Principal Development Infrastructure Officer

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

Economic & Community Infrastructure Operations

Highway Maintenance

Taunton, TA1 4DY

Principal Development Infrastructure Officer

37 hours per week

Salary: £33,136 - £37,107 per annum


About Somerset

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, Development Engineering you will lead the team responsible for, manage and oversee, the implementation of developer led and third-party highway infrastructure delivery projects through effective technical administration of legal agreements and licences. You will establish and implement appropriate processes and measures to ensure service delivery quality standards are satisfied and monitor the performance of the team. You will develop working relationships with all developers, designers and contractors and oversee the implementation of multiple delivery programmes. You will undertake more complex investigations into major political/technical/legal issues associated with highway infrastructure delivered via agreements under Section 106 Town and Country Planning Act 1990 and Section 278 Highways Act 1980. You will also be expected to advocate serious complaints or ombudsman enquiries in a professional manner which protects and reflects the standards of the Council. You will prepare financial account reports principally relating to fee income, cash bonds, commuted sums and contributions.

About you

You will have demonstrable experience in a project or legal agreement management role, preferably within a technical or engineering environment, with direct relationships with the customer or end user. The ideal candidate will possess excellent interpersonal communication and presentation skills with the ability to prepare and communicate technical information and data in a way which is accessible to a range of audiences. You will have proven experience in negotiating and liaising with clients, consultants, contractors, other public bodies and members of the public on complex and sensitive project, legal and technical matters. You will be able to successfully manage complex projects in a proactive and diligent manner and have a successful track record of managing teams and projects to high standards. You should be self-motivated, enthusiastic, confident, work well within a team and strive to be the best in your field. If you possess the above and have a “can do” approach we want to hear from you.

For an informal discussion please telephone Andy Ley on 01823 359536 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 role

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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

Keywords: Principal Development Infrastructure Officer, Economic & Community Infrastructure Operations, Highways, Local Government.