Civil / Structural Engineer

Vacancy posted: Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Salary: 30,471 - 35,766
Location: Edinburgh

Closing date: 08 February 2017
Job ref. no.: HES/16/265

Thank you for enquiring for the post of Civil Structural Engineer with Historic Environment Scotland based at Longmore House in Edinburgh.  This is a permanent and pensionable appointment.

About us

We are the lead body for Scotland’s historic environment; a charity dedicated to the advancement of heritage, culture, education and environmental protection.  We are at the forefront of researching and understanding the historic environment, and addressing the impact of climate change on its future.  We investigate and record architectural and archaeological sites and landscapes across Scotland and care for more than 300 properties of national importance.

Our Vision

Our vision is that Scotland’s historic environment is cherished, understood, shared and enjoyed with pride by everyone.

Our Mission

  • To enhance knowledge and understanding of Scotland’s historic environment.
  • To protect, conserve and manage the historic environment for the enjoyment, enrichment and benefit for everyone – now, and in the future.
  • To share and celebrate our cultural heritage with the world.

Overview of the post and information about the team

The engineering function sits within the Conservation Specialist Services unit which is part of the Conservation Directorate.  The unit is multi-disciplinary including; civil & structural engineering, M&E engineering, quantity surveying, factoring and administrative staff.

This post is one of three Civil / Structural Engineers based in Longmore House in Edinburgh who have primary responsibility for civil and structural engineering duties on properties in the care of the Scottish Ministers.  Engineering advice is provided country-wide on historic buildings and structures for the four Conservation Directorate Regions within Historic Environment Scotland.  The post holder will work closely with the Senior Civil Engineer in providing civil and structural engineering support on projects or conservation cases across the estate. An Assistant Civil Engineering supports the work of the two Civil / Structural Engineers, and is managed directly by the post holder.

Key responsibilities, duties and objectives

The engineering team has primary responsibility for a diverse range of civil and structural engineering duties on 336 properties in the care of Scottish Ministers.  These range from standing stones, cairns and brochs, tower houses, and fortified structures and castles, to more contemporary structures such as a lighthouse, a gasworks, a tenement, a distillery, etc.  Historic Environment Scotland’s responsibility typically extends to include the drainage, car parks, bridges and other structures associated with public access to these properties.

Staff Management

  • Line management of the Assistant Civil Engineer, including setting and monitoring of objectives, and support and guidance on training and professional development.

Main Duties

The main duties of this post include:

  • The provision of engineering advice in the form of reports, designs and details for work to the properties in care.
  • Project team membership with responsibility for the design and site supervision of civil and/or structural engineering works including geotechnics, structures, water and drainage services, marine works, roads and bridges, etc.
  • Carrying out civil and/or structural engineering inspections where requested.  Fulfilling an advisory role in providing engineering input into PIC condition surveys, and establishing and maintaining structural movement monitoring systems and databases.
  • Provision of civil and structural engineering specifications and contract documents for engineering works in conjunction with architectural colleagues.  Provision of contract documents for the appointment of Consulting Engineers in conjunction with the Procurement Unit.
  •  Contract or project management of specific engineering projects including management of delegated budgets.  This may include acting in the Client role in the appointment and monitoring of Consulting Engineers.
  • Identification of project priorities and target setting in relation to overall departmental priorities and business plans.  This may include conservation engineering input to estates operational plans.
  • Tendering procedures for appointment of Term Civil & Structural Engineering Consultant.  The term consultancy is used when workload demands are too great for in-house engineering resources, or where more specialist input is required.  Commissioning and briefing the term consultant for input to specific projects.
  • Identify and bid for budgets relating to the provision of the civil and structural engineering service.
  • To maintain an awareness of the current legislation, codes of practice, design principles and health and safety matters relevant to the profession.  To have an awareness of Listed Building and Scheduled Monument legislation, and to maintain continuing professional development.
  • On occasion, to carry out the more complex conservation engineering related design calculations, and to countersign calculations or drawing details produced by other members of the Engineering Team.

Historic Buildings

  • Provision of engineering advice to architectural colleagues preparing repair reports on privately owned historic buildings as part of grant-aided repair works.
  • Providing civil and/or structural engineering advice to colleagues or HES Heritage Managers on privately owned Historic Buildings or Scheduled Ancient Monuments.  This will regularly involve the production of formal advisory or consultative reports.  Provide input into engineering related policy issues and grant casework when required.  The post holder may from time to time be called upon to serve as an expert witness for civil and/or structural engineering matters at Public Local Inquiries.
  • To act as an expert witness on civil and/or structural engineering matters in Public Local Inquiries (PLIs) when required.

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Contact Name Recruitment Team
Telephone 0131 668 8999
Address Historic Environment Scotland
Human Resources, Room 3.10, Longmore House, Salisbury Place, Edinburgh EH9 1SH
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