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Head of Highways

Cheshire West & Chester
Chester, Cheshire
£68,640 - £76,148 per annum
Closing date
23 Dec 2021

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Corporate Services, Corporate Management Team, Environment, Highways, Parking, Streetscene, Sustainability, Traffic Management, Transport Planning
Job role
Head of Service
Contract Type
Full time
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If you are passionate about transport, making a difference to all who live, work and play in Cheshire West and Chester and want to work in a skilled and ambitious team then this is the job for you. We are absolutely delighted to announce that Cheshire West and Chester are looking for a Head of Highways to lead and develop our service as we embark on a significant programme of delivery and evolution.  We are looking for a leader who is committed and passionate about service delivery who has the ability to develop, manage and enhance the functions of the Council's Highway Service whilst ensuring we provide an efficient and effective service, with the customer at the forefront.  Reporting directly to the Director of Transport and Highways you will lead a team of 140 committed staff and be part of a Senior Leadership team where you create change and influence the direction of our service. You will work in a supportive team, where your personal development and progression is a priority.

Cheshire West and Chester Council brings a fresh and energetic approach to providing top quality services for its many customers and communities. West Cheshire is a place where everyone can Thrive – through our core values of Teamwork, Honesty, Respect, Innovation, Value for Money and Empowerment.

Cheshire West and Chester Council is the North West’s fourth largest unitary authority, covering more than 350 square miles with a population of more than 340,000 residents.  We are a diverse Borough, encompassing the internationally important historic city of Chester, the industrial powerhouse of Ellesmere Port, the growing mid-Cheshire Towns of Northwich and Winsford, and a patchwork of market towns and rural villages. We are an ambitious council with a clear forward plan and a strong commitment to talking climate change, securing investment in a truly inclusive economy, addressing health inequalities and deprivation, and enabling our residents, businesses and partners to play their part in shaping the future. 

Our highways and transport networks represent the council’s largest physical asset and with a road network of approximately 2,300 kilometres (including 3 Roman Roads), the City Walls in Chester and numerous public rights of way we’re re-aligning how our infrastructure plays its part in our case for change.

Responsible for approximately 140 staff across a diverse skill set you will be a strong leader who is able to ensure that we have committed, high performing, customer focussed teams who can deliver against agreed targets and KPIs.  You will lead and manage a programme of change and innovation, driving cultural change to ensure that our delivery of services if the best it can be.  You will have a strong customer centric approach and have the ability to improve organisational effectiveness and embed our corporate values across the board.

We're committed to building stronger, fairer and greener communities for all and this role will pay a significant part in ensuring that the service responds effectively to the needs of local communities and other stakeholder sectors; communication with internal and external stakeholder is key.

This is an exciting new role and it’s a great time to come and join our Council and team who are committed that we will all play our part in building greener, fairer and stronger communities. To arrange an informal and confidential discussion please contact Sally Halliwell, HR Lead, via

The contractual work location for this role is listed above however you may be required to work from a range of work locations or sites within the Borough and may also be required to work from home, depending on the needs of the service.

If you have not heard from us within 4 weeks of the closing date then it is likely that you have not been shortlisted on this occasion, however please do not be discouraged from applying again.

Cheshire West and Chester Council are committed to equality and diversity in employment. Please click the Equality Policy for more information.

For any technical enquiries please email Please quote job reference number in all correspondence.

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