The starting salary for this position is £40,227 per annum based on a 36 hour working week.
The Highways Operations and Infrastructure group in the Highways and Transport Service provides excellent customer service and this is embraced to ensure that customers are at the heart of everything we do.
We are looking for a Senior Traffic Engineer to work with the Principal Traffic and Commissioning Engineer on delivering a programme of traffic engineering projects, ensuring that traffic enquiries are always dealt with appropriately, and new schemes are prioritised and delivered in a professional manner.
The Senior Traffic Engineer role is a challenging opportunity to provide technical and design input for schemes and be the front face of our service with County Councillors, District and Parish Councils, Residents and other stakeholders. As part of the new Highway Engagement and Commissioning team you will respond to highway traffic related enquiries and Member improvement scheme prioritisation across the County.
You will have the opportunity to work with County Councillors and other stakeholders to better understand the traffic safety, highway environment and improvement needs of an area, which will also influence the work of a variety of engineering teams. This will include representing the service at engagement meetings that elected representatives will be attending, and advising Members on prioritising the resources available to them.
The workload will be varied but will include a range of general traffic issues for new speed limits, junction improvements, managing traffic to improve air quality and advising on traffic management for special events. This will often mean working closely and collaboratively with other highway teams, partner organisations, elected Members, contractors and other stakeholders.
You will also commission works from other teams within the group and service to enable best value from the budgets available. You will actively engage with a variety of stakeholders about sometimes complex highway issues and translate this technical information into clear prioritised proposals. This will require attending a number of meetings, occasionally outside of normal working hours at a variety of non-county council venues.
The work will require site visits and so a knowledge of site safety procedures and temporary traffic management practices is essential. Sometimes highway schemes meet some resistance, even if prioritised by a local community and this gives you the opportunity to calmly influence and turn around opinion to give a positive outcome.
We are looking for a highly motivated person who can make a valuable contribution towards influencing traffic engineering outcomes. You will need to be a great communicator, with a passion for challenging conversations, as well as an advocate of doing things differently as we would like to improve the service that we offer. You will require good organisational and IT skills and will have achieved a degree level education or equivalent, or an equivalent level of experience in a traffic engineering service.
For this key area of work, we are looking for someone who will be confident in representing the service and to actively engage with communities, their elected representatives and other stakeholders. To be shortlisted for interview your CV and personal statement (of approx. 500 words) will clearly evidence:
- A high level of technical competency and experience in traffic engineering
- A high standard of communication, presentation and IT skills
- A proven ability to engage with County Councillors and other stakeholders
- Confidence in dealing with a wide selection of customers and striving for Customer Service Excellence
- Ability to manage workloads and deal with conflicting priorities
- A collaborative and network approach to working with colleagues across the group, service and council
- Able to commission highway work prioritised by County Councillors from the delegated budgets available
Due to the nature of the role, a full driving licence is essential.
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The job advert closes at 23.59 on 17/05/2022.
Interviews will take place on a rolling basis from the week commencing 23/05/2022. Please be aware that this advert could close on an earlier date than advertised, if the role is successfully filled we therefore encourage an early application.
This post has been designated as a politically restricted post in accordance with the Local Government and Housing Act 1989.
For an informal discussion please contact Zena Curry or Anne-Marie Hannam on 0300 200 1003 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. We look forward to receiving your application.
From flexible working to job sharing (where possible) we are committed to providing a healthy work life balance. A laptop and mobile will be supplied if applicable to your role. You will benefit from 26 days annual leave, rising to 28 days after 2 years’ service, a generous local government salary related pension, as well as the option to join our car lease scheme. For more information about the wide variety of benefits you can take advantage of please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff.
Surrey County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all under represented groups.