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Senior Agent

Posted: 13 Aug 2020 Closes: 12 Oct 2020
Croydon, UK Competitive
Permanent & Full-time 1620503216

About Costain and your project.

Costain helps to improve people's lives with integrated, leading edge, smart infrastructure solutions across the UK's energy, water, transportation and defence markets. We help our clients improve their business performance by increasing capacity, improving customer service, safeguarding security, enhancing resilience, decarbonising and delivering increased efficiency. Our vision is to be the UK's leading smart infrastructure solutions company. We will achieve this by focusing on blue chip clients whose major spending plans are underpinned by strategic national needs, regulatory commitments, legislation or essential performance requirements. We offer our clients leading edge solutions that are digitally optimised through the following five services which cover the whole lifecycle of their assets: future-shaping strategic consultancy; consultancy and advisory; digital technology solutions; asset optimisation and complex programme delivery. Our culture and values underpin everything we do.

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The Regional Delivery Partnership is a framework contract with Highways England for the development, design and construction of capital road projects that form part of the Regional Investment Programme during Road Period 1 (2015 to 2020) and Road Period 2 (2020 to 2025). The Costain Jacobs Partnership were awarded two lots; Lot 7 (East Region) & Lot 8 (North Region).

This vacancy relates to Lot 7 for the delivery of A12 Chelmsford to A120 widening project, with a scheme value of approximately £1bn. Construction works are scheduled to proceed in 2023. We are currently delivering early site survey works and advanced preliminary design. From Autumn 2020 we shall commence preliminary design. The role will be based in project offices in Croydon and Central London. Occasional visits to client offices in Bedford and Designer offices may be required.

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?
  • Working with an integrated team of Costain and Jacobs personnel to develop the detailed design, delivery, and handover of the allocated scheme.
  • Lead the buildability input into the design for the highways elements of the scheme. Working closely with the Structures Agent and Traffic Management team to develop optimum construction methodologies.
  • Support the commercial and planning teams with the development of cost forecasts and programmes for the development of budgets; delivery of works and monitoring of progress
  • Develop strategies for the delivery of the works considering access and logistic constraints
  • Be accountable for delivering construction proposals which can be delivered safely, efficiently and the required quality ensuring the full implementation of the project management plans
  • Package management of ECI Supply Chain
  • Ensuring supply chain ideas and efficiencies are reviewed and use to lead the design outputs where required to help deliver to scheme budget.
  • Commercial awareness - ensuring design and construction decision making accounts for the balance of SHE, Quality and Cost factors
  • Active participation in project improvement (including innovation, SHE, quality)
About you
  • Civil Engineering related qualification (HNC, HND, BSc MSc, BEng, MEng).
  • Minimum 10 years' experience delivering infrastructure projects including.
  • Site Management Safety Training Scheme SMSTS.
  • Other relevant training (preferred includes Appointed Person, relevant lifting training and temporary works co-ordination) to be listed on CV.
  • Good written and oral communication skills.
  • The ability to manage and control tasks and lead a team
  • Willing to mentor and develop junior staff
  • Experience in some or all of the following:
  • Complex Traffic Management
  • Work in environmentally sensitive sites.
  • Working within logistically constrained areas - such as Smart Motorway or Online widening environments
  • Knowledge and understanding of a good range of highways disciplines including - earthworks, drainage, pavement.
  • Willing to work primarily from the team's project offices in Croydon and Central London with occasional visits to Client and Designer offices.

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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