Our Highways service are seeking a Bridges Manager to lead on the delivery of bridges and structures projects in North Yorkshire.

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  • Join us to ensure our vital infrastructure is maintained and developed for all.

With over 1,500 bridges, North Yorkshire has one of the highest bridge structures of any highways authority in the country. Our highways infrastructure is therefore paramount to our success.

Our ambition is to ensure that North Yorkshire is a place with a strong economy and a commitment to sustainable growth that enables our residents and visitors to fulfil their ambitions and aspirations.

We want North Yorkshire to be a thriving county which adapts to a changing world and remains a special place for everyone to live, work and visit.

Critical to achieving our ambition is delivering the right transport infrastructure and that’s where you come in.

Women in engineering

Did you know we have 111 female highways workers at the council, responsible for helping maintain one of England’s longest road networks? This is above the UK average for women working in engineering.

"I don't consider myself a 'female' engineer, just an engineer."

Jayne Charlton, NY Highways area manager for Richmondshire and Hambleton, says: "With long hours and early morning calls it is very challenging and a huge responsibility but also very satisfying to know that we are keeping the highway network safe.”

Find out more about Jayne and Melissa and what they do within our service...

Read about some of our recent bridge projects

The rainfall intensity was of a level never previously seen before and we mobilised resources in the immediate aftermath to get vital infrastructure back up and running as quickly as possible by building temporary bridge structures, repairing roads and removing tonnes of debris from the area to protect highways and properties. We successfully made the case for Government funding and was pleased to receive a £3m one-off exceptional funding award.

The extreme weather saw homes, roads and bridges destroyed, as intense rain fell on areas of Richmondshire. Leyburn, Bellerby, Grinton and Reeth. The rain swamped roads and surrounding land and overwhelmed drainage systems. Rivers carrying debris, including stones and boulders added to the destructive force of the water.

The highways team worked quickly to clear rural routes, reopen roads and put in place plans to resolve the complex closures on the B6270, which links the upper dale to Richmond, and the C106 road from Grinton towards Leyburn following the collapse of the bridges on both of these routes. 

Our bridges engineers acted swiftly and with ingenuity to repair the landslip on the B6270 Reeth to Richmond, built a temporary road and culvert at the damaged bridge at Cogden South on on the C106 road near Grinton Moor and also built a temporary diversion at Cogden North Bridge on the B6270. 

Read more about the repair of bridges in Swaledale here.

The Bridge Inn, Grinton, is thought by many regulars to be a community hub - the perfect place to have a pint and a catch up. And the last year has proved that it isn’t just a good local bar, but an incredibly resilient one too.

The Landlord Andrew Atkin, staff and members of the community have dealt with not one but three rounds of flooding over the past year and then been hit by the coronavirus pandemic.

But Andrew has praised the work North Yorkshire County Council has done to put the pub back together, along with the people of Swaledale. 

Devastating flash floods hit houses, farms and businesses in the upper Dales last summer and some reported getting hammered by hailstones the size of pickled onions and land, roads and homes were destroyed.

The Cogden bridge, behind The Bridge Inn collapsed entirely, cutting off the pub and stopping footfall, depleting Andrew’s custom.

Andrew said: “I was very impressed with the way North Yorkshire County Council handled it all, their presence in the area. 

“It made me realise how much they cared.”

When the rain hit, Andrew couldn’t have predicted the sheer volume that fell.

He added: “I’d been watching the rain and then I saw a few stones fall out, then suddenly the bridge had collapsed.

“It was quite biblical really, I put some towels at the door in the bottom bar… but the flooding burst through the wall. 

“It came through, clearly the towels weren’t going to stop it happening. Water was rushing past the front door.”

The next morning, the community was out first thing clearing stones from the road outside.

Andrew said: “That was quite a positive thing to see - people out working together.

“There were people out there who hadn’t spoken in months or years all out working together.

“North Yorkshire County Council were fantastic too, they dug out the back and they were also using the car park to put materials on, but had information centres on the car park which meant people could get updates on exactly what was going on.

“That meant a lot to me and the community, it was just very helpful at a time when we needed it.

