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Lead Agricultural and Soils

Birmingham or London
​Competitive salary
Closing date
26 Jun 2022

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As a Lead Agricultural Soils Specialist at HS2, you will be the subject matter expert for all matters relating to the excavation, handling, storage and reinstatement of agricultural soils on the HS2 programme.  They work with the Head of Geotechnical Engineering and the Head of Natural Environment to provide leadership in all activities related to agricultural soils by contributing to the development of Standards and specifications, undertaking technical assurance and working with the supply chain to implement best practice.

About the role

  • Maintain technical standards, guidance notes and specifications for the agricultural soils discipline
  • Support the development and delivery teams in providing assurance that handling and reinstatement of agricultural soils on the HS2 programme is undertaken in accordance with the technical requirements.
  • Provide technical advice and support in relation to agricultural soils across the whole HS2 project (i.e. within HS2 Ltd and the supply chain) to ensure an integrated, consistent approach to delivering the range of activities associated with the advisory and client role of the Technical Authority invested in the Infrastructure Directorate.
  • Promote the implementation of best practice and innovative techniques, technologies and processes, driving consistency and identifying opportunities for efficiencies across Phase 1 and Phase 2 delivery teams.

About You:

  • Communicating technical and other information effectively with others at all levels including both internal and external and technical and non-technical stakeholders
  • Relevant degree (or equivalent experience) coupled with Membership of an appropriate professional institution (e.g. British Society of SoIl Science) or the equivalent experience.
  • Able to be the subject matter expert on agricultural soils.
  • Understanding of the processes and plant used in soil handing and restoration on major infrastructure projects.
  • Experience of carrying out field based Agricultural Land Classification (ALC) surveys, and the development of Soil Resource Plans.
  • Experience of leading agriculture, forestry and soils management on a major infrastructure project or within a large organisation.

The post-holder is expected to behave at all times in a manner consistent with the HS2 values of Safety, Leadership, Integrity and Respect

It is expected that you will actively promote and embed Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) in all your work and support and comply with all organisational initiatives, policies and procedures on EDI.

We ask for a variety of detail in your online application, however we perform the first assessment of suitability for a role based solely on the information in your CV. Please attach an updated word version of your CV for each new application and include evidence directly related to the criteria in the job advert.

About Us:

High Speed 2 (HS2 Ltd) will be the UK’s new high speed rail network. As well as improving capacity, the new scheme will shorten journey times between a number of Britain’s major population centres, boost the economy and create thousands of jobs.

HS2 Ltd will create a skills legacy and develop a diverse range of talent. We aim to be a leader in EDI practice by creating a safe & inclusive working environment for all our staff - living our values of Safety, Respect, Integrity and Leadership.

HS2 Ltd is also a safety-critical organisation. Employees are required to ensure reasonable care of their own and others’ health and safety by taking personal responsibility for working to our ‘Safe at Heart’ programme principles and following safe working procedures at all times.

HS2 Ltd endeavours to ensure everyone working for us and with us feels included, thrives and achieves their full potential. In practice, this means we are positive and inclusive about making adjustments, providing flexible working, encouraging our staff networks to flourish and providing personal and professional development opportunities.

Closing date: 26 June 2022.

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