Design Services Manager

Lincolnshire County Council's Technical Services Partnership (TSP) is looking for a Design Services Manager, which is a new and vital role in the team that provides the County's highway design and specialist asset management functions. Whilst assisting in the overall direction and oversight of TSP within the Highways service, the role will have responsibility for a number of specific teams depending upon the background of the successful candidate.

Director Area
Job Category
Traffic and Highways
Service Area
Design Services, Highways
Job Location(s)
G13: 50,430 - 55,503
Relocation Expenses
Politically Restricted Post
Contract Type
Appointment Type
Hours per week
Closing Date
Job Reference

About the Team

We are a team of mixed experience and skills, proud to serve the people of Lincolnshire and have fun whilst doing so! Our people are vital to the service and we put their development and welfare central to what we do, and will expect you to do so too.

TSP is the combination of Lincolnshire's Design Services and our professional services partner's (WSP's) Lincoln-based operation. This is a ground breaking partnership about to enter a new contract for up to 12 years, relying on co-location and integrated teams for its success. We deliver business-cases, feasibility, design and supervision for Lincolnshire's unprecedented capital programme of new and improvement highway schemes. We also provide these services for signs & lines and alongside specialist asset management for traffic signals, street lighting and structures. In addition, we provide technical expertise in drainage and flooding investigations and design and supervision of mitigation schemes.

Lincolnshire has one of the most extensive highways networks in the country, with all the challenges that a mix of rural, urban and coastal assets bring. Our Highways team is recognised as a leading light in the sector, being one of the two original "Band 3" authorities in the Department for Transport assessment, as well as winning the 2019 Highways Management award at the MJ awards.

About the Role

Working with the Head of Design Services and WSP's managers, you will provide leadership and direction in this professional engineering area, taking senior responsibility for up to four of our seven teams depending on your experience and background. The post holder will have a specific focus on performance and quality, whilst driving innovation and effective design and specialist asset management. The role will be expected to provide technical expertise in their area to the whole Highway service and be part of the wider Highway Leadership Team.

Through developing and maintaining strong, positive relationships with clients, colleagues, Elected Members and partners across all service areas, the post holder will contribute to a conscientious culture of proactive, future-focused service delivery that is accountable and engaging to our customers. This is an exciting opportunity to inspire positive change in an environment that is both challenging and rewarding.

About You

As we operate as a full-cost recovery trading account you will hold efficient and effective delivery to time, cost and quality central to everything you do, but without losing sight of the need for excellent relationships with all our stakeholders and a positive experience for our highway users.

We are seeking someone who combines excellent technical knowledge, independently proven through professional qualifications, with a dedication to proactive people and organisational management. With a passion for customer care, brilliant communication skills and an understanding of issues affecting all highway services, you will be able to play a key role in the delivery of services essential to sustain and grow Lincolnshire.

About us

We are one of the largest county councils in the UK. We lead the way in many of our service areas from Children's Services to Highways. Our environment is supportive and we are ambitious for both the people who work here and the residents of the county.

Steeped in history and brimming with life, Lincolnshire’s historic market towns, vibrant coastal tourism and areas of outstanding natural beauty make it the perfect place for your next career move. Its cost of living is low and its schools are generally excellent, giving a very positive quality of life overall.

Working with us, you can enjoy a flexible working pattern, generous annual leave on top of public and bank holidays, a cycle to work scheme, contract car hire scheme, flexible working hours, family friendly policies and an enviable pension scheme. Relocation expenses are also available for this role.

We recommend reading the employee benefits brochure before submitting an application.

Please note that this vacancy is a CV-based application.

In light of the current Covid-19 situation, interviews will take place on 19 June 2020 via videoconferencing.

Owing to the availability of interviewers, it is essential to notify us at the point of application if you are unable to make the interview date of 19 June, and provide your nearest alternative availability. We will do our best to accommodate alternative interview arrangements, however regret that we cannot guarantee availability owing to the limited availability of the interviewing staff.

To arrange an informal discussion about the role please contact the Head of Design Services, John Monk, by emailing and including a daytime telephone number.


Please be advised that this position may be subject to a criminal record check


All candidates are advised to read the attached job information pack prior to making an application.

On occasion we receive significantly more applications than expected for some vacancies and under such circumstances we reserve the right to bring forward the closing date of the advertisement. We therefore strongly advise you to apply for the role promptly to avoid disappointment should the closing date be brought forward. 

We operate a talent pool scheme whereby candidates who are not successful on this occasion may be considered for a period of up to 3 months for similar positions.

Lincolnshire County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

We want our workforce to reflect the make-up of the community we serve. Therefore we welcome all applications irrespective of gender, ethnic origin, belief, sexual orientation, age or disability. We consider ourselves to be a family friendly employer, and offer flexible working patterns.

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