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Principal Highways Drainage Engineer

Telford & Wrekin Council
Telford, Shropshire
£32,910 - £35,745 per annum
Closing date
30 Sep 2021

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Environment, Highways, Traffic Management, Transport Planning
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Full time
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Job Details

Do have a detailed knowledge of highways drainage systems? Do you want to take a leading role maintaining a large network of assets? If so, this is your opportunity to be part of our dynamic team maintaining our highways drainage assets and managing highways flood risk in the borough.

This is a role in Telford & Wrekin Council’s Drainage & Flood Risk Team with responsibility for managing our highways drainage assets.  You will be working with contractors to ensure maintenance schedules are delivered and will be identifying capital improvement schemes to manage highways flood risk. We are halfway through an exercise to cleanse and collect data on all 33,000 gullies in the borough to inform a risk based maintenance responsibility so you will work closely with our Term Service Contractor to complete and implement this new strategy using systems like Confirm and Kaarbontech. You will have a strong customer focus and be able to work quickly and efficiently to solve problems and communicate solutions to internal and external parties.

We are looking for degree qualified candidates with demonstrable experience relating to drainage maintenance in a Local Authority setting. You will be responsible for all aspects of Highways Drainage Maintenance including strategy, scheduled and reactive maintenance as well as budget management, customer and contractor liaison. You will be able to use drainage software have experience working as a designer and supervisor for drainage schemes with experience in NEC3. You must be able to provide your own transport with insurance for business use to allow travel to sites and to respond to issues. You will work in a team of engineers and flood risk officers on a variety of tasks in the borough and will deliver a package of schemes as part of the Council’s 4 year investment programme to Protect, Care and Invest in our borough. You should be and able to work autonomously for extended periods of time in all weather conditions.

Telford a new town has its roots in the 1960s but this doesn’t mean we’re stuck in the past. Over the last 50 years the town has grown and developed into a hub of innovation and investment.  Telford & Wrekin Council is ambitious, always looking to develop, improve and attract investment. The Council has recently experienced a high frequency of severe weather events which has triggered significant additional investment into our drainage assets. The team are involved in a number of exciting projects including a Natural Flood Management pilot, Urban SuDS, Reservoir Improvements, desilting projects and are progressing bids for further investment programmes over the next 6 years which could involve mines water heating and management, property flood resilience, community flood defence, IoT, engagement and water storage. We are now in the second year of our Pride in Our Community £55m investment programme, will you be part of shaping it?

For further information on the role please click on the job description and person specification which is available below.

Along with your application please also submit a supporting statement outlining how you meet the Person Specification

For an informal discussion, please contact Lucinda Lycett at

Please complete the online application form as CVs will not be accepted.

We are committed to equality and diversity.

Supporting documents
Principal Drainage Eng - JD & PS


Why work for Telford & Wrekin Council?

As a co-operative council, the work environment is innovative, creative and entrepreneurial.

You will be joining an organisation that works hard on a personal and professional level, and most importantly, an administration that serves local communities to the highest possible standards. And, as a council employee, you are entitled to a range of excellent terms and conditions like flexible working hours, a modern working environment and, career progress.

What’s in it for you?

  • Good work/life balance. Work from home. Annual pay increments. Training courses and workshops. Annual Personal Professional Development (APPD) Automatic membership of the Local Government Pension Scheme. Discount on products and services, such as theme parks and discounted travel. Free parking for employees.
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01952 380000
Addenbrooke House
Ironmasters Way
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