Highways career opportunities

Join one of the most highly regarded highways services in the country!

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  • "The diversity of North Yorkshire means no working day is the same, making it a rewarding and exciting place to work."

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.

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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 and career progression allowing you to manage your own development journey and empowering you to control your career. We positively encourage flexible working and we provide you with the technology you need to work from a wide variety of locations.  In addition to your salary we offer a range of great benefits to help you financially make life a bit easier. From childcare vouchers, travel loans, shopping and gym discounts to name but a few you can find more information on the range of benefits we offer within our  Total Rewards brochure (pdf / 1 MB).

New to North Yorkshire?

North Yorkshire really is a stunning, vibrant county with safe communities and excellent education. Over the past two years the new national crime figures have revealed North Yorkshire to be the safest place in England. 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. If you are considering relocating to North Yorkshire we provide a comprehensive  relocation benefits (pdf / 179 KB)package (subject to eligibility) and as a whole North Yorkshire offers some great employment opportunities for your family members along with a substantial number of good to outstanding performing schools. A simply stunning location to live and work, we really do have it all!

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

To find out more about what it is like to work at North Yorkshire County Council take a look at the following video:

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.

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“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. 

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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.

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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.

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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 than 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 county wide 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 manage 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!

If the prospect of a new challenge appeals to you, we would encourage you to take the opportunity to have an informal discussion around this role with Nigel Smith on 01609 535818.

Application pack

 Job description / person specification (pdf / 380 KB)

To apply for this position please click the “apply” button below or alternatively send your CV to resourcingsolutions@northyorks.gov.uk quoting Maintenance Manager.

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

    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.

    If the prospect of a new challenge appeals to you, we would encourage you to take the opportunity to have an informal discussion around this role with Pam Johnson on 01609 532295 or 07800 875 820.

    Application pack

     Job description / person specification (pdf / 245 KB)

    To apply for this position please click the “apply” button below or alternatively send your CV to resourcingsolutions@northyorks.gov.uk quoting SETD.

    Apply now!

    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 have the drive to deliver and contribute to 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 / 305 KB)

    To apply for this position please click the “apply” button below or alternatively send your CV to resourcingsolutions@northyorks.gov.uk quoting EngineerTD.

    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 county wide across North Yorkshire.

    We would encourage interested candidates to take the opportunity to have an informal discussion around this role with Mike Roberts on 01609 532168.

    Application pack

     Job description / person specification (pdf / 485 KB)

    To apply for this position please click the “apply” button below or alternatively send your CV to resourcingsolutions@northyorks.gov.uk quoting ProjectEngineer.

    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)

    To apply for this position please click the “apply” button below or alternatively send your CV to resourcingsolutions@northyorks.gov.uk quoting HO.

    Apply now!

    Our Highways team have a fantastic opportunity for an energetic, competent and confident individual. You may not have previous experience in sustainable travel projects but if you have the determination to win the confidence of colleagues and partners together with the vision and capability to take our service forward then we have the role you are looking for.

    As part of our team you will deliver the Open North Yorkshire Access fund programme of active travel schemes that are designed to reduce road casualties and increase active travel on behalf of the Director of Public Health as well as North Yorkshire County Council. You will also engage directly with employers, schools and colleges to facilitate modal shifts to more sustainable transport, particularly walking and cycling and you will develop promotional literature and information/ marketing campaigns.

    This appointment is fixed term until 31st March 2020.

    If the prospect of this challenge appeals to you, we would encourage you to have an informal discussion around this role with Fiona Ancell on 01609 797489.

    Application pack

     Job description/ person specification. (pdf / 311 KB)

    To apply for this position please click the “apply” button below or alternatively send your CV to resourcingsolutions@northyorks.gov.uk quoting STProjectofficer.

    Apply now!

    Are you someone who enjoys working with numbers and analysing data? Are you organised, able to prioritise workloads and meet timescales? Does the prospect of career progression excite you?

    We are looking for Assistant Highways Officers to join a developing team.

    The core focus of the role is to assist the Area Management Team in managing Client activities in the Area, especially with regard to the safety of the highway network and the compliance with the County Council's works specification.

    You will assist with the inspection of road works, including the site measurements and maintenance of site records, winter maintenance activities and other emergency works, this will include out of hours work on a rota basis. You will also carry out temporary minor repairs to ensure safety to the public and the preparation of works orders within the Highways maintenance contract.

    In addition to this you will also assist Highway Officers in the supervision of developer funded road works in the existing and perspective highways, ensuring that they are constructed in accordance with the County Council's requirements and could also assist with the developers.

    We would encourage interested candidates to take the opportunity to have an informal discussion about this role with Mike Roberts on 01609 532168.

    Application pack

     Job description/ person specification (pdf / 462 KB)

    To apply for this position please click the “apply” button below or alternatively send your CV to resourcingsolutions@northyorks.gov.uk quoting AHO.

    Apply now!

    Would you like the challenge of working in the county with one of the biggest highway networks in the UK?

    We have an exciting opportunity for a motivated professional with excellent technical and communication skills as a Team leader - highway asset management. The core focus of this role is to own the whole HMEP agenda and ensure the successful delivery against and, continuous improvement in, the Council's Highway Asset Management Strategy.In so doing, you must be able to communicate clearly the Highway asset management strategy to internal teams, external partners and stakeholders and to the customers and residents of North Yorkshire. This involves fostering effective and constructive working relationships with internal teams to deliver transformational change in identification and delivery of the Highways Capital Works Programme. As the key advocate for the Council's Highway Asset Management Strategy, you will articulate a clear policy narrative and where necessary, give direction, across a range of internal and external partners and stakeholders and set a positive and collaborative 'can do' culture.

