Strategic Development Engineer - Working for Essex
Salary: up to £46,801 per annum- pay award pending
Closing date: 02 Apr 2023
Location: Chelmsford
Hours: Part-time
Req ID: 11705
Role: Highways and Waste
About the role

Strategic Development Engineer

Permanent, Full Time

up to £46,801 per annum- pay award pending

Location: Chelmsford

Working Style: Anywhere worker

Closing Date: 2nd April 2023

Essex Highways will over the coming years strive to modernise the service, specifically around leveraging value from technology and raising customer engagement.

The Strategic Development Engineer will form part of a team delivering the Council’s Strategic Development service across Essex, securing and coordinating privately funded highways and transportation infrastructure in conjunction with the planning process to meet the challenges of delivering the Local Planning Authorities’ targets for housing and employment for Essex.

With significant experience in development management, land use, transport planning and project management and membership of the appropriate professional body, this role will liaise directly with government, strategic partners and other agencies, to implement integrated land-use and transport strategies. Evidence of delivering a high quality environment for the residents of Essex by taking a major role in place shaping initiatives, carbon reduction, managed infrastructure and greater levels of sustainable travel.


In conjunction with colleagues across Climate, Environment and Customer Services and Economy, Investment and Public Health delivers major projects and re-generation initiatives within the relevant districts to achieve sustainable development and re-generation enhancing travel opportunities. Supports Districts with transportation issues advice and other related services.

Responsible for maximising opportunities for credible travel alternatives to enable the development of active and sustainable transportation infrastructure and development, which reduce carbon and enhance accessibility to key services.

Acts as expert witness at, Examinations in Public, Public Inquiries and Hearings, delivering detailed evidence as subject matter expert for transportation policy and practice issues, liaising with Counsel and solicitors during case preparation.

Work collaboratively with County and District Officers to provide transportation input to Local Plans, ensuring development can safety access the highway network and access key servicessustainably reducing reliance on the use of private cars..

Contributes to quantifying, evaluating, and formulating responses to statutory and other consultations in respect of major strategic planning proposals, in line with Government and Council Policies. Securing appropriate mitigation for the existing transport network and where required working with colleagues in National Highways and Active Travel England

Work closely with developers, local planning authorities, consultants, solicitors, and other statutory and non-statutory bodies to instruct Essex Legal Services in the preparation of legal agreements.

Delivers specialist advice and guidance on transportation and S.106 matters across the Council.

Attends committee meetings to support District and County planning colleagues and to advise members on highways and transportation issues and policies.

Delivers the handover process of developer funded highway works between the Strategic Development team and scheme delivery teams within Essex Highways.

Skills, knowledge and experience

Educated to degree level in related subject or equivalent proven experience in the field of Transportation issues.

Evidence of continuing professional development, and expert knowledge in relevant professional area with membership of the Chartered Institute of Highways and Transportation, Institute of Highway Engineers, the Royal Town Planning Institute, or other appropriate professional body.

Evidence of significant post qualification experience in the field of development management, land use and transport planning, planning policy and project management and implementation.

Goodunderstanding of capacity assessment models, traffic generation database and traffic forecasting techniques to enable analysis of Transport Assessments

Knowledge and understanding of transport planning policy and practice, town and country planning processes, development proposals, transportation project implementation and planning legislation and current highways and transportation guidance documents including The Manual for Streets and Cycle Infrastructure Design (LTN 1/20).

Experience of managing the development and implementation of the highway aspects of major development proposals including statutory processes.

Ability to build strong partnerships which are collaborative and engender delivery.

To read more about us please visit: Climate, Environment and Customer Services

Why Essex? Essex County Council has a location to be proud of. Our 1,300 square miles stretch from Constable Country to the Thames Estuary, from the dynamic M11 corridor to the traditional seaside resorts of Clacton and Walton. England’s oldest town, Colchester, and two of its newest – Basildon and Harlow – are right here. Along with the City of Chelmsford, the county town, they form our major population centres. It means real choice and makes Essex the ideal place for your career. Read more about us here.

Essex County Council is proud to be a Disability Confident Leader. We’re committed to interview all disabled applicants who choose to apply under our Job Interview Scheme if they meet the minimum requirements of the job. Please speak to our Recruiters if you require any reasonable adjustments during the process.

We’re also committed to interview all veterans and care leavers, who meet the minimum requirements of the role for which they are applying.

What you should do next

If you are interested in finding out more about this role, we would love to hear from you. Please apply via the Working for Essex website.

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