Highways, Transport Commissioning Manager

Job Title: Highways, Transport Commissioning Manager
Contract Type: Temporary
Location: Shrewsbury
Salary: £33.70 per hour
Start Date: 2019-05-31 00:00:00
Reference: ht
Contact Name: Stephanie Bailey
Contact Email:
Job Published: May 31, 2019 13:28

Job Description

My Shrewsbury based client is currently recruiting on a temporary basis for a Highways, Transport and Environmental Maintenance Commissioning Manager until end of September paying £33.70per hour, teh role will be Monday - Friday 9am-5pm. 

Key Responsibilities and tasks of Highways, Transport and Environmental Maintenance Commissioning Management post:


You will be responsible for and undertake duties consisting of:

  1. Leading the Highways, Transport and Environmental Maintenance Service and advocating an asset management led approach, moving to common best practice.
  1. Leading development of the skills and collaborative culture of all teams, team members and key stakeholders to their full potential to work in a mobile and flexible manner to meet the needs of SC and to ensure resilience.

  1. Providing advice, guidance, draft policy support to the Commissioning Service and preparing decision reports, Cabinet and briefing papers to Members, informal Cabinet / Cabinet and Senior Officers.
  1. To negotiate new contracts with formal council approval, and where necessary protect the councils position and defend any contractual or commercials claims, liaising with colleagues in Legal and Audit, or procuring independent advice on contract claims as required.
  1. Strategic commissioning and procurement of transport, highways and specialist asset services and works. This will include developing local markets and supply chains as well as managing and leading the procurement of service providers and suppliers.
  1. Setting outcomes for the Commissioning team, the Service Provider team and suppliers that are sustainable, deliverable and measurable.
  1. Ensuring that strategic commissioning relationships are set within a strong contractual framework in which payments are related to attainment of outcomes and which is built on strong performance management processes.
  1. Developing a network of alliances with other public authorities to ensure that synergies are developed and that best practice is shared.
  1. Driving efficiency and effectiveness of highway network management and ensuring that corporate approaches (such as payment by attainment of outcomes) are embedded.

10. Ensure that the DFT Incentivisation Funding assessment is completed on an annual basis with Internal Audit input and that the highest level possible is achieved to maximise the annual capital grant to the authority.

11. Ensure that the National Code of Practice for Highway Authorities is understood, implemented and that Policies and Plans are approved by the Councils Cabinet as required to ensure that he national requirement is achieved.


12. To develop, foster and enhance across partners via collaboration the Shropshire Highways Alliance, and in particular pursue ISO Accreditation for Partnership working.


13. Being the Custodian of highways and transport assets.


14. Commissioning and management of the programme using an asset management led approach to minimise the whole life cost of all assets. All commissioning needs to support SC’s objectives and priorities and will be on the basis of desired outcomes.


15. Setting, advocating, advising and researching highways strategies, policies and interventions which will be used by all the Commissioning and Service Provider teams. Managing the decision making processes to ensure that these are fully ratified by senior members.


16. Actively pursue opportunities and developing funding bids for the Council, and develop relationships with external bodies, regional and national movement to support the development and implementation of external funding bids.


17. Recruit, manage, motivate and develop employees in the service, ensuring their health, safety and wellbeing at work, in order to ensure all aspects of service delivery including continuous quality improvement are provided to the highest possible standard.


18. Undertake capability, disciplinary and training a development plans, strategies as required to develop the service and ensure statutory compliance.


19. Prioritisation of all improvements maintenance and other works, including both combined capital and revenue works (circa £50 million) within budgetary constraints and meeting political objectives. This will require extensive communication and close liaison with senior levels of the council – Directors, Senior Members etc.


20. Being the accountable manager for the capital and revenue budgets in excess of £30 million per annum.


21. Discharging associated statutory duties on behalf of the Authorities; this includes the Network Management Duty set out in the Traffic Management Act 2004.


22. Represent the service at appropriate National, Regional and European levels in dealings with government bodies, local authorities, agencies, the private sector, academic institutions and any other appropriate organisation in order to promote and protect the interests and priorities of this service and the Council.


23. To work within a politically sensitive environment, and provide guidance and advice as required to Senior Members, Portfolio Holders as required.


24. To ensure that data and the analysis and interpretation of data and supporting systems is in place to support complex, politically sensitive and challenging decisions.


Please hit apply or contact Steph Bailey on 01952 291250 for further information