Sub Agent

Posted a week ago by Balfour Beatty UK


About the role

We currently have an exciting opportunity for an experienced Sub Agent to join our construction teams on the Argyll Multi-Substation project. Key responsibilities will include leading and control of a section of the works, according to a specific discipline. Management of a team of Section Engineers & Site Engineers within same discipline for the design and construction of three indoor substations, including the associated earthworks, drainage, access tracks, structures and utilities, situated between Lochgilphead and Inverary in the West of Scotland. 

What you'll be doing

  • Live the Balfour Beatty Values
  • Ensure a relentless focus on Zero Harm
  • Support the delivery of CSUK’s Sustainability activities
  • Motivate team and manage performance; monitor the competency of team members and undertake training/ coaching as appropriate
  • Reviews Method Statements and Risk Assessments and makes improvements as appropriate
  • Lead an Accident / Incident Investigation (HFACS and ‘Four Page Report’)
  • Carries out trend analysis and identifies improvement areas from audits and near misses
  • Carries out field audits and confirms the sufficiency of control documentation
  • Production and implementation of Permits to Work, specifically Confined Space Permits and Hot Works Permits
  • Strong understanding of temporary works and timescales for implementation into the works
  • Guides & coaches subordinates in technical requirements and techniques of setting out
  • Guides and coaches subordinates in resolution of construction issues, drawing on experience and accepted industry best practice
  • Ownership of whole process of production, checking and submission of Handover Documentation (Green Files or equivalent)
  • Implements systems and processes to support construction of the works in accordance with the specification (eg Materials Approval, NCR, Handover Documentation)
  • Carries out trend analysis of the above and identifies improvement areas for non conformance and business improvement
  • Carries out Independent Inspections of their own section and of others
  • Carries out Site Audits to check works and documentation compliance
  • Liaise with designer to resolve technical issues
  • Produces a fully resourced stage programme in the accepted format / software
  • Tracks and monitors KPI compliance and recommends improvements to systems to maintain team production
  • Establishes monitors of production, translated to graphical form from the Programme to aid understanding of current status and identification of requirements for intervention
  • Cross references section programme to three weekly programme and ensures compatibility
  • Maintains accurate diary, including dialogue with external organisations (subcontractors)
  • Produces a budget from the resourced programme and monitors / reviews weekly costs
  • Involved in the procurement of subcontractors
  • Manages sub contractors
  • Understands cost and value
  • Draft correspondence to sub contractors, suppliers and client

Who we're looking for

  • Able to clearly communicate the requirements of a safe system of work to ensure that these are followed accurately. Suggests and implements improvements to systems
  • Capable of taking ownership of tasks and communicating outcomes with clarity; experienced at encouraging direct reports to do the same and managing a team to ensure tasks are carried out effectively and key messages cascaded
  • Strong work ethic with flexibility to work unsociable hours/nights
  • Able to work on own initiative and seek out opportunities in line with level of responsibility
  • Holds a current driving license and CSCS Card. SSSTS or SMSTS qualified
  • Excellent team player, able to work competently and independently without continuous
  • supervision
  • Strong communication skills with good interpersonal and influencing skills
  • Solution orientated approach to issue resolution
  • Excellent role model for development of team members and demonstrates required behaviours to align to project and team objectives
  • Understands method statements and risk assessments, able to develop new and improved safe systems of work
  • Understands the principles of Accident / Incident Investigation and has good working knowledge of the process
  • Good working knowledge of current H&S Legislation
  • A full understanding of technical requirements and techniques of setting out and coaching of team members
  • Allocates correct resource levels and identifies additional requirements
  • Track record of solution orientated approach to issue resolution
  • Understands the Organisational Business Management Systems and processes
  • Strong understanding of requirements for handover, including certification
  • Able to produce a fully resourced stage programme in the accepted format / software
  • Able to measure and track KPIs for enhanced productivity
  • Strong knowledge and management of construction process in one or more of the following areas: Earthworks/Drainage, Pavement, Comms, Structures, Roadworks
  • Awareness of procurement practice
  • Experienced at producing detailed records and correspondence for commercial recovery

The following experience/qualifications are desirable:

  • Wide ranging independent judgement evident
  • Has achieved professional accreditation (eg ICE, IHT)
  • Good leadership skills

Why work for us

As if contributing to and supporting work that makes life better for millions wasn’t rewarding enough, we offer a full range of benefits too. You’ll have the freedom to shape the package that’s right for you and your life.

Here are some of our key benefits:

  • Competitive base salary relevant to your role
  • Defined contribution pension scheme
  • Smart working, giving you more flexibility such as staggered start and finish times
  • Life cover
  • 25 days annual holiday leave (plus bank holidays)
  • Company car / car allowance
  • Private healthcare
  • Access to company share incentive scheme
  • 16 hours / two days fully paid volunteer time
  • Plus a wide range of voluntary benefits, customised to your preference

About us

From Dunfermline’s tramways in 1909 to highland hospitals today, Balfour Beatty has been trusted for over a century to deliver the complex and critical infrastructure and iconic buildings Scotland relies on.

We have the people, knowledge and experience to safely deliver projects right first time, maximising value for money and ensuring a positive social impact and inclusive economic growth for local communities.

Our award-winning sustainable projects, including active travel, Passivhaus and retrofit, demonstrate our commitment to supporting Scotland’s transition towards net zero in the built environment.

Diversity and inclusion

At Balfour Beatty we believe that diversity and inclusion are essential components of any successful, happy workplace. Through our Value Everyone Diversity and Inclusion Strategy and Action Plan, we are growing our diverse workforce and developing our inclusive culture where everyone is able to thrive and reach their full potential, regardless of their identity or background. To find out how we are making this a reality, visit (url removed)/diversityandinclusion

We are a Gold Award holder in the Ministry of Defence 'Employer Recognition Scheme' and actively encourage applications from Armed Forces personnel, veterans and reservists.

As a Disability Confident Employer, we are committed to working with people who have disabilities and long-term health conditions to remove barriers for them in obtaining employment. We are also committed to offering applicants with a disability an interview if they meet the minimum requirements for the role. For more info, visit: https://(url removed)/

We are looking to continually improve our resourcing process and ensure that it is fair and inclusive for all. If you have any feedback on the process, please share this with us at: (url removed)

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