Civil Engineering Works Supervisor

Cannock Chase Forest near Rugeley or Delamere Forest Visitor Centre near Northwich
18 Jun 2021
25 Jul 2021
Civil Engineer
Contract Type
Full Time


The post is part of Forest Enterprise England's Central Forest District team and will be based on the Cannock Chase (Staffordshire) or Delamere (Cheshire). The District is led by Forest Management Director, Paddy Harrop, directly employs over 150 staff and manages approximately 30,000 hectares of The Public Forest Estate.

The Central Forest District team is responsible for the management of public forest estate in the Midland and North West counties of England from Milton Keynes to Preston; a really diverse territory with many opportunities. An annual harvesting programme of around 150,000 cubic metres combined with an extensive recreation profile with seven forest visitor centres attracting over 1.6m visitors puts civil engineering at the centre of our operations.

The Forestry England Civil Engineering professional group comprises 25 staff deployed across the 6 English Forest Districts. Our overriding objective is the provision of a coherent, customer-centred, professional service across the public forest estate. Policy and application of standards within the discipline are managed through the Head of Profession who is part of the national team based in Bristol. The annual Civil Engineering budget in the Central England District is over £1 million and includes an extensive requirement for bridge & dam works, road network upgrading, recreation trail works, repair and maintenance.

Job description

Purpose of the Job:

To assist and support the delivery of Civil Engineering works predominantly in the West side of Central England District, but as workloads dictate, possibly throughout the Central England District.

Central England District contains in the region of 1000km of engineered tracks, including; forest roads, extraction tracks, recreational trails, and mountain bike trails, over 100 bridges, around 60 dams, 11 of which fall in the all reservoirs act, 7 commercial visitor centres & over 50 free car parks, which equates to 4100 car parking spaces, and there are also considerations such as slope stability.

All infrastructure requires annual inspection and maintenance along with construction of new facilities to facilitate haulage of harvested timber, commercial recreation, and community benefits. The successful candidate will assist the District Engineer with the inspection & maintenance programme, putting together packages of work, and supervising the subsequent on site works.

The successful candidate will have the option to complete a formal Civil Engineering qualification on day release at College or university.

Key Work Areas:

• Fulfil the role as NEC4 Project Manager and Site Supervisor.

• Monitor adherence to specification, quality of delivery, and H&S management of contracts and address any shortfall.

• Assess and process compensation events and early warnings through the contracts.

• Assist the Engineer’s in Central District in fulfilling the Client role under CDM2015.

• Be aware of, and manage accordingly, the need to engage positively with other stakeholders including the rest of the District team.

• Encourage and promote a safe working culture through regular monitoring and recording of contractor Health and Safety performance.

• Putting together mini tenders, these will be let through the Forestry Commission Civil Engineering framework contract.

• Inspect assets across the Central District.


Person Specification


• Sound working knowledge of CDM, H&S and NEC contracts

• Contract management skills associated with protecting the client's interest through the construction phase of projects

• Experience and knowledge of IT systems and be familiar with MS office packages and the use of AutoCAD and GIS


• Proven relevant experience in managing multiple civil engineering construction projects.

• Previous experience of engineering issues associated with brownfield sites.

• CSCS manager’s card

• Professional (Incorporated or higher) membership of a relevant Civil Engineering Body.


Leading and Communicating:

• Express ideas effectively, both orally and in writing, and with sensitivity and respect for others

• Confidently handle challenging conversations or interviews

Delivering Value for Money:

• Understand that all actions have a cost and choose the most effective way to do something in a resource efficient way

• Monitor resources against plans and budget, identify and flag up variances

Managing a Quality Service:

• Ensure delivery of professional excellence and expertise – flag up risks or concerns including health and safety in order to meet customer requirements

• Promote adherence to relevant policies, procedures, regulations and legislation, including security, equality and diversity and health and safety


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Managing a Quality Service
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Seeing the Big Picture

We only ask for evidence of these behaviours on your application form:

  • Managing a Quality Service


• Learning and development tailored to your role

• An environment with flexible working options

• A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity

• A Civil Service pension

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.

