Senior Highways Advisor

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As a Senior Technical Advisor within the Road Concept team, you will provide technical assurance and direction on contemporary road layout and operating regimes for all-purpose trunk roads and motorways, including Smart Motorways.

You will help improve existing design standards and help develop new ones that will ensure that the network is fit for the future, balancing the evolving challenges around congestion, road safety, sustainability and the emergence of connected and autonomous vehicles.

As someone with strong experience contributing to the development and/or safety aspects of highway schemes, you will play a pivotal role in helping shape the future of the design standards that underpin them. While experience in smart motorway scheme design/governance is desirable, opportunities to develop in this area will be available for candidates with strong experience in general highway design and safety.

Your work will positively contribute to National Highways’ strategic objectives and will embody the company’s aim that no one should be harmed when travelling or working on the strategic road network.

This role is a full-time opportunity to be based out of any National Highways' office.

What you’ll be leading on

  • Acting as a subject matter expert in Road Concept technical areas, including Smart Motorways
  • Supporting colleagues, contractors and suppliers in resolving technical issues relating to schemes
  • Contributing to the development and improvement of Design Manual for Roads and Bridges documents
  • Identifying, initiating, and managing appropriate research to inform policy and standards.
  • Working with others to take forward innovative ideas and solutions. 

To be successful

These are the criteria that selection will be based on, and therefore must be clearly demonstrated in your CV.

  • A relevant degree, engineering qualification or relevant and demonstrable experience.
  • Proven experience of developing technical solutions and/or providing specialist advice in road layout design, and desirably, Smart Motorways. 
  • Comprehensive knowledge of current design standards for road layout, signalling and/or traffic sign design
  • Ability to communicate and present outcomes effectively
  • Experience of working in a project delivery environment.
  • Membership of a relevant professional body or working towards this.

A bit about us

Safety, Engineering and Standards (SES) is an exciting place to work. SES key priorities are to support world class operational delivery and technical advice for our road network, provide support services to lead, enable and innovate in the development of the Strategic Road Network and provide expert advice on matters relating to health and safety. If you are looking for a challenging, exhilarating and world class organisation then join one of our dedicated, professional teams leading on technical services, health and safety, sustainability and diversity agendas for National Highways.

Want to know more?

Please email quoting ref #4814.

About Us

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.

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 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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