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Asset Manager

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council
Blackburn, Lancashire
£42,821 - £46,845 per annum
Closing date
25 Feb 2022

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Terms and Conditions: Permanent, 37 hours per week

Department: Place

Interview date: To be confirmed

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council has approx. 640km of highway and the management of the Council’s most valuable tangible asset is a demanding role. We are looking for a person with the right knowledge, skills and experience to lead a team in delivering this essential service.

The Highway Asset Manager is responsible for the strategic management of all the council’s highway assets the total value is c£1.6Bn. They use asset and condition data to prioritise and maintain a 5 year programme of capital investment at the optimum time in the asset life cycle. The team provide excellent responsiveness and service to all stakeholders.

As the successful candidate you will possess leadership skills, have a proven track record of successfully developing and delivering service improvements, and you will also have a strong customer ethos, a collaborative approach and excellent communication skills.

We offer great terms and conditions including the Local Government Pension Scheme, excellent training and development, flexible working, generous annual leave and staff discounts.

Skills and experience required:

- Civil Engineering qualification is desirable
- NEC forms of contract
- Co-ordination and development of asset inventory data
- Deterioration modelling
- Lifecycle plans & whole-Life costs
- Monitoring and reporting of budgets
- Leading a team

The post holder will be accountable to the Head of Service for Highways, Transport and Networks and will be responsible for the strategic direction, policy, control and financial management of the staff and workload of the Asset Management team. Also to lead on the production and subsequent regular review of the Asset Management Plan including asset valuation and reporting to DfT.

The post holder will work alongside other Strategic Highways business managers comprising Flood Risk and Drainage, Network Management, Highway Inspections and PROW, Development Control and Design, Highway Operations and Street Lighting, Transport and the Traffic and Streetworks teams.

Required Qualifications:

Relevant degree or equivalent qualifications.

Relevant professional qualifications.

In addition to your CV, please include supporting information which evidences how you meet the criteria detailed on the key requirements document.

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council is committed to stopping the spread of COVID 19 and therefore any successful candidates will be required to take part in mandatory regular lateral flow tests.

Please be aware that, in line with new Government legislation, any of our roles that need to attend or work in a CQC Registered Service will require individuals to be fully vaccinated. The Government guidance ‘Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination of people working or deployed in care homes’ applies to every employee attending or working within these settings.

The regulations require individuals to have a MHRA approved COVID-19 vaccine or evidence they are medically exempt from the requirement.

Appropriate checks of evidence of vaccination status or a medical exemption will be requested during the recruitment process, to ensure applicants are eligible to carry out the role. Individuals that have been vaccinated by the NHS in England may demonstrate their vaccination status using the NHS COVID Pass service via the following 3 routes:

  • NHS App
  • NHS website –
  • NHS COVID Pass letter

An individual’s NHS appointment card cannot be used as proof of vaccination status.

Even if your role does not satisfy these legal requirements, the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 obliges employers to take reasonable steps to reduce any workplace risks, therefore we encourage all of our employees to be vaccinated to protect themselves and everyone else at the workplace.

For more information about this role please click here click the ‘Job Vacancies’ option and search for the ‘Asset Manager’ role.

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