Highways Business Manager

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Ref: /VAC/56290

Job Type Permanent
Start Date ASAP
Location Manchester
Salary Negotiable
Contact josie Pike

Highways Business Managers /Associate Directors

Based Salford and Blackburn

Salary: Competitive

Our client is the UKs leading provider of integrated professional support service solutions, delivered to a vast range of Public and Private sector Clients

They are seeking a highly motivated individual who will play a key role in managing the day to day highway maintenance and traffic business

The Role

  • Undertake business management of the local highway service and translate this into an annual business plan; plan to align to the Regional and Divisional business and to the overall ambition for sustainable growth.
  • Leads by example inspiring others to achieve exceptional standards.
  • Set clear and achievable targets for the business unit establishing how everyone fits into these.
  • Proactively monitor and set client budgets for operating the highway service.
  • Monitor team performance against the objectives set providing the team with regular updates on how they are performing against targets. Where necessary, take decisive corrective action in accordance with procedures; report problems, solutions and progress through the appropriate governance arrangements.
  • Assemble a management team/hierarchy to make appropriate management decisions for the good of the business through management meetings/necessary communications.
  • Agree a financial Business Plan for the year with the Operations Director that aligns with the vision for the profit centre and the Operations Director and Partnership Director's local/regional business.
  • Sign off bids/tenders to ensure scopes are clearly defined and profit margins are adequate to align with agreed profit centres targets.
  • Engage with the commercial and legal teams on all legal/commercial matters to ensure the appropriate judgement is made when agreeing commercial terms so that risk is balanced with reward.
  • Identify, market and create new business opportunities, sales wins and client relationships.
  • Engage with clients and develop relationships to support work winning activities.


  • 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.

For more information or to apply please contact:

Josie Pike on Tel: 01524 865542 Email: josie.pike@velosi-intec.com

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