Highways opportunities

We have a variety of excellent opportunities within our highways department at the moment

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Who are Highways?

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’s 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


About highways and transportation

North Yorkshire is a special place: England's largest county; breath-taking landscapes; friendly people; and the vibrant backdrop to the phenomenon that was the 2014 Tour de France “Grande Départe”, the subsequent Tours de Yorkshire cycle races and the upcoming cycling’s Road World Cycle Championships in 2019.

However being England’s largest and most rural county also poses significant challenges. We have one of the largest network of roads in the country, running through some of the most challenging landscapes.  The rural nature of the county gives the road network a unique importance to our customers who always see efficient and well-maintained highways as a priority.

North Yorkshire County Council was the first local authority to successfully bid for additional highway maintenance funding to help support the vast rural transport network, and other authorities are using the same model to apply for funding. We truly are trail-blazers in capital investment and have also delivered massive savings to meet the continuing challenges of local government finance whilst still ensuring that vital services are maintained.

The vast rural nature of North Yorkshire means that the highway networks are the true arteries of the county, providing the means by which the lifeblood of the county can move about. Whether it’s getting to work, getting the kids to school or getting to the hospital, transport around the county is vital. Whether it’s snow from the ‘beast from the east’ or flooding from Storm Desmond, these arteries must be kept moving.

The unpredictable nature of the weather and the variations of landscapes means that working in highways operations is never dull! Being adaptable and responsive is a must but being able to look ahead and predict issues is equally important.

Available opportunities

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

Roles within our highways operations teams

Major projects manager - highways and transportation
Location: County Hall, Northallerton
Salary: £48,000 to £55,840, subject to pay award agreement 2019

The major projects team forms part of North Yorkshire County Council’s highways and transportation service; its main focus is to manage the delivery of the council’s programme of major highway schemes. It is responsible for managing development, planning, statutory procedures, design, procurement and implementation of such schemes, as identified in the council’s capital programme. The impending retirement of our current major projects manager means that we are now looking for an experienced individual to join our team.

As the major projects manager, you will be responsible for managing and monitoring the delivery of major capital schemes and also for all aspects of budgetary control and reporting. You will provide leadership, direction, motivation and support to ensure delivery of the major schemes programme which includes an exciting opportunity to deliver the diversion of the A59 at Kex Gill between Harrogate and Skipton. This scheme will move this major road to the other side of the valley that it passes through to avoid the potential for landslips and improve the resilience of this key link. This high profile project is accompanied by a portfolio of other key projects that you will be responsible for. As part of the highways management team you will support the assistant director through contributing to the service plan and providing direction on the production, delivery, monitoring and review of the plan.

This role will be pivotal to the effective delivery of our highways and transportation service, and requires an experienced leader who can confidently drive service delivery to achieve maximum results. The ideal candidate will have a proven ability to communicate effectively, and will be able to influence, negotiate and challenge where necessary, in order to ensure an efficient and effective service.

Ideally we are looking for a chartered engineer but this role is also a great opportunity for someone looking for their next challenge within Highways with the potential to achieve chartered engineer status in the future.

Join us and you can expect to receive various employee benefits, which include flexible working (including working from home), generous leave entitlement which will increase with duration of service, and also access to our bespoke ‘everybody benefits’ package which offers numerous high-street retail discounts.

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

To find out more about this role please contact Barrie Mason, assistant director, highways and transportation on 01609 532137 or email barrie.mason@northyorks.gov.uk; we would welcome an informal conversation about the position.

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 Job description/ person specification (docx / 839 KB)

Key dates

Closing date: 24 March 2019
Interview date: 5 April 2019

Improvement Manager - Highways
Grade N £42,683 to £45,591
Location - Skipton Area Highways Officer
Full time

We have an exciting opportunity for an improvement manager to join our highways service to assist in the delivery of highway operations functions in the Skipton area highways office.

Working alongside the area manager, and other key staff, you will be responsible for a team of project engineers / highways officers, and will assist with the management of the area team to deliver a high quality service to the local community.

The work is demanding, but rewarding. Your duties will include managing the highway maintenance and improvement, development control and traffic management service as well as delivery of the annual capital programme and programmes of revenue work. Liaising with contractors and consultants to develop positive relationships and improve performance of partnership working across the highways North Yorkshire partnership is a key element of the role as well as fostering good relationships with elected members and the wider community of stakeholders we engage with. You will also assist in delivering our winter service in your capacity as duty manager on a standby rota basis as well as assisting with other emergencies; the role will include out of hours working.

In return 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. You can also expect to receive ongoing support throughout your role and to be part of a friendly and dedicated team.

If you are an experienced Highway Engineer looking to achieve the highest standards in the management, maintenance and improvement of the highway network we want to hear from you.

For further information about the role please contact James Malcolm, area manager on 01609 533778.

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 quoting IM to resourcingsolutions@northyorks.gov.uk by midnight on Sunday 24 March.

It is important that your CV is in word format and includes: your full contact details (telephone, email, address), full employment history (name of employer, job titles, dates of employment and salary), full education history (qualification, grade, dates and place of study), explanation of any gaps in employment. Your personal statement should outline your motivation for applying and how you meet the criteria for the role as detailed in the person specification.

We will not accept applications from agencies.

Closing date: Sunday 24 March
Interview date: Monday 15 April


Are you a qualified engineer starting out on your career? Or perhaps you’re a qualified engineer looking for a change? Would you like to work for an employer who promotes work life balance and offers fantastic flexible working opportunities?