Andrew was the first person to drive over the repaired bridge - something he was pleased about because it meant customers were able to visit once again.

The pub has been hit by two more smaller floods this year- one in February and one in March.

He added: “North Yorkshire County Council dug the Gill out again just before the third flood and I think if they hadn’t the flood would have gutted the whole pub that time, so a big thank you for that.”

Some of the repair work done on the pub has been undone, and work was due to start in diverting the stream away from the pub and the pub cellar but was delayed due to Coronavirus.

But Andrew remains positive.

He said: “You can’t dwell on these things happening, you have to stay positive and move on.

“With three floods, when Covid-19 hit I felt quite experienced in dealing with crises.

“During lockdown I spent time with my family and I’ve made some wonderful memories.

“The pub is open again now, we have social distancing and safety measures in place but business is slowly starting to pick up.

“Work on the pub and car park which was delayed is scheduled to start in a couple of weeks too so I think my luck is turning.”

In this video, Landlord Andrew Atkin explains how the council helped prevent major flood damage at the Bridge Inn in Grinton and how the local community are rallying round the pub during the current pandemic:

The night the bridges collapsed, Swaledale saw a month of rain fall in just one night. In the space of hours, land and property was destroyed and bridges washed away. Some residents were left standing with only the clothes they had on their backs.

But despite the adversity, the council and community pulled together to get a semblance of normality back as soon as they could.

The county council acted fast to build temporary roads at both the Cogden South and Cogden North bridges.

The Bridge Inn at Grinton sits down the road from the Cogden North bridge. When the structure collapsed, landlord Andrew Atkin was cut off. If it hadn’t been fixed, footfall to the pub would be depleted and so would his custom.
When the temporary bridge was put in place, Andrew was the first to drive across it.

He said: “The work on the bridge is important to me and to the Dale because without it we were effectively cut off.

“Without a bridge, the economic results would have been catastrophic. So the work starting on the permanent bridge is good.”

Andrew remembers the night the flooding happened. When the flooding happened, the becks broke their banks and two small footbridges washed away. 

He said: “I’d been watching the rain and I saw a few stones fall out, then suddenly the bridge had collapsed.

“It was quite biblical really, I put some towels at the door in the bottom bar… but then the flooding burst through the wall.”

Andrew added the response from the community was heartening, with people picking up the scattered bricks from the bridge the next morning.

North Yorkshire County Council worked closely with residents to ensure they were up to date with any new information - something Andrew appreciated.

He said: “North Yorkshire County Council were fantastic, too. They dug out the back and they were also using the car park to put materials on, but had information centres on the car park which meant people could get updates on exactly what was going on.

“That meant a lot to me and the community, it was just very helpful at a time when we needed it.”

Geraldine Coates, chair of the Grinton and Ellerton Abbey Parish Council, also recalls that morning.

She said: “The beck overflowed its banks and ran down the road, the road resembling a river bed with stones, boulders and debris. The following morning a lot of people came out to clear the road of debris to allow traffic to move about.

“The County Council acted very swiftly in the aftermath of the flood and had the temporary bridges up in record time, enabling communications to carry on as normal. 

“It is very good news that they are now following through and rebuilding the permanent structures in the original dales vernacular style.”

She added the parish council is still raising funds to carry out work to stabilise the becksides of the village green and parking area to prevent more flooding in the future.

The B6270 will remain open as usual during the reconstruction, but there will be some traffic management using two-way lights toward the end of the scheme, with a one-night road closure when the new bridge units are lifted into place. Access will be maintained throughout the works with the exception of the night closure.

The work to rebuild the Cogden South bridge is programmed to begin on 14 September and anticipated to be completed by 25 January 2021.

The location of this bridge means there is very limited space for contractors to work safely and effectively while the road is open. Engineers have carefully considered the need to complete these works as quickly and safely as possible with the minimum of disruption. To achieve this, a full road closure will be required for the 16-week construction period, with no access for pedestrians, cyclists or vehicles, due to the alignment of the road and the space needed for the construction works to be carried out safely.

