Role: Streetworks Officer
Duration: 6 Months+
To work as part of the Network Management Service within the Streetworks & Events team, and ensure that all works, events and activity on the Street is coordinated, planned, processed and carried out in accordance with regulations and Oxfordshire Permit scheme. Officers will be responsible for coordinating utility activity on the network together with smaller schemes from the Highway Authority.
To provide support to works promoters and key stakeholders, ensure the accurate and timely assessment of Permit applications and to manage the network to minimise levels of disruption to the travelling public.
To support Technical officers through management of small scale/low impact works and ensure suitable conditions are applied when approving works on the highway, and that works do not clash with others on the network and suitable community liaison and communications have been completed.
- Liaison with works promoters (internal and external) on advance notification of works.
- Provide specialist advice and support to Technical Support Officers in the processing of permit applications, portable traffic signal applications and general licencing requests.
- Provide specialist support to Highway Maintenance Area Operations colleagues on New Roads and Street Works Act (NRSWA) inspections.
- Experience of stakeholder engagement including works promoters, Town and Parish Councils, County Councillors, local Councillors and internal teams including the development of communications and reports.
Job specific experience and knowledge
- Current street works qualification or willingness to undertake training.
- Experience of NRSWA and associated codes of practice.
- Ability to work under pressure in a fast-paced environment dealing with conflicting demands from stakeholders.
- Current CSCS card or willingness to undertake training.
- The ability to drive and the possession of a current driving licence, or ability to demonstrate an effective means of travel to remote areas of the county, are essential.
Oxfordshire has a wonderful balance between beautiful Cotswold countryside and quaint villages and towns against the urban dynamic of the world-renowned city of Oxford and surrounding market towns. It is a thriving county with one of the fastest growing economies in the country with a rapidly growing science sector and the base for many national and internationally recognised companies and organisations. As a result of this growth, the county has seen significant investment in both large and small infrastructure schemes in the last few years which has required changes to the way the Council works and engages with its residents and businesses.
The Communities Directorate consists of approximately 800 staff supporting the County’s Highway, Waste, Property, Environment, Strategic Planning and Safety functions with many more people engaged in service delivery through our key supply chain or partner organisations.
The Communities Directorate plays a key role in delivering the council’s vision to have:
- Thriving Communities – where every community thrives, and everyone can play an active part;
- Thriving People – where everyone leads safe, healthy lives while people with the greatest need are cared for;
- Thriving Economy – which creates jobs and homes for the future.
To do this we are seeking staff who will “do the best they can for residents” by;
- working together in a supportive and honest way
- striving to find the best solutions
- being open to change and doing things differently.
Infrastructure Delivery Service
The services we deliver to residents and businesses of Oxfordshire include:
- Highways maintenance (including winter maintenance).
- Highway records.
- Highway improvements and construction.
- Flood risk management.
- Road space management (including traffic control centre).
- Waste management.
- Parking services.
- Countryside management including two National Trails.
Network Management consists of 4 teams, Parking Enforcement, Network Coordination, Urban Traffic Management Control and Filming and Events.
The County Council (under our Network Coordination function) will be implementing a Permit Scheme for road and street works in the county in December 2019. The Permit Scheme scrutinises and authorises work on the highway network for utilities, developers and County Council highway maintenance works. This is a new function for the County Council and requires experienced and/or enthusiastic people to support and run the Scheme.
The role and associated teams within the service will be based in Ron Groves House with the expectation of working in line with the Councils Agile working policy. Support will be given to staff and teams to further adjust to this way of working.
Staff are based at a number of locations within the County. These include:
- County Hall – Oxford.
- Speedwell House – Oxford.
- Southern Highways Depot – Drayton.
- Northern Highways Office – Ron Groves House, Kidlington.
- Northern Highways Depot – Deddington.