Senior Bridge Engineer & Team Leader

Taunton, Somerset
£34,728 to £38,890 per annum
18 Feb 2021
21 Mar 2021
Job role
Engineer, Team Leader
Contract Type
Full time

A bit about us

Somerset County Council is responsible for the management and maintenance of the County’s Highway bridge, culvert and retaining wall stock which stands at over 2500 structures. This stock contains a wide variety of asset types in respect of their form, construction, material, span and location. There are a significant number of masonry arches and simply supported reinforced concrete slabs as well as retaining walls of different construction forms and, of course, large multi-span structures, all located in both rural and urban areas. The oldest asset is Tarr Steps a 17 span Clapper Bridge reportedly dating back to prehistoric times located on Exmoor. We also have a bascule bridge, many swing bridges, footbridges, fords, railway, road and watercourse structures in our diverse stock. A vacancy has arisen for a Senior Bridge Engineer & Team Leader within this team which is based in Taunton.

Here's what you can expect to be doing

A key member of the Service, you will be responsible for managing a small team; managing and delivering a wide range of bridge or structure improvement and maintenance projects and programmes using a combination of professional and technical knowledge and interpersonal skills.

This will include:

Consultation and negotiation skills

Mentoring support to team members

Procuring, managing, directing, negotiating, agreeing payments and settling claims through SCC’s existing Structures Framework Contractors, the Professional Services Contract and other third party resources

Providing advice, guidance and support to both internal and external parties including private developers, on a wide range of highway structure issues including; technical highway structure design standards, current highway legislation and legal agreements and environmental, ensuring that the statutory requirements of the County Council as the highway authority are met.

A few things about you

You will:

hold a suitable professional qualification and have managerial experience and skills have local government knowledge

have in-depth knowledge of technical highway structure design and maintenance, highway legislation and agreements, “best practice” and Health & Safety in the highway/construction industry

have the ability to work with a high degree of interruptions and demands for advice, cope with competing deadlines and deal positively with change

be able to remain calm in difficult or uncertain situations; Will be IT literate

As a key member of the group you will be expected to promote the image of the County Council and embrace a culture of customer care to ensure successful delivery of a quality service in Somerset.

Additional information

For an informal discussion about the post please contact Paul Tucker [Service Manager – Structures] on 07824 460548.

Please note we aim for all recruitment activity to continue as expected, however due to COVID-19 all interviews will be taking place virtually over Microsoft Teams.

Closing on 21 March 2021