• Agent - Structures

    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(26/11/2019 09:01)
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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.


    The Preston Western Distributor Road is a new dual carriageway linking the M55 in the north to the A583 in the south.  The client Lancashire County Council (on behalf of the City Deal) is delivering the scheme to support the North West Preston strategic housing area accommodating over 5000 new houses. The new road also improves access to the strategic road network and the Enterprise Zone site at Warton and the Westinghouse Springfield’s site at Salwick.

    The Preston Western Distributor is approximately 4.3km long with a new Junction 2 on the M55.  Other junctions along its length serve the new East West Link Road and the new Cottam Link Road, both part of the scheme.  The East West Link Road (3.4km) and Cottam Link Road (0.8km) are both single lane carriageway’s. The scheme will also provide the opportunity for enhanced pedestrian and cycle routes by providing segregated off-road shared cycleway/footway connections to residential areas as well as with the existing Guild Wheel Cycle Route.  The road also requires six major structures to be constructed, including two muti-span viaducts over the Lancaster Canal, Preston to Blackpool Railway and Savick Brook.

    The scheme is due to commence in Q4 2019 for a period of 43 months.


    Reporting to the Senior Agent you will responsible for ensuring that the works elements under your control are delivered to the correct quality and in a safe, timely and cost-effective manner. Working collaboratively with the wider project team to deliver successful project outcomes.


    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?

    • Organise and manage the systems of work for your allocated discipline including management of the relevant supply chain.
    • Develop programmes and forecast budgets with the Senior Agent, derive simple indices to assess actual programme and productivity achieved and prepare reports for weekly and monthly reviews.
    • Be fully conversant with supply chain contract conditions and responsibilities, manage their works and account measurement with the commercial team.
    • Requisitioning resources in a timely manner to ensure that they are correctly specified and readily available so as not to impede the construction programme.
    • Reconciliation of planned versus actual resources for compilation of weekly reports and the control and ordering of resources.
    • Complete inspection and test plans, risk assessments and method statements for the control of the works ensuring that all necessary documentation are produced in a timely manner.
    • Communicate to the QA any non-conformances
    • Communicate to the QS any instructions received from the client / designer to aid recovery.
    • Ensure that comprehensive records of resources employed on additional works are maintained.
    • Ensure all delivery tickets are cost coded and passed to accounts dept for processing.
    • Keep a full and accurate daily site diary, including any changes / variations, subcontractors’ attendance, and records of work-related discussions with client / designer project team.
    • Manage supervise and mentor site and assistant engineers to ensure high levels of engineering control and appropriate records.
    • Regularly review with the Senior Agent the performance, training and development needs of your direct reports.
    • Adherence to Costain policies and procedures.

    About you

    • Civil Engineering related qualification (HNC, HND, BSc MSc, BEng, MEng).
    • Previous experience delivering complex structures.
    • Site Management Safety Training Scheme SMSTS.
    • Relevant CSCS Card
    • Other relevant training (preferred includes Appointed Person, relevant lifting training and temporary works co-ordination)
    • Understanding of Engineering Principles and extensive technical knowledge of construction techniques and best practices
    • Knowledge of construction contract law and forms of contract through formal training.
    • Computer competence (MS Word, Excel, Document control system, Primavera software).
    • Successful experience at Senior Engineer level
    • Experience of large reinforced concrete works and steel beam installation.
    • Experience of large diameter board piling works.
    • Experience of complex lifting operations.
    • Knowledge and experience of interface with the temporary works design teams.


    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).


    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.


    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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