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As part of the Highways Design team, you will be involved in ambitious schemes such as our multi-million pound projects, Tipner West and City Centre North, that will transform Portsmouth, drive growth, strengthen communities, celebrate the city’s skills and heritage, and draw on new innovations and technology.

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We are the Highways Design Section, which forms part of the City Council’s Economy, Planning & Transport Directorate. We focus on four core areas, which are coastal and drainage, highways design, highways maintenance and project management.  We work on a variety of civil engineering projects across the city of Portsmouth to support the realisation of the Council’s Plan.

We aim to produce exemplar work, through recordable and monitored processes, to a high standard, that others aspire towards.

Why come and work in Portsmouth?

Portsmouth is a great waterfront city and a vibrant place to live and work.  It is an island city with an “inner city” feel, a seaside location packed with attractions and events, and the advantage of fantastic countryside on its doorstep.  With a fast-growing university, high-tech industries and a vibrant cultural scene, Portsmouth is a modern city that looks to the future, but which is proud of its unique heritage as the home of the Royal Navy and historic dockyard.  With fast road and rail links to London, Brighton and major airports, and ferry links to Europe, it is the perfect place to live and work.

Portsmouth City Council

At Portsmouth City Council we’re all about developing our staff, because we want to build a bigger and better city but we need the best employees to do so.

With a little over 207,000 residents and 7,000 businesses throughout this city, this unitary authority’s main goal is to ensure the best care and development of all those within the city. From customer service to multi-million pound projects, our residents are at the heart of everything we do.

Your new role

To support senior engineers and to successfully design and deliver highway and/or structures schemes from inception through to completion. Schemes will range from small junction improvements through to multimillion pound major projects.

What you’ll need to succeed

You will be educated to HND or degree standard in Civil Engineering (or equivalent).  You will have an appropriate professional qualification (e.g. CEng or IEng together with membership of the appropriate professional body e.g. ICE) or clear evidence that you are working toward these.

You will also be able to carry out engineering projects with values up to £500,000 from initiation through to completion without continual direction and with minimal input. You will have a good level of technical expertise and be able to consistently deliver projects to programme and budget, including setting targets, monitoring progress, and allocating resources.

If you have good communication and reporting skills with the ability to consult competently with both internal and external stakeholders and have good commercial awareness then we would love to hear from you.

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