Head of Highways

Buckinghamshire County Council

Buckinghamshire Council

Buckinghamshire Council has a new and exciting role as Head of Highways – This is a key role to lead the delivery of the current highway service, part of this role will require you lead, manage and direct the client side team in securing the delivery of the highways services for Buckinghamshire Council.

About us
The Highways Service in Buckinghamshire is currently delivered by an integrated service provider, Ringway Jacobs. Buckinghamshire Council currently manages this contract which will run at least until 2023. The Head of Highways manages the client and is responsible for managing the Ringway Jacobs contract, with overall responsibility for managing the approx. £50 million annual budget.
The services delivered by the Highways Service are all routine and structural maintenance activities, Road safety, small improvements, Network Management and on-street car parking.
As well as managing the current service, the successful applicant will lead the design, development and procurement of a new contract delivery model that needs to reflect the current and future needs of Buckinghamshire’s highway users and in the context of a Unitary Authority.

About the role
This exciting opportunity will include being responsible for securing value for money and innovation from the service provider(s) in the delivery of the agreed contract outcomes.
As part of this role the successful candidate will need to ensure efficient and effective service delivery to the people and community of Buckinghamshire. The role reports directly to the Service Director for Highways & Technical Services.
This unique opportunity to offers the opportunity to design a service, fit for the future and able to accommodate the evolving needs and opportunities that the formation of a large Unitary Council offers.

About you
This is a once in a career opportunity to shape a Highway Service for a new authority, to be able to consider all the activities that local authorities undertake and manage on their highway network. The local and economic climate is exceptional and that brings significant demands and pressures that will test and develop your managerial and engineering capabilities whilst working in a new political landscape for the Council.
The service has a high profile with the public and the Councillors, with many more councillors in the new Unitary Council, developing effective and efficient mechansims for communicating about the service is a real challenge and there is an opportunity to modernise the service.

Skills & Experience/About You
We are looking for a qualified professional with a proven track record of delivering high quality highway services showing the ability to think differently and show innovation in service delivery.
If you are looking for your next challenge and have the experience then we want to hear from you!

Other information
For further information please contact Rob Smith, Service Director: [email protected]

Our values
We have a set of values, which our employees have chosen, that represent what we are – Proud, Accountable, Collaborative and Trustworthy.
By joining Buckinghamshire Council, you can expect:
• a fair and inclusive culture
• the chance to really make a difference to those around you
• health and well-being initiatives including an Employee Assistance Programme, Mental Health First Aiders and mindfulness workshops
• a unified voice through our Employee Representative Group
• ongoing support, and the opportunity to develop and progress in your career with us
• opportunities to take part in fun activities such as fundraising and social events

About the Business Unit
Our Communities directorate work across the county to deliver a number of the key customer facing services that our residents, businesses and visitors rely on every day. This includes collecting and disposing of waste, maintaining highways and managing country parks, leisure facilities and libraries. The customer is central to how we develop and deliver all of these services, which help promote our rich and vibrant culture.
We are looking for enthusiastic, ambitious and committed individuals to join our team and help make Buckinghamshire a great place to live, work and visit. This is an exciting time for us, as we bring together many of the place based services that have previously been run by different authorities. We manage services through a combination of direct delivery, contract management and commissioning, as well as through our key partnerships. As part of the function, you will join us on our journey of continuous improvement. Whether that’s through developing strategies and ways of working, or delivering services on the ground – every person in Communities is a valued member of the team.

We recognise and reward you
Hard work and success deserves recognition. That’s why we pride ourselves on the benefits we give our people. We actively encourage a good work-life balance and promote flexible and agile working arrangements. We provide discounts on various Cafés, restaurants, shops and auto enrolment onto our generous Pension Scheme. We also offer a salary sacrifice personal car lease scheme and the opportunity to gain membership to Costco. We have discounted gym memberships, Travel discounts with Arriva and Chiltern Railways and much more.

For further information and to apply for this vacancy click here.


  • Location: Aylesbury
  • Job Title: Head of Highways
  • Salary: £68,486 - £71,999
  • Closed: 27 Jun 2020

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