Civil Engineering Works Supervisor

Forestry Commission

Apply before 11:55 pm on Monday 3rd April 2023



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Job grade

Administrative Officer
Pay Band 6a

Contract type


Business area

FC - Forestry England

Type of role

Environment and Sustainability
Project Delivery

Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time, Job share, Part-time

Number of jobs available



The role will be based in either, WS15 2UQ – Cannock Chase or CW8 2HZ – Delamere Forest with flexibility for some optional blended working (see details below). Please be aware that this role can only be worked in the UK and not overseas.

Job summary

Forestry England are the country’s largest land manager, caring for the nation’s forests for people, nature, and the economy. The foundation of our organisation is our world-class sustainable management of the nation’s forests. See our plans to ‘Grow the Future,’ Forestry England five-year strategy

If you enjoy working in the outdoors, exploring different & new places, are motivated by ensuring your work benefits the environment, plus having a variety of different pieces of work on at any one time, this is an excellent opportunity.

The post is part of Forestry England's Central Forest District team and will be based at one of our offices within the District. The District is led by Forest Management Director, Paddy Harrop, directly employs over 150 staff and manages approximately 30,000 hectares of The Public Forest Estate.

The Central Forest District team is responsible for the management of public forest estate in the Midlands and Northwest counties of England from Milton Keynes to Preston; a really diverse territory with many opportunities. An annual harvesting programme of around 150,000 cubic metres combined with an extensive recreation profile with seven forest visitor centres attracting over 1.6m visitors puts civil engineering at the centre of our operations.

The Forestry England Civil Engineering professional group comprises 25 staff deployed across the 6 English Forest Districts. Our overriding objective is the provision of a coherent, customer-centred, professional service across the public forest estate. Policy and application of standards within the discipline are managed through the Head of Profession, Josh Howe, who is part of the national team based in Bristol. The annual Civil Engineering budget in the Central England District is over £1 million and includes an extensive requirement for bridge & dam works, road network upgrading, recreation trail works, repair and maintenance.

Job description

You will support the delivery of Civil Engineering works predominately in the West side of the Central England District, but as workloads dictate, possibly throughout the Central England District.

You will assist the District and Civil Engineer in the planning and monitoring of Civil Engineering projects delivered by Contractors in a forestry environment, including the construction, inspections and maintenance of civil engineering assets such as forest roads, recreational trails, bridges and dams and visitor car parks.

The successful candidate will produce packages of work, liaising with the relevant stakeholders, review the Contractor health and safety paperwork and supervise the subsequent on site works to ensure the safe and successful delivery of a project.

The role will include daily travel within the district and some nights away should be expected to use time effectively and to meet early appointments.

If required, a Forestry England vehicle can be provided for business use only.

Key work areas

  • Assist the engineering team in fulfilling the Client role under CDM2015.
  • Fulfil the role of NEC4 Site Supervisor – monitoring adherence to the works specification, quality of works and the Health, Safety and Environment management and address any shortfalls.
  • Fulfil the role of NEC4 Project Manager – assessing and processing compensation events and early warnings through the appropriate contract mechanisms.
  • Encourage and promote a safe working culture through regular monitoring and recording of Contractor Health and Safety performance.
  • Engage positively with other stakeholders, including internal teams within the District such as Ecology and Recreation.

Produce packages of work including scopes, contract maps and pre-commencement paperwork and where necessary, for larger projects producing mini-tenders, to be procured via. the Civil Engineering Frameworks.

Person specification

Essential Criteria:

  • Sound working knowledge of CDM roles and responsibilities.
  • Experience in preparation of risk assessments and method statements and an overall awareness of Health and Safety management in Civil Engineering.
  • Experience and knowledge of IT systems and familiar with the MS Office suite.

Desirable Criteria:

  • Experience with NEC Contracts.
  • Organisational and management skills associated with protecting the Client’s interest through the construction phase of projects.
  • Proven relevant experience in managing multiple Civil Engineering construction projects.
  • Previous experience of engineering issues associated with brownfield sites.
  • CSCS card (please state which card type you hold).
  • Experience using GIS (or other mapping systems) and AutoCAD.
  • A qualification in Civil Engineering eg HNC.

Professional and Technical Expertise

Day release learning could be considered for the successful candidate to obtain a qualification in Civil Engineering, if they would like to.


The successful candidate must be self-motivated and able to work alone and with others to deliver the work programme in an effective and timely manner.