Find out more about the bridges manager role

Role summary

Salary: £49,320 to £57,376
Location: County Hall, Northallerton (with flexibility for remote or home working)
Hours: Full time
Contract: Permanent

Role details

The core focus of this job is to lead the delivery of the bridges and structures services and to ensure the effective management of the bridges and structures asset.

You will be responsible for:

  • delivery of the bridges and structures service and devising and implementing strategies and the service plan to ensure consistent, high quality and effective delivery of the service
  • ensuring the promotion of the service to all stakeholders
  • contribute to determining strategy, setting objectives and targets and to the development of policies for the bridges and structures service
  • leading in the development of effective maintenance and management of the bridges and structures asset
  • working with a range of partners and agencies, both internal and external, to develop and maintain co-operative relationships
  • responsible for a team of engineers and the programme of bridge inspections, maintenance work and the design of new structures

About you

You will ideally hold a chartered membership of an engineering, highways, or transportation Institution, and experience of bridges and structures, however, a person with the appropriate engineering experience close to full membership, could be considered for employment conditional upon gaining full membership with in an agreed timescale at the time of being appointed.

You will act as the technical approval authority of highway structures across the Council, so an understanding of the procedures involved would be desirable.

What’s in it for you?

We want you to work to live not live to work, we want you to enjoy the things in life that really matter to you and this is important to us. We are a large successful, highways service that can offer career development opportunities as well as job security. You can also expect to receive ongoing support throughout your role and access to the Council’s Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) approved training scheme.

We can offer you a range of employee benefits including a competitive salary, generous leave entitlement, flexible working hours, a government pension scheme and access to our ‘Everybody Benefits’ package which includes a variety of retail discounts.

As a council, we benefit from access to modern technology which has enabled us to work from home pre, during and post the COVID-19 pandemic. These opportunities are no exception and successful candidates will be fully enabled to; work from home, their office base with the opportunity to work across the region and beyond.

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Contact us and apply

We encourage conversations to progress your interest in this role. For an informal confidential discussion about this opportunity, please contact Barrie Mason - Assistant Director, Highways and Transportation on 07974 426640 or email barrie.mason@northyorks.gov.uk


To apply, please send your CV, quoting 'Bridges Manager', including a personal statement on one Microsoft Word document to resourcingsolutions@northyorks.gov.uk by Sunday 7 November 2021.

If you are ready to take on this exciting challenge then we would welcome your application. 

Key dates

  • Closing date: Sunday 7 November 2021
  • Interview date: Week commencing 15 November 2021

This is a politically restricted post. 

We do not accept applications from agencies.

Living in North Yorkshire...

Photographs of Whitby Abbey and Ribblehead Viaduct.North Yorkshire is a thriving county which adapts to a changing world and remains a special place to live and work. 

North Yorkshire natural beauty is captured in its three areas of Outstanding Natural Parks, National Nature Reserves, stunning coastlines, scenic rural villages, vibrant cities and market towns. North Yorkshire really is a beautiful, thriving and special place to live and work, rich in heritage and culture.

North Yorkshire features significantly in the ten best places to live in the UK in Halifax Quality of Life Survey 2019. The Quality of Life index aims to quantify where living standards are highest in the UK by ranking local performance across a range of indicators; 

Richmondshire was placed second in the list, a position boosted by excellent personal wellbeing factors (life satisfaction, happiness).

Hambleton was placed fourth and Ryedale was placed eighth, a truly commendable achievement and another incredible accolade for North Yorkshire. 

Photographs of Malham Cove and the sunset from Scarborough beach.

Figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) March 2019 bulletin positions North Yorkshire as the safest place in England with extremely low crime rates.  

In addition the county benefits from excellent road and rail links, with easy access via the east coast mainline, the A1(M) and A19. Leeds, York, Newcastle, Durham and Teesside are all easily commutable, and London/ Edinburgh just two hours away by train. 

From its lively cities to pretty villages, rolling countryside and grand coastline, Yorkshire has so much to offer.

As a whole North Yorkshire offers a high standard of living working in a stunning location.

Great employment opportunities for your family members along with a higher proportion of schools, which are good or outstanding compared to national figures.