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Development Engineer (Property)

Meadowfield, Durham

£ Competitive

  • Annual bonus depending upon Company and individual performance
  • Continuing professional development, including training opportunities
  • Generous annual leave increasing with length of service, plus public holidays
  • Company pension scheme
  • Health and wellbeing discounts
  • New car discounts with certain dealerships

The primary objective of this post is to work within the Banks Property business team to provide the necessary technical advice and engineering solutions to enable progression of a range of prospects and projects to meet the organisation’s business objectives.  Where necessary this will include providing technical advice and support to aid geographical expansion and new business initiatives, acting with a degree of independence but with clear communication of issues and decisions to the line manager.


Working under the Direction of the Technical Manager (and, where appropriate, Head of Technical / Transport Manager), to take responsibility for the technical and engineering aspects of an agreed proportion of the Property Team project workload, including:

  •  Providing the necessary engineering input to enable the Team to assess the viability, key risks, development costs and constraints of prospect sites through:
  • Visiting target sites to establish and record conditions, desktop assessment and procurement of information on e.g. ground conditions, services, drainage, contamination, access, flood risk;
  • Reporting on initial investigation and assessment of the engineering issues, risks and constraints, both physical and statutory, focussing on identifying deliverable and costed solutions and options;
  • Investigating transport issues, establishing connectivity/ capacity concerns and defining solutions for sustainable modes;
  • Engaging with specialist representatives of relevant permitting organisations and statutory authorities;
  • Arranging surveys and site investigations necessary to define and reduce risk, obtaining quotations, placing orders and monitoring progress, budgets and change orders; and
  • Participation in project reviews to advise on the interpretation of technical information and assessment of risk, including provision of reports and costing information appropriate for internal project review.

Working with the Project Manager and other team members (on more complex projects assisting the Technical Manager) to progress the design and permitting of the agreed technical solutions to meet project budget and programme objectives, including:

  • Providing initial concepts to enable a project plan to be defined through:
    • Detailed feasibility of access, geotechnical / earthworks, drainage and transportation solutions.
    • Communication of concepts to internal teams and external consultants.
    • Initial costing of options.
    • Agreement within the Team and, where necessary, with 3rd
  • Providing and updating cost plans and programmes for each project, identifying information, 3rd party agreements, consents and budget requirement;
  • Advising on and agreeing work requirements with project managers; working with the PM to procure, brief and manage the Consultant team to meet objectives efficiently and cost effectively;
  • Plan for and react to challenges in the process- identify and considering options to save time and cost throughout the development process and bring these to the Team for Decision;
  • Review and where necessary challenge the progress and quality of the technical consultants work; taking the appropriate action promptly in consultation with the project team;
  • Referring back to and briefing senior colleagues for advice and decision where the best solution is not clear including briefing colleagues where more senior level negotiation is required;
  • Representing the company in discussions to obtain necessary agreements and consents from 3rd parties e.g. highway / service authorities, environment agency etc;
  • Attending public exhibitions and providing technical input to public consultations;
  • Managing the production, storage and supply of technical information on the project so it is up to date and available as required for submissions, agreements, sales etc;
  • Working with the project managers to assess and resolve site risks, assist in production and updating of site health and safety information including hazard plans and risk assessments, as well as ensuring compliance with pre-construction CDM requirements; and
  • Visiting sites to gather information, including assisting project managers where required with their periodic inspections to identify changes from and arranging works required to comply with site risk assessments.

Working with the Project Team and Technical Manager to identify and implement the optimum means of procuring engineering works:

  • Liaising with the HJB Construction team and consultants to establish works performance parameters, management arrangements, programmes and budgets in line with objectives and obligations, prior to commitment of projects;
  • Monitoring works, in liaison with the construction team, to ensure early identification of acceptable solutions to technical, cost or programme issues – visiting sites, reporting progress, agreeing optimum solutions and budgetary implication in co-ordination with the project manager;
  • Ensuring BPL meets its requirements under relevant health and safety legislation; and
  • Assisting the Technical Manager or Head of Technical in formulating delivery criteria for agreement with potential purchaser; assembling documentation.

