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Title Structures Engineer - Principal Advisor, Delivery
Ref HE/2423
Directorate Safety, Engineering & Standards
Preferred Location Guildford
Salary £47,304 - £65,280
Number of Positions 1
Working Pattern Full Time
Closing Date 11 Jun 2017

About Us

We are responsible for operating, maintaining and improving England’s motorways and major A roads. Consider that a third of all traffic, two thirds of heavy goods vehicles, and 98% of UK businesses rely on them, and you can see why our roads, and what we do, matters so much.

It’s an exciting time to begin a career with Highways England as we invest £11 billion in our motorways and A Roads boosting capacity, tackling congestion and improving safety which why we’re so grateful to our c 4,500 employees around the country. When you work with us, you're helping to connect communities, sustain business and support the economy. And with responsibility for major projects, working here is also a great move for your career.

Job Description

The role:

We are looking for a Principal Structures Engineer (Team Leader) to join the Delivery Team within the Structures Technical & Engineering Groups (part of the Safety, Engineering & Standards (SES) Directorate).

The SES directorate supports our operational delivery by developing standards and providing specialist technical services and advice to the wider business. As part of this directorate, the Structures Technical & Engineering Groups take the lead on setting the policy for the development and management of highway structures and are responsible for the technical governance of structural assets, contributing to Highways England best practice on design, construction, management and maintenance.

As a key member of our growing Structures Delivery Team of 40+ expert professionals, you will use your existing broad experience of highways structures and understanding of structural behaviour every day.  You will consider structural risk and potential collapse mechanisms, in the application of Technical Approval procedures and contribute to best practice on design, construction, management and maintenance of highway structures.  As part of the role you will have responsibility for liaising, influencing and managing professional engineers engaged within our supply chain on the structural aspects of Highways England projects. The role offers the opportunity to develop expertise in specific technical/specialist areas contributing to research and standards development, working with or alongside our Structure Policy Team.

As a Principal Advisor / Team Leader in our Delivery Team at Highways England, you will take the lead and manage a team in a customer facing role advising and working with a range of internal customers and externally with suppliers, contractors and designers. You will experience a varied and technically challenging workload that will use your significant engineering knowledge, to oversee the development, operation and maintenance of complex highway structures assets. You will be empowered to use the credibility that this affords, along with your communication and influencing skills, to make robust challenges to technical proposals promoted by others.

This is a great opportunity to develop your career within structures engineering, working with industry leading experts who, like you are dedicated to quality, safety and making a meaningful contribution to the public.

About you:

To be successful in this role you will have;

  • Chartered / Structural Engineer - with broad experience in highway structural design, assessment, maintenance & construction.
  • An good understanding of the applicable areas within the DMRB,


So we can really get to know you and what you can offer please include a CV with your application.

You’re also encouraged to include a covering note explaining how you're a great match for us: so please tell us how your skills, experience and qualifications meet both the role, and Highways England, requirements.

We’re expecting this role to be popular, so we may need to close the advert early if response is strong so to avoid disappointment, please apply as soon as possible

Help keep England moving. We look forward to hearing from you.

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