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Senior Highways Engineer

  • Employer: Portsmouth City Council
  • Reference: 453
  • Published: Tue 07/03/2023, 15:40 PM
  • Closing on: Sun 16/04/2023, 16:40 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: FULLTIME
  • Salary: £35,000 - £74,999
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Portsmouth

The Service

We are the Infrastructure Section, which forms part of the City Council's Regeneration Directorate. We focus on four core areas, which are coastal and drainage, highways design, highways maintenance and project management.  We work on a variety of civil engineering projects across the city of Portsmouth to support the realisation of the Council's Plan.

We aim to produce exemplar work, through recordable and monitored processes, to a high standard, that others aspire towards.                 

As part of the regeneration team, you will be involved in ambitious schemes such as our multi-million pound projects Tipner West and City Centre North, that will transform Portsmouth, drive growth, strengthen communities, celebrate the city's skills and heritage, and draw on new innovations and technology.

Find out more about our specific projects by watching this short video

Invest in Portsmouth on Vimeo or visiting: https://investportsmouth.co.uk/

Why come and work in Portsmouth?

Portsmouth is a great waterfront city and a vibrant place to live and work.  It is an island city with an “inner city” feel, a seaside location packed with attractions and events, and the advantage of fantastic countryside on its doorstep.  With a fast-growing university, high-tech industries and a vibrant cultural scene, Portsmouth is a modern city that looks to the future, but which is proud of its unique heritage as the home of the Royal Navy and historic dockyard.  With fast road and rail links to London, Brighton and major airports, and ferry links to Europe, it is the perfect place to live and work.

Portsmouth City Council

At Portsmouth City Council we’re all about developing our staff, because we want to build a bigger and better city but we need the best employees to do so.

With over 207,000 residents and 7,000 businesses throughout this city, this unitary authority’s main goal is to ensure the best care and development of all those within the city. From customer service to multi-million pound projects, our residents are at the heart of everything we do.      

Your new role

This is a great opportunity for you to contribute to the design and delivery of highway schemes from inception through to completion. Schemes will range from small junction improvements through to multi-million-pound major projects.

What you'll need to succeed

You will be educated to HND or degree standard in Civil Engineering (or equivalent).  You will have an appropriate professional qualification (e.g. CEng together with membership of the appropriate professional body e.g. MICE) or demonstrated performance over a substantial period at this level.  You will also have a suitable management qualification e.g. Prince 2.

You will also be able to carry out engineering projects with values exceeding £1m from initiation through to completion without continual direction and have an excellent level of technical expertise.

You will be able to lead project teams through delegation and management and be able to accept responsibility for significant decision making processes. If you have excellent commercial awareness and are able to train/mentor engineers and assistant engineers then we would love to hear from you.

What you'll get in return

We are a disability confident employer - committed to ensuring that our recruitment and selection process is inclusive and accessible and welcome applications from all areas of society. 

We really appreciate our employees and fully realise they are essential to our success and look to offer an inclusive, supportive working environment where employees can reach their potential with a healthy work life balance, offering the following rewards:

  • A generous pension scheme
  • Up to 31 days annual leave per year after 5 years  service plus bank holidays
  • Flexible / hybrid working
  • A range of retail discounts via our reward portal offering discounts at retailers including IKEA, Currys, Tesco
  • Free Access to Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and wellbeing support
  • Access to a wide range of training and development opportunities including apprenticeships
  • Potential to purchase additional annual leave
  • Business travel support and initiatives, including bike loans

Please check out the link here to view the benefits of working with us!


What next

We would love to meet you for an informal chat so you can get to know us before deciding to apply.  If this is something you would be interested in then please email a copy of your short CV to Fernando Lopes, Major Highways Schemes Team Leader email fernando.lopes@portsmouthcc.gov.uk.  We will contact you to arrange a time to chat about the exciting plans we have and what you could potentially be involved with.

We look forward to speaking with you soon!


To make sure your application is above the rest, please download the Job Profile HERE to ensure your application matches the requirements of the role.


When completing your application please upload a cover letter covering the ‘Who is the Person’ points on the job profile giving examples of your experience and any transferrable skills.


Should you require any support in completing the application form please contact recruit@portsmouthcc.gov.uk


We will email applicants from time to time; please ensure you check e-mail folders as sometimes our e-mails may go into spam/junk folders.

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  • Employer: Portsmouth City Council
  • Reference: 453
  • Published: Tue 07/03/2023, 15:40 PM
  • Closing on: Sun 16/04/2023, 16:40 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: FULLTIME
  • Salary: £35,000 - £74,999
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Portsmouth

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