Council seeks staff to help delivery key infrastructure projects

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The Highland Council is looking to recruit some talented engineering staff to help deliver key infrastructure projects across the Highlands.

Chair of the Economy and Infrastructure Committee, Councillor Trish Robertson said: “The Highland Council is very much focused on being ambitious, sustainable and connected. Our infrastructure is vital to promote the resilience of our communities by keeping them connected. The three key posts we are looking to fill all provide an excellent opportunity for talented people to join us and to work on some exciting projects.”

“The posts require specialist skills and we are looking for top people who have creativity. The challenging logistics of the Highlands offer its own reward in the unique opportunity to work across 10,000 square miles of some of Scotland’s most stunning landscapes. For the right people this is an excellent chance to make a difference and deliver some important projects as part of a terrific team and at the same time develop their professional careers.”

Examples of projects the Council’s engineers have lead include the Inverness West Link project and the Caol & Lochyside Flood Prevention Scheme which is currently underway in Lochaber.

With responsibility for 1322 bridges across the Highlands, the first post the Council is looking to fill is for a Senior Engineer to join the Project Design Unit based in Alness. The Project Design Unit team deliver civil engineering projects contained in the Council’s capital programme, provides technical civil engineering advice to other departments and services and also fulfils the statutory Flood Act responsibilities. They are looking for someone with specific experience of bridge design, inspection, assessment and refurbishment.

The next post is based in the Project Design Unit in Golspie and is for a Senior Civil Engineer to work as part of a team delivering the Council’s capital programme on a range of infrastructure projects across the whole of the Highland Council area.  Although applicants should have a CEng or equivalent professional qualification, the Council will consider Civil Engineers who are working towards their CEng.

The third position is for a Principal Engineer – Contract Administration, Law and Site Supervision.  Based in Inverness office, this is an opportunity for an ambitious and experienced Engineer to motivate and lead the team responsible for contract preparation compliance and the supervision of construction projects.   The work involves supervision of infrastructure construction projects whilst maintaining quality assurance of Engineering Supervision Teams across the Highlands. Professionalism, self-motivation and an ability to problem solve are some of the skills required, as well as being a capable negotiator with excellent communication skills. 

Cllr Robertson added: “Our staff are our most valuable asset. We offer an excellent employee benefit package and flexible working patterns and, for these posts, a removal and relocation package is also available. We would love to hear from anyone who thinks they have what it takes and will enjoy the challenges and interesting work.”

Full details of each of the posts and further information on how to apply can be found by visiting –

The closing date for all 3 posts is 26 July 2021

30 Jun 2021