways are looking for an experienced Principal Engineer to join our Highways Improvements Team in the Southwest. The successful candidate will have an excellent opportunity to work in a multi-disciplinary role where they will lead on improvement schemes and initiatives that will directly affect those who use and live alongside the Strategic Road Network (SRN). 

Using your expert engineering knowledge and experience in developing highway infrastructure improvement schemes, you will develop solutions to address identified need on the road network. You will use your strong technical knowledge to develop business cases and designs that improve customers journey times, reliability, safety, facilities and reduce severance etc.

As the South West technical lead 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 technical standards and scheme approval governance.

This role shall provide an excellent opportunity to apply your expert civil engineering knowledge, skills and significant experience to your specific discipline in highway infrastructure engineering. You will also be working with a team of expert Asset engineers managing Renewals programmes so you will also need to adapt or combined your proposals with other works that are being carried out on the SRN.

This role will be based in either our Bristol or Exeter office. 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  

  • Identifying and prioritising improvement needs (such as Severance, Congestion, Safety issues), undertaking studies, optioneering and preliminary designs, including compiling relevant documents, evidence and options for economic appraisal, taking into account standards, policies, strategies, industry innovations, delivery feasibility and cost.
  • Developing a 5 year and beyond prioritised programme for identified schemes ensuing problems are risk assessed.
  • You will use framework design and contractors services to support the development and delivery schemes. You will instruct suppliers though the development of task briefs and following our governance processes.
  • Developing improvement schemes though our governance processes for, evidencing benefit and value for money to successfully secure funding for each stage of delivery.
  • Collaboration with internal and external stakeholders, partners, including our supply chain and customers, looking for opportunities for efficiencies, working closely with stakeholders to implement ideas.
  • Supporting internal teams technically including leading on responses to public queries, third party applications and planning applications.

To be successful

  • Chartered or Incorporated Engineer and/or with extensive experience, or equivalent. Hold a degree in relevant discipline, HND, or HNC with relevant experience, or equivalent experience. 
  • Expert knowledge in the application of Highways/Civil engineering design standards, ideally much of that experience will be in the use of Design Manual for Roads and Bridges (DMRB) standards, their application on the highways network and CDM 2015
  • Proven experience in the delivery of infrastructure schemes including their design, construction, and delivery. You will understand the design and delivery life cycle from identification of an issue to the delivery of the solution.
  • You will have experience in highway improvement decision making, prioritisation and governance (capital investment, lifecycle costs, value optimisation, benefit analysis, social, transport & economic knowledge).
  • You will have extensive experience in collaborating with internal and external stakeholders at all levels

A bit about us

Operations is at the heart of keeping the strategic road network moving and ensuring our customers get the best possible experience when using our roads. 

We address over 39,000 customer enquiries every month, plan and deliver all maintenance activities on the network, drive efficiencies and improvements across our systems and roads, and respond to incidents across 4,500 miles of motorways and major A-roads that we manage. All to make sure National Highways customers have safer, smoother, and more reliable journeys.

Want to know more?

To request a copy of the role profile, please contact quoting reference number #4707


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 

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