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Assistant Director - Highways Delivery

Closing Date 28 April 2024

Are you ready to take your career in highways management to the next level? Do you have the passion, drive, and strategic vision to lead a dynamic team towards delivering outstanding highway services for Derbyshire County Council? If so, we want to hear from you!

Derbyshire County Council is seeking an exceptional individual to fill the role of Assistant Director – Highways Delivery. As a key member of our Highways team, you will play a pivotal role in shaping the future of our highways services, ensuring they align with our long-term vision and deliver exceptional results for our community.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Strategic Leadership: Take charge of the strategic direction of our Highways Service, ensuring integration, collaboration, and alignment with the council's overall vision.
  • Performance Management: Foster a culture of performance excellence, ensuring high-quality, value-for-money services are consistently delivered.
  • Operational Excellence: Lead the operational delivery of highway services, overseeing everything from maintenance to major projects, ensuring they meet statutory requirements and deliver exceptional outcomes.
  • Financial Management: Manage budgets effectively, ensuring resources are allocated efficiently to achieve desired outcomes.
  • Emergency Response: Coordinate emergency response efforts, ensuring plans are in place and effectively executed during crises.
  • Continuous Improvement: Drive a culture of continuous improvement and transformation, seeking opportunities to enhance services and add value to our community.
  • Partnership Development: Forge strong partnerships with internal and external stakeholders, collaborating to share best practices and deliver outstanding results.

Experience and skills required:

  • Leadership: Proven experience in strategic leadership roles, with a track record of delivering results and driving change.
  • Technical Expertise: In-depth knowledge of highways management, including statutory responsibilities, project management, and financial management.
  • Collaboration: Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to build and maintain effective partnerships with a diverse range of stakeholders.
  • Innovation: A creative thinker with the ability to identify and implement innovative solutions to complex challenges.
  • Resilience: The ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment and remain calm under pressure, particularly during emergency situations.

These lists are not exhaustive, please look at the attached job and person profile for further detail about this role.

What we offer you: 

  • 34 days of annual leave, plus bank holidays
  • Flexi time, allowing up to an additional 2 days of leave per month
  • Training and development opportunities
  • Generous local government pension scheme
  • Access to a comprehensive wellbeing package
  • and much more!

If you're ready to lead the way in shaping the future of highways management in Derbyshire, we want to hear from you. Apply now to be part of our dynamic team and make a difference in our community!

How to Apply:

The Council is committed to diversity and inclusion and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

To apply, please submit your CV and covering outlining your suitability for the role, including how your experience aligns with the key responsibilities and requirements outlined above. CVs submitted without covering letters will not be considered.

Make your application today and join us in shaping the future of Highways at Derbyshire County Council!

If you would like to have an informal chat about this role, please contact Julian Gould by

Closing date for applications: 28 April 2024

Interview Dates: 8 May 2024

On the interview date, you will be required to prepare a presentation on a topic that will be given closer to the interview and available for 3 hours.

This post is designated in accordance with the Local Government and Housing Act 1989 as a Politically Restricted Post. The successful candidate will therefore be disqualified from: (a) Becoming or remaining a Member of a local authority (excluding town or parish councils); or (b) Standing as a candidate for election as a Member of the House of Commons or the European Parliament (c) Acting as an election agent (d) Acting as an official of a political party, (e) Canvassing on behalf of a political party or individual (f) Publishing material or addressing the public in support of a political party.

Apply now and take the first step towards a fulfilling career with us! By joining Derbyshire County Council you will have access to a range of amazing rewards and employee benefits, including our generous annual leave scheme, excellent local government pension and fantastic employee discounts. To discover more detail about the rewards and benefits available to you, click here


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This role currently offers hybrid working options which will be to subject service needs, there'll be an opportunity to discuss working arrangements for this position at interview.

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