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Principal Engineer - York Central

City of York Council
York, North Yorkshire
£37,114 to £42,562
Closing date
5 Jun 2022

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Environment, Highways
Job role
Engineer, Manager
Contract Type
Full time
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Job Details

We have an exciting opening for an experienced highway design engineer whose primary role will be ensuring the highway infrastructure being delivered by Homes England for the York Central development is designed and constructed to a standard which can be adopted by the Council. In addition the post holder will be responsible for leading on the commissioning and delivery of transport and highway projects associated with the York Central scheme

The York Central scheme, at the rear of the railway station, is one of the most important developments in the city with a high level of public interest. The £100m highway infrastructure project includes 2 bridges over the East Coast Mainline, approx. 2.5km of new highway, 5 sets of traffic signals, 2 level crossings and a Sustainable Urban Drainage System. The project has tight physical and programming constraints to ensure that the highway is completed by early 2025 with an additional key deadline that a section is open by autumn 2023 to enable the National Railway Museum to commence work on a transformational Central Hall scheme.

The post holder will need to be able to work both independently and through the management of consultants reviewing and approving designs and inspecting a wide range of construction activity. They will also need to be able to audit the contractor’s and designer’s technical assurance processes.

The post holder will report to the Council’s York Central Highway Authority Lead but be embedded in the developer’s technical assurance team where appropriate to minimise duplication of functions. They will also be responsible for the commissioning of consultants to undertake works associated with the project such as upgrading cycle routes in the surrounding area.

We are looking for a candidate with a broad background of highway design and construction experience who works well within a team ensuring high quality delivery outcomes.

The post will be based on the York Central site and in the Council’s Offices on Station Rise with working from home possible for some elements of the role.

The Council is committed to investing in the talent and wellbeing of our staff and can offer a generous annual leave allowance, access to the Local Government Pension Scheme, comprehensive Health & Wellbeing initiatives and a reward package which recognises your contribution. We can offer flexible working practices, community engagement and volunteer activities and, as part of our commitment to you, promote continuous Learning & Development. In addition we also offer a growing range of discounts, rewards and savings.

At the moment due to the impact of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, some of our staff are working remotely from home but a return to a combination of working remotely and physically from the Council’s offices is anticipated in the near future.

As a new starter, your contractual location will be the designated council office for your team. Your working arrangements will vary according to your service and role, and the current Government guidance. For many roles, there will be more opportunities in the future for remote and hybrid working. However, this comes with the expectation that, as workplaces open up, there is likely to be an ongoing and occasional requirement to attend the workplace.

For further information or an informal discussion please contact Tony Clarke (York Central Highway Authority Lead) at  or on 01904 551641  

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The City of York has a rich history stretching back nearly 2000 years; George VI once said that: 'The history of York is the history of England'. York has a wealth of heritage and history. York attracts over four million visitors a year and popular destinations include York Minster, which is the largest Gothic cathedral in Europe, the Castle Museum, the National Railway Museum and the Jorvik Viking Centre. Tourism is an important industry in York and the city also has a thriving bioscience, technology and research sector, centred on the City's Science Park. Other major employers include Nestle, City of York Council and York Hospitals NHS Trust. York has excellent transport links, being on the East Coast Mainline and close to the A1M. From York seaside resorts such as Scarborough, Whitby and Filey or the North York Moors National Park are a short journey by road or rail.

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