International Research Team Supervisor - Civil Engineering & Assets
About The Role
As part of our Civil Engineering & Assets Team, the Supervisor works in support of the Knowledge Discipline Lead to provides line management and oversight across our research and consultancy activities. In addition to mentoring, managing and supporting staff, the postholder will play a significant part in leading and guiding research activity for UK and International projects, with an individual fee earning contribution of ~70% of time.
Key Duties / Responsibilities
- Create and nurture a culture of trust and accountability within the Civil Engineering & Assets discipline, ensuring that all individuals understand how their roles contribute to delivering to the company Mission and Vision.
- Contribute to Business Development and Technical content for UK and International tenders and enable others within the team to do so.
- Ensure the resource level in the Civil Engineering & Assets discipline is appropriate for the forecast Project and Service delivery effort programmed ahead and for future opportunities within the pipeline. This includes direct staff only.
- Effectively manage staff performance, ensuring all staff have meaningful objectives against the companies values, behaviours and Strategic Plan. Measure and manage individual objectives so they are met and that inadequate performance is appropriately actioned.
- Ensure the delivery of quality research and consultancy outputs aligned with the project scope, whilst also ensuring that the discipline staff do not ‘over-deliver’ against the requirement. Collaborate with the Senior Project Managers and PM’s to hold individuals to account.
- Ensure staff and management are well informed. With staff this will entail promulgation of business information for the Company on a periodic basis, ensuring a high level of engagement with the team. Communicate upwards to senior management on escalation items, resource constraints and strategic plans, enabling fast decision making. Carry out regular (at least monthly) 121’s with Direct staff, in which actions and issues are recorded.
- Embody the TRL values and be an ambassador for the company.
- Identify areas for recruitment to the Knowledge Discipline Lead.
- Ensure, through adequate controls and review procedures that Technical delivery is on time and the technical quality is at a sustainably high level.
- Work closely with the other Supervisors to actively utilise a broad range of skills across projects, encouraging less specialist staff to experience other areas of Technical or Functional, to broaden their knowledge and round their overall business experience and skillset.
Skills & Experience
- Significant experience across one or more of the following areas: road research, road design, asset management, and construction or road network management projects.
- Excellent communication skills, including client stakeholder management
- Ability to prepare clear, concise, high quality technical reports and proposals.
- Experience managing teams and working with clients in the UK and internationally.
- A high level of competency and demonstrable experience in developing new business opportunities.
- Experience managing multidisciplinary consultancy teams to a high level of utilisation.
- Proven experience in quantitative analysis, particularly in analysing road performance and evaluation.
- Wide knowledge of current literature, trends and developments in engineering, both high and low volume roads.
- Educated to a minimum of degree level in a related engineering or science discipline. A higher level qualification would be preferred.
- Previous formal management training and/or chartered status would be desirable.
At TRL we offer a competitive benefits package including:
- Support for professional memberships and study
- 25 days annual leave
- Life Assurance cover and Group Income Protection
- Flexible working hours
- Flexible benefits package