Principal Highway Design Engineer

Taunton, Somerset
£33,136 - £37,107 per annum
06 Mar 2019
21 Mar 2019
Job role
Contract Type
Full time

Economic & Community Infrastructure Operations

Highway Maintenance

Taunton, TA1 4DY

Principal Highway Design Engineer

37 hours per week

Salary: £33,136 - £37,107 per annum


About us

Somerset is a great place to live, work and play, boasting plenty of beautiful sites – in villages and market towns – with a rich heritage of history and legend. Infrastructure is at the heart of our ambitions to support productivity and innovation. We host the largest infrastructure project in Europe, Hinkley Point C, and we have over £50m of major highway projects in progress, with more planned. Highways play an essential role in our ambitions. We’re a rural county with the tenth largest road network in the country. As the highways authority, we look after 6,600km of road, 2,000 bridges, 900km of ditches, 120,000 gullies and 52,000 street lights. This network is growing too, with 9km of new highway every year, 9,500 planning applications every year and 700+ live development sites at any one time.

About the Job

Reporting to the Service Manager – Engineering Design you will undertake and manage the development and design of a range of major Highway Improvement projects throughout Somerset. You will be the principal point of contact for Land Owners, Statutory Undertakers, Stakeholders, specialist design teams and members of the public with respect to specific Highway Improvement Schemes. You will provide a key role in ensuring the progression of projects from inception through to completion which will involve investigation, liaison with multiple teams internal to the Council, liaison with multiple parties external to the Council and prepare detailed correspondence and reports. You will also be expected to support colleagues in the development of their skills

About You

You will have proven experience in a project / design team role with direct relationships with the customer and stakeholders. The ideal candidate will be very competent liaising with clients, consultants, contractors, other public bodies and members of the public on complex project, land and technical matters. Your abilities will include being able to successfully manage complex projects in a proactive and diligent manner and having a track record of working with teams and managing projects by prioritising workloads and delivering to deadlines. You should be self-motivated, enthusiastic, confident, work well within a team environment and strive to deliver high quality services. If you possess the above and have a “can do” approach we want to hear from you.

For an informal discussion please telephone Richard Needs on 01823 359470 or email any questions to quoting the job reference.

What we’ll offer in return

We are proud to offer an environment that is supportive and rewarding, working as part of a team who are passionate about the work they do to improve the lives of people in Somerset.

We offer great training and development opportunities, with supportive management. As well as this, we have some fantastic employee benefits available:

  • We promote a healthy work-life balance and offer flexible working arrangements wherever possible, including working from home.
  • Generous annual leave allowance, with the opportunity to purchase additional leave.
  • Staff discounts in gyms.
  • Employee Assistance for the times you may need some support and a variety of employee wellbeing services.
  • Auto enrolment onto our generous Pension Scheme and optional pension enhancement through our Additional Voluntary Contribution scheme.
  • A Flexible Benefits Scheme via salary sacrifice to obtain a cycle for work, computers, mobile phones and health screenings.
  • My Staff Shop offering discounts in shops, online shopping, restaurants, cinema tickets, insurance benefits and more.

Somerset County Council is subject to Part 7 of the Immigration Act (2016) and therefore the ability to speak fluent English will be an essential requirement for customer-facing roles.

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Please note if an internal applicant who is at risk of redundancy or in need of redeployment has applied for this role and passed the selection process they will be offered the role over remaining internal and external applicants.

Closing date: 21 March 2019