National Technical Manager

Location: Birmingham

National Technical Manager – Colas UK

About Colas Ltd

Colas Ltd is a UK subsidiary of the global Colas Group, which operates in over 50 countries worldwide and employs over 55,000 people. We are specialists in highways construction and have been involved in large scale UK and international construction projects within the highways, airfields and marine sectors as well as offering highways maintenance services and manufacturing our own innovative surfacing products. We hold a ‘Gold Investor in People’ award for continuously developing and rewarding our employees, offering excellent career potential.

About the Role

We are currently recruiting for a National Technical Manager to work out of our Birmingham office.

The National Technical Manager is in charge of all Technical Departments for COLAS UK, supporting the Group strategy, ensuring that all areas of responsibility are executed in a safe and efficient manner, as per legislation and Group rules. Providing a full and comprehensive proactive technical support service to Operations for tenders, site preparation and site follow ups, championing Operational Excellence.

Key Responsibilities

  • Manage of the product development program under the supervision of the governance committee
  • Manage control of all testing equipment of all laboratories though the labs managers (Audits & cross testing sessions)
  • Manage the team to properly use statistical tools to analyze raw materials and final products trends
  • Manage the team to properly use statistical tools to analyze raw materials and final products trends
  • Ensure material quality is consistent and meets the expected level of compliance, ensure full compliance with all QA & QC requirements
  • Manage relevant training program for their team in connection with the COLAS UK Training Department
  • Manage Technical Department Budget (CAPEX and OPEX)
  • Issue a quarterly activity report of the Technical Department to the management

As well as a highly competitive salary, Colas are also offering some great benefits with this role, which include:

  • Competitive pension contribution
  • A company car allowance or a company car with a fuel card
  • 28 days annual leave per annum plus bank holidays + the option to buy or sell up to 5 days annual leave
  • Flexible working
  • Ongoing training, and personal professional development
  • Discounts on car leasing, holidays, cinema tickets, restaurants and much more through our online employee benefits portal

About you

The post holder will need to demonstrate they have the combination of industry experience including asphalts, surface treatments & road binders. Along with maturity of personality and character to handle the responsibilities of this role, You will need the energy and drive necessary to lead the team and carry out the wide range of duties entailed, including, at times, extensive travel within the UK as well as overseas. You will have the ability to inspire, generate and maintain dynamism, growing a clear sense of purpose in individuals, through directing their output towards the business needs and targets

You will also have:

  • Engineering qualification or equivalent in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Materials
  • Minimum 5 years as Technical manager in a similar activity field
  • Experience in leading a team within Bitumen, or construction or road industry
  • Full clean driving licence
  • Excellent contractual and commercial awareness
  • Knowledge / Experience in bitumen industry or road industry
  • Ability to communicate, lead, manage and to be passionate about COLAS UK
  • Capacity to represent COLAS UK in the Industry, in the Group, in National committees 

Colas is fully committed to promoting equality and diversity and maintaining a culture of fairness, transparency and respect for all employees, clients, communities, suppliers, contractors and other stakeholders. Colas aims to be inclusive, meet diverse needs and promote awareness and ownership in the workplace and the communities in which we serve.

Colas values the strength and differences that a diverse workforce brings to the organisation and believes that by harnessing these differences, we will foster a productive environment where equity and mutual respect are intrinsic, where talents are being fully utilised and organisational goals are met.

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