Major Bridges Manager (Forth Road Bridge), South Queensferry

  • Location: South Queensferry
  • Category: Bridges
  • Salary: competitive
  • Applications Close: May Fri, 2024
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A fantastic opportunity has arisen to manage the Forth Road Bridge, one of Scotland’s most iconic structures. With a main span of 1,006 metres between the two towers, it was the fourth longest span suspension bridge in the world when opened. In total, the structure is over 2.5 km long and it opened on 4 September 1964. Now 60 years old the bridge is undergoing major refurbishment works to maintain the safety for all bridge users whilst minimising the impact to the environment.

The Major Bridge Manager (Forth Road Bridge) will lead design Engineers and maintenance teams in delivering construction schemes. This includes inspection, assessment, design for strengthening as well as construction management for major bridge maintenance projects. This role forms part of the South-East Bridges senior management team and reports to the South East Unit Bridges Manager.

Candidates must have a passion for design and management of major bridges as well as a demonstrable level of appropriate experience.  The successful candidate will need to be approved in the role by Transport Scotland, and as a minimum have a degree in an appropriate engineering discipline and be a Chartered member of the Institution of Structural Engineers or the Institution of Civil Engineers.

Other responsibilities include:

  • Financial overview of significant annual programmes
  • Leading a design team of Chartered Engineers and Graduate Engineers in the assessment, design, strengthening and management in accordance with DMRB CS 470
  • Providing timely recommendations and progress reports to Transport Scotland as well as external liaison with stakeholders
  • Ensuring that all maintenance schedules are maintained, all records are kept and that all contract databases are maintained.
  • Leading external Engineering consultants delivering major refurbishment schemes
  • Liaison with Transport Scotland and other stakeholders to ensure traffic disruption is minimised in all aspects of programme delivery.
  • Working in accordance with our financial management system



BEAR Scotland currently manages, maintains and improves 1962km of Scottish trunk road including over 2000 bridges and structures through some of the most scenic, but challenging, parts of the country. That means delivering £million investment on road maintenance and improvement every year.

We believe that the people who work with us are our greatest asset and, in order for us to succeed, we make sure we retain and attract a talented, innovative and dedicated team. In return, we offer:

  • A tailored, competitive salary
  • Pension and life assurance
  • Up to 34 days annual leave per year
  • Additional annual leave purchase through Salary Sacrifice
  • 2 paid days per year to help to support your charity of your choice
  • BEAR Rewards – shopping discounts and cashback
  • Employee Assistance Programme available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year
  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • Flexible/Hybrid working
  • Development and progression plan

Grow your career with a company that inspires and empowers you to deliver your best work so you can evolve, flourish, and succeed.

We are an equal opportunities employer. We wish to ensure equality of opportunity in employment and the fair treatment of all our employees.


About BEAR

BEAR is an alliance formed by three leading companies – Vinci, Jacobs and Breedon.  We manage two of Scotland’s four Trunk Road Maintenance Contracts (South-East & North West) for Transport Scotland. We are also the primary contractor on two major DBFO contracts (M80 Stepps – Haggs and A92 Dundee – Arbroath).

As a company we pride ourselves on delivering a first-rate service to our clients based on the commitment of all our employees, our flexible approach and breadth of experience.  This has helped us become the recognised sector-leader in Scotland driving ongoing improvements to the areas that we manage.



To formally apply for the role please send us an e-mail at

The closing date for applications is Friday 3 May 2024

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