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     Posted: 31 August 2017

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23 October 2017

Job Title

Assistant Design Engineer

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Construction Management; Engineering



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To carry out all relevant duties and responsibilities in the work of the Design Team on behalf of the wider Highways Service to ensure the delivery of cost effective and quality services in accordance with Re’s vision and values so as to enhance the quality of life and physical environment of Barnet and contribute to the prosperity of the borough. Post holder will also provide technical support in the effective and efficient promotion, design and execution of projects, schemes, investigations and analysis as required within budgets and programmes.

About Re

Re (Regional Enterprise) Ltd is the joint venture between the London Borough of Barnet and Capita. Our innovative commercial model was set up in 2013 and brings together the best of public and private sector delivery.

Our services include; Planning and development management, building control, land charges, environmental health, trading standards and licensing, cemetery and crematorium, highways, regeneration and strategic planning.

Through Re, our aim is to create places where people want to invest, live, work and play. We have grown our business to provide a range of property, development and regulatory services to other local authorities and commercial organisations.


With 700km of road and 1400km of footways, the London Borough of Barnet is the second largest of the London Boroughs.

In 2015, the London Borough of Barnet became the most populous borough in London. This increase has been driven in part by the council's growth agenda and by the popularity of Barnet as a place to live, with high quality housing and good transport connections.

The management, maintenance and improvement of Barnet's complex and vital network is the responsibility of the Highways department of Re.

From construction to completion; our highways team deal with all elements of highway design and works not only for Barnet, but for other local authorities.

The London Borough of Barnet is a vibrant, exciting and fast paced environment. It is definitely not a sleepy council.

What you will do:

Key Areas of Responsibility:

  • Assist in developing briefs, undertake feasibility studies and design of highway schemes using industry specialist IT Software.
  • Assisting with the design and supervision of projects, preparation of estimates, working drawings   and Contract documents for projects of varying complexity, dependent on the potholder’s grading.
  • Assist in developing specifications and cost estimates, issuing works requisitions, liaising with and supervising contractors and monitoring costs.
  • To assist on projects as allocated.
  • Assisting with, or carry out condition surveys and site surveys as directed and to assist with, or carry out the preparation of reports on findings. To assist in the introduction of new methods as necessary to ensure efficient use of resources, including taking an active role in promoting best value.
  • Liaising, where appropriate, with other Agencies and Bodies and inter and intra services to co-ordinate projects, attending meetings as necessary including with commercial scheme promoters.
  • Be able to assess a variety of existing and proposed highway layouts – including town centre schemes,  road safety schemes,  cycle, bus or School initiative schemes.
  • Assisting in preparing scheme plans to requisite design levels, ensuring they conform to technical and industry standards.
  • Assisting in design and manage traffic surveys and public consultations to requisite standards. Produce detailed drawings to technical standards, prepare accurate complex cost estimates and contract documentation.
  • Assist in investigate the causes of accidents, analyse options and make recommendation for effective remedial measures.
  • Assisting with the drafting of reports and implementing decisions arising from them.
  • Preparing letters of varying complexity, dependent on the post holder’s grading, including assisting with letters on policy matters, proofs of evidence, technical reports, briefs for consultants and other documents of all complexities as may be required.
  • Assist in maintaining technical and resource records, and undertake research and technical investigations as directed.
  • Representing the service as directed, dependent on the post holder’s grading.  To liaise and deal courteously with enquiries from members of the public.
  • Carry out duties with due regard to the Re Customer Care, Equal Opportunities, Information Governance, Data Protection and Health and Safety policies and procedures.
  • Undertake any other duties commensurate with the general level of responsibility of this post.

Financial and Asset Responsibilities

  • To assist in the preparation of estimates, the supervision and administration of Contracts and to control any resources allocated ensuring compliance with financial regulations, standing orders and the relevant legislation.

Staff Responsibilities

  • Consultants and contractors undertaking work for Re as directed.

Other Performance Measures

  • Contribution to Programme achievement.
  • Contribution to Budget achievement.
  • Adherence to Standing Orders, contractual procedures and the preparation of comprehensive contract records for all projects.
  • Contributions to reports and other documents.
  • Technical competence.

In order to deliver the service effectively, a degree of flexibility is needed and the post holder may be required to perform work not specifically referred to above.  Such duties, however, will fall within the scope of the post, at the appropriate grade.


  • This role will be based in Barnet.  Travelling may be required to other Capita offices on occasions.

Your experience will include:

  • Must be able to demonstrate suitable experience in traffic / highway engineering
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Good IT Skills – including the use of Autocad
  • Good time /budgetary management skills
  • Confident self-motiving and innovative
  • Able to work without close supervision
  • Ability to keep good work records
  • Occasional out of normal hours working

Desirable experience:

  • Managing minor engineering projects
  • Member of an appropriate high institution (IHT,IHIE,ICE etc)
  • ONC/HNC or Degree in Civil Engineering
  • Working knowledge of basic legislation
  • Demonstrate the ability to programme,  and monitor a number of projects simultaneously from inception to completion
  • Able to demonstrate a suitable knowledge of Traffic and Transport Polices and Legislation
  • Experience of working with consultants/ contractors
  • Valid driving licence
  • Own means of transport

Expected Behaviours

  • Ability to communicate with people in a friendly and courteous manner, establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with colleagues at all levels;
  • Confident in dealing with day-to-day performance issues as they arise;
  • Positive approach to change, implementing new initiatives/procedures and addressing any resistance encountered;
  • Good organisational skills.

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