Senior Environmental Specialist

Highways England

Penrith or Preston

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

Reference: HIG00834

Sectors: conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Tuesday, 22nd January 2019   1 day left

As a Senior Environmental Specialist, you will lead and coordinate the activities and resources involved in the identification and evaluation of environmental needs. You will develop these needs into environmental schemes involving road strategy, safety and cycling, renewals and more. You will need to provide specialism and technical expertise and engage with both internal and external stakeholders to provide sound advice and meet deliverables in projects.

This role can be based in Penrith or Preston.

You will be required to drive as part of your role and you will need to have a full clean driving license to be considered for this position

What you’ll be leading on

  • Advice and input into the development of early solutions for improvements and/or renewals, considering new techniques, materials, feasibility, and costs
  • Identify and commission environmental studies and survey works
  • Collaborate with engineering colleagues to ensure forward programme plans reflect asset needs and priorities, environmental legislation, business priorities and strategies
  • To oversee and advise on the development of technical briefs provided to the design and construction contractor for improvement and renewals work
  • Develop environmental scheme and identify early needs

To be successful

  • Degree or equivalent qualification in relevant discipline or equivalent experience
  • Experience of project/programme delivery
  • Experience in working within budgets including the creation of a budget for scheme development
  • Experience in highway construction and delivery methods
  • Evidence of excellent stakeholder management and communication skills

A bit about us

Highways England is the government-owned company charged with operating, maintaining and improving England's motorways and major A roads. In Cumbria and North Lancashire this includes managing, maintaining and improving the existing M6, M55, A585, M6, A590, A66 and the A595, routes that run through designated sites including the Lake District National Park and Morecambe Bay Nature Improvement Area. The Government is investing a total of £11.35 billion in the enhancement and long-term maintenance of the network in the first Road Period (2015/16 – 2019/20). This not only presents an environmental challenge, but provides a huge opportunity to deliver these schemes in greater harmony with the environment than in the past. Not only this but there is a ring fenced budget for standalone environment improvement schemes in line with targets made within the Environment Strategy, Delivery Plan and Biodiversity Plan. Within the Operations Directorate and Asset Delivery Contract, this exciting role is directly linked to helping us manage our environmental assets which include a wide variety of habitats, species, structures, environmental barrier and wildlife fences, drainage ditches, outfalls as well as landscape and cultural heritage features.

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Why you should join us 

At Highways England we believe in a connected country. We are passionate about creating a culture where colleagues feel connected, included and enjoy greater wellbeing to achieve this. We’re proud that as an organisation we are continually striving to do better and actively encourage and support our colleagues to do the same with their careers. 

So if you put safety first, take ownership of your work, show passion for what you do, work effectively in a team, and demonstrate integrity in how you do it – then you’ll be a great fit for our organisation
And finally

And finally we reserve the right to close before the advertised closing date, so we recommend completing your application as soon as possible.

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