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Highway Steward

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Role Responsibility

Main Responsibilities:

Kent is the largest county in the UK with 1.68 million residents and a workforce of over 821,600 people. With its bustling towns and peaceful landscapes, the Garden of England is the perfect place to live, work and play.

An exciting career opportunity has arisen for a suitably qualified, passionate, and/or experienced individual to play a key role within the Highways & Transportation Operations Team, as a Highway Steward in the Tonbridge and Malling district based in the Highways Unit at Doubleday House, Aylesford. We are looking for a self-motivated individual who can work well within a small team and on their own.

This is a busy area with a high level of customer enquiries, so this role is fundamental in responding to enquiries with the support from the Operations Manager and Engineer. Being proactive in responding to all aspects of highway related maintenance, including contract management, monitoring, and specifying works, to address highway safety issues and programmed maintenance. You should have a background in highway maintenance and experience of applying this in practical situations. 

There will be ample opportunity to bring new thinking to our approach as we are at the forefront of innovation within Kent and value the use of technology to help us make key decisions about our highway network and strive for more efficient ways of managing our asset. You will need to demonstrate good IT skills, accuracy, the ability to meet deadlines, and to maintain and a good understanding of data capture in the field on the iPad using Microsoft and the WAMS electronic ordering system.

This post is considered by KCC to be a customer-facing position. The Council therefore has a statutory duty under Part 7 of the Immigration Act (2016) to ensure that post holders have a command of spoken English/Welsh sufficient for the effective performance of the job requirements.  The appropriate standards are set out in the Job Description/Person Specification.

Highway Operations aim to help everyone to make safe and reliable journeys on Kent’s highway network. We do this by regularly inspecting all roads and footways, repairing faults and damage quickly, responding to highway emergency situations (including winter gritting and other severe weather response), engaging with local communities, Parish and District Councils, managing, and coordinating all roadworks to minimise disruption and keeping people informed on incidents that may affect their journey.

You will be supported every step of the way with opportunity to enrol on BTEC ONC in Civil Engineering (or equivalent) and significant work experience. Initial training will be provided to the successful applicant on all of our process’ as well as ongoing training in highway related subjects throughout the year.

The ability to travel across a wide geographical area in a timely and flexible manner at various times of the day is essential, with good knowledge of the Tonbridge and Malling district area.

You will play a key role in the maintenance of highways infrastructure, liaising with and supporting the Highway Engineer and Highway Manager and working closely with other areas of Highways and Transportation to ensure that we provide an efficient and outstanding service. You will be expected to understand highway maintenance processes and be able to provide a high level of customer care to both internal and external customers.Salary and benefits

The challenges will be varied, urgent and you will be someone who takes pride in solving issues professionally rewarding. But equally, you’ll get a whole range of benefits from:

- an excellent local government pension scheme

- flexible working

- a generous holiday entitlement of 28 days rising to 30 days after 5 years’ service

- maternity, paternity, adoption, and parental leave

- sickness provision

- training and career development opportunities

- childcare voucher scheme which can be used to pay for registered childcare for children up to 16 years old

- free health checks

- access to a range of local and national discounts and cashback through our Kent Rewards website that includes staff discount card giving you discounts in shops and health clubs, as well as on travel and insurance


Interview date: Week commencing 8 August 2022

Contact Details

Mark Simmons 03000 413803

About the Company

KCC is committed to building a workforce which reflects the diversity of the county's working residents, encouraging applications from people of all ages, abilities, genders, sexual orientations, ethnic backgrounds and faiths, and aspires to create an inclusive workplace where everyone can be themselves at work.

Please note – if you are interested, please apply as soon as possible as the closing date for this advert may be earlier than stated should a number of suitably qualified candidates apply.

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