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Area Civil Engineer

Closing date: 20 December 2017 | Salary: £33,093.00 | Location: Mid Wales

  • Directorate: North and Mid Ops – Commerical Services
  • Team: Forest Engineering Wales
  • Location: Mid Wales – Aberystwyth, Dolgellau, Welshpool, Newtown, Lampeter
  • Post Number: 100637
  • Reports to: Country Civil Engineer – Andy Perry
  • Direct reports: Civil Engineers

Job Purpose

Forestry Engineering Wales (FEW) is a Wales wide unit within NRW.

The team is made up of 30 professional engineering staff, located throughout Wales. FEW is primarily responsible for constructing and maintaining a safe network of roads, bridges and water control structures across the Welsh Government Woodland Estate.

We are unique throughout the civil engineering sector, in that we retain the in-house skills to produce our own construction aggregates, using mineral resources located throughout the estate. This enhances our reputation for the best practice application of sustainable construction techniques.

The role is to assist the Country Civil Engineer in achieving Natural Resources Wales’ policy and targets in Wales, through the supervision of NRW and contract resources. Assist in the planning of upcoming works required to meet stakeholder’s expectations and in monitoring construction of these programmes, which are delivered via the NRW civil engineering framework.


Setting direction

  • Using specialist knowledge and experience, develop and programme the delivery of ‘Asset maintenance’ activities, on the NRW estate and look to provide savings in both upgrades and maintenance
  • Manage FEW Regional commitments to inspect and monitor, ‘Tips and Land instability’ across Wales. (Approx 150 Sites) on behalf of the Regional Land Manager
  • Strategically plan the utilisation of NRW Forest Engineering resources: eg Produce and manage a ‘grader service team’ programme
  • Produce and manage a 3 year mineral forecasting (Quarrying) programme to identify strategic quarries and anticipated requirements, to ensure there is aggregate to deliver primary and secondary infrastructure
  • Understanding of ground engineering design and appropriate construction techniques across a variety of ground conditions in upland Wales
  • Knowledge of concrete and timber bridge construction
  • Manage the planning and delivery process for new roads and upgrades, as identified through strategic planning
  • Ensure all health & safety and environmental standards are being applied and meet current requirements. Report any breaches

Delivering results

  • Manage a team of up to 9 staff within your regional area of responsibility
  • Lead on the delivery of the annual primary and secondary infrastructure programmes, required to deliver the timber commitments of the client. (Design Delivery Process)
  • Provide professional advice on engineering and technical issues in order to gain consistent, practical solutions and value for money in the delivery of the work
  • Advise on ‘renewable’ civil engineering projects to minimise the impact on NRW assets
  • Act as framework lot manager for all regional contracts raised
  • Manage the delivery of maintenance programme in line with OGN12
  • Oversee the management of rally routes, ensuring fit for purpose to WRC standard
  • Update CCE on engineering progress of works and spend at project team meetings
  • Competent designer under CDM2015

Building relationships

  • Represent FEW at various local and regional meetings and trade days, building confidence in both directions of the supply chain
  • Chair the NRW regions ‘Roads Planning Group’ bringing together various other departments to set the 5 year strategic New Roads programme
  • Work collaboratively with other teams and conduct stakeholder engagement to establish partnerships in the delivery of wider NRW objectives
  • Participate in the planning of future harvesting programmes and requirements, liaising with Forest Districts and Operational teams. Reporting to the Country Civil Engineer to ensure a Wales wide approach

Ensuring effective governance

  • Understand and apply current legislation, rules and procedures relevant to the job
  • Manage / responsible for regional allocated budget circa £1.4m
  • Delegated budget authority £100,000
  • Identify and act on opportunities to reduce cost, increase income and achieve value for money
  • Ensure that all work measures/valuations are checked and approved; agreed and certified during construction phase; before contractors submit invoices for payment
  • Deliver regional resumption for inspection of roads and bridges, at specific intervals, ensuring data is forwarded for recording and maintaining records
  • Undertake regular inspections of quarries and borrow pits in line with current regulations

Developing people and teams

  • Agree a personal delivery plan and report to your line manager on progress no less than twice a year
  • Exercise good judgement and be willing to be held to account for decisions, actions and choices made personally and by staff for whom you are responsible
  • Act as a role model of organisational values:
  • Direct, motivate, inspire and support the area engineering team to perform at their best in accordance with NRW’s values and behaviours
  • Encourage and develop a safety conscious culture within the team to deliver work programmes without risk to the health & safety of the team or any other individual, and to help deliver clean civil engineering operations
  • Mentoring: providing advice and support to other team members, encouraging CPD, training, learning opportunities and progression
  • Promote a climate in the team where roles are clear, jointly agreed and supportive

Job Specific Criteria  

  1. Graduate with a degree in Civil Engineering, or related Engineering qualification - Essential
  2. Act as ‘Principal Designer’ (or) as advisor to regional client for CDM 2015 - Essential
  3. Competent and experienced in NEC ECC forms of contract – discharge the duties of project manager under NEC ECC - Essential
  4. Experienced user of technical design packages, for example GIS, AutoCAD, mobile GPS, to be used in planning works - Essential
  5. Specialist knowledge of drainage and water management in upland Wales to comply with Forest & Water guidance and the Water Framework Directive and habitats, conservation EPS – Desirable
  6. Quarry Manager Duties; the position will ideally hold a SHE Quarry management NVQ level 4 or, with some previous experience, aim to achieve this qualification within 5 years of taking up post with support from NRW - Desirable 

Welsh Language Requirements

Due consideration has been given to the Welsh language requirements for the post and the existing skills within the team. Taking this into consideration the

Desirable Level 3 -  The ability to communicate with confidence in Welsh in some work situations

Essential Level 1 – The ability to use basic Welsh conversational phrases (eg “bore da” – “good morning”) and to pronounce Welsh place names correctly.

Additional Information

  • Must hold and continue to hold a full current driving license
  • Member of professional body eg ICE
  • Experience in MS Office suite of applications. Eg Word, Excel, Outlook
  • Experience of managing a team/individuals
  • Nights away from home may be required

Job Advert Information

  • Contract type: Permanent
  • Work pattern: Full time, 37 hours per week
  • Salary: £33,093.00

This role will be subject to a forthcoming Job Evaluation exercise and this may result in a change to the salary. Existing NRW staff applying for vacancies via an external advert will be treated as internal applicants and remain on their substantive grade and salary until job evaluation is implemented

  • Application closing date: 20 December 2017
  • Interviews to take place on: Week commencing 22 January 2018

To apply send your completed application form to:

If you have any queries please contact:

  • Andy Perry 0300 065 4755

Before applying for this position, please ensure you read the Candidate Guidance.

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