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Who are Highways?

Thank you for your interest in our opportunities.

At 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.

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; and
  • Healthier travel - promoting healthier travel opportunities.

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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.

Our latest roles

Highways has recently announced some new exciting changes to their service, come join us and be part of our new vision...

Post: Senior Engineer – Highways Development Service (HDS)
Salary: Grade: M £38,813 - £42,683 pa
Contract: Full time
Location: Northallerton

We are looking for someone to join the Development Management Team in a new post.

The Senior Engineer - Highways Development Service (HDS), will be the single point of contact for NYCC commercial highways design services, working with developers seeking to undertake highway works associated with new development within North Yorkshire.

With a bold and varied landscape and excellent wider transport links, North Yorkshire inspires and attracts a wide range of major developments, and often unique projects which are exciting to be part of. As well as working on the transport and highway solutions associated with thousands of planned residential properties, the team has also been part of plans for developments delivering new link roads, rail bridges, film studios, entertainment complexes, new transport terminals, and even delivering opportunities for mining and other varied critical infrastructure projects.
The purpose of the role is to own and manage the Council’s Highways Development Service, to be the single point of contact for developers and to ensure the project’s success by achieving a set return and delivery of key objectives, to be an integral part of the delivery of the highways development management service including supervising the Development Management Engineers and Highways Officers, and to provide professional advice and direction on development management issues to others involved in delivering the service in the team and to colleagues throughout the Service Unit.  

To be successful, you must have:

  • Detailed knowledge of current guidance and legislation regarding highways development management, developer funded highway works and the Planning process.
  • Knowledge of highway design issues including Design Manual for Roads and Bridges (DMRB)
  • Knowledge of computer based management information systems.
  • Project and contract management experience
  • Commercial awareness

If you want to be part of our bright future and would like to know more about this fantastic opportunity please contact Emily Mellalieu on 01609 534876
Closing date: 1st August
Interview date: 16th August – there is flexibility if required

If this sounds like the role for you then we would be delighted to receive your application.

Contact us

For further information about the role please contact Emily Mellalieu on 01609 534876 or email Emily.Mellalieu@northyorks.gov.uk or David Kirkpatrick on 01609 797639

Key dates

Closing date: 1 August 2019
Interview date: 16 August 2019

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Post: Team Leader Asset Manager
Salary: Grade N - £42,683 to £45,591 p.a.
Contract: Full time
Location: Northallerton

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.

Relocation packages are available subject to meeting the requirements.

Contact us

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.

Key dates

Closing date: 16 June 2019
Shortlisting date: To be confirmed
Interview date: To be confirmed

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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 16 June 2019.

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.

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Post: Street Works Inspector Coring
Salary: £26,999 to £29,636 p.a.
Contract: Full time
Location: Northallerton

In order to better protect the highway network and improve quality control, North Yorkshire introduced a structured coring programme across the County. 

Sound like something you would like to be a part of? We are looking for a street works inspectors to join us!

Our street works team is responsible for enforcement activities outlined by the new roads and street works act, the traffic management act, the highways act and associated codes of practice.

As part of the street works team you will be based out of a local highway office, assisting the street works manager in undertaking the management and inspection of all works in the highway. You will also assist with the overall street works management and inspection regimes undertaken under The New Roads and Street Works Act (1991) and the Traffic Management Act (2004). There will be a particular focus on a reinstatement coring regime and with the preparation of associated technical reports. For the winter maintenance period you will assist with the provision of an out-of-hours winter service. 

Whilst an ONC (or equivalent) in a relevant subject and being having a supervisor and operative  accredited (City & Guilds / SCOTVEC) is desirable, it is not essential.  An understanding of or experience with coring operations would be an advantage, as would familiarity with NRSWA (1991), TMA (2004), winter service experience and knowledge of Microsoft Office applications.  Familiarity with the geography of North Yorkshire would also be an advantage. 

In return, we can offer you numerous benefits including generous annual leave entitlement, flexible working, access to the Local Government Pension Scheme and to our employee benefits scheme ‘Everybody Benefits’ and commitment to staff training and development.

North Yorkshire benefits from easy connectivity to the A1M, M62, A19, A64 providing convenient connectivity to vibrant cities such as Durham, Teesside, Darlington, Newcastle, York, Leeds, and a little over two hours commute on the main train line to London.

England’s largest county, it includes the stunning Yorkshire Dales and North Yorkshire Moors National Parks, three Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Pennines and a picturesque coastline around Scarborough, Whitby and Filey. We have cultural market towns such Harrogate, Thirsk, Ripon and Northallerton; offering the best of the modern and tradition, there really is something for everyone.

Contact us

For an informal discussion, contact Peter Hoare on 01609 532197 or email Peter.Hoare@northyorks.gov.uk.

