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Senior Design Engineer
  • Employer: Surrey County Council
  • Reference: orbis/TP/1005/18373
  • Published: Tue 09/11/2021, 15:22 PM
  • Closing on: Sun 28/11/2021, 23:59 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 36.0 hours per week
  • Salary: £40,227 per annum
  • DBS Check: Yes
  • Location: Merrow, Guildford

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Senior Design Engineer

The starting salary for this role is £40,227 per annum for a 36 hour working week.

Following an extensive re-structure there are a number of new opportunities within Surrey County Council’s Highways and Transport Service, based in Merrow, Guildford. We are looking for a highly motivated individuals with relevant experience, who can make a valuable contribution towards improving the highway network.

The Senior Design Engineer will provide technical expertise and deliver specified highway projects as part of the annual local improvements programme sourced through the Local Transport Plan (LTP), LEP, DfT grants and third party funding. The post holder will be responsible for managing the design cycle from outline feasibility assessment to final agreed design. 

The Environment, Transportation and Infrastructure Directorate is a large and complex directorate with responsibilities including facilitating safe and reliable journeys, shaping places for our customers, achieving sustainability and climate changes targets and always putting the customer first while providing excellent value for taxpayer money.  The Highways & Transport service within the Directorate is responsible for ensuring the effective management, maintenance and improvement of all highway and transport assets. The highway is the most valuable asset managed by Surrey County Council with a replacement value of approximately £7.5bn and is critical to the economic growth of the County. It is regarded by elected members and residents as one of the most important services provided by the Council.  As such, the service manages significant financial, health and safety, and reputational risks.

The service operates in an environment with significant political engagement, and has daily contact with MPs, Cabinet members, backbench Members and committees.  Excellent customer service is standard and the post holder will be expected to embrace this in their approach, ensuring they put customers at the heart of everything they do. They will be accountable to elected Members and residents to explain decisions and actions relevant to their role. 

The post holder is responsible for managing the entire development process from feasibility to final detailed design. Following completion of final design the post holder will work with  Project Managers and service providers during the construction phase. The post holder will have an in-depth understanding of highway engineering solutions and traffic management practices and will ensure that a zero tolerance approach is applied to health and safety failures.  The post holder will be both office based and need to travel to sites across the County.

The post holder will need to work and travel across the County and will need a full driving licence. There may be the need for occasional weekend and evening work.

To be shortlisted for an interview, your application will clearly evidence:

  1. Your qualifications relevant to civil engineering, post qualification experience, and membership of a relevant professional body
  2. Your experience of using AutoCAD plus relevant highway design packages
  3. Your experience of leading project teams that could include external partners and mentoring less experienced colleagues
  4. Your involvement in designing and implementing a range of highway improvement schemes
  5. Your ability to provide technical advice, guidance on legislation (including CDM) as well as the ability to promote best practice.
  6. Your knowledge of highway contracts, specifications, methods of measurement, item coverage and pricing schedules relating to highway improvement schemes.

At Surrey, our values and behaviours are just as important as our skills and abilities. They shape who we are as an organisation. Find out more about the values we follow.

For more information please find the full job description below and refer to this before submitting your application. We also invite you to read our Life at Surrey handbook to see insights of the culture at Surrey and how as a valued employee, you can help shape our Council.

Additional Information

The job advert closes at 23:59 on Sunday 28th November 2021.

Interviews will take place during December 2021.

This post has been designated as a politically restricted post in accordance with the Local Government and Housing Act 1989.

Contact Details

If you are interested in this opportunity then please do contact us to ask questions or request a call back for an informal discussion:

Michelle Armstrong,
Nick Healey,

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.

Our Commitment

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.