Highway Maintenance Engineer – Guildford, Surrey

Highway Maintenance Engineer

Surrey County Council

Guildford, Surrey


Highway Maintenance Engineer



Salary:£36,282 – £40,146

Category:Highway Maintenance

Contract type:Permanent

Working hours:36 hours per week

Posted on:3 March 2023

Closing date:26 March 2023

Directorate:Environment, Transport & Infrastructure

Location:Merrow Complex, Merrow Lane, Merrow, Guildford, GU4 7BQ

About the role

The starting salary for this role is £36,282 per annum, working 36 hours per week.

The Highways & Transport service is responsible for ensuring the effective management, maintenance and improvement of all highway and transport assets. Highways are the most valuable asset managed by Surrey County Council with a replacement value of approximately £7.5bn and are critical to the economic growth of the County. 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.

As a Maintenance Engineer, you will have a comprehensive understanding of highway maintenance and how it impacts both the network and users. You will be required to take a proactive and flexible approach, seeking to find practical solutions to problems. You will undertake works and manage resources commissioned by their team and on behalf of others. 

Working with a range of contractors, you will help to ensure value for money and a quality service for our residents. You will communicate with customers and promote the work of Highways & Transport and enhance the public appreciation of the statutory framework, financial constraints, and engineering standards within which it operates. You will need to work closely with teams across the service to ensure we offer comprehensive and efficient service.

Maintenance Engineers are responsible for managing their own workloads and ensuring customer response times are met. Knowledge of site safety procedures and temporary traffic management practices is essential as the role involves site visits as well as office-based work, and you will be required to attend meetings at a variety of non-County Council venues, including public meetings in the evenings outside of normal working hours.

You will be required to provide clear professional advice to ensure that Members are well informed and must be able to advise on priorities within County Guidelines, both in writing and face-to-face. Managing customer expectations is a major part of the role as the wishes of the public frequently far outweigh SCC resources. It is therefore essential that you are able to maintain a calm and professional demeanour as highway issues often become emotive.

This position is countywide although initially you would be overseeing the Spelthorne, Elmbridge and Epsom and Ewell areas. However, if and when required, areas may be changed to best suit service need. Your contracted work base will be the Merrow Complex but there will be opportunity to work from one of the more local offices as well as remotely to aid with your efficiency in this role.

Due to the nature of the role, a full driving licence is essential. You will need to provide your own vehicle for business use and have the relevant insurance and you will be able to claim for mileage incurred. 

We are looking for highly motivated individuals who can make a valuable contribution towards maintaining the highway network. You will require strong customer service, communication, organisational, and IT skills. You will have achieved a good standard of Secondary Education and obtained an appropriate technical qualification at Degree, HND or HNC level or be able to demonstrate an equivalent level of experience in a Highway maintenance-based role.

To manage this key area of work we are looking for someone who is confident to work on their own or as part of a larger team.

To be considered for interview your application and personal statement will clearly evidence:

  • Sound understanding of subject matter, legislation, principles and practices relevant to the technical area
  • Ability to apply project management principles and techniques to manage a range of projects through to completion
  • Practical or professional experience and understanding of a specialist area or supporting service teams and/or providing support to the public
  • Ability to work on own initiative, with solution focused problem solving skills
  • Proven written and oral communication with the ability to engage and work in collaboration with others, as well as comprehensive knowledge of computerised business systems.

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 valueswe 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 26/03/2023.

Interviews will take place around 03/04/2023

Contact details

For an informal discussion please contact Christopher Higgs on 03002001003 or by e-mail at [email protected].

We look forward to receiving your application, please click on the apply online button below to submit.



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