Senior Engineer - Improvements

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National Highways have an exciting opportunity for a Senior Engineer to join our Improvements Team in the Darlington office. This role will involve developing road safety, improvement, pedestrian, and cyclist schemes from identification to detailed design for our Designated Funds programme. The role will also involve undertaking Road Safety Audits on a wide variety of scheme types and scales.

You will be required to drive as part of your role, and you will need to have a full clean driving licence to be considered for this position

 What you’ll be leading on

  • Undertaking evaluation of asset data and identify network needs in order to develop potential solutions, in line with agreed methodologies and prioritisation criteria;
  • Preparing briefs for and undertaking appropriate surveys to support the development of possible improvement solutions;
  • Developing early solutions for network improvements from feasibility through to the end of preliminary design, including compiling relevant documents, evidence and progressing scheme through appraisal and Value Management, taking into account new techniques, materials, buildability, and costs;
  • Working collaboratively with other teams including Programme Development and Scheme Delivery to identify deliverable solutions and contribute to development of the forward programme;
  • Ensure that asset data is captured and maintained in the relevant database(s), in line with agreed standards and timescales;
  • Undertake Road Safety Audits at all Stages, undertaking all roles;
  • Ensure the Health and Safety needs and Wellbeing of our customers and employees are fully considered and accounted for throughout the planning and delivery of each service activity.

To be successful

  • Degree, Higher National Diploma or other appropriate qualification in a relevant discipline for Highway Design;
  • Experience working in civil engineering relating to highway works and design;
  • Current detailed working knowledge of the Design Manual for Roads and Bridges and advice notes;
  • Experience in the preparation of 2D AutoCAD engineering drawings;
  • Experience in the specification and procurement of site investigation works.
  • Experience in development of preliminary designs for various improvement schemes ensuring adherence to the Design Manual for Roads and Bridges and other appropriate standards;
  • Appropriate knowledge and training in Health and Safety and Construction Design Management Regulations 2015.

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 #4007


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.

An informal blended working approach has been adopted for many of our roles across National Highways. We offer many different ways to work flexibly and we’re open to discuss part-time working, job shares, and flexible start and finish times. 

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 blended working between base location/home
  • 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 plus an extra 3 days to support the national Covid effort

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)

And finally 

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