Sub Agent

Location: Birmingham

We currently have a vacancy for a  an experienced Sub Agent for Safe & Efficient delivery of all secured works ensuring management of Key Client expectations / contracts whilst ensuring the compliance with all Quality procedures and safe working practices.  Your work will be to the highest level of Health, Safety and environmental standards, whilst safeguarding the wellbeing of all employees.

You need to have solid experience in Highway Civil Engineering whilst holding responsibility for cost and value performance of responsible project(s) whilst acting within financial authorities, in respect of contract revenue, expenditure and budgets in line with operational forecasts. Driving cost efficiency and promotion of self-delivery through promotion of the One Colas culture.


  • Provide leadership, motivation and direction to all site personnel
  • Provide good Engineering knowledge and understanding to all works ensuring compliance with all Industry Specifications and standards, along with understanding requirements of the Works Information.
  • Efficient management and utilisation of all business unit / company resource through planning and effective dialogue with the local delivery team
  • Ensure thorough management of all labour, plant, materials and subcontractors allowing planning, order placement and availability when required
  • Assistance with the development and updating of regular activity programmes for all contract responsibilities in accordance with client requirement
  • Maintain professional approach positively reflecting the image of the company
  • Ensure the safe and efficient