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Working Together
  • Managing a Quality Service
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Learning and development tailored to your role
  • An environment with flexible working options
  • A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
  • A Civil Service pension with an average employer contribution of 27%
  • 25 days of annual leave (pro-rata) per year.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles (opens in a new window), and will assess your Behaviours and Experience.

How to apply

To apply for this role, your application should be submitted via Civil Service Jobs and completed no later than time and date. As part of the application process, you will be asked to complete a CV and personal statement as follows.

  1. A CV setting out your career history, with key responsibilities and achievements. Please ensure you have provided reasons for gaps within the last 2 years.
  2. A statement of suitability (no longer than 750 words) explaining how you consider your personal skills, qualities and experience are suitable for the role, with particular reference to the essential criteria in the person specification.

Should many applications be received, the initial sift may be conducted using the lead behaviour and the statement of suitability. The lead behaviour is listed first in the job advert. Applicants will be expected to demonstrate the essential role requirements within the application behaviour responses.

The behaviours listed will be assessed at interview. 

Deadline for applications is 11:59pm 03/04/23, sift results will be released week commencing 03/04/23, Interviews on 12/04/23 venue WS15 2UQ – Cannock Chase, or Microsoft teams can be offered as an alternative

Further Information

If successful and transferring from another Government Department a criminal record check may be carried out.

In order to process applications without delay, we will be sending a Criminal Record Check to Disclosure and Barring Service on your behalf. However, we recognise in exceptional circumstance some candidates will want to send their completed forms direct. If you will be doing this, please advise Government Recruitment Service of your intention by emailing stating the job reference number in the subject heading.


The duties of this post require the applicant to have a full current driving license that enables them to drive in the UK. However, the Forestry Commission is willing to consider any proposals put forward by applicants that would allow them to do the job by any other means.

For any queries regarding this opportunity, please contact

Working Hours and Pattern  

Flexible blended working 37hrs a week.

Applicants who wish to work an alternative pattern are welcome to apply, however your preferred working pattern may not be available, and you should discuss this with the vacancy holder before applying.

New entrants are expected to join on the minimum of the pay band.

Reasonable adjustment

If a person with disabilities is put at a substantial disadvantage compared to a non-disabled person, we have a duty to make reasonable changes to our processes.

If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should:

Contact Government Recruitment Service via as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs. Complete the “Assistance required” section in the “Additional requirements” page of your application form to tell us what changes or help you might need further on in the recruitment process. For instance, you may need wheelchair access at interview, or if you are deaf, a Language Service Professional.

A reserve list may be held for a period of 12 months from which further appointments can be made. 

Any move to FC from another employer will mean you can no longer access childcare vouchers. This includes moves between government departments. You may however be eligible for other government schemes, including Tax Free Childcare. Determine your eligibility at

If you are experiencing accessibility problems with any attachments on this advert, please contact the email address in the 'Contact point for applicants' section.

Blended working

We aim to provide a great place to work, whichever location you work from. Blended working forms part of our flexible and inclusive approach to future ways of working. It is an informal arrangement which gives you the option to work some of the week from home, and some of the week from our Forestry Commission workplaces, subject to role requirements, business needs, and regular review. Informal blended working arrangements will be available as agreed with the line manager. Further information will be available for candidates invited to interview.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.


Successful candidates must undergo a criminal record check.
People working with government assets must complete baseline personnel security standard (opens in new window) checks.

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS) (opens in a new window)
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals
Further information on nationality requirements (opens in a new window)

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code (opens in a new window) sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles (opens in a new window).
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.
The Civil Service also offers a Redeployment Interview Scheme to civil servants who are at risk of redundancy, and who meet the minimum requirements for the advertised vacancy.
This vacancy is part of the Great Place to Work for Veterans (opens in a new window) initiative.
The Civil Service welcomes applications from people who have recently left prison or have an unspent conviction. Read more about prison leaver recruitment (opens in new window).
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Contact point for applicants

Job contact :

  • Name : Sam Bird
  • Email :

Recruitment team :

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Further information

Our recruitment process is underpinned by the principle of appointment on the basis of fair and open competition and appointment on merit, as outlined in the Civil Service Commissioners’ Recruitment Principles.If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with these principles and you wish to make a complaint, you should in the first instance contact FCE by email: If you are not satisfied with the response you receive, you can contact the Civil Service Commission, which regulates all Civil Service recruitment.

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