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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 p.a.
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

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: Development Manager Highways Officer
Salary: £26,999 to £29,636 p.a.
Contract: Full time
Location: Northallerton

We are looking for someone to join the Development Management Team in the Development Management Highway Officer role.

This is an excellent opportunity for someone with experience of highway work delivery to work with the wider development management team to ensure developer funded road works and the highway to be adopted as part of development are constructed in accordance with the County Councils’ requirements and to assist developers through the process of delivering developer funded works.

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 role of development management officer is to inspect and offer superintendence for developer funded road works in the existing highway under Section 278 of the Highways Act and inspection of new roads funded by developers delivered under Section 38 agreement, reaching agreement with developers and engineers over the process and stages of delivery of agreed plans. You will monitor progress on developers’ road construction schemes and the construction of adoptable estate roads, including the maintenance of appropriate records and contributing to the monitoring and updating of the specification for housing and industrial estate roads and private street works.

To be successful, you must have:

  • In-depth knowledge of highway construction/maintenance techniques and specifications
  • Knowledge of highway safety and relevant codes of practice
  • Significant technical background with Highway Construction/Maintenance and Civil Engineering Experience to enable post holder to instruct developers and their agents on appropriate construction and methods of working
  • Demonstrable experience of contract supervision and site measurement.
  • Excellent negotiation and communication skills

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 or David Kirkpatrick on 01609 797639.

Key dates

Closing date: 2 August 2019
Interview date: 20 August 2019

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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 CVs 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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