Assisting the Technical Manager in the day to day management of the engineering function, through:

  • Regularly and succinctly briefing the Technical Manager and, where requested, BPL Management Team / Head of Technical on the progress of the projects and requirement for necessary decisions; helping provide summary management information for communication to Senior Management;
  • Providing input to and helping update and maintain the Health and Safety Management System;
  • Creating, collating and maintaining information registers e.g. project costing information;
  • Researching technical best practice and changes in statutory guidance and working practices relating to physical development in order to ensure projects and strategies remain competitive and compliant;
  • Production of non-project specific technical reports as required by the BPL management team;
  • Representing the senior staff at meetings, where required; and
  • As and when directed, briefing and supervising junior staff carrying out technical work.

Contacts will be with all Directors, Managers and staff within the Group. Effective communication and negotiation with external parties, both regulators and customers will be essential, requiring professional relationships and networking to enable us to maintain the edge in relevant discussions and meetings.


You will have an influential role working within project teams to progressing the property portfolio. You will work closely with the Property Technical Manager, Transport Technical Manager, Head of Technical, planners, project managers and other technical staff to ensure that all technical issues required to progress the property portfolio are identified and adequately addressed and optimised. The role will primarily be based in Meadowfield with periodic visits to regional offices, site visits and meetings with 3rd parties (consultants, regulators etc).



  • An Engineer with a minimum of 3 years relevant experience;
  • Degree level qualification in a relevant engineering discipline (ie. BEng / BSc or similar);
  • Land Development industry experience;
  • Experienced Team Worker;
  • Knowledge and understanding of Health and Safety in the industry;
  • Basic understanding of engineering contract law;
  • Working knowledge of UK Infrastructure design / delivery;
  • Experience of dealing with 3rd party regulators;
  • Commercial awareness and basic financial management capabilities;
  • Full UK driving licence and comfortable with travel, sometimes at short notice; and
  • Developed knowledge in a core infrastructure engineering discipline i.e. drainage, highways, geotechnics, traffic and transportation etc;


  • A master’s degree in Civil Engineering or similar (MEng / MSc);
  • Experience of infrastructure design and management;
  • Experience of contracting and works delivery process;
  • Experience in working with planning and statutory authorities on infrastructure projects located within the North East and Yorkshire;
  • Ability to demonstrate working relationship with non-technical colleagues / general public etc and being able to communicate proposals in a clear and concise manner;
  • Understanding of emerging infrastructure development standards and techniques such as zero carbon design/development, sustainable transport etc;
  • Delivery of works including project management;
  • Ability to assess and target business objectives;
  • Good understanding of key Health and Safety Legislation including CDM and the Health and Safety at Work Act;
  • Graduate / Technician or higher-level member of a technically based professional organisation i.e. Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) or similar, with clear professional progression targets;
  • Committed to personal growth and development;
  • Working knowledge infrastructure design methods and software packages; and
  • Knowledge of transport planning and process.
  • First class written and verbal communication skills;
  • Strong desire to achieve success;
  • Comfortable carrying out site visits and working with contractors on site when required;
  • Ability to demonstrate strong attention to detail, diligent and thorough in approach;
  • Good judgement, showing logical decision making, and a hands-on approach;
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with ability to communicate effectively at all levels and in all formats;
  • Ability to ensure actions and behaviours are consistent with the company values;
  • Capable of independent thought and prepared to challenge current practice with support from management;
  • A good team player capable of delivering excellent results under pressure and to strict deadlines;
  • A positive ‘can do’ enthusiastic attitude towards addressing the technical challenges facing Banks Group;
  • Excellent people skills;
  • High personal resilience when faced with challenging situations;
  • Professional approach;
  • Strong work ethic;
  • Effective at working both independently and as part of a team; and
  • Pro-active, motivated and used to working in a fast-paced environment.

The deadline for applications Tuesday 4 May 2021.  Interview process comprises of first stage interview which will be held w/c 10 May 2021. Successful candidates will be invited for second stage interview with Personal Profile Analysis.

To apply, please send a CV and covering letter detailing your relevant experience to: Human Resources, The Banks Group, Inkerman House, St John’s Road, Meadowfield, Durham, DH7 8XL, or by email to: For further information contact The Banks Group Human Resources Department on 0191 378 6100.

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