The Local Highway Operations service provides the operational management of Highways, Countryside and Public Rights of Way for WSCC. Within this service, the Area Highway Teams manage county-wide safety inspections and safety response services to ensure the network is safe and serviceable for highway users. They manage customer and stakeholder requests and enquiries in relation to highway matters and provide technical and legal guidance on engineering and traffic matters. The service leads on proactive communications and supports communities who wish to pursue community-led or volunteering activities to improve their local highway spaces.
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About The Job
Salary: £47,351 - £51,807 per annum
Working Pattern: Full time, 37 hours per week
Location: Drayton Depot, near Chichester
Interview Date: 27 September 2021
The Area Highway Manager is a critical role to ensure local delivery of the highway service. The role puts customers, communities and our members at the heart of everything we do.
The Area Highway Manager will lead a team who deliver the highways service in a discrete geographical area and they may have a countywide specialism / responsibility for another aspect of Local Highway Operations.
The role will focus on the effective day to day operations of a service through the management of a team. This will include the performance management of the team, and other service related activities and the co-ordination, planning and delivery of agreed objectives.
You will contribute to the development and shape of future team provisions. You will also build and maintain relationships, as well as influencing activities across and outside of the organisation. As part of a wider management team, the role holder will be included in an 'Out of Hours Rota' which means that they will be contactable in the event of a major incident outside of office hours.
Experience and Skills
- Ability to make sound pragmatic problem-solving decisions, which will have a wider service impact.
- The ability to provide comprehensive professional advice and support within the service specialism, including tackling difficult problems of a technical, professional, resource or people related nature.
- Excellent communication skills with ability to influence actions by others and negotiate effective business solutions.
- Effective people management and performance management skills and the ability to provide direction and support to individuals and teams.
- Ability to set timescales and review effectiveness of service delivery.
- Ability to challenge existing practices and identify innovative solutions within the required framework.
Qualifications and/or experience:
- Post graduate professional qualification relevant either to management or to the professional service specialism, for example, Civil or Traffic Engineering; or equivalent level of significant experience demonstrating applied application of the above levels of knowledge in a relevant setting.
- Relevant chartered/incorporated status of a professional body Institution of Civil Engineers (CEng/IEng status) or equivalent high-level experience of involved practices.
- Full current driver's licence.
- Demonstrable experience of delivering or co-ordinating a quality customer focused highway maintenance or traffic engineering service to others.
Rewards and Benefits
As an employer we recognise that it is our employees that are central to everything we do. We aim to create a supportive and dynamic working environment where employees can achieve their full potential, achieve a healthy work-life balance and are rewarded for the work they do.
For a full list of the benefits offered to you as a West Sussex County Council employee you can find them on our Rewards and Benefits page.
The reference number for this role is EIE00853.
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