General Foreman

Posted 09/06/2024 by Balfour Beatty UK


About the role

To provide supervision of the works and control of a team comprising foremen, gangers and direct labour force for the design and construction of three indoor substations, including the associated earthworks, drainage, access tracks, structures and utilities. Supervision and control of the works of subcontractors. 

What you'll be doing

Health, Safety & Environmental

  • Input into the production of Work Package Plans and Risk Assessments
  • Provide suggestions and recommendations for Temporary Works solutions
  • Identify potential hazards and proactively implement actions and controls
  • Ensure all plant and small tools are adequately maintained before use
  • Input into the production and delivery of Task Briefing Sheets and toolbox talks.
  • Through observation and liaison with the workforce and subcontractors suggests improvement areas
  • Ensures plant is adequate for the task prior to being used
  • Monitors the performance of plant operators and appointed persons
  • Carries out Safety & Environment Tours
  • Be familiar with, and demonstrate commitment to the requirements of the Health & Safety and Environmental Policies
  • Ensures that the Environmental Policy and appropriate parts of Environmental Procedures are effectively communicated to the workforce, particularly to those engaged on activities that have been identified as likely to have a significant environmental impact
  • Seeks to improve levels of safety at every opportunity

Engineering Control

  • Identify future requirements for setting out and communicate to Engineering team


  • Carries out Independent Inspections of their own section and of others
  • Ensures that the workforce / Gangers have sufficient and correct information in terms of specification, workmanship and finish
  • Ensures that all Non Conformances are reported as required
  • Ensures that a culture of Right First Time is adopted in the Supply Chain
  • Carry out Quality Tool Box Talks


  • Input into weekly programme and monitor progress against KPI’s
  • Communication of weekly programme and targets to the workforce
  • Understands key milestones provided in Stage Programme
  • Ensure that the appropriate level of resource is allocated to each work activity and monitor to improve efficiency


  • Assessment of material wastage allowances and implementation of appropriate improvement actions
  • Validation of labour and plant records to the project cost control procedure
  • Weekly review of small tools list
  • Awareness of project scope and highlights items of additional work

Who we're looking for


  • Able to clearly communicate the requirements of a safe system of work to ensure that these are followed accurately
  • Capable of taking ownership of tasks and communicating outcomes
  • Strong work ethic with flexibility to work unsociable hours/nights
  • Holds a current driving license and CSCS Card
  • Understands the basic Company Protocols with regard to Accidents and Incidents investigations
  • Uncompromising approach to the implementation of safe systems of work
  • Good working knowledge of current H & S legislation
  • Where possible, adopts an innovative approach to enhancing safe systems of work
  • Experienced in the delivery of engaging toolbox talks


  • Awareness of Specification and other Contract documents
  • Understands the relevant Business Management System and implements systems and processes (e.g. ordering plant, recruiting labour, disciplinary procedures)
  • Understanding of construction tolerances
  • Understands and implements the requirements of Inspection and Test Plans


  • Experience of managing the works of direct labour and subcontractors
  • Able to take off and schedule material quantities accurately
  • Experience of monitoring key programme dates, e.g. TM switches, concrete pour dates etc.
  • Experience of planning and managing project creep


  • Understands the specific terms, conditions and outputs of relevant subcontractors and suppliers
  • Experience of monitoring project scope and preventing creep
  • Produces and monitors the daily records, including holding reviews with team members to ensure proper record standards are maintained
  • Understands material wastage allowances and able to suggest improvements to save materials
  • Awareness of the NEC and other relevant forms of contract and able to develop professional relationship with Client representatives

The following qualities/experience are desirable:

  • Experienced in the delivery of high profile projects involving earthworks, deep drainage and reinforced concrete construction, to ensure that customer expectations are exceeded and enhanced experience for all involved in the scheme
  • Solution orientated individual, with ability to analyse risks and benefits of options to resolve identified issues.

Why work for us

Day in, day out, our teams deliver some of the UK’s most ambitious, exciting and meaningful projects; developing, building and maintaining the vital infrastructure that supports national economies and strengthens communities.

Why join 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:

- Smart working, giving you more flexibility such as staggered start and finish times, with up to 40% remote working, where roles allow.
- 25 days paid annual leave (pro rata)
- Family friendly policies which include 28 weeks full pay for maternity/adoption leave and four weeks full pay for paternity/partners leave
- Pension, share incentive plan, volunteering leave, recognition schemes and much more…

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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