Environment Team Manager (Highways England)

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We are seeking an Environment Team Manager to join our regional South West Operations team, based from our Bristol or Exeter office with travel across the region – a flexible attitude to travel is a must.

As a proven people manager, who is visible across the team, you will lead and inspire a team of environmental specialists to manage and improve our existing soft estate and diverse biodiversity that it supports.  You will use your expert knowledge and experience to develop and implement our South West Asset Class Management Plan for the Environment, ensuring the safe and sustainable management of our soft estate asset, whilst also ensuring we meet our challenging business objectives for environment, including no net loss of biodiversity by 2025 and implementation of our Net Zero Carbon Highways Plan.

This will involve identifying environmental needs, supporting the development of our Maintenance Requirements Plan and developing early solutions for renewal and improvement schemes to meet our Designated Funds Plan targets for Air Quality, Biodiversity, Carbon Reduction, Cultural Heritage, Noise and Water Quality.  You will also ensure that environmental assessments and inspections are undertaken for all of our operations, ensuring legal compliance, protecting the existing environment and supporting the identification of opportunities to improve the way we and our supply chain work.

Using your expert environmental knowledge and experience, you will lead the team, providing advice and support to our other asset managers, designers, project managers and spatial planners, ensuring that our schemes and those of our stakeholders and other third parties meet our operational requirements.

As the South West region’s focal point for the Environment, you will manage our soft estate to ensure it continues to provide a safe haven for many types of flora and fauna, including protected and rare species.  You will work collaboratively with both internal and external stakeholders and partners to embed environmental sustainability and improving biodiversity into all that we do.  This will include working with other local and national teams within Highways England, local authorities, the Environment Agency, Natural England, English Heritage and other statutory bodies.  You will also interface with colleagues in our Safety, Engineering and Standards (SES) team to ensure compliance with standards and scheme approval governance, whilst also influencing the continual improvement of standards.

There will be a requirement to travel between our offices and to those of our stakeholders and partners.  There will also be a requirement to occasionally work outside of normal office hours.

As you will be required to drive as part of your role and you will need to have a full clean driving license to be considered for this position and during employment.

To be successful

  • You will hold an Environmental degree or equivalent, and hold or be working towards full membership of an environmental institute.
  • You will have a proven track record in a leadership role with significant demonstrable experience in line managing a team
  • You will have proven experience of engaging effectively with staff, stakeholders and partners at all levels and with different technical understanding and convey complex and challenging information to a variety of audiences.
  • You will have extensive experience of developing environmental asset management plans.
  • You will have expert knowledge of infrastructure related sustainable environmental management and biodiversity improvement.
  • You will have a thorough understanding of relevant environmental legislation, standards and policies.
  • You will have the ability to work in a complex Operational environment to tight deadlines.