Highways career opportunities

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  • If you are ambitious and innovative about improving transport networks we want to hear from you!

Welcome from Barrie Mason - assistant director, highways and transportation

Thank you for your interest in our opportunities

At over 9,000km 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.

Critical to achieving our ambition is delivering the right transport infrastructure and that is where you come in! Given the diversity of our county the opportunities we have on offer are plentiful. 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.

If you would like to play a key part in delivering this ambition, we look forward to receiving your application.


The purpose of our Highways and Transportation service is to manage, maintain and improve transport networks and services with a clear customer focus and strong performance culture.
Our key strategic priorities include:

  • Improving east - west connectivity
  • Improving access to high speed and conventional rail
  • Improving long distance connectivity to the north and south
  • Economic growth - contributing to economic growth by delivering reliable and efficient transport networks and services
  • Road safety - improving road and transport safety
  • Access to services - improving equality of opportunity by facilitating access to services
  • Environment and climate change - managing the adverse impact of transport on the environment
  • Healthier travel - promoting healthier travel opportunities

Why work here?

A recent Local Government Association (LGA) peer challenge found that our council is a good place to work, with strong leadership and a loyal and committed workforce who have access to well-regarded training and development.

We pride ourselves on being an employer of choice, offering a range of training and development opportunities, career progression, flexible working and family friendly roles. For more information on the benefits we offer take a look at our  Total Rewards brochure (pdf / 1 MB)..

New to North Yorkshire? It really is a stunning, vibrant county with safe communities and excellent education. It is rich in heritage and culture, in a back drop of outstanding natural beauty, vibrant cities, market towns, quaint villages, stunning rural and coast landscapes. A simply stunning location to live and work, we really do have it all! If you are considering relocating here we provide a comprehensive relocation benefits package.

Northallerton 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 just 2 hours by train. North Yorkshire borders the Lake District, Lancashire, County Durham, and Yorkshire & Humber regions with all they have to offer.

However don't just take our word for it - read what our employees say:

Melisa Burnham – improvement manager

Melisa joined us in 2009 as Senior Engineer in the Special Projects team. Working on the projects she built on her technical engineering experience and project management skills, delivering projects from scheme inception, through consultations to final delivery.

In 2011 Melisa progressed to the Transport and Development team, where she was a senior engineer for local plans. This role allowed Melisa to represent North Yorkshire County Council at major planning application committees, public enquiries and examination in public events.

By 2016, Melisa was in a management position, taking on the role of Improvement Manager, where she was responsible for a team of 8 engineers in the Harrogate Area. This is a fairly new role for Melisa but she is enjoying the challenges it presents and is finding it rewarding when they meet their goals.

“Every day is different and requires decision making and communication on a number of different levels. One day you can be on a building site talking about local, specific site problems, the next you can be in a meeting with stakeholders and local Councillors discussing the wider vision of growth and the necessary strategic considerations for our highway network.”

Melisa has also taken on the role of workforce development rep where she works with teams across the department, helping others to achieve their career aspirations and training requirements.

Jayne Charlton - improvement manager

Jayne started working for us back in 1988 as a Technical Assistant in the Accident Investigation and Prevention Team within Highways. 

With the support of her line manager and NYCC she received funded training which allowed her to gain a HNC in Civil Engineering and ultimately progress into a Technician role.

In 1997 Jayne took a career break to look after her children. She returned to NYCC in 2002 where she took up the role of Traffic Management Engineer. 

By 2007 Jayne had progressed to a Highway Improvement Manager, managing a team of 6 engineers responsible for the day to day management of the Area Highway’s Office and delivery of the annual area capital programme of works which currently in excess of £5 million.

Gordon Milne - project engineer

Gordon’s career at NYCC began in Integrated Passenger Transport and within 4 years he moved into an Assistant Engineer role within the Traffic Engineering team. It was in this role that Gordon was able to pursue an HNC in Civil Engineering. The HNC was funded by the council and was a part time course in which Gordon had to attend Leeds College one day a week.

The day to day experiences within the Traffic Engineering team also allowed Gordon to gather a really good knowledge base in relation to highway design practices and project management. It was this base and qualification that enabled Gordon to apply for a Project Engineer role, which he is now undertaking.

Gordon particularly enjoys his role as a Project Engineer as he is able to work on a design from its conceptual stage right through to its completion.

James Smith – traffic engineering team leader

Prior to starting with NYCC in September 2016 James had been living and working in London for seven years.

