HS2 Senior Highways Approvals Officer

England, Buckinghamshire, Aylesbury
£36984 - £38881 per annum
13 Apr 2021
11 May 2021
Buckinghamshire County Council
Job role
Contract Type
Full time


With construction work well underway, the impact of High-Speed Two has already been felt by our local communities and businesses across the county. We're looking to expand our exceptional in-house team, which deals with planning and environmental issues that arise from HS2.

As a Senior Highways Approvals Officer, you'll provide statutory highway responses on HS2 work, including lorry routes; permanent and temporary highways; street work approvals; and our Local Traffic Management Plan. You'll work as part of our in-house team and providing professional advice to HS2 Ltd and their contractors within our agreed timescales.

About you

As one of two HS2 Senior Highways Approvals Officers, you'll be instrumental in the HS2 highways approvals process for the Council, ensuring that our interests are protected as you work closely with our highways contractors (TfB) and other stakeholders.

You'll bring to us extensive experience in Highways Development Management, Traffic Management, and highway design. Excellent negotiation skills are a must, as you work to deliver results that our residents and businesses deserve.

Key responsibilities include

  • Leading on negotiations with HS2 Ltd, their contractors, and professional agents through the HS2 approval process.
  • Liaising with Councillors on HS2-related highway and transportation matters and communicating recommendations made to HS2 Ltd, their contractors, and appointed professional agents.
  • Representing the Highway Authority on transportation and HS2-related matters at public meetings, local area forums, Parish Council meetings, and other committees and panels.
  • Supporting colleagues in the BC HS2 team and standing in for the Highways team leader as required.

Other information

Our response as an employer to Covid-19 has shaped the way we want to work in the future. Microsoft Teams, Skype, and vlogs from our Senior Leadership Team have all played their part in allowing us to become even more flexible in how, when, and where our teams work.

Whether you're out and about on-site or working from home, we actively encourage our colleagues to take control of their work-life balance. If that's not enough of a reason to join us, you'll be entitled to a range of benefits from Buckinghamshire Council including a very competitive employer pension contribution; a minimum of 25 days annual leave allowance per year; a flex-time scheme; and discounts in local shops, restaurants, and gyms.

Take a look at our dedicated career social media pages @bucks_careers for exclusive content from our Planning, Growth, and Sustainability directorate, and to find out more about life at Buckinghamshire Council.

For an informal chat about this role in more detail, please contact Laura Leech at laura.leech@buckinghamshire.gov.uk

This advert will close at midnight on the 11th May 2021

We reserve the right to close the vacancy once we have received sufficient applications, so please be advised to submit your application as early as possible.

Our values

We have a set of values, which our employees have chosen, that represent what we are - Proud, Ambitious, Collaborative and Trustworthy.

By joining Buckinghamshire Council, you can expect:

  • a fair and inclusive culture
  • the chance to really make a difference to those around you
  • health and well-being initiatives including an Employee Assistance Programme, Mental Health First Aiders and mindfulness workshops
  • a unified voice through our Employee Representative Group
  • ongoing support, and the opportunity to develop and progress in your career with us
  • opportunities to take part in fun activities such as fundraising and social events

About the Business Unit

Our Planning, Growth and Sustainability directorate work with partners to help shape the future of Buckinghamshire. We deliver services on planning, economic growth, regeneration, strategic infrastructure, transport and property.

Our key priorities include developing the economic narrative for Bucks, creating more jobs and delivering the right infrastructure to help businesses and residents thrive. We also aim to provide a proactive planning service that is responsive, whilst making the best use of the Council's land and property portfolio. This will in turn support community services and create housing, jobs, regeneration and income to support public services.

It's a great time to join one of our teams. As part of the Planning, Growth and Sustainability function you will not only get to help shape the economic future of Buckinghamshire; you'll also be involved in delivering high-profile development projects and work on some of the biggest infrastructure projects in the UK.

We recognise and reward you

Hard work and success deserves recognition. That's why we pride ourselves on the benefits we give our people. We actively encourage a good work-life balance and promote flexible and agile working arrangements. We provide discounts on various Cafés, restaurants, shops and auto enrolment onto our generous Pension Scheme. We also offer a salary sacrifice personal car lease scheme and the opportunity to gain membership to Costco. We have discounted gym memberships, Travel discounts with Arriva and Chiltern Railways and much more.