Key dates

Closing date: 16 June 2019
Shortlisting date: To be confirmed
Interview date: To be confirmed

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Post: Project Engineer
Salary: Grade H to K (career graded) - £24,313 to £34,788 p.a. depending on experience
Contract: Full time
Location: County-wide

North Yorkshire County Council has several exciting project engineer opportunities within our highways operational service across the county.

Reporting to the local improvement manager you will be working within a team of skilled and passionate project engineers constantly seeking to deliver high performance, value for money, continuous improvement and quality outcomes on behalf of our community.

The core focus of the role is to provide engineering support to the local area management team with regards to maintaining and improving the highway network in that area. You will be heavily involved the implementation of capital improvement and maintenance schemes, routine highway maintenance activities, delivery of the winter maintenance service, local network management and liaison with the public at a local level. You will also be involved with local highways development control, traffic management and the enforcement of highways legislation.

This is a career grade post so all levels are welcome to apply as training and further education would be provided as appropriate. As such the successful candidates must be willing to work towards an HNC / HND in civil engineering or already have, similar or higher in an appropriate technical discipline.

North Yorkshire is a great place to live with easy access to the wonderful countryside of the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors National Parks and a beautiful coast line. There is a rich diversity of environments to enjoy for all the family - outdoor activities like Brimham Rocks and coastal walks, also vibrant places such as York, Leeds and Harrogate. With good access routes A1(M), A19 and A64 and M62, making North Yorkshire easily accessible from many surrounding areas including Newcastle, Sunderland, Durham, Teesside, Hull, East Riding, West Yorkshire and Doncaster.

Relocation packages are available subject to meeting the requirements.

Family person? North Yorkshire has a high percentage of Ofsted rated “good” schools and is amongst the top 15 per cent of GCSE results in the country. With all the above it makes North Yorkshire a great place to live.

North Yorkshire County Council 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.

Contact us

For further information about the role please contact Richard Marr on 01609 533740 or email Richard.Marr@northyorks.gov.uk.

Key dates

Closing date: 16 June 2019
Interview date: 24 June 2019

Key documents

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To apply for this position please click the “apply” button below or alternatively send your CV quoting PE to resourcingsolutions@northyorks.gov.uk by midnight on Sunday 16 June 2019.

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.

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Post: Improvement Manager (two roles available)
Salary: Grade N - £42,683 to £45,591 p.a.
Contract: Full time
Location: Skipton and Boroughbridge

We have a two exciting improvement manager opportunities in our Skipton and Boroughbridge highways operational offices.
Reporting to the area manager and working alongside the maintenance manager, you will be responsible for a team of skilled and passionate project engineers constantly seeking to deliver high performance, value for money, continuous improvement and quality outcomes on behalf of our community. Your local duties will include developing and delivering the local capital program, coordinating local development control and providing a local traffic management service.

Liaising and collaborating with our delivery partners to develop positive relationships and improve delivery performance across our 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; as such the role will include some occasional out of hours working.

North Yorkshire is a great place to live with easy access to the wonderful countryside of the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors National Parks and a beautiful coast line. There is a rich diversity of environments to enjoy for all the family - outdoor activities like Brimham Rocks and coastal walks, also vibrant places such as York, Leeds and Harrogate. With good access routes A1(M), A19 and A64 and M62, making North Yorkshire easily accessible from many surrounding areas including Newcastle, Sunderland, Durham, Teesside, Hull, East Riding, West Yorkshire and Doncaster.

The Skipton and Boroughbridge offices serve an area matching the York and Harrogate District Council boundaries which, whilst different in terms of operational issues, are both equally stunning parts of this beautiful county.

Relocation packages are available subject to meeting the requirements.

Family person? North Yorkshire has a high percentage of Ofsted rated “good” schools and is amongst the top 15 per cent of GCSE results in the country. With all the above it makes North Yorkshire a great place to live.

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 a civil engineer with experience in delivery of capital programs who is seeking to achieve the highest standards in regards to the management, maintenance and improvement of the highway assets and network we would love to hear from you.

Contact us

For further information about the role please contact James Malcolm, Area Manager on 01609 533778, email James.Malcolm@northyorks.gov.uk or Melissa Burham on 01609 532371, email Melisa.Burnham@northyorks.gov.uk.

Key dates

Closing date: 16 June 2019
Interview date: 27 June 2019

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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 16 June 2019.

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.

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Don't see a vacancy?

At Highways, we are always on the lookout for new talent. If you are currently within a Highways environment or an equivalent role and looking for a new adventure send your CV, quoting HWSPEC to resourcingsolutions@northyorks.gov.uk.

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 a position you are interested in and your motivation for applying.

We look forward to hearing from you!

We do not accept CV's from agencies

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.

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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