James said “The move from London to North Yorkshire has allowed me a better quality of life, with some beautiful scenery on the doorstep, and friendly, bustling market towns to explore. It is certainly more peaceful that my previous surroundings! The size and variety of the county means that no two working days are the same, and you can be working on a project in Whitby one day, and in the Dales the next. All of the above brings its challenges, but also makes North Yorkshire a rewarding and exciting place to live and work.”

What else can we offer you?

We have exciting times ahead within the highways and transportation service offering you the opportunity to:

  • join a highly successful service;
  • progress your career and gain qualification with professional recognition through our Institution of Civil Engineers approved training scheme;
  • make a real difference to the communities of North Yorkshire;
  • use the latest technology and innovative ways of working;
  • be supported by professionals and a commitment to your continued professional development and life-long learning;
  • enjoy a comprehensive employee benefits package including employer pension scheme, family friendly leave, flexible working, salary sacrifice and employee discount benefits;
  • work in an inspiring environment, due to the natural geography of North Yorkshire;
  • have job satisfaction, with the ability to see through projects from start to finish, and witness first-hand the positive impact on the communities we serve;
  • work in partnership with communities, contractors and wider professional networks; and
  • work on new, innovative projects in an organisation whose strong financial management enables the investment into invest to save initiatives to secure future sustainability.

Available opportunities

We have a variety of excellent opportunities within our highways team at the moment. Select a job title below for more information.

We currently have a unique opportunity for a maintenance manager to oversee and manager our existing highways network.

As a maintenance manager you will be responsible for a small team of highway officers and assisting in the management of project engineers to deliver a quality highway maintenance service to the local community, including highway inspections, works delivery and design briefs. Liaising with contractors and consultants to develop relationships and improve performance of partnership working across the highways of North Yorkshire.

If you are an experienced highway engineer looking to achieve the highest standards in the management and maintenance of the highway network - we want to hear from you!

For an informal chat about this role please contact Nigel Smith, area manager on 01609 535818 or email Nigel.Smith@northyorks.gov.uk.

Application pack

 Job description / person specification (pdf / 380 KB)

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    We have an exciting opportunity for a senior engineer to join our transport and development based in Northallerton.

    As a senior engineer you will be responsible for delivering the highways development management service including supervising the transport and development engineers and highways officers. 

    You will have the opportunity to provide professional advice and direction on development and transportation issues to others involved in delivering the service in the transport and development team and colleagues throughout the business unit.  

    You will also be challenged with showing independent technical judgement coupled with the ability work with partners to establish mutually acceptable solutions to deliver growth, requiring you to find innovative solutions within technical constraints set by planning and highways legislation and guidance.

    If you are looking to assist in the exciting task of delivering the growth agenda in a highways context we want to hear from you.

    For further information about the role please contact Pam Johnson, team leader transport and development on 01609 532295 or 07800 875 820.

    Application pack

     Job description / person specification (pdf / 245 KB)


    Join us as an engineer in our highly successful transport and development team.

    Our team sits within the network strategy section of the highways and transportation service and are responsible for delivering the county council’s highways development management service, responding to significant and strategic planning application on behalf of the county council as local highway authority and providing strategic guidance to colleagues in other teams dealing with non-strategic planning applications on behalf of the county council as a local highway authority.

    As an engineer you will play a key part in providing professional advice on development and transportation issues and in delivery of this highways development management service.

    This role offers fantastic career development opportunities with the ability to gain your HND/C qualification along the way!

    If you are an engineer with the drive to deliver and contribute to our growth agenda we want to hear from you.

    For further information about the role please contact Pam Johnson, team leader transport and development on 01609 532295 or 07800 875 820.

    Application pack

     Job description / person specification (pdf / 305 KB)

    Apply now

    Would you like the opportunity to positively influence the future of highways engineering?

    We have an exciting opportunity within our highways asset management team for an officer to provide asset management expertise and support in developing and implementing highway network related management and maintenance policy and strategy.

    As an asset management engineer you will have the opportunity to be involved in the development, implementation and review of policy, management of contracts and development of the North Yorkshire highway infrastructure asset management plan. You will undertake highway asset valuation in accordance with CIPFA guidelines and use appropriate asset management techniques to optimise maintenance interventions, aiming for preventative rather than reactive maintenance solutions.

    If you would like to make a positive difference to highways engineering, we would like to hear from you!

    For further information about the role please contact Neil Leighton, team leader network management, on 01609 532800.

    Application pack

     Job description / person specification (pdf / 453 KB)

    Apply now!

