Senior Engineer, NW Road Safety

Salary: Competitive

BEAR Scotland is a leading provider of highways maintenance services across Scotland. We manage and maintain over 2,500km of Scotland’s trunk road network, tackling just about every imaginable task and working round the clock to help keep Scotland moving.

We take pride in offering a dedicated, flexible approach which supports our clients, underpinned by the recruitment, development, and retention of a locally based workforce.

We are looking for a Senior Engineer who will coordinate the design of road safety related engineering improvement schemes, traffic related projects and safer active travel schemes. The Senior Engineer will be an important part in the delivery of road safety schemes to help reduce accidents and casualties to assist with Transport Scotland’s Road Safety Framework to 2030 targets.


Responsibilities and Activities:

  • Assisting the Road Safety manager with the day to day management of the Team;
  • Assisting in managing the road safety team’s financial and commercial performance;
  • Overseeing the delivery of Accident, Investigation and Prevention schemes and investigations;
  • Preparation and development of design briefs;
  • Liaising with clients, emergency services, local authorities and other road safety stakeholders;
  • Assisting other senior staff as required and help with the career development of more junior members of the team;
  • Manage the internal financial performance of individual schemes;
  • Ensure compliance with Health, Safety, Environmental and Quality procedures that form part of the company’s Integrated management systems;
  • Ensure compliance with the CDM Regulations, as required. The candidate should have a thorough understanding of CDM and the BEAR Scotland procedures for dealing with CDM requirements;
  • Ensure appropriate scheme information for the road safety team is uploaded to IRIS where required;
  • Outline and detailed design of road safety projects and the associated cost estimates and the production and retention of adequate design records;
  • Overseeing the preparation of preliminary and detailed cost estimates;
  • Manage and supervise a small design team, sub-consultants and sub-contractors and any external interfaces as required;
  • Co-ordinate the production, issue and archiving of all drawings, documents, and scheme files;
  • Ensuring compliance with technical standards;
  • Ensuring that adequate environmental screening is undertaken and appropriate mitigation measures are implemented prior to work commencing;
  • Submission of Departures from Standard when applicable.


Knowledge, Skills and Experience:

Candidates will require the following knowledge skill and experience to fulfil this role successfully:

  • HNC in Civil Engineering (or related subject) as a minimum academic qualification;
  • Previous experience in road safety or highway design and detailed knowledge of the Design Manual for Roads and Bridges;
  • Knowledge of the Traffic Signs Manual and Traffic Sign Regulations and General Directions;
  • Preferably previous experience in collision analysis and road safety investigation preparation;
  • A proven track record as a team player that consistently delivers programmes and meets challenging deadlines;
  • Proof of commitment to their professional development;
  • Competency in using the Microsoft Office software suite and ideally proficient user of AutoCAD design packages;
  • A full approved UK driving licence.

Whilst not essential, the following qualities are desirable:

  • A degree in a relevant discipline with professional qualification (Chartered or Incorporated);
  • Previous experience as a Road Safety Auditor (preferably with a Highways Agency Certificate of Competency), or, a willingness to develop their skills with a view to becoming a Road Safety Auditor;
  • Previous experience in working on a Scottish Trunk Road Term Contract.