Highway Maintenance Designer – Taunton

Technical Industries:
  • Civil
Job Type:
  • Temporary
Reference Number: SW 10087
Taunton, UK


Role: Highway Maintenance Designer
Location: Taunton
Salary: Circa £35/hr


To take responsibility for signing off the scheme to confirm it's appropriate and safe on behalf of the authority. At least 1 years design experience, will be working in a directional capacity.

1. Manages and oversees the design process of Somerset County Council led highway improvement projects that can range from minor improvement schemes (below £500,000) to the components of major multi-million-pound highway projects.

2. Line manages a team of highway design engineers and technicians, providing leadership, advice and guidance on highway design matters throughout the scheme lifecycle and assists them to identify potential career development opportunities. Directs and delegates work as required to ensure that scheme programme milestones are achieved and that the designs comply with national and local design guidance and standards.

3. Performs the role of a Principal Designer under the Construction Design and Management Regulations 2015 and all associated duties, including projects designed by team members. Duties include
· the planning, management, monitoring and coordination of health and safety in the pre-construction phase;
· the preparation of relevant information to other dutyholders under the Regulations;
· the provision of relevant information to the principal contractor to help them plan, manage, monitor and coordinate health and safety in the construction phase.

4. Commissions Road Safety Audits at relevant stages of scheme design and delivery. Reviews the outputs/ recommendations of these audits and formulates a response and report for consideration by the Project Sponsor.

5. Identifies and quantifies project risks, and ensures arrangements are put in place for their management.

6. Commissions highway design services through call-off contracts as necessary. Monitors performance and uses contract management mechanisms as necessary to ensure that the work supplied meets time, cost and quality objectives.

7. Works in collaboration with others to identify the preferred procurement strategy/route for scheme delivery and develops the Specification and Works Information/Scope in the required format.

8. Undertakes a technical audit role on third party designs, being responsible for the review of highway design disciplines including horizontal and vertical alignment.

9. Under the supervision of the Service Manager, leads on key aspects of projects which may have a significant impact on specific working practices of the Engineering Design service. This would include policy development or other activities which contribute to development and delivery of the Service Plan, with a view to then sharing any developments as appropriate across Highways and Transport Services, the wider Council and other Organisations.

10. Undertake investigations into contractual/political/technical issues, advising Senior Professionals and Line Managers on the outcome/implications and of any action taken. Provide detailed information as required to enable Line Managers to handle complex complaints or ombudsman enquiries in a professional manner which protects and reflects the standards of the Council.

11. Understand, uphold and promote the aims of the council’s equality, diversity and inclusion policies; health, safety and wellbeing of self and others; and Organisational values in everything you do. Equality and Diversity practice covers both interaction with staff, service users and communities and includes challenging discrimination and promoting equality of opportunity for all.



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