This is an opportunity to get into a fast moving design and construction team whose recent successes include the repair of tadcaster bridge after a devastating flood damage.

We maintain structures and design new projects from first principles taking them from the concept to hand over. The job consists of design and supervision of the works so there is opportunities to work on sites as well as in the office. We design masonry, timber, steel, concrete and grp bridges so there is a wide variety of work onsite.

We are looking for some experience in bridge and highways design, supervision and management of works in the highway. Our multi skilled team deals with the maintenance of 1680 highway bridges, 250 km of retaining walls, 2500 culverts. We have diverse range of projects that will keep your interest and offer the opportunity to gain experience in other engineering disciplines and progress your career.

The Team's core functions are:

  • Delivering the county council's highways asset management service
  • Design and construct the council’s highway structures, roads and car parks
  • Providing strategic/professional guidance to colleagues in other teams
  • Management of our team of designers and supervisors
  • Carry out strength assessments on highway structures on the network
  • Carry out the inspection of highway structures on the network
  • Responsible for the identification of maintenance schemes and their design to completion, on time and budget
  • To assess and manage the movement of vehicles which are abnormal loads travelling on the highway network
  • Financial management of capital and revenue projects act as the technical approval authority for the county council

We work a 37 hour 5 day week and a flexitime system is available. The pay grade from April 2019 will be grade M wage scale 36 (£38,813) to 42 (£42,683) by progression after annual appraisal.

You will be based at County Hall but there will be some site work.

Some out of normal office hours working may be necessary from time to time (e.g. bridge inspections, emergency call outs, flood inspections and supervision of contracts on site) for which a payment will be made.

Chartered membership of the institution of civil or structural engineers or actively working towards chartered status is a must for this post.

For further information about the role please contact John Smith on 01609 532928.

Application pack

 Job description / person specification (pdf / 463 KB)


Key dates

Closing date: 10 February 2019
Interview date: To be confirmed

We will not accept applications from agencies.

* salaries subject to pay award agreement

Roles within our network strategy teams

Does having a genuine work/life balance in one of the most beautiful locations in Britain appeal to you? Would you like the challenge of working in the county with one of the biggest and diverse highway networks in the UK? Does the prospect of having an employer who has a vested interest in its employee’s wellbeing appeal to you?

If so, read on…

We have an exciting opportunity for a motivated professional with excellent asset life cycle experience and communication skills as a team leader - highway asset management. The core focus of the position is to own the Councils ‘asset life cycle’ approach to 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 a whole of asset life cycle approach 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. You do not have to be an engineer to apply, you must be an asset manager.

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.

Relocation packages are also available subject to meeting the requirements.

Application pack

To apply for this position please click the “apply” button below or alternatively send your CV quoting TLAM to resourcingsolutions@northyorks.gov.uk by midnight on Sunday 24 March.

It is important that your CV includes: your full contact details (telephone, email, address), full employment history (name of employer, job titles, dates of employment and salary), full education history (qualification, grade, dates and place of study), explanation of any gaps in employment. Your personal statement should outline your motivation for applying and how you meet the criteria for the role as detailed in the person specification.

We will not accept applications from agencies.

Closing date: Sunday 24 March
Shortlisting date: 29 March

Interview date: 15 April


* salaries subject to pay award agreement

Why work here?

North Yorkshire County Council prides itself on being the biggest employer in North Yorkshire as well as being the employer of choice. Our vision is for 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.

We welcome and celebrate diversity and inclusion and the strengths this brings to our communities and work force, we aim to provide excellent and efficient local services enabling everyone to fulfil their potential, to do this we give everyone equal access to services and job opportunities.

We heavily invest in the development of our employees, providing training and qualifications to further enhance their careers. We offer apprenticeship and graduate programmes as well as supported internships.

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

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.

In today’s climate, employment within a good organisation can be unstable, we can offer you a safe career, a good working environment as well as a generous benefit package. 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.

Hear what our staff have to say...

What’s is like to work in highways?

"Love it!! The team and line manager are so supportive. We are there for each other through thick and thin even though geographically we are spread across the county. One cry for help and someone is always there."

"Every day is a different challenge. Daily interaction with customers, contractors, developers, councillors keeps the job interesting. You have to be reactive to highways operation problems, but also apply strategic thinking in the longer term forward planning of projects."

"I enjoy my role because I am out and about for most of the time so no two days are the same."

What training and development is available to you?

“Training and development opportunities are readily available with opportunities to shadow and gain on the job experience where appropriate. Managers are supportive and encouraging when discussing career development and academic opportunities. Highways and transportation management help people to find their ‘happy place’ whether that is in career progression or even a sideways move into a different team, recognising different needs of individuals."

"Training opportunities are available depending upon existing qualifications.  The project engineer post in the thirsk area office is a career progression post between band 9 and 12 .The County Council also have an ICE training agreement for those staff who wish to progress to chartered or incorporated status."

How has our flexible working opportunities helped you?

"Flexi-time has enabled me to gain a work life balance that suits me and my young family. As a mum working full time and having the opportunity of flexi-time I have been able to progress in my career to management and still don’t miss the family time with my daughters. I haven’t missed a school concert/play yet!"

"We work within the flexible working hours which is utilised by team members for a good work life balance."

Why did you choose to work for North Yorkshire County Council?

"The Council has a very good reputation and I wanted to work for an organisation that has that reputation and looks after its staff."

"Having a safe career is really important to me, my job is safe and the benefits package suits my lifestyle."

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