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    Posted Date 2 months ago(26/09/2019 14:26)
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  • About Costain and your project.

    Costain helps to improve people’s lives by deploying technology-based engineering solutions to meet urgent national needs across the UK’s energy, water and transportation infrastructures.


    Smart Motorways ease and expedite traffic flow by converting the hard shoulder to a running lane and using new technology to vary speed limits in response to driving conditions.  Works will include significant earthworks, retaining solutions (sheet pile & gabion), bored piling, reinforced concrete gantry foundations, drainage, vehicles restraint, flexible pavement, installing a new ducted infrastructure system, installing overhead electronic signs and central barrier replacement work.


    Flexible working: We welcome you to ask about the flexibility you need. This might be part-time, remote working, or compressed hours for example. Anyone who applies for a role can ask about flexibility at interview. In return, we will explore what is possible for the role. 


    What will I be doing?


    The role of Agent is a management position and therefore you will be expected to effectively control a team of Senior Engineers, Engineers and assistants to deliver the scope of your section in line with the programme and budget.


    The specific opportunity available will be managing 'highways' elements of the scheme...

    • Flexible pavement
    • Vehicle restraint systems
    • Drainage
    • Access infrastructure (paved footways, handrailing, fencing, steps etc)

    Your personal and professional development is important to us. We welcome a discussion about how we can support you with further study, or professional membership or attainment for example.


    It is expected that you will work to be a part of the wider project team, living by the programmes expected values.   We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.


    Costain closely monitors job applications, to ensure an inclusive recruitment process. To ensure we are able to maintain this, and to recruit a diverse workforce, we encourage candidates to complete the diversity form as part of their application so we are able to monitor and improve our approach to diversity.  Please note, all responses are anonymous and you do not have to provide a response.


    You’ll be a welcomed member of the wider team, with opportunities to take on additional responsibility, join one of our networks for women, military or LGBT+ staff, and participate in cultural and social events with the local community (e.g. as a STEM ambassador).

    About you

    We are looking for a strong manager at agent level to deliver 'highways' elements of the scheme.


    The following are essential...

    • Civil Engineering related qualification (HNC, HND, BSc MSc, BEng, Meng)
    • Fundamental technical knowledge of flexible pavements
    • Minimum of 3 years experience in an agent role
    • The ability to communicate and manage a team of engineers
    • Daily coordination of multiple subcontract packages
    • Strong planning experience and knowledge of collaborative techniques
    • Managing a budget and forecast in cooperation with the commercial team
    • Safety - to always lead by example
    • Site Management Safety Training Scheme SMSTS
    • Quality - getting it right first time is a priority in everything you do
    • Coordinate technical issues with the site design representative and reach practical engineering solutions

    The following are preferred...

    • Technical knowledge of vehicle restraint systems and drainage

    Final Statement

    We listened to our employees so our Core Benefits are funded by us and include a Group Pension Scheme, Employee Assistance Programme, Life Assurance, Income Protection and funded membership to a Professional Institute. In addition to this we also offer a Private Healthcare Scheme, Private Dental Scheme, Cycle to Work, Volunteering Days and Save as You Earn Scheme.  


    At Costain we aim to be an accessible, diverse and inclusive organisation to continue to meet our customers’ needs. We will be industry leading in our approach and people from all backgrounds will be proud to work for Costain. Our goal is to have a workforce that is representative of society.


    We actively encourage applications from candidates who have a relationship with the armed forces community whether as a currently serving member or reservist, ex-military or wounded personnel or as a member of a service family.



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