Highways Business Manager/Associate Director

Job Title: Highways Business Manager/Associate Director
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Blackburn, Lancashire
Salary: Negotiable
Start Date: ASAP
REF: BBBH25318
Contact Name: David Ward
Contact Email:
Job Published: about 3 years ago

A fantastic opportunity has materialised for a proactive and dynamic Manager - Associate/Business Manager - Highways. My client seek to appoint an experienced Associate level Business manager with a full background in Highways, clients, traffic etc management to join their Civil Engineering, multi - disciplinary construction and design consultancy. If you are a highly motivated individual who is keen to play a key role in managing the day to day highway maintenance and traffic business within our long-term property and highways outsourcing partnership contract with the teams Council connections, then read on.

The Role

The purpose of this role is to lead the highway service as an Associate Director/ Business Manager in support of both the Partnership and Operations Directors. The business unit sits alongside and is required to work closely with other service streams, within a national and local business context and will be set appropriate financial targets.


Requirements: (Essential)

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate the following experience:

  • A successful history of managing a highways, drainage and traffic business in a local authority environment, ideally having worked for a private-sector outsourcing organisation (both blue and white-collar teams).
  • Management of a P&L for a business unit, including understanding of financial terminology (e.g. WIP, Accruals).
  • Management and setting of client highway service budgets for a local authority client.
  • Manage and direct a team of technical employees and take ownership of performance.
  • Visibly support and progress all highway elements of the contract.
  • Take ownership of financial and business performance through the Management of Business process.
  • Be able to prioritise work and complete within deadlines.
  • Have the ability to identify potential clients and markets and secure new commissions.
  • Have extensive project and programme management experience.
  • Successfully promote the activities of the team across the partnership and externally.
  • Assist the Business Development lead with wider business development activities, as required
  • Have experience of leadership and direct line management responsibilities including performance management, resource planning, supporting training and development of staff and improving staff welfare.
  • Have excellent organisational skills.
  • Be able to demonstrate successful leadership skills.
  • Establish and maintain excellent working relationships with Clients at a senior level and deliver quality services to maximise opportunities for repeat business.
  • Be able to communicate with people effectively in a friendly courteous manner and through good presentation skills.
  • Excel under pressure and remain calm and clear in their resolution of difficult situations.
  • Hold a full UK driving licence.
  • Be proficient in a wide range of IT skills including Microsoft Office, Excel and Powerpoint.


If you would like to highlight your interest please apply by contacting David Ward at