Highways, Transport & Environmental Maintenance Commissioning Manager

30 May 2019
27 Jun 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
Main Purpose of Post:

??To lead the Highways, Transport and Environmental Maintenance Service advocating an asset management led approach and moving to common best practice. This includes linking with other locality commissioning teams, and working across national and regional bodies, Government, MPs etc.

??To lead development and culture of all teams, team members and key stakeholders to their full potential to work in a mobile and flexible manner to meet the needs of both authorities and to ensure resilience.

??To lead strategic commissioning and procurement of transport, highways, street scene and specialist asset services and works; this will include setting outcomes for the Commissioning team, and for the Service Provider team and suppliers within a strong contractual framework, and developing a network of alliances with other public authorities.

??To drive efficiency and effectiveness of highway network management and ensure that corporate approaches (such as payment by attainment of outcomes) are embedded.

??To be the Custodian of highways and transport assets.

??To develop and be the Custodian of highways innovations, strategies, policies and interventions.

??To Commission and lead the highway improvement and maintenance works programmes using an asset management led approach in the context of related highways strategies, policies and interventions; this will include the prioritisation of improvements within budgetary constraints and meeting political objectives.

??To work within a politically sensitive and challenging environment.

??To be the accountable manager for the Highways and Transportation capital and revenue budgets (in excess of GBP50 million per annum).

??To discharge associated statutory duties on behalf of the Authority; this includes the Highways Act, 1980 and Network Management Duty set out in the Traffic Management Act 2004.

??To ensure that data and the analysis and interpretation of data and supporting systems is in place to support complex, politically sensitive and challenging decisions.

??To negotiate new contracts, or protect the councils interests / position from commercial or contract claims.

??Ensure National Code of Practice, insurance and DFT Incentivisation funding issues are maximised for the benefit and or reputation of the council.

??To develop, foster and enhance across partners via collaboration the Shropshire Highways Alliance, and in particular pursue ISO Accreditation for Partnership working.

Key Responsibilities and tasks:

You will be responsible for and undertake duties consisting of:

1.Leading the Highways, Transport and Environmental Maintenance Service and advocating an asset management led approach, moving to common best practice.

2.Leading development of the skills and collaborative culture of all teams, team members and key stakeholders to their full potential to work in a mobile and flexible manner to meet the needs of SC and to ensure resilience.

3.Providing advice, guidance, draft policy support to the Commissioning Service and preparing decision reports, Cabinet and briefing papers to Members, informal Cabinet / Cabinet and Senior Officers.

4.To negotiate new contracts with formal council approval, and where necessary protect the councils position and defend any contractual or commercials claims, liaising with colleagues in Legal and Audit, or procuring independent advice on contract claims as required.


Degree in Civil Engineering and / or formal Management Degree

Corporate membership of an appropriate professional body.

Significant experience of leading multi service teams and being an advocate of common best practice

Experience of negotiating contracts, dealing with contractual disputes, developing new contract processes.

Extensive experience of commissioning at a strategic level including managing service contracts and ensuring financial and time target dates were met.

Experience in leading major change management programmes

Experience in developing new processes and procedures to improve efficiency and effectiveness across all services, contracts and service level agreements using a systems thinking approach.

Experience in budget management - and a strong understanding of financial payment processes.

Experience of developing strong, sustainable and effective partnership relationships.

Experience of managing multi service areas.

Experience of advising, guiding Senior Officer and Portfolio Holders through proposed policy and business changes.

Experience of service provider and contract performance management.

Experience in working across traditional service boundaries to achieve outcomes that improve the service.

Trained in NEC contract management.

Extensive experience in negotiating and liaising with Trade Unions and or employee representatives across a number of issues.

Extensive experience of leading work performance, capability and disciplinary procedures