Head of Highways Construction and Maintenance Service

Client: Salford City Council

Location: Swinton Hall Road Depot

Salary: Up to £86,183 (including market supplement)

Closing date: Sunday, 25 February 2024 23:30

Head of Service Highways Construction and Maintenance Services 

About us:

This is a fantastic time to join team Salford. The city is being transformed through unprecedented levels of development and investment and this growth trajectory is set to continue.

Significant economic growth has been experienced in recent years across key strategic locations in the city including Central Salford and Media City, leading to new jobs and homes, and establishing ourselves as the fastest growing location in Greater Manchester. Highways Construction and Maintenance provides a service that is critical to all public travellers, whether it is a car user, public transport user or even someone just walking or cycling through Salford. Hence it is important that the person leading the service does not only appreciate the function of the service but also can identify need, develop, deliver and maintain infrastructure assets.

Based at Swinton Hall Road Depot, the Councils multidisciplinary Highways Construction and Maintenance Service has been a key player in this growth. The Service has embraced major transformation in recent years including the development of computerised highway asset management systems, the development of analytical methods of assessing road surface condition and the development of new materials. 

It is within this context of sustained growth that we are now seeking to recruit to a newly created role of Head of Service. 

We are seeking an experienced professional with a background in Technical Services who can bring ideas and new perspectives to the Service. We want to hear from inspirational leaders willing to take ownership of new and existing projects and pipelines of work to drive forward a visible and positive contribution to Salford’s ambitions. 

About the role:

This role provides a unique opportunity to shape the future direction of the Service for the benefit of the City of Salford and it’s residence. The successful postholder will be the key strategic lead for Highway Construction and Maintenance Services within Place Directorate and have direct management of Highway Construction and Maintenance Services. Managing and developing the above services and staff for the city to ensure the continued growth of the city. The role has accountability for the performance of the Highway Construction and Maintenance Services and responsibility for the delivery of capital and revenue schemes across the service which can exceed £30m per year.

• Given the nature of this role, we are looking for applicants with a background in Technical Services. 

• A relevant degree and will have appropriate Chartered status or equivalent with membership of a professional institution.

• A successful track record in the management and delivery of a portfolio of highways construction projects and excellent technical and communication skills. 

• An ability to demonstrate high level of experience and expertise in Management and Maintenance of Highways Construction assets 

If you would like an informal discussion about the role, please contact our recruitment partner at Penna, Kelly Ridley at kelly.ridley@penna.com or call 07709 512415.

Please submit your CV and a cover letter setting out your suitability for the role as part of the initial application process. 

Closing date: Sunday 25th February 2024 (Midnight)