Are you passionate about delivering change that has a long-lasting, positive impact on people’s lives and where they live? This is an exciting opportunity to join a service at the forefront of responding to the climate emergency by influencing the way people travel around Brighton & Hove.
We are one of the busiest unitary Highway Authorities and this role will be central to dealing with the transport development aspects of a range of exciting regeneration projects within the city; helping to deliver the aims of the ambitious City Plan and Local Transport Plan, as well as assisting with the city’s economic recovery following the Covid-19 pandemic.
About the role
Join us in Brighton and Hove – a unique, energetic, diverse centre for culture in the South East and an exciting place to develop your career.
The city places emphasis on high-quality, forward-thinking, sustainable development and travel solutions. As a council we are committed to creating a more liveable city in which residents and visitors feel healthier, safer, more socially connected and included.
As Principal Highway Agreements Engineer you will ensure major developments provide adequate forms of transport for all users, with a focus on sustainable travel and high-quality public realm. You will lead on managing the safety and traffic management impacts of develop-led highway works and major building construction projects, minimising any detrimental effect on the transport network and environment, meeting the diverse needs of our community and supporting the Council’s ambition to become carbon neutral by 2030.
This is a rare opportunity to influence the direction of development in the city and secure long-lasting highway improvements in one of England’s busiest unitary Transport services within easy reach of London. You will also help to shape a new, expanded team to respond flexibly and efficiently to the development demands of the city. You may be interested in the other team roles being advertised alongside this post currently.
As the successful candidate you will have significant technical engineering knowledge and skills, a keen focus on compliance and experience of negotiating legal agreements. You will have a track record of implementing successful quality assurance processes and working collaboratively with others to ensure critical standards are met. You’ll also have a strong customer ethos and excellent communication skills across a broad range of diverse groups.
As a senior officer you’ll work directly to the Transport and Highway Development Manager, helping set the strategic direction for City Transport and development in the city. You will be based in our modern, open plan offices in the city centre and benefit from flexible working, including home-working. Joining an enthusiastic and supportive team, you’ll collaborate with colleagues from a range of fields, working closely with the Planning service and Transport Project teams to deliver transport infrastructure changes across the city.
In light of the Covid-19 pandemic special arrangements will be made with respect to interviews, ensuring a safe interview process and equality of access for all participants.
Interview date: TBC
For an informal discussion, please contact Andrew Renaut, Head of Transport Policy & Strategy at Andrew.Renaut@brighton-hove.gov.uk
As part of your application, you will need to complete your education and work history and provide answers to some shortlisting questions. Your answers to the shortlisting questions are the most important part of your application as they will be used in the shortlisting process to assess whether you meet the essential requirements for the role that are set out in the person specification and to decide whether you should be offered an interview. Before you start your application, please read our guidance here (Shortlisting questions guidance (brighton-hove.gov.uk)) as this gives important advice which will increase your chance of success in the shortlisting process.
Your starting salary will be pro rata if the above position is less than 37 hours or term-time only.
Work Permits: We may be able to obtain a Work Permit for this post but this is subject to meeting the requirements of the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) Points-based Immigration System. Please see Gov.uk for more information on the Skilled Worker Visa.
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Encouraging a diverse workforce
Our city is known and loved for its diversity. Not only is the mixture of people, culture and skills vital to the economic and social development of the city, it's what makes Brighton & Hove such a great place to live, work and visit. We are committed to developing and retaining a workforce that is representative of the diverse communities we serve so we welcome applications from individuals from all backgrounds. In order to achieve our aims of proportionate representation, we particularly encourage applicants from a BME or White Other background as well as those who identify as disabled, male or trans.
Find out more about our commitment to being a fair and inclusive place to work where everyone can achieve their potential by reading about our fair and inclusive actions, our anti-racism strategy and the work we are doing to encourage a diverse workforce (brighton-hove.gov.uk).
We welcome applications from all sections of the community but particularly encourage applicants from a BME or White Other background as well as those who identify as disabled, LGB, female or trans as these groups are currently under-represented in our Directorate workforce.