Senior Advisor - Air Quality

National Highways

Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester or London
£40,911 - £45,004 pa pro rata

Paid • Full or Part Time • Permanent

Sectors: environmental management, sustainability

Closing date: Monday, 22nd August 2022   2 days left


Your new role

As a Senior Environmental Advisor you will act as a source of air quality expertise leading on the delivery of better environmental outcomes across the business.

You will be responsible leading new initiatives and supporting the activities National Highways is already taking in delivering National Highways Air Quality Strategy to support the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Department for Transport (DfT) as they work to improve air quality in the UK and deliver NO2 compliance at the roadside in the shortest timescale possible.

Working at a national level, you will primarily provide specialist air quality advice to Major Projects and Operations Directorates to support delivery of an ambitious programme of National Highways’ asset maintenance and development. You will be responsible for providing advice across air quality including; air quality modelling and reports, design, mitigation and supporting projects through the planning process.

What you’ll be leading on

  • Provide accurate, practical, and timely specialist advice (including reviews and technical assurance) to National Highways, with a particular focus on supporting delivery of our Major Project’s programme of works.
  • Act as a source of subject matter expertise to provide advice and guidance to National Highways’ contractors and suppliers, with a focus on assuring that environmental work is fit for purpose and fulfils Design Manual for Roads and Bridges (DMRB) requirements.
  • Internal and external stakeholder engagement to promote and gain commitment to delivering better air quality outcomes.
  • Freedom to make day-to-day tactical decisions with supervision from the Air Quality Team Leader. Recognise issues and escalate accordingly.  

To be successful

  • Strong communication skills, including the ability to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences often with differing points of view.
  • Ability to collaborate with others to set standards and implement best practices, whilst dealing constructively with setbacks.
  • Full membership, or working towards, a relevant professional institution, and/or relevant qualifications and evidence of professional development.
  • Specialist knowledge and experience of air quality assessment and modelling.
  • Ability to deliver better air quality outcomes on complex development projects and our network through collaboration with project delivery teams.
  • Ability to use specialist air quality knowledge to optimise solutions to complex issues.

A bit about us

Safety, Engineering and Standards (SES) is an exciting place to work. SES key priorities are to support world class operational delivery and technical advice for our road network, provide support services to lead, enable and innovate in the development of the Strategic Road Network and provide expert advice on matters relating to health and safety. If you are looking for a challenging, exhilarating and world class organisation then join one of our dedicated, professional teams leading on technical services, health and safety, sustainability and diversity agendas for National Highways.

Want to know more?

Please email [email protected] quoting REQ1989.

Why you should join us

At National Highways 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.

About us

At National Highways 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.

An informal blended working approach has been adopted for many of our roles across National Highways. We offer many different ways to work flexibly and we’re open to discuss part-time working, job shares, and flexible start and finish times. Please wait until the interview stage before asking us about flexibility, and we will explore what is possible.

Our benefits package

Our total reward package includes basic salary, the potential for a performance related bonus, and employer pension contributions of up to 10%.

We also offer:

  • Annual Leave starting at 26 days (plus Bank Holidays) rising by 1 day each year up to 31 days (plus Bank Holidays)
  • Flexible hours and blended working between base location/home
  • Life assurance of 4 times annual salary
  • Health and wellbeing support, including an Employee Assistance Programme, available 24/7 365 days and network of mental health first aiders. Plus access to a wellbeing app to enhance your self-care 24/7, Occupational health service and flu vaccines
  • A cycle to work scheme for the purchase of a bicycle and equipment for healthy, low carbon travel
  • Significant investment in your career development, through learning and development, talent management, coaching, mentoring and on job experience

And we are:

  • Family friendly with enhanced maternity leave and pay, paternity leave (15 days), shared parental leave, adoption leave. Plus access to financial support for holiday play schemes and paid special leave (up to 5 days pa), eg for caring responsibilities
  • Money friendly with access to a discounts platform including over 3000 discounts for supermarkets, eating out, leisure, holidays. Alongside a financial wellbeing programme

Community friendly – offering paid leave to volunteer, 3 days basic/year plus an extra 3 days to support the national Covid effort

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 we reserve the right to close before the advertisement expires.


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