Head of major projects and infrastructure

Our Highways service are seeking a Head of Major Projects and Infrastructure to develop our programme of major capital schemes in North Yorkshire.

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  • Join us to enable future growth across North Yorkshire.

With over 9,000 km in length, North Yorkshire has one of the longest road networks 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 highways projects

The A19 at Chapel Haddlesey was closed in February 2020 when the River Aire spilled over its banks during Storm Dennis. The A19 at that point is built up because it crosses a flood plain. Strong winds pushed water in the flood plain across the road and against the embankment. That eroded the embankment, causing the carriageway to subside and crack. 

Despite the size of the challenge and ongoing adverse weather, our highways team inspected the site as quickly as possible and commissioned a design that would allow the contractor to begin reconstruction. The most significant issue was that the scale of the damage was unknown. Investigation and design were delayed by very slow dissipation of water, the availability of specialist equipment and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Reconstruction of the road involved 30,000 tonnes of rock armour, placed on the embankment shoulders to protect against flooding. In the layers beneath the new road surface is 12,361 tonnes of porous material that allows any floodwater to drain away, and above that another 10,514 tonnes of material that acts as a drainage layer.

James Malcolm, Highways Area Manager, said: “This has been a substantial piece of civil engineering, one of the most substantial in North Yorkshire. It is on a constrained site, where we had to dismantle and reconstruct the causeway and embankment on the same footprint. We’ve also had to deal with difficulties caused by severe weather and the impact of the pandemic.

“The end result is a legacy that is futureproofed for generations to come. The embankment and highway will serve local communities into future generations. It has inbuilt resilience that will enable it to recover from any flooding it may face.”

Read more about the planning, design and build of the A19 project here.

Read the news story about the reopening of the A19 at Chapel Haddlesey here.

Crossing the road safely is something most of us take for granted several times a day.

So when members of the Yorkshire Coast Sight Support group said there was one area in particular where visually impaired people were struggling to cross, it became a team effort to get something sorted. That team, made up of officers from North Yorkshire County Council and the Sight Support Centre, made the zebra crossing happen.

The Yorkshire Coast Sight Support Centre is on Dean Road, Scarborough, which was where the difficulty crossing the road arose. That part of Dean Road has heavy, constant traffic.

Manager of the centre Colin Eastwood said: “All our members are visually impaired, with many coming to our resource centre by bus or, particularly in summer, walking from the town centre. 

“Traffic took no notice of someone wearing a hi-vis vest, dark glasses, with a white cane and often a guide dog trying to cross the road. 

“In most cases, a team member from the centre had to go out to escort our visually impaired visitors across the road.”

Darren Griffiths, a senior engineer within Highways, put in an application for funding for a crossing at the site.

Darren said: “It is a very busy road and there wasn’t anywhere for the members to get across, so they suggested a formal crossing just outside of the centre.

“I identified the best location, arranged surveys and then prepared a detailed design before applying for funding through the accessibility budget, which is available for things like this, putting in drop kerbs etc.

“Eventually, we were granted funding for a crossing. The whole process didn’t happen immediately; I first met the members on site in 2018 and colleagues took the scheme forward.”

Lindsay Walters, a Project Engineer for Highways and Transportation, developed the plan for the crossing, amending the design to suit the road layout and working with the street lighting team to provide beacons and more lighting over the crossing.

Now the crossing is in place, everyone is feeling the benefit.

Read more about the Dean Road crossing project here.

The A1(M) J47 and adjacent A168 and A59 junction lie in a rural setting. A1(M) J47 provides access from the strategic road network and to the towns of Knaresborough and Harrogate to the west and to the City of York to the east. The A168 runs parallel to the A1(M) between Walshford and Dishforth.

Junction 47 of the A1(M) suffers from peak hour congestion when queuing occurs along both the northbound and southbound A1(M) exit slip roads. These queues can extend onto the A1(M) and represents a safety concern. Queueing fluctuates throughout the peak period resulting in unreliable journey times when using A1(M) Junction 47 and the adjacent A59 and A168 link road junction. This situation is amplified further during periods of higher demand such as those experienced during the Great Yorkshire Show, where congestion occurs across a large geographical area. Vehicles waiting to exit from the A168 Link Road at the A59 T-junction have been observed having difficulty due to both insufficient gaps between vehicles on the A59 and queues temporarily extending from Junction 47 through the T-junction with the A168.

The project improvements involve widening three of the four slip roads onto and off the roundabout to increase capacity. The other major upgrade is the installation of traffic signals on the roundabout to improve the flow of traffic, addressing the issue of vehicles queuing down the slip road onto the A1.

In addition, nearby junctions will be improved. Traffic signals will be added to the T-junction between the A168 and the A59 a short distance from Junction 47 on the York side. This will benefit drivers turning on to the A59 and will improve safety.

Read more about the upgrade of junction 47 here.


Find out more about the head of major projects and infrastructure role

Role summary

Salary: £59,526 to £67,815 plus a ten per cent recruitment payment
Location: County Hall, Northallerton (with flexibility for remote or home working)
Hours: Full time
Contract: Permanent

Role details

The core focus of this role is to develop and manage the planning, statutory procedures, design, procurement and implementation of the programme of major capital schemes, other key projects and the bridges and structures assets.

You will be responsible for:

  • managing and monitoring the performance of consultants in the delivery of the programme of major capital schemes and all aspects of budgetary control and reporting
  • strategic management of bridges and other highway structures
  • manage the delivery of our major highway schemes capital programme, including design, preparation of contract documents, procurement through relevant procedures, supervision of construction and financial control
  • process land acquisition and access requirements related to schemes
  • management of the submission of the Council's case through public inquiries including presentation of proof of evidence as expert witness
  • authorise works orders and commissions
  • manage the commissioning of work with consultants and statutory bodies
  • supporting the assistant director through contributing to the service plan and as part of the highways and transportation management team, through providing direction on the production, delivery, monitoring and review of the plan

About you

This role will be pivotal to the effective delivery of our highways and transportation service, therefore requires an experienced leader who can confidently drive service delivery to achieve maximum results. You will have experience of major highway schemes or projects, processes in statutory orders, and have public inquiry experience. You will also have the proven ability to communicate effectively and influence, negotiate and challenge where necessary, in order to ensure an efficient and effective service. You will have exceptional organisational skills, and are able to meet deadlines and manage your own workload effectively within agreed parameters.

You will ideally hold a chartered membership of an engineering, highways, or transportation institution, however, we see this role as a great opportunity for someone looking for their next challenge within highways with the commitment to achieve chartered engineer status within the first two years of employment.

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 our Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) approved training scheme. We have a track record of delivery and a significant major scheme programme which includes our scheme to divert the A59 at Kex Gill at a cost of approximately £60m.

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.

Sector knowledge is not required, we welcome applicants who have experience in highways and major projects consultancy, senior designers or contractors.

Key documents

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 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.