Canal & River Trust

Engineer - Highway Structures

Job Locations Leeds | UK-Birmingham | Milton Keynes
Job ID
Closing Date
Position Type
Temporary FT
Asset Improvement
Advertised Salary
Up to £34,680 including Car Cash Allowance

Job Purpose

2 year fixed term contract 


We have a great opportunity for Engineers looking to get experience and continue their professional development amongst a team of national experts in their field.  The opportunity to work in genuinely unique environments putting your engineering knowledge to the test and gaining new understanding.  


We are currently recruiting for an Engineer - Highway Structures to join our organisation which values & relies upon the expertise of our specialist teams.  Find more about them here:Our Specialist Teams


We are the charity who look after and bring to life 2,000 miles of waterways across England and Wales, because we believe that life is better by water. Every role across the Trust plays its part in transforming our canals and rivers into spaces where local people want to spend time and feel better, bringing wellbeing benefits to millions.

Knowledge, Skills/Qualifications & Experience

About the Role

The successful candidate will be a key member of the Highway Structures Team who are an enthusiastic group of 6 Engineers and Inspectors who specialise in bridges, aqueducts and other important structures.  You will report to a Senior Engineer and help to manage the bridges and structures that carry highways and important accesses across and alongside the canals. This management of the Trust’s assets is in accordance with defined asset strategies that keep the waterways safe and open to make peoples’ lives better by water.


Key Accountabilities:
• Contribute to the development and implementation of the Trust‘s bridge and highway structures Asset Management Strategies.
• Responsible for undertaking scheduled asset inspections, ensuring that they are completed to plan, approved and recorded in the prescribed format and to the prescribed quality.
• Assess the outputs from inspections, make informed recommendations and proposals on the required work, accounting for; risks, cost, time, resources, heritage, environment and safety.
• Analyse structures to determine their load carrying capacity.
• Brief and advise colleagues at all levels on technical matters associated with Highway Structures.
• Engage with the Trust‘s internal and external customers.
• Contribute to efficiency by working in accordance with agreed work plans and Strategies.
• Display the Trust values and behaviours at all times.
• Ensure that diversity and inclusion are integrated into all aspects of Trust life and promote inclusion by challenging behaviour, practices, actions, or decisions.



Knowledge, experience & skills:
• Degree or HND in Civil or Structural Engineering.
• Membership of a relevant professional body at an appropriate level e.g. Graduate member of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE).
• Demonstrate relevant experience either at work or in education
• Knowledge and understanding of historic infrastructure, either at work or in education
• Excellent written and spoken communication skills: be able to communicate effectively with internal and external contacts
• Able to work flexibly and support other areas of the business in an appropriate manner, taking account of overall business priorities and negotiating resources as appropriate.
• Evidence of, and aspiration for, Continuous Professional Development. The Trust has a registered training scheme with the ICE which is open to this post, either for transfer from an existing employer or a new registration.
• Good understanding of relevant industry Health, Safety and Welfare requirements
• Awareness of the Trust‘s governance, financial controls and systems of compliance.
• Valid driving licence 


We do require you to hold a valid UK driving license as you will spend much of your week out and about on site visits working with internal & external partners to deliver our projects.



What We Offer

One of the UK’s biggest charities, we maintain 2,000 miles of historic canals, rivers, docks and reservoirs, along with museums, archives and the country’s third largest collection of protected historic buildings. We believe living waterways transform places and enrich lives. Helping us to achieving this vision will be a fascinating challenge and offer you a role where you really make a difference. Why not come and be part of it?

Additional Info:
In addition to your annual salary, we also offer Car Cash Allowance, a competitive contributory DC Pension scheme arrangement, and numerous other employee benefits, including several salary sacrifice benefits. We are also open to flexible working arrangements. Further details can be found here.


At the Trust we care passionately for our waterways, and as importantly, for those who look after and use them. We strongly believe that a diverse workforce brings with it a diversity of ideas, thinking and ways of working which enhances what we do as a Trust.

We are striving to represent the diverse communities that we are a part of. All candidates will be treated on the basis of their merits, skills and abilities and solely by being assessed against the requirements for the job. Many of our vacancies can be considered for people who wish to work flexibly, job share or part time.



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