Leeds City Council is the second largest metropolitan local authority in the UK, in terms of both population and geographical area, serving a population of over 800,000. The Council is the largest single employer in the city with over 36,000 staff, including schools. We are values-led with a clear ambition to be the best city council in the UK.
A city that is compassionate and caring with a strong economy, which tackles poverty and reduces inequalities. We want Leeds to be a city that is distinctive, sustainable, ambitious, fun and creative for all, with a council that its residents can be proud of: the best council in the country.
It’s an incredibly exciting time to consider Leeds City Council as your next career step. With a multitude of innovative projects currently underway to help support the city’s ambition to be ‘The Best’, this is an excellent opportunity to join a forward-looking workforce, to contribute to the delivery of major transport infrastructure investment programmes.
The city has built momentum over the last decade with substantial levels of development and investment laying the foundations for our ambitions to double the size of the city centre, plan and deliver major new transport infrastructure in our Connecting Leeds proposals and to capitalise on growth opportunities around major transport hubs.
There is strong and clear political leadership in Leeds City Council that is fully focused on realising the further potential for the city to grow in an inclusive way, meeting the challenges of the climate change emergency and leading wider partnership work across the Leeds City Region and Northern Powerhouse. Recent projects involve the successful flood alleviation works in around the Kirkstall Road area of Leeds, completion of Phase one of the East Leeds Orbital Road and the completion of a new retail park and associated infrastructure in the East of Leeds.
We are proud to be an inclusive city and that we have been named in the top 50 inclusive employers in the country by LGBT+ charity Stonewall. Our staff networks ensure that we support inclusivity, equity of opportunity and career progression for all our workforce.
We’re based in a high quality recently refurbished office environment at St George House in the heart of Leeds City Centre. We are forward-looking, commercially minded and politically aware. In preparation for the implementation of an enhanced staff structure, we are looking for experienced, professional individuals with the agility, aptitude, technical know-how and enthusiasm that will help us in continuing to develop and drive the Highways Infrastructure Service’s role at the heart of the city’s ambitions.
I hope you find this information and our roles of interest and I look forward to hearing from you.
Acting Head of Highways Infrastructure
Highways and Transportation
SECOND MODULE VERSION 2
Highways and Transportation together with partner organisations are responsible for an extensive range of services aimed at safe, efficient and reliable movement throughout the Leeds district.
The Highways Infrastructure Service plays a vital role in maintaining the Council’s highway and bridge assets.
The Highways Infrastructure Service comprises of 3 dynamic teams; Bridges, Highways Asset Management and Highways Maintenance.
They are accountable for an annual £30m+ Highways and Bridges maintenance programme, alongside several grant funded infrastructure projects.
Responsible for over 200 bridges and almost 3000 other structures across the city, the Bridges team carry out inspections and condition surveys to ensure they are in a safe and serviceable condition. Utilising a lifecycle planning approach the team manage the asset and deliver an effective annual programme of maintenance schemes.
The exciting and complex £30m+ project to renew the Regent Street Flyover on a section of urban motorway is due to commence later this year.
The diverse Bridges team also provide a comprehensive structural design service and the examination of developer’s designs to ensure seamless compliance with current and everchanging legislation.
Highways Asset Management
The Highways Asset Management team are responsible for an impressive 2900km of highway, including a section of urban motorway and over 90,000 street lights across the city.
Safety inspections are carried out to reduce the risk of accidents, minimise the financial risk of claims and Engineering surveys provide a condition-based programme of planned maintenance to maximise the longevity of the asset(s).
The street lighting team monitor one of the largest such PFI contracts in the country. They ensure quality, value for money and deliver energy savings, which contributes to the Council’s climate emergency declaration.
A 4-year programme to replace all existing street lights with LED lanterns has recently commenced. The programme cost is valued at c£22m, the return on investment on completion will save approximately £3.4m in energy and maintenance per annum, with resultant carbon savings.
An innovative and forward thinking £5m ‘smart cities’ central management system for street lights is also planned for later this year.
We are commercially driven and are embarking on a programme to modernise the service, embracing innovation in both technology and operations.
With an annual turnover of £25m The Highways Maintenance group delivers the annual programme of highways maintenance, and reactive repairs.
A contract monitoring team is responsible for the issue and monitoring of a number of highway maintenance contracts to ensure reliability of delivery, compliance, quality and value for money.
The highway maintenance design team is responsible for the survey, design and issue of a large programme of major highway maintenance schemes.
This team offer an efficient 24 hours a day, 365 days a year emergency and winter maintenance service, ensuring a swift response to emergency highway incidents, highway flooding and other severe weather
In addition to maintenance and emergency response, the team clean and maintain 150,000 roadside drainage gullies across the council portfolio, this helps protect communities against surface water flooding.
The Highways Infrastructure Service are in the process of a staff restructure which will support the growing major investment programme. It will provide opportunity for ambitious people, looking to progress their career with the Council and help us shape the future of the City.
Our services are constantly developing and improving, using innovation to ensure we can respond to the needs of our clients and partners.
We work in partnership with other public-sector teams and local councils across the West Yorkshire Region; in addition to established and close-knit relationships with communities, private sector organisations including major Developers and Engineering Consultants. We work collaboratively to provide a joint approach to support the successful delivery of the regeneration and development of Leeds.
I hope this information has been of interest to you. We would welcome any applications from those that have the skills, experience and drive to work within our exciting and vibrant new service.
Working for the Council
We offer staff a very generous package of benefits including the following.
When you start work for the council you will automatically join the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) if you have a contract of employment that will last for at least 3 months and are under the age of 75.
Training and development
Leeds City Council is recognised under the Investors in People (IiP) scheme. We are committed to making sure all staff receive the right training and development to help deliver excellent services to the people of Leeds. Our aim is to develop an empowered, motivated and effective workforce.
You will receive generous holiday entitlements. The amount of annual leave you get depends on the grade of your job, but it will be at least 32 days holiday (including 8 statutory bank holidays). After five years of service, you get at least four days of extra annual leave. Holidays are reduced proportionally for staff who do not work full-time.
Flexible working and job share arrangements
We have a range of flexible working options including flexi-time, term time only working and compressed hours to help you to achieve work-life balance. We also operate a job share scheme which allows you to apply for all full-time posts (unless the advertisement states otherwise), on a half post basis (usually 18.5 hours per week). Job share applicants will be treated in the same way as full-time applicants.
Maternity, paternity and adoption benefits
We offer very generous maternity and adoption benefits in comparison to many employers. New fathers (or partners, husbands or civil partners) can also benefit from two weeks paid leave, and take advantage of options for sharing part of the maternity entitlement.
Employee assistance programme
When you work for us, you and your family can use a free, confidential helpline service offering advice and support on legal, financial and health issues.
Please upload a copy of your CV, along with a covering letter which explains both why you
are attracted to this post, and why you are the right person for us. Please limit your
covering letter to no more than 1 page.