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Title Technical Content Specialist - Environmental Impact Assessment
Ref HE/3260
Directorate Professional & Technical Solutions
Location Bristol, Guildford, Bedford, Birmingham, Manchester, or Leeds
Salary £40,188 - £44,208
Number of Positions 1
Working Pattern Full Time / Part Time
Closing Date 05 Feb 2017

About Us

Highways England is the new government owned company responsible for driving forward our motorways and major A roads. This includes; modernising and maintaining the highways, running the network and keeping traffic moving. Over recent years, investment in our highways has increased. This has led to advances in technology, such as smart motorways; enabling traffic to flow better. However, even more is yet to be done.

Certainty of funding and greater flexibility will enable us to become a better business. In our first 5 years alone, we’ll invest £11 billion in motorways and A roads – boosting capacity, tackling congestion and improving safety. At the same time, we’ll improve how we work. That means we will be able to; plan roadworks better to minimise disruption; clear incidents more quickly; and save more than £1 billion by working more efficiently.

For further information on Highways England, please visit our website:

Job Description

We are inviting applications from candidates who possess environmental impact assessment experience to join us as Technical Content Specialist in our Environment Group within Professional Technical Solutions (PTS), based from our Bristol, Guildford, Bedford, Birmingham, Manchester, or Leeds offices.


PTS is responsible for supporting the operational delivery of our road network by developing standards, policy & methodologies, as well as providing technical advice to those areas of the company responsible for delivery.


As part of PTS, the Environment Group supports us in achieving high performance in the environmental, sustainability, climate change mitigation and adaptation, and social responsibility (including equality and diversity) aspects of our work. This is achieved through the development of policy and the provision of advice and guidance, and especially the development of truly collaborative partnerships with both internal colleagues and external stakeholders.


This is an exceptional opportunity for you to further your professional profile by gaining unique and varied experience in all aspects of highways environmental impact assessment. In this role as Technical Content Specialist, you will review and update the Design Manual for Roads & Bridges (DMRB) supporting us in ensuring that all activity on our network is delivered in a manner that does not harm the environment; but instead delivers long term benefits to the natural and built environment, creating a sustainable future for all. This will directly support organisation objectives including delivering better environmental outcomes, and you’ll play a key role in ensuring Highways England’s Environmental Assessment Advice in DMRB Volume 11 offers good environmental design, legislative and policy compliance, as well as value for money.



If this sounds like your next career move, please demonstrate (by providing specific evidence) how you meet the following criteria:


  • A degree in a relevant environmental subject with a strong emphasis on environmental impact assessment, including BSc, BA, MSc, MA, HND/HNC
  • Excellent written skills with the ability provide advice and guidance to Technical Specialists on how to translate complex subject matter into clear and understandable written information
  • Demonstrable evidence of experience of imparting knowledge in order to grow others understanding of complex issues.


  • Demonstrable evidence of significant knowledge, understanding and working experience of environmental impact assessment.
  • Experience of designing and developing environmental impact assessment policy documents or standards.
  • Experience of collaborating with a broad range of stakeholders and lead a shared way forward where views / perspectives may differ
  • Experience of providing information and advice on developing technical documents to a range of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Ability to demonstrate/explain the implications of legislation and articulate best practice in policy development
  • Relevant professional membership eg IEMA, CIWEM, CIEEM, Landscape Institute CEnv or equivalent
  • Understanding and demonstrable evidence of using the Design Manual for Roads & Bridges Volume 11.
  • Relevant Project Management qualification, and experience of working in a structured project management environment delivering successful projects and managing a range of demands
  • Knowledge and experience of :
    • Construction Product Regulation, Low Voltage Directive and/or the Electro-Mechanical Compatibility Directive
    • Public Procurement Directive and the Public Contract Regulations 2015
    • Technical Standards and Regulations Directive

Interviews will take place on 20th & 21st February 2017 in Birmingham and you will be informed by 10th 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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