Principal Engineer - Structures

Job Description

About The Job

Salary: £36,922 - £39,880 per annum
Working Pattern: Full time, 37 hours per week
Location: Chichester, County Hall
Interview date: week commencing 24 May 2021

As the Principal Engineer, you will be responsible for the provision of a professional, high quality service to our customers and people of West Sussex. As the post holder, you will deliver the effective operation of the service by acting as the lead engineer in regard to an operational area, providing advice and guidance across the service. You will take a lead in the most complex professional and technical issues within that service area and act as a mentor to support the maintenance and development of professional practice across the service within the specialist field.

The role will provide engineering expertise in the management of the county council's structures, and design cost effective solutions in the repair or provision of the asset. You will manage consulting engineers who provide a design service through the professional services contract, and ensure consultants perform in accordance with the contract. You will liaise with the public / other agencies in the delivery of the service, and support the Customer Service Hub in its dealings with customer enquiries.

This can be a physical role, requiring lifting or carrying items of moderate weight such as surveying or computer equipment, attending site / inspection meetings, walking along highways and / or carrying out physical safety audits, some of which may require working outside in adverse environmental conditions. You will need to be able to travel independently around the county, often to remote locations, and some attendance at evening meetings will be required. There is a regular and intrinsic requirement to communicate in English with members of the public.

Experience and Skills

Key Skills:

  1. Strong problem-solving skills with the ability to anticipate problems and resolve issues independently, planning solutions and making sound pragmatic decisions which will have a direct impact on the service.
  2. Highly developed customer service skills and the ability to seek and introduce continuous improvement and innovation, for self and team.
  3. Excellent literacy and numeracy skills in order to prepare reports, scheme briefs, programmes of work, undertake research and maintain budgets/accounts.
  4. Analytical and judgemental skills to analyse and interpret varied and complex technical briefs/projects and information to produce strategies over the long term.
  5. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills to provide complex and technical specialist advice and guidance to a range of audiences, including non-specialists. Creating and maintaining effective working relationships and influencing the behaviour and conduct of colleagues to ensure the highest level of service.
  6. Sound and accurate IT skills, e.g. using Engineering databases / software and Microsoft Office.

Qualifications and/or experience:

  • BTEC HNC level or degree, Chartered Engineer, Incorporated Engineer or post graduate qualification within the specialist area or equivalent qualification or experience demonstrating that level of advanced applied knowledge in researching, analysing and evaluating arguments and information.
  • Relevant membership of a professional body e.g. Chartered or Incorporated Engineer - Desirable.
  • Detailed and thorough knowledge of relevant highways and transportation standards and procedures, including a broad understanding of civil engineering design and construction procedures, techniques and statutory procedures.
  • Relevant advanced theoretical or organisational knowledge of systems, procedures and policies associated with operating a demanding and customer focussed service.
  • Political awareness when working with members/senior management.
  • Experience of mentoring and providing on-the-job training to other team members to meet objectives and deliver a professional service.
  • Experience of managing and monitoring budgets or projects for a specific service within a specialist, technical service.

Rewards and Benefits

As an employer we recognise that it is our employees that are central to everything we do. We aim to create a supportive and dynamic working environment where employees can achieve their full potential, achieve a healthy work-life balance and are rewarded for the work they do.

Aside from 29 days annual leave, you will also have access to a full list of the benefits offered to you as a West Sussex County Council employee you can find them on our Rewards and Benefits page.

Further Information

The reference number for this role is EIE00803.

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