About the role

Are you a Highways Maintenance Operative looking for a new and exciting opportunity? If so read on.....

Balfour Beatty currently have opportunities to work on the M25, one of the busiest sections of road in the UK and one of the most important!

As part of the Connect Plus Services business based in Swanley, Kent, you will be responsible for maintaining all aspects of the M25 network, such as; fixing potholes, repairing barriers, assisting the emergency services, litter picking, winter maintenance and much more.

The successful candidate will be required to work 3 weeks of nights and 1 week of days.

What you'll be doing

As a Highways Maintenance Operative, you will be responsible for the following:

  • Undertake activities, as instructed, with capabilities to ensure that your area of responsibility is maintained. This will include but not exclusive to:
    • cyclical maintenance graffiti removal;
    • carriageway repairs;
    • soft estate maintenance (e.g. grassland maintenance);
    • litter picking;
    • sign maintenance;
    • cleansing;
    • safety fence repairs;
    • boundary fence repairs;
    • civil engineering or building tasks of minor remedial nature (eg headwall repair);
    • Any other duties allocated by Line Managers;
  • Implement Chapter 8 compliant Traffic Management in line with CPS policies, method statements, risk assessments and industry standards;
  • Provide accurate and legible written and verbal communication in the form of reports and records as required;
  • Use mobile communication/data devices to accurately input data for record purposes to form reports and business records as required;
  • Undertake routine vehicle checks and maintain accurate and up to date driving records in line with legislation in accordance with CPS procedures and legislation;
  • Taking due care of any CPS property including but not limited to tablets, vehicles and radios;
  • Raise awareness of issues which may affect the safe operation of the network and report these as observed;
  • Check that Traffic Management signs, equipment and materials are carried on vehicles in line with current Maintenance checklist and are in working order, restock and record and report defects as appropriate;
  • Participate in Winter Service rota as required;
  • Attend training courses as required;
  • Live the Balfour Beatty Values;
  • Ensure a relentless focus on Zero Harm;
  • Support the delivery of CSUKs Sustainability activities.

Who we're looking for

Qualifications (Essential)

  • UK Driving Licence, minimum category C (LGV Class 2);
  • Driver Qualification Card;
  • CSCS Operative Card;
  • FISS card;
  • Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Highways Maintenance;
  • Traffic Management Foreman (TMF) qualification/Lead Traffic Management Operative (LTMO) OR hold a 360 excavator competence AND 2B VRS Basic & ABC/CCB;
  • ROLO Sector Scheme 18;
  • NHSS12A/B 1 Day qualification;
  • 12AB For Static Temporary Traffic Management on High Speed Roads and All Purose Trunk Road (APTR) network;
  • NHSS Sector 2 A/B Fencing qualification;
  • Unit 518 (formerly unit 13) Winter Service Operations and unit 580 (formerly unit 80) Snowplough/ V blade;
  • Appropriate lifting qualification;
  • Vehicle Marshall training;
  • 12AB Impact Protection Vehicle Courses (IPV);
  • Strimmer training;
  • Disc cutter/abrasive wheel training;

Qualifications (Desirable)

  • Telehandler training;
  • Abrasive Wheel training;
  • First Aid training;
  • Safety Defect Awareness Training;
  • Plant/small tools training;
  • Appropriate lifting qualification e.g. clam shell.


  • Working on a live motorway or All Purpose Trunk Road (APTR) network;
  • Experience of working in a similar traffic / transport / highways / recovery role are preferred.

Essential Criteria

  • Successfully pass the Security check as part of recruitment process;
  • Successfully pass the annual driving license check;
  • Successfully pass pre employment Drug & Alcohol test and further test upon request;
  • Successfully pass the Companys health screening programme;
  • Ability to understand and follow Health & Safety briefings and instructions and contribute to Zero Harm;
  • Physically able to deploy traffic management (eg placing and lifting cones and signage).

Personal Attributes - Required behaviours

  • Good customer service skills;
  • Ability to work under pressure;
  • Ability to work professionally with key stakeholders e.g. Highways England and Emergency Services;
  • A confident and professional manner;
  • Ability to communicate effectively at all levels;
  • Team player;
  • A clear and thorough communication style and has ability to understand and follow Health & Safety briefings and instructions and contribute to Zero Harm;
  • Follow the Companys Code of Conduct policy;
  • Willingness to accept and act upon reasonable management instruction from line manager;
  • Ability to operate and manage difficult working environments i.e. road traffic collisions.

Why work for us

Day in, day out, our teams deliver amazing projects in challenging conditions; developing, managing and maintaining the vital infrastructure and public spaces that modern economies, societies and communities rely on.

About us

Balfour Beatty is part of a consortium that comprises Connect Plus Services (CPS), together with Atkins and Egis Road Operations UK.

CPS has a 30-year contract with Connect Plus on behalf of Highways England. The contract, which started in September 2009, is to maintain and operate the M25 motorway network, including all adjoining trunk and slip roads, a network of 440km across six counties. CPS also has responsibility for the Dartford River Crossing in Kent, comprising both Dartford Tunnels and the Queen Elizabeth II Bridge.

With a staff of around 600 people, based at seven locations across the network, CPS carries out routine maintenance and whole-life management of the thousands of M25 assets. CPS manages the operation of the network 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, including a severe weather season maintenance programme. CPS is identifying ways of reducing delays and improving journey time reliability across its road network.

Balfour Beatty is a corporate signatory to WISE (Women in Science & Engineering) and a member of Stonewall's Diversity Champions programme. Our aim is to attract more people from diverse backgrounds to help us build on our inclusive culture. We are a member of the workingmums.co.uk Top Employers' Charter through which we demonstrate our commitment to enabling parents to progress and enhance their careers whilst managing the challenges of family life.

Balfour Beatty is also Gold Award holders in the Ministry of Defence 'Employer Recognition Scheme' and actively encourage applications from Armed Forces personnel, veterans and reservists.