Highways Contracts Manager
  • Employer: Brighton & Hove City Council
  • Reference: orbis/TP/25332/17959
  • Published: Fri 08/10/2021, 0:00 AM
  • Closing on: Sun 09/10/2022, 0:00 AM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 37
  • Salary: £45,648 - £49,402
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Hove Town hall

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Highways Contracts Manager

Job introduction

Are you passionate about delivering change that has a long-lasting, positive impact on people’s lives and where they live? This is an exciting opportunity to join a service at the forefront of responding to the climate emergency by influencing the way people travel around Brighton & Hove.

We are one of the busiest unitary Highway Authorities and this role will be central to dealing with transport contracts; helping to deliver the aims of the ambitious Local Transport Plan, as well as assisting with identifying efficiencies.

About the role

Join us in Brighton and Hove – a unique, energetic, diverse centre for culture in the South East and an exciting place to develop your career.

The city places emphasis on high-quality, forward-thinking, sustainable development and travel solutions. As a council we are committed to creating a more liveable city in which residents and visitors feel healthier, safer, more socially connected and included.

As Brighton & Hove’s Transport Contract Manager you’ll have a wide-reaching impact, working to ensure all the divisions contracts have a positive effect on highway safety, traffic capacity and the environment, as well as meeting the diverse needs of our community and supporting our ambition to become carbon neutral by 2030. This is a rare opportunity to provide leadership in one of England’s busiest unitary Transport services within easy reach of London.

There is an ambitious, high-profile pipeline of projects coming forward in the city including Valley Gardens phase 3, active travel schemes and the wider Local Transport Pipeline. You will proactively manage a range of contracts working with the relevant service managers to ensure that the contracts deliver the outcomes that have been identified.  You will work with the council’s procurement and legal teams to monitor and update the management team on how contracts are performing and when they are coming up for renewal.  You will advise and support service managers on the processes and specification of contracts.

As the successful candidate you will possess strong leadership skills and have experience of managing contracts. You will have a track record of successfully developing and delivering change, and you’ll also have a strong customer ethos, a collaborative approach and excellent communication skills across a broad range of diverse groups. 

As a manager you’ll work to the Head of Traffic Management, helping set the strategic direction for City Transport. You will be based in our modern, open plan offices in the city centre and benefit from flexible working, including home-working. Joining an enthusiastic and supportive team, you’ll collaborate with colleagues from a range of fields.

In light of the Covid-19 pandemic special arrangements will be made with respect to interviews, ensuring a safe interview process and equality of access for all participants.

Interview date: TBC

For an informal discussion, please contact Andrew Westwood (andrew.westwood@brighton-hove.gov.uk)

This role is politically restricted.  For further information on what this means for employees in post, please click on the document attachment below.

As part of your application, you will need to complete your education and work history and provide answers to some shortlisting questions. Your answers to the shortlisting questions are the most important part of your application as they will be used in the shortlisting process to assess whether you meet the essential requirements for the role that are set out in the person specification and to decide whether you should be offered an interview. Before you start your application, please read our guidance here (Shortlisting questions guidance (brighton-hove.gov.uk)) as this gives important advice which will increase your chance of success in the shortlisting process.

Additional information

Your starting salary will be pro rata if the above position is less than 37 hours or term-time only.

Work Permits: We may be able to obtain a Work Permit for this post but this is subject to meeting the requirements of the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) Points-based Immigration System. Please see Gov.uk for more information on the Skilled Worker Visa.

For more information about our values and the benefits of working at the council, visit Why work for us (brighton-hove.gov.uk)

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Encouraging a diverse workforce

Our city is known and loved for its diversity. Not only is the mixture of people, culture and skills vital to the economic and social development of the city, it's what makes Brighton & Hove such a great place to live, work and visit. We are committed to developing and retaining a workforce that is representative of the diverse communities we serve so we welcome applications from individuals from all backgrounds. In order to achieve our aims of proportionate representation, we particularly encourage applicants from a BME or White Other background as well as those who identify as disabled, male or trans.

Find out more about our commitment to being a fair and inclusive place to work where everyone can achieve their potential by reading about our fair and inclusive actions, our anti-racism strategy and the work we are doing to encourage a diverse workforce (brighton-hove.gov.uk).

We welcome applications from all sections of the community but particularly encourage applicants from a BME or White Other background as well as those who identify as disabled, LGB, female or trans as these groups are currently under-represented in our Directorate workforce.

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