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Clerk of Works

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Job Introduction

Our Major Projects and Development teams are responsible for delivering highway projects from early concepts and planning stages through construction works to hand over to our Asset team for future maintenance, as well as ensuring that projects and services are delivered within budget and timeframes. As the Highway Development team, we represent the Highway Authority's interests in the planning stages, negotiate mitigation measures and contributions for new developments, as well as ensure third parties follow the statutory processes constructed as planning consent, technical approval, and the Council's governance. The team is currently growing to accommodate our current and future workload, and we are pleased to announce there are some vacancies at different levels, from Highway Adoptions Officer/Trainee to Clerk of Works to Highway and Senior Engineers.

We have some really significant projects to work on in the coming years, such as:

  • Tariff Schemes Programme, which includes junctions improvement in the network.
  • Using AI and other technology to become even more efficient.
  • Major road and cycling network projects. You’ll be joining a friendly and supportive team that is always ready to help. We’re hardworking, collaborative, and always thinking of ways to innovate and improve. If you have a background in highways and transport, then this could be the role for you. Please note that you’ll need to complete the personal statement as part of your application. The city council does not accept CVs only.

Main Responsibility

  • Assist in the implementation of multiple projects and programs of highway construction work within the timeframe, budgetary constraints, any contract conditions, and corporate governance.
  • Ensure that a consistently high standard of quality control and supervision is maintained for each contract through site reviews with regard to construction and health and safety legislation.
  • Ensure compliance with planning obligations for highway works.
  • Provide accurate advice to public officials and the general public on highways.
  • Identify site technical problems and prepare, evaluate, and recommend options and costs together with relevant drawings and/or documentation to the senior engineer.
  • Prepare and present project information, briefs, and reports, both technical and non-technical, to a range of audiences.
  • Assist in the implementation of good health and safety practices in line with legislation, with an in-depth practical knowledge of construction, design, and management regulations.
  • Assist the Highway Authority with consultations with the Local Planning Authority for proposed developments.​

The Ideal Candidate

  • Demonstrable experience in construction contract management and procurement (NEC3 or 4 preferred).
  • Knowledge of planning legislation and obligations for highway works.
  • Knowledge of highway legislation, design procedures, standards, and health and safety legislation.
  • Knowledge of legal agreements to allow developers infrastructure works to be adopted as public highways
  • Working knowledge of highway contracts, including specifications and price lists. • Relevant City and Guilds Qualification or demonstrable equivalent related to practical engineering construction work.

Driving Licence and Vehicle Insurance with Business Insurance

​For this role, the candidate is required to have a Full UK Driving Licence, along with access to a Vehicle.

Evidence of the Driving Licence and Vehicle Insurance with Business Insurance will be required from the candidate should they be offered this position. Without this documentation the candidate will not be appointable.

Package Description

In addition to your salary, we offer a range of benefits including:

  • Great holiday benefits - most roles include 28 days annual leave every year on top of public (bank) holidays, increasing to 32 days after five years.  In addition, there is a holiday purchase scheme allowing staff to purchase up to 5 additional days of leave each year.
  • Excellent pension – everyone who works for us can join the national Local Government Pension Scheme, widely regarded as one of the best available.
  • A full range of family friendly policies including enhanced maternity, adoption and paternity support and a childcare subsidy.
  • Access to an award-winning employee benefits programme that includes a health cash plan, a low-cost bike purchase scheme as well as high street discounts and money off entertainment and travel.
  • Blue Light Card - employees working within social care can qualify for an additional range of discounts from national retailers and local businesses.

Our roles are either designated ‘site based’ or ‘home based’. ‘Site based’ roles can include up to two days a week working from home whilst ‘home based’ roles are based at home four days a week.  Of course, managers designate which category roles are in based on the needs of the service and the circumstances.

About The Organisation

Milton Keynes City Council is a large, modern and financially stable employer with around 2,500 people working across our eight areas. Together we provide local residents and businesses with a wide range of important round-the-clock services and aim to make our city a better place to live.

We work hard because of the demands placed on us, like protecting children from harm or preventing homelessness. However, working for the city is always rewarding and everyone has the opportunity to make a real difference. 

We’re very proud of our diversity and are committed to having a workforce that reflects the community we serve. Whatever your background, you will be welcome here if you share our values of being dedicated, respectful and collaborative.

We offer great training and support and because of the size and scale of the organisation there are always new opportunities to explore when it’s time for a new role.

If you’d like to know more about how we do things and what matters to us, take a look at our short booklet What makes us Milton Keynes City Council.

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