    If the prospect of a new challenge appeals to you, we would encourage you to take the opportunity to have an informal discussion around this role with Allan McVeigh on 01609 532847.

    Application pack

     Job description/ person specification (pdf / 423 KB)

    To apply for this position please click the “apply” button below or alternatively send your CV to resourcingsolutions@northyorks.gov.uk quoting TeamLeaderHAM.

    Apply now!

     

    Are you passionate about traffic management and road safety? Are you looking to start your career or want a challenge in a more senior position? Do you want to work for an employer who has vested interest in its employees wellbeing and promotes work life balance as well as located in a beautiful part of the country?

    NYCC have an exciting opportunity for the right individuals who have the motivation to learn, develop and manage their own career. Working within the traffic engineering team, the core function of the role is to deliver capital funded local safety schemes to reduce the number and severity of casualties arising from road collisions. You will also carry out fatal collision inspections and reports, undertake road safety audits, and will produce and update traffic management and road safety engineering policy. Overall you will contribute to ensuring North Yorkshire's roads are as safe as possible for all users through all of the work you do.

    We have a variety of roles available at different levels dependent on experience, have a look at the job descriptions below for more information.

    We would encourage interested candidates to take the opportunity to have an informal discussion around this role with James Smith on 01609 532582.

    Application pack

     Job description/ person specification - band 9 (pdf / 412 KB)

     Job description/ person specification - band 10 (pdf / 412 KB)

     Job description/ person specification - band 12 (pdf / 412 KB)

    To apply for this position please click the “apply now” button below or alternatively send your CV to resourcingsolutions@northyorks.gov.uk quoting TMRSEB9 or TMRSEB10 or TMRSB12.

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    We have an exciting opportunity for a Highways Officer within our Highways and Transport department.

     

    The core focus of this job is to assist the maintenance manager and improvement manager in managing client activities in the area, especially with regard to the safety of the highway network and the complince with the County Council's work specification. As part of this role you will complete safety inspections of the highway network including the maintenance of computer records, inspect and approve sites for operations carried out under the Highway Authority, you will also complete inspections of developer funded road works in the existing highway under section 278 of the Highways Act and complete inspection of new roads funded by developers. In addition to this you will be working with the developer and his team to ensure the scheme is delivered to the appropriate standard and in a timely manner.

    Application pack

     Job description / person specification (pdf / 289 KB)

    To apply for this position please click the 'apply' button below or alternatively send your CV to resourcingsolutions@northyorks.gov.uk quoting HOHT.

    Apply now!

     

    Are you someone who would love the opportunity to illuminate North Yorkshire?

    We are looking for two Project Managers to join the Electrical Engineering Team which sits within our Highways and Transportation Service. As a project manager you will be responsible for designing street lighting and illuminated traffic sign projects across North Yorkshire for both the council and external clients.  You will oversee the projects from inception to completion, managing the installation process and testing and commissioning the finished projects. You will ultimately be responsible for managing the design and delivery of our 2 year street lighting energy reduction project. Alongside this, you will also play a key role in the delivery of the street lighting design for any new housing development in North Yorkshire, supervising the installation as part of the Council’s Design and Build service in collaboration with the Council’s contracting partner”

    Application pack

     Job description / person specification (pdf / 411 KB)

    Please note the closing date for this vacancy is 25th February

    To apply for this position please click the “apply” button below or alternatively send your CV to resourcingsolutions@northyorks.gov.uk quoting PME.

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    Key dates

    • Closing date: 7th February 2018
    • Shortlisting date: 8th & 9th February
    • Interview date: weeks commencing the 12th and 19th February 2018

    Important note - your written application must fully address the criteria as detailed in the person specification.

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

    Key documents

    Highways links for further reading

    NYCC have an ideal opening for you to train, learn and develop through our established graduate engineering programme.

    Over the course of the 3 year, fixed term programme, you will achieve ICE accreditation through our approved ICE training scheme and gain valuable experience of working across all functions within Highways and Transportation. This is a great opportunity to be part of an excellent training programme that will allow you to take that first step into a dynamic and progressive career.

    If you are looking to make the first step to a dynamic engineering career we would love to hear from you!

    For an informal discussion about the role please contact Melisa Burnham on 01609 532371, who will be happy to answer any questions.

    Application pack

     Job description / person specification (pdf / 546 KB)

     

    To apply for this position please click the "apply" button below. We look forward to receiving your application!

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    NYCC has a fantastic opportunity for current undergraduates to get a foot on the ladder and  real taste of the engineering world!

    We are offering a minimum 8 weeks of paid employment each summer holiday, commencing around the end of June/ early July and finishing early September. This is a unique opportunity to experience the different areas of work which we undertake, across highways and transportation services which includes network strategy, highways operations and contract management.

     

    This is a great opportunity to join a highly-acclaimed organisation and begin a thriving and dynamic career.

    If you have any questions about this exciting programme, or would like any further information, please contact Melisa Burnham on 01609 532371.

     

    Information pack

     Bursary information pack (pdf / 314 KB)

    To apply for this position please click the "apply" button below. We look forward to receiving your application!

     

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    In addition to the above roles we also have some exciting graduate and undergraduate opportunities:

    Key dates

    • Closing date: 25th February 2018
    • Shortlisting date: 26th & 27th February
    • Interview date: weeks commencing the 5th March 2018

    Important note - your written application must fully address the criteria as detailed in the person specification.

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