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Senior Engineer - Structures Team

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Job Summary

Employment Term:
Full time, Permanent
Working Pattern:
Full time
Advert Start Date:
Advert End Date:
Closed for applications on 03/12/2018 23:59
£35,229 - £38,052
Hours per week:
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Employment Location:
Council Offices, Badminton Road, Yate, Bristol, BS37 5AF
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Job details 

Closing date:
3 Dec

Please note

This job is closed for applications.

Further information

Summary of Post

Working in the structures team that manages highway and open space structures, you will be a senior member of the team, managing project teams relating to the inspection, assessment, strengthening, replacement and design of new structures. You will also be responsible for managing the technical approval process that relates to highway and open space structures whether they are being proposed by third parties or in-house teams.

You will supervise the work of other team members providing guidance and mentoring of those team members where necessary. You will contribute to the ongoing development of Quality Management processes and procedures.

South Gloucestershire Council is committed to treating everyone fairly, to challenging inequalities and to promoting equality of opportunity for all. We welcome applications from everyone and value diversity in our workforce.

Main Duties

• Manage team members carrying out the structural design for major maintenance, improvement or strengthening of existing structures and the design of new structures using current codes of practice and European standards. Review and check the output of those team members and recommend to the Structures Manager whether to sign off the outputs.

• Prepare and review Approval in Principle documents in accordance with the Design Manual for Roads and Bridges

• Supervise other team members

• Manage a number of structural maintenance/strengthening projects

• Manage specialist consultants

• Manage the preparation of contract documents, procurement activities and contract administration

• Attend sites to check construction is being carried out in accordance with approved designs, drawings and specifications. Work with others to resolve non-compliance issues.

• Manage and carry out the condition inspections of Structures Assets

Selection Criteria

To enable us to shortlist in a fair and unbiased way it is absolutely vital that you provide us with sufficient information to demonstrate how you meet or exceed the criteria outlined in the vacancy description. Please include this information in the knowledge, skills and experience section of the application form.


You will have a degree, HNC/HND or equivalent in a civil engineering related discipline, with substantial relevant post qualification experience. You will have membership (Chartered or Incorporated Engineer) of an appropriate professional institution, demonstrating a commitment to personal continuing professional development.

You will have an NVQ L4 in Management or equivalent level of knowledge and experience.

You will have significant experience in the design of highway and open space structures. With significant knowledge of the Design Manual for Roads and Bridges, the Manual of Contract Documents for Highway Works and Eurocode standards.

You will be able to carry out the structural design of structures with minimal supervision.

You will have significant experience in the inspection of structures being built to ensure they comply with approved drawings/designs/specifications.
You will have experience of co-ordinating and delivering programmes and projects to meet clearly defined outcomes and outputs.

You will demonstrate experience of dealing with external agencies and partners to ensure delivery of maintenance and strengthening of existing structures. This will include, experience of writing complex technical reports for stakeholders such as elected members/councillors.

You will be able to prepare and keep up to date project programmes using software such as Microsoft Project. Whilst managing the budgets allocated to the projects you are responsible for.

You will be able to build and lead teams of technical staff to help deliver the work of the Structures team. With significant experience in the checking of the work of others to ensure they comply with current standards, codes of practice and are accurate and buildable.

You will have a good level of IT literacy and be able to demonstrate excellent skills with software such as Superstress, Advance Design, TEDDS, Scale, Autocad, Mapinfo and Microsoft Office products.

You will possess a clean driving licence to be able to travel to sites across South Gloucestershire.

Exemplify the Council’s values and behaviours.


You may have an MSc/MEng or equivalent in Civil Engineering

You may have professional project management qualifications

You may have the ability to carry out topographical surveys

You may have experience of leading and managing service delivery or engineering projects

You may have knowledge of local government structure, process, rules and regulations

Additional Information

Using your vehicle on council business: if you use your vehicle on authorised council business, you can claim a mileage payment based on HM Revenue and Customs authorised mileage allowance payment scheme (AMAPS). The allowance is provided on the condition that your own insurance covers you for business use and indemnifies the council against claim (including those concerning passengers) arising out of the use of the vehicle on official business.

For further information after reading the job summary, please contact Mike Johnson, Structures Manager on 01454 864529

Salary: £35,229 - £38,052

Hours: 37

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Our Values

As an employee of South Gloucestershire Council you will be expected to have a ‘can-do’ attitude and adapt to the fast pace of change. You will strive to work well with others to reach a common goal and embrace a partnership and inclusive approach to delivering efficient and effective services. You will use your initiative to deliver and take responsibility for your performance to help the team, department and council to achieve its goals and make the best use of available knowledge, expertise and capacity in order to continuously improve the quality of services.

As a manager you will be expected to demonstrate effective leadership qualities, shape and manage team plans and motivate your staff to achieve.

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