Job Type
£15.50 - £35.00 per hour negotiable depending on experience

Our Oxford City based client are looking to recruit a temporary ongoing Senior Engineer to start as soon as possible. 

Main job purpose:

  • To progress proposals for Highway Adoptions from planning permission stage to adoption. 
  • To ensure that legal agreements are fit for purpose and that all construction work is monitored in accordance with government guidelines, policies and procedures. 
  • To assist the Principal Engineer in ensuring that layouts of new roads and changes to existing roads are designed and built to meet all standards and appropriate contemporary urban design standards by working with officers, developers and local planning authorities. 

Main duties:

  •  To assist the Principal Engineer in managing the work of the team, with particular emphasis on management of work-load and output of direct reports.
  •  To assist the Principal Engineer in the development and implementation of team specific revised policies and working processes and procedures
  •  To promote a strong customer service focus within the team and provide an excellent level of customer care
  •  To deputise for the Principal Engineer as necessary
  •  Receive drawings from developers; ensure that proposals conform with OCC and national design standardsLiaison with other sections within the County Council as necessary and advising   applicants of requirements. Ensuring that all documentation and work undertaken complies with Government and Council guidelines and policies (including issues of safety).
  •  Advising Transport planning and other officers within the council on issues relating to legal agreements, highway safety and highway construction design and specifications.
  •  Assist the Principal Engineer in ensuring that inspection of construction of new roads and highway improvements are carried out in an appropriate manner and that highway adoptions take place   efficiently.
  •  Arrange for the Aids to movement (white lines and signs) to be checked or designed.
  •  Issue technical approval to developers.
  •  Calculate Bond and commuted sums required for each development scheme.
  •  Compile and provide all necessary information to enable legal instructions to be created in relation to development of S38, S278 and private street agreements
  •  Arrange/carry out site inspections and testing to ensure compliance with permissions, materials/workmanship standards and approved technical drawings.  This in relation to both S38 and S278   works.
  •  Agree work’s completion, maintenance periods, formal inspections and remedial works.
  •  Advise/instruct on adjustment of performance Bond held according to progress.
  •  Compile full highway adoption files in order that completed development schemes can be added to the definitive highway map by Highways Records Team.
  •  To assist the Principal Engineer in monitoring and review of the operation of the section to achieve maximum efficiency and high customer service and make recommendations to the Service   Manager accordingly.

Essential criteria for successful applicant:

Educational achievements, Qualifications, Training and Knowledge:

  • HNC or equivalent in relevant engineering, planning or transport discipline
  • CSCS qualification


  • Experience of negotiating and engrossing road agreements (Section 38 and Section 278 Agreements) for the provision of transport services and infrastructure
  • Experience of the road adoption process from initial submission to final adoption
  • Experience of site supervision of highway infrastructure together with sound record keeping
  • A working knowledge and experience of road construction design and specifications and other associated infrastructure
  • Knowledge of highway construction materials, their properties and uses
  • Understanding of the relevant section’s highway law relating to the function of this post.

Job related competencies:


  • *Active Communication – actively consults and supports the flow of communication through the organisation and provides a compelling vis

ion to others.

  • Improving Performance - Consistently manages towards high performance through appropriate feedback, management of poor performance and respect for individual difference.
  • Motivating & Influencing - Has impact and influence and effectively motivates others to achieve goals and embrace change.
  • Decision-making – makes clear management and financial decisions that take full account of value for money, cost management, efficiency and risk.
  • *Delivering Results- Consistently delivers stretching objectives through effective prioritisation, project management and the efficient use of resources.
  • Customer focus – retains responsibility for high levels of external and internal customer service through active feedback and a strong understanding of diverse customers.
  • Strategic Awareness – develops effective internal and external relationships and networks that enable the understanding and delivery of broad organisational goals.
  • Personal Effectiveness - Acts with high levels of trust and personal accountability and responds positively to change and opportunities for personal development

Personal qualities & skills:

  • Technical report and letter writing skills
  • Proficient in the use of ICT (word/excel/access/AutoCAD)
  • Proven ability to work under pressure & balance conflicting priorities
  • Ability to be assertive when necessary
  • Good organisational and analytical skills
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • The ability to deliver presentations to a varied audience

Special Requirements:

  • Full current Driving licence

Desirable criteria:

Educational achievements, Qualifications, Training and Knowledge:

  • Degree in relevant engineering subject
  • Member of professional institution (preferably engineering related)


  • Experience of viewing and editing AutoCAD drawings
  • Experience of dealing with complex highway adoption issues; such as land & legal complications
  • Experience of Highway Design and or Highway Design checks
  • Experience on advising Council Members and local planning authorities and presenting reports to committee
  • Knowledge of specification of materials for highway construction
  • Line management experience

Job related aptitude and skills Competencies:

  • An understanding of the challenges facing local government
  • Enthusiasm for change and innovation in road construction
  • Political awareness
  • Ability to interpret material test reports
  • Understanding of Advance Payment Code

 37 hours per week, Monday to Friday 9am-5pm.

Pay rate negotiable up to £35.00 per hour. 

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