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Principal Docks Engineer

Bristol City Council
Bristol (City Centre), Bristol (GB)
£50,534 - £52,677 (pay award pending)
Closing date
1 Oct 2023

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Infrastructure jobs
Civil Engineer
Contract Type
Full Time

Are you experienced in managing engineering infrastructure and teams in a water environment? Are you looking for a permanent rewarding opportunity to lead and shape a team responsible for historic and modern hydraulic, electrician and mechanical infrastructure?

Bristol City Council is seeking an experienced Engineer to lead their Docks Engineering team and continue this important work.

As one of the country’s largest core cities, Bristol is a vibrant, historic and multi-cultural city. Its harbour has existed as long as the city has, with its 19th Century ‘floating harbour’ being a feat of engineering and home to Isambard Kingdom Brunel. From its inception and far into its future, high quality engineering is critically important to safeguarding and helping grow the city.

You will ensure the docks machinery, equipment and infrastructure is operated and maintained safely and effectively on behalf of the Harbour Authority.

You will provide:

  • An efficient, safe & effective Head of ‘Engineering’ function within the City Docks
  • Professional & practical expertise and strategic direction to engineering & dredging matters
  • Work programmes for their team and contractors, managing maintenance and capital works as needed and existing staff and budgets; and helping recruit and procure additional resources to ensure the docks infrastructure is fit for purpose.

You will need a proven track record of significant related industry experience with a working knowledge of and skills in mechanical/hydraulic/marine/electrical maintenance in a docks environment. This must include understanding of Health & Safety procedures and NEBOSH or equivalent accreditation, and also demonstrable ability of risk assessments and management in a docks environment.

Why Bristol City Council?

At Bristol City Council, we go that extra mile for our people; we offer a work environment which is fast moving and supportive, giving you the chance to use your skills and develop new ones within a high profile organisation.

We offer a full range of employee benefits and opportunities including flexible working hours; a competitive annual leave entitlement; entry into the Local Government Pension scheme; mobile working; discounts towards the cost of sustainable travel as well as training opportunities to enhance your technical and professional skills as you progress within the organisation.

How do I apply?

If you share our values and are ready to be part of our exciting journey please select the apply button below.

Once there, please submit your CV along with a supporting statement that addresses how you meet the criteria outlined on the Person Specification.

For further information, please refer to the Job Description and Person Specification or alternatively, please contact Tony Nichols on

At Bristol City Council, we value having a workforce as diverse as the City we serve. We therefore welcome, develop and promote people from all sections of the community.

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