Principal Highways Officer Programme
  • Employer: Central Bedfordshire Council
  • Reference: CBED/22/205944
  • Published: Tue 26/07/2022, 11:54 AM
  • Closing on: Sun 14/08/2022, 11:54 AM
  • Working Pattern: Flexible Hours, Full Time
  • Hours: 37 hours per week
  • Salary: £38,780 - £43,732 per annum
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Thorn Turn Depot, Houghton Regis, Bedfordshire

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Principal Highways Officer Programme

Team: Highways

Job Family:  Advising CBG12

Salary: £38,780 - £43,732 per annum 

Contract: Hybrid - Permanent

Hours: 37 hours per week

Location: Working from home and any CBC offices, including Thorn Turn Depot, Houghton Regis. You will be expected to attend a CBC office location on a monthly basis, and as needed to carry out your role required by the service
Closing Date: 14th August 2022
Interview Date: To be confirmed 

About Us 

Central Bedfordshire is an ambitious authority, determined to be an exemplary one. Our strategic location and high quality of life mean we are one of the fastest growing areas in the country.  

As a council we face the same challenges every business does - investing in the right places and delivering great results. Except for us, it’s all about our 289,000 residents. We’re totally focussed on helping to improve their lives and making Central Bedfordshire a great place to live and work.  

This is a great time to join us on our journey. 

More about the role

A fantastic opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic and ambitious individual to join a modern, innovative team with Central Bedfordshire Council. We are looking to strengthen our Highways Service through the appointment of a dedicated Principal Highways Officer- Programmes.

This is an exciting time to work in the council’s Highways Service, if you would like to help make central Bedfordshire a great place to live and work, we would like to hear from you. 

As our Principal Highways Officer – Programme, you will have a key role on the Programme Management Office (PMO) shaping and driving change. You will be responsible for administering the Council's Term Service Contract for Highway Services in relation to programming of works.  This will include all references to work on Plans and Programmes set out in the main highways contract and budgetary control using the highways ordering system.

You will line manage a Highways Officer and will work closely with the wider team, our partners and key stakeholders to develop and deliver the Annual Plan for the Highways Service and embed positive change.  

Your main areas of focus will be:

  • To collate and monitor an overall programme of highway design and construction activities including the budget levels and liaise with CBC Officers on a day to day basis to manage changes that impact on programme and cost.
  • To set up cost codes for expenditure against the programmed schemes in Symology, a bespoke works management system and raise early warnings where the expenditure is likely to surpass the cost code budget

You will have experience working in a programme management environment and ideally experience of interpreting detailed programmes involving NEC (New Engineering Contract) programming. You should possess a good knowledge of project management principles, demonstrate critical thinking and strong analytical skills while being focused on delivery, have strong conflict resolution skills, demonstrate the ability to identify clear goals and track progress against them.


What we can offer you

As well as joining a friendly, dedicated, and hardworking team you will have access to numerous benefits, including: 

  • Hybrid working arrangements as appropriate. We recognise the importance of supporting our employees to balance their home and work life and to be able to work in the most efficient way. As a hybrid worker you will be able to work from home with access to any CBC location.  

  • A £250 one off hybrid worker payment, helping you achieve a safe and suitable work space at home  

  • Support to work from abroad for up to a month a year where appropriate 

  • Generous family friendly policies and practices 

  • A supportive and inclusive environment that values and celebrates differences 

  • Staff network and support groups 

  • Annual leave allowance 24 days + statutory holidays rising to 31 days with length of service. 

  • Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS). This is a valuable part of our rewards package for employees and includes Life Assurance: click here 

  • An Employee Assistance Programme offering support to all employees through workplace changes as well as other work, family and personal issues 

  • Training and Learning offer – we have access to hundreds of courses and role specific training is also available 

  • Access to discounts from local and national retailers 

Central Bedfordshire Council has its own vision and values that are integral to everything we do. Our area vision is to make Central Bedfordshire 'A great place to live and work’. 

Our aspiration is to be a truly flexible employer.  We welcome discussion on location, hours and working pattern as part of the application process. 

To assess your suitability for the role, you must demonstrate how you meet the key outcomes, accountabilities and competencies. To do this, you’ll need to refer the Family Profile, Role Profile and Competency Framework which can be found in the Recruitment Pack 

For an informal discussion about this position, please contact: Jade Jones at or call 0300 300 5584

For queries related to the recruitment of this vacancy, please contact: The Recruitment Team at

Central Bedfordshire Council is an equal opportunities employer. We are committed to improving the diversity of our workforce to better reflect the communities we serve.  Therefore we welcome applications from everyone. In addition we are a  Disability Confident employer, we are working to become a Disability Confident leader in our community. 

To maintain a fair and consistent approach for applicants, it is Central Bedfordshire Council's policy to only consider applications made via our online application system and we therefore thank you for not submitting your application offline. 

If you require assistance to apply for our roles, help with writing your CV, interview techniques or careers advice please contact our team of careers advisors at Our service is confidential, impartial and free for all. 


How to Apply

Please apply online via the link provided.


Please note, we do not accept CV’s submitted without a fully completed online application form.

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