People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours and Experience.

Application Process

This is a Temporary Appointment for 3 years with the possibility of extension or permanency but no guarantee.

As part of the application process you will be asked to complete a CV and statement of suitability. Further details around what this will entail are listed on the application form.

You will also be required to provide a 250 word statement relating to the lead behaviour; Managing a Quality Service.

Should a large number of applications be received, an initial sift may be conducted using the lead behaviour. Candidates who pass the initial sift may be progressed to a full sift, or progressed straight to assessment/interview.


Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, we will be conducting online interviews with the use of Microsoft Teams or equivalent online communication methods. Candidates would therefore require access to a computer and internet at interview stage

Sift and Interview dates to be confirmed.

Reasonable Adjustment

If a person with disabilities is put at a substantial disadvantage compared to a non-disabled person, we have a duty to make reasonable changes to our processes.

If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should:

Contact Government Recruitment Service via as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs.

Complete the “Assistance required” section in the “Additional requirements” page of your application form to tell us what changes or help you might need further on in the recruitment process. For instance, you may need wheelchair access at interview, or if you’re deaf, a Language Service Professional.


Our recruitment process is underpinned by the principle of appointment on the basis of fair and open competition and appointment on merit, as outlined in the Civil Service Commissioners’ Recruitment Principles. If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with these principles and you wish to make a complaint, you should in the first instance contact FCE by email: you are not satisfied with the response you receive, you can contact the Civil Service Commission, which regulates all Civil Service recruitment.

Further Information

If successful and transferring from another Government Department a criminal record check may be carried out.

In order to process applications without delay, we will be sending a Criminal Record Check to Disclosure and Barring Service on your behalf. However, we recognise in exceptional circumstance some candidates will want to send their completed forms direct. If you will be doing this, please advise Government Recruitment Service of your intention by emailing stating the job reference number in the subject heading.

Existing Civil Servants and applicants from accredited NDPBs are eligible to apply, but will only be considered on loan basis (Civil Servants) or secondment (accredited NDPBs). Prior agreement to be released on a loan basis must be obtained before commencing the application process. In the case of Civil Servants, the terms of the loan will be agreed between the home and host department and the Civil Servant. This includes grade on return.

New entrants are expected to join on the minimum of the pay band.

The duties of this post require the applicant to have a full current driving licence that enables them to drive in the UK. However, the Forestry Commission is willing to consider any proposals put forward by applicants that would allow them to do the job by any other means.

Where a role has been identified as one which falls under the scope of the Public Sector English Language Requirements, within Part 7 of the Immigration Act 2016, it is essential that applicants should have the ability to converse at ease with members of the public and provide advice in accurate spoken English. Applicants will be assessed in the selection process in accordance with the requirements.

Any move to Forestry Commission from another employer will mean you can no longer access childcare vouchers. This includes moves between government departments. You may however be eligible for other government schemes, including Tax Free Childcare. Determine your eligibility at

A reserve list may be held for a period of 12 months from which further appointments can be made.

If you are experiencing accessibility problems with any attachments on this advert, please contact the email address in the 'Contact point for applicants' section.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with (or eligible for) status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals

Further information on nationality requirements

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

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Contact point for applicants

Job contact:

Name: Richard Scott


Telephone: 07733296057

Recruitment team:


Further information

Our recruitment process is underpinned by the principle of appointment on the basis of fair and open competition and appointment on merit, as outlined in the Civil Service Commissioners’ Recruitment Principles. If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with these principles and you wish to make a complaint, you should in the first instance contact FCE by email: you are not satisfied with the response you receive, you can contact the Civil Service Commission, which regulates all Civil Service recruitment.

Click 'Apply' for further information.