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Lead Engineer (Harbours and Structures)


Infrastructure and Strategic Projects - Engineering Services

Lead Engineer (Harbours and Structures)

35 hours per week


£41,598 - £44,007 (including Distant Islands Allowance)

Orkney provides a beautiful setting in which to live and work and a wonderful opportunity to combine a fulfilling and challenging career with the best that the islands can offer in terms of lifestyle. Our vibrant and forward-thinking community is regularly voted the happiest and the best place to live in the UK. Our quality of life is second to none. With a rising population, excellent local services and a multitude of opportunities and facilities to cater for whatever your interests outside of work may be.

We are looking for a highly experienced Lead Engineer with extensive harbours, marine and structural experience to lead a small team working on projects which may include harbours works, coastal flood risk protection, surface water management, low carbon initiatives and structural assessments. Reporting to the Engineering Services Manager, you will be a Chartered Civil or Structural Engineer and/or have spent considerable time in a senior technical role on projects of this nature.

You will provide services for the maintenance and ongoing development of existing harbours civil infrastructure including linkspan and walkway assets across 29 ports and piers. The Council has recently published a Harbours Master plan which includes major pier projects. You will potentially be involved in the project management, design and construction of these projects. There may also be the opportunity to be involved in the construction of wind farm and marine energy infrastructure.

Whilst the position is demanding, it is also extremely rewarding through its focus on delivering lifeline infrastructure as well as constructing and maintaining assets which can be exposed to some of the harshest weather in the country.  Whilst the Council is the smallest in the United Kingdom, its roles and responsibilities and the range of its infrastructure is broad, hence the engineering team draws enormous satisfaction from the diversity and intensity of its work.

You should have a degree in Civil or Structural Engineering or equivalent and have Chartered membership of a relevant professional institution e.g. MICE or MIStructE or eligible to become a full member through the career appraisal route for example a seasoned professional with extensive post graduate design and construction industry experience and a proven track record in a senior technical and managerial role.

A NEBOSH National Certificate in Construction Health and Safety or equivalent is desirable.

This post is subject to Basic Disclosure Scotland clearance.

Prospective applicants are invited to discuss the post by contacting David Custer, Engineering Services Manager, e-mail or telephone 01856 873535.

Closing Date: Sunday 29 November 2020.

Further information is available from, and online applications can be made through 

Please note that interview expenses and relocation expenses are payable for this post.

Lead Engineer (Harbours and Structures)

Orkney Islands Council
Orkney, UK
£41,598 - £44,007 (including Distant Islands Allowance)

Published on 4 Nov 2020