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Title Structures Engineer - Principal Advisor, Delivery
Ref HE/2423
Directorate Professional & Technical Solutions
Location Guildford
Salary £47,304 - £65,280
Number of Positions 1
Working Pattern Full Time
Closing Date 29 Jan 2017

About Us

The UK government has committed a £15 billion investment in the strategic road network over the next 5 years. Highways England is responsible for the delivery of this investment to upgrade and improve our roads to ensure they can deliver the performance needed to support the nation throughout the 21st century. Professional and Technical Solutions provide the engineering support services to lead, enable & innovate in the development of the Strategic Road Network.

The Asset Development Division (ADD) provides leadership and technical expertise for the design, assessment, construction and maintenance of the strategic road network and its associated structures. The structural asset alone is valued at £43bn, comprising 19,000 structures. Our engineers have the opportunity to focus on engineering issues across many diverse and challenging projects, providing them with opportunity to apply and develop their engineering skills, expertise and judgement on projects that really do make a difference to our country’s infrastructure.

The Asset Development Division provides a great opportunity to develop and progress your Structural Engineering career, with the potential to reach the Head of Profession and focus on technically challenging, professionally stimulating issues that really make a difference to our country.

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Job Description

We are looking for a Principal Structures Engineer (Team Leader) to join the Delivery Team within the Structures Technical & Engineering Groups (part of the Professional & Technical Solutions (PTS) Directorate).

The PTS 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.

If this sounds like your next career move, please demonstrate how you meet the following requirements (by way of examples) in your CV:

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

If you would like to talk to one of the Structures team or visit us for more information, please make contact via recruitment in the first instance via


Interviews will take place on 9th – 15th February 2017 in our Birmingham and Manchester offices and you will be informed by 3rd February if you have been successful in being shortlisted for interview.

All applications must be accompanied with a current CV which will be used to assess your suitability for the role. Please ensure all the skills, experience and qualifications requested are clearly demonstrated in your CV as explained in the body of the advert

Please note that Highways England reserve the right to close the advert before the advertised closing date should a sufficient response have been received.  Therefore, please complete your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

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