    We are currently looking for project engineers to assist with the maintenance and improvement of the highway network in the local area.
    As a project engineer you will be responsible for delivering the council's maintenance, integrated transport programme and development responsibilities. You will have the opportunity to work on the assessment and delivery of highway maintenance projects and you will also be involved in the preparation of traffic schemes. You will be challenged with finding innovative solutions within technical constraints set by planning and highways legislation and guidance.

    We have posts available in both Kirby Misperton and Whitby.

    For an informal conversation about the Kirby Misperton post please contact James Malcolm, area manager on 01609 533778.
    For an informal conversation about the Whitby post please contact Richard Marr, area manager on 01609 533740.

    Application pack

     Job description / person specification (pdf / 485 KB)

    Apply now!


    Our flood risk management team is responsible for the development and implementation of the North Yorkshire local flood risk strategy and the other functions associated with our role as the lead local flood authority for the county.

    As an authority we are recognised as a key contributor to regional and national flood risk management policy and strategy and the service has a strong track record for delivering and supporting the delivery of flood and coastal risk management schemes. As lead local flood authority, we work closely with other authorities and communities to deliver services vital to the management of flood risk in this diverse landscape.

    As project engineer you will take on a lead role for one of our functional specialisms to help drive forward improvement projects and to provide support to the wider team. You will be challenged with providing engineering and risk management support to the flood risk management team leader in delivering the North Yorkshire local flood risk strategy, with specific accountability for sustainable development and capital programme management.

    For an informal conversation about the role please contact Emily Mellalieu on 01609 534876 or Emily.Mellalieu@northyorks.gov.uk.

    Application pack

     Job description / person specification (pdf / 376 KB)

    Apply now!


    Are you up for the challenge?

    We are currently looking for a traffic signals technical officer to join our traffic engineering team.

    Our traffic engineering team forms part of the network strategy group within the highways and transportation service unit. As a traffic signals technical officer you will be responsible for supporting the team leader (traffic engineering) in the management of all traffic signal controlled assets within control of North Yorkshire County Council.

    You will help with the provision of advice on traffic signal design, installation and maintenance to both internal and external clients. You will also assist with the day to day operation of the urban traffic management and control (UTMC) system, improving the efficiency of the network and maximising capacity. Helping monitor performance of traffic signals maintenance contractor is another important aspect of the job. Prior experience in the use of AutoCAD and undertaking junction/traffic signal capacity assessments would be advantageous but not essential.

    Join us at this exciting time!

    For an informal conversation about the role, please contact James Smith on 01609 532582.

    Application pack

     Job description / person specification (pdf / 370 KB)

    Apply now!


    Working in England’s largest county, this role offers a fantastic opportunity for those wishing to progress their career in the Transport and Development team building on a depth of practical experience delivering roadworks. 
    In this interesting but demanding role you will be is responsible for delivering developer funded improvements to the highway network and ensuring that new estate roads are constructed to a standard suitable for adoption as part of the highway network.
    The role of the Highway Officer is an essential element of the front line delivery of the highways service and therefore for many people the most noticeable and significant member of the team.  As a Highways Officer you will be responsible for safety inspections of the highway, supervision of maintenance and improvement works including local development control and customer liaison.

    Whether you are looking to start your career or looking for a new challenge, we would like to hear from you.

    For further information about the role please contact Pam Johnson, Team Leader Transport and Development on 01609 532295 or 07800 875 820.

    Application pack

     Job description / person specification (pdf / 283 KB)

    Apply now!

    North Yorkshire County Council’s Road Safety & Travel Awareness team are looking to recruit a Driver Training Officer (DTO).

    The Road Safety & Active Travel team delivers the councils statutory services to provide road safety education, training and publicity programmes as well as collision and casualty data analysis and services. The team delivers programmes that are designed to reduce road casualties and increase active travel on behalf of the Director of Public Health and the 95 Alive York & North Yorkshire Road Safety Partnership.

    As Driver Training Officer you will be challenged with the delivery of countywide driver training and education projects and services both within the council and to external agencies, companies and individuals.

    You will also have the opportunity to assist with the organisation and delivery of other Road Safety work as and when required which could include giving presentations and attending public engagement events.

    For further information, please contact Fiona Ancell on 01609 797489 or email fiona.ancell@northyorks.gov.uk

    Application pack

     Job description / person specification (pdf / 324 KB)


    Apply now!

    Key dates

    • Closing date: 26 November
    • Shortlisting date: week commencing 27 November
    • Interview date: week commencing 4 December

    Important note - your written application must fully address the criteria as detailed in the person specification which can be found in the information below. We will not accept CV submissions or applications from agency services.

    Up to an additional 10% of salary is payable for an exceptional candidate as well as a  relocation package (pdf / 180 KB).

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