Highways Design Engineer

12 May 2017
09 Jun 2017
Natasha Jones
Contract Type
Full Time
The successful candidate will join the Highways Improvement Design Team and report to the Senior Engineer and acting as their deputy when required. The role involves the design and delivery of Highways Improvement Design schemes to programme, quality and budget with input from the Senior Engineer. Projects will cover a wide range of traffic engineering / highways improvement schemes. The role requires the ability to work well across teams, such as the commercial and delivery teams, as well as effectively liaising with Councillors to develop schemes and be responsive to political needs.


To design a range of traffic engineering / highways design schemes using existing best practice guidance and within the current legislative framework.
To assist with the preparation of reports for projects, to Local Highways Panels County and District Council committees and to attend the meeting to provide technical support as appropriate.
To prepare and assist in the management and monitoring of works programmes or services. To ensure that schemes are delivered on time and within budget.
To provide timely and accurate advice to County Councillors, District Members, Parish Councils and the general public on all highway-related matters as required.
To ensure the team’s performance in providing speedy and courteous responses to queries and complaints is in accordance with relevant targets and standards.
To assist with the management and provision of technical support for staff dealing with all aspects of the service.
To provide assistance to the functional leader or Senior Engineer in relation to all aspects covered within the group and deputise in their absence.
Support Health and Safety, Environmental Management System, Quality Management System.
To appear as required as expert witness at Crown Court, Public Inquiries and Hearings, prepare detailed evidence as specialist on practice issues and liaise with Counsel and solicitors in case preparation.
Understands the overall functions, aims and directions of Essex Highways, and how their specific area of responsibility fits into those objectives.

Knowledge, skills and experience:

HNC, or equivalent high level qualification, or experience in highways.
Extensive knowledge and application of Highway Legislation including the Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions (TSRGD) and Traffic Regulation Orders (TROs).
Extensive knowledge of design procedures, guidance and standards and good practice documents including the Design Manual for Roads and Bridges (DMRB) and Traffic Advisory Leaflets (TALs).
Knowledge and application of Health and Safety legislation including Construction (Design & Management) Regulations.
Conversant with Microsoft applications – Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint.
Conversant with engineering techniques and use of specialist software such as AUTOCAD and its range of complimentary packages.
Knowledge and experience of budgetary governance, management and control measures.
Membership of or working towards membership of a relevant Professional Institution and demonstrate evidence of continuous professional development.
Required to be mobile throughout an operational area (or throughout Essex or similar where more appropriate) and therefore a valid driving licence and use of car if not provided, unless the role can be undertaken effectively by alternative transport arrangements.
Writes clearly, succinctly and correctly.
Writes convincingly in an engaging and expressive manner.
Avoids unnecessary use of jargon or complicated language.
Writes in a well-structured and logical way.
Structures information to meet the needs and understanding of the intended audience.
Uses technology to achieve work objectives.
Demonstrates an understanding of different organisational departments and functions.
Makes presentations and undertake public speaking with skill and confidence.
Sets clearly defined objectives.
Plans activities and projects well in advance and takes account of possible changing circumstances.
Manages time effectively.
To carry out any other reasonable duties that may be directed or implied from time to time commensurate to the post and/or organisational requirements.