Assistant Highway Engineer Advanced HCC1328
Salary Range: £25,833 - £28,791 per annum
Work Location: Hampshire Highways Depot, Bishops Waltham or Hampshire Highways Depot, Totton
Hours per week: 37
Contract type: Permanent
Closing date: 7 February 2020
Interview date: 24 February 2020
You will deliver the local network management/highway maintenance service through the inspection and raising of works orders, identifying work needs and customer and stakeholder communication. You will be responsible for ensuring statutory obligations are met in accordance with agreed policies, procedures and budgets.
As the first contact for Councillors, public and other bodies on minor highways matters within their local area, it is important you are a confident communicator with sound knowledge and experience of highway maintenance. You will be sufficiently experienced and competent to plan, advise and deliver highways maintenance/minor improvement programmes, including financial monitoring and control.
It is essential you will be able to fulfil the travel requirements of the role.
Please note we have positions available at Hampshire Highways Depot, Bishops Waltham and Hampshire Highways Depot, Totton. Please select your preference on your application.
To deliver the local network management/highway maintenance service (through inspection/raising of works orders / identifying work need and customer / stakeholder communication) to ensure statutory obligations are met in accordance with agreed policies, procedures and budgets. To be the first contact for Councillors, public and other bodies on minor highways matters within their local area. Will be sufficiently experienced and competent to plan, advise and deliver highways maintenance/minor improvement programmes, including financial monitoring and control.
To inspect, assess and record the condition of the highway infrastructure to meet the County Council’s statutory obligations to provide a defence against third party claims
Needs identification and Works Prioritisation
To identify highways maintenance needs and prioritise works orders taking into account customer needs and budgetary constraints
To respond orally and in writing to enquiries from elected members, parish councils, the public, contractors and statutory bodies, etc. in a courteous and positive manner to meet the County Council’s aims and objectives, particularly with regard to the highways management and maintenance service. To initiate joint working with District Councils on highway related matters, will anticipate and identify network issues and develop solutions with our partners and stakeholders
Design and Implementation
Ambassadorial role, in representing HCC at meetings with Local Members and Parish and District Councils and has a key communications role with police and Emergency Services
To design and/or advise on maintenance and minor improvement schemes in accordance with established design parameters including drawings, specifications and contract documents to meet safety, serviceability and the need to maintain the highway asset
Supervise, assess risk and audit works on the highway network to ensure that specifications are met and payments can be made to meet contractual obligations
To propose solutions, agree modifications and oversee design preparation of highway maintenance schemes
To provide technical support throughout the design and construction process
Leading and managing the HCC response at local level of highway emergencies such as flooding, snow, RTA’s etc., including the assessment of highway condition and giving approval for the reopening of roads to traffic. To plan and programme resources for the design and implementation of an annual programme of highway maintenance and minor improvement schemes and thereafter implement, monitor and control progress to achieve completion to recognised County Council standards, policies and procedures on time and to budget
To prepare estimates and works orders for highway maintenance activities/schemes, monitor and review costs and agree final account for authorisation
Monitoring, re-adjusting and prioritising works programmes to meet financial targets
To raise other works orders as required for minor maintenance works items arising through routine maintenance activities
Monitoring and co-ordination
To co-ordinate, manage and control the activities of others (e.g. utilities, contractors, etc.) on the highway network, in accordance with policies, procedures and statutory obligations to ensure the safety and reliability of the highway network
Essential Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills and Experience:
BTEC Higher in Civil Engineering or equivalent or alternatively ability to demonstrate suitable experience and the ability to perform effectively across the range of responsibilities
GCSE (A to C level) or equivalent to include Mathematics and English
Knowledge and experience of highway maintenance techniques
Interest and appreciation of highway engineering and the management/maintenance of a large road network
Post-qualification experience or significant relevant experience
Evidence of excellent communication skills and the ability to work with colleagues and stakeholders
Ability to manage own workload to deadlines
Personal flexibility to work out of hours as required to respond to weather and other emergencies
Knowledge of highway regulation and maintenance strategy
Practical, technical skills relating to Civil Engineering procedures
Work as part of team to motivate and develop more junior staff
Ability to design and manage a programme of schemes to timescale and cost with minimal supervision
Ability to work on own initiative, be pro-active and find suitable solutions with minimum input from line manager
Ability to meet travel requirements
Good IT skills (use of MS Office, tablets etc.)
The following section provides an outline of the working conditions that may be encountered in this role.
Manual Handling to include lifting, objects of weight, 11-15 kg as a weekly requirement
Display Screen Equipment user
Work Environment to include: Non IR (Sun exposure), lone working, work in traffic and outdoor work
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) use
Driving to include: HCC pool vehicle, use of own vehicle for work purposes and HCC-Badged vehicles
Biological Hazards to include Soil (excavated grounds on building sites)
Contact details for an informal discussion:
Michael Seed, Principal Engineer on 023 8042 7007 or Andy Harding, Assistant Highway Manager on 01962 872180.
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