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Project Engineer (Dorchester)

Salary details: £36922 - £42821

Dorset Council
Occupational group
Salary details
£36,922 - £42,821
Job term
Full Time
Appointment type
Matthew Penny
Contact email
Contact telephone
01305 252290
Closing Date
28 September 2021
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Project Engineer

Permanent - 37 hours per week

£36,922 -£42,821

Dorchester based, but flexible home-working arrangements are possible.

The Project Engineer post is located within the Coastal Risk Team. The Coastal Risk team is located within the wider Flood & Coastal Erosion Risk Management (FCERM) team within the Assets & Property Service at Dorset Council.   The team is primarily responsible for the delivery and maintenance of flood & coastal protection assets and harbour infrastructure, but support in delivering other council owned infrastructure may also be required.  

The role includes project and contract management, CDM and ‘intelligent client’ functions associated with capital scheme delivery and asset maintenance responsibilities.

The team supports key corporate objectives of promoting economic growth, protecting the environment and building strong and healthy communities through managing asset condition and safety, protecting local communities, improving access to our coast and deliver services in a way that protects and enhances our natural, historic and cultural environments.

What will you be doing

We are seeking to appoint an experienced Project Engineer to an agile Coastal Risk Management Team. This is an exciting opportunity to manage capital projects and support asset maintenance for FCERM and Harbour infrastructure assets including flood walls, erosion protection, beach re-nourishment, quay wall remediation.  There may also be a need to support delivery of other council owned infrastructure depending upon business requirements.

The service works collaboratively across the Council and with strategic partners, to promote innovation, to secure the best outcomes and value for Dorset's residents and customers. The role may involve consulting with elected council members.

This post presents an excellent opportunity to develop and expand your existing knowledge, skills and experiences within a busy FCERM engineering environment, located in the beautiful rural setting of Dorset, and close to the famous Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site.


About you

You will have a minimum of a civil, coastal or environmental engineering qualification at HNC/HND/ Degree level or equivalent with substantial post-qualification civil, coastal or infrastructure project management experience to include contract management, design appraisal, stakeholder consultation and fulfilling the ‘intelligent client’ role.

You will have knowledge and experience of procurement and supervision of consultants and contractors for coastal defence, land drainage or other construction projects, as well as the preparation and management of business cases, procurement plans and funding bids for such schemes.

You should have good knowledge of the asset management cycle associated with FCERM structures and assets. You will have an awareness and effective approach to health and safety issues in construction and experience of fulfilling the CDM Client functions within a project.

You will be a strong team player, able to contribute to joint targets and able to work to their own initiative. You will have the ability to resolve difficulties using diplomacy, influencing and negotiation skills and have excellent communication skills in various different forms to a high standard. You will also be computer literate, preferably experienced in using AutoCAD, MS Project and the use of databases.

Working for Dorset Council

This is a unique opportunity to join a brand new council in Dorset – home to the spectacular Jurassic Coast and thriving market towns and villages with a strong sense of community and identity. 

On 1 April 2019, five district and borough councils and the county council were replaced by the new Dorset Council which will deliver more efficient, accessible and modern public services.  

You will have the opportunity to build your career in a modern, flexible and inclusive organisation, and this is an exciting time to join – near the start of our journey together. 

For more information about our new council visit www.DorsetCouncil.gov.uk/about 

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Additional Information

This post has a significant travel requirement and you are contractually required to have a vehicle (or transport deemed to be suitable by the council) available for use as required.

The service operates an out-of-hours engineering duty rota and a successful candidate would be encouraged to become a duty engineer on the rota.  This may involve a weekly commitment once every 6-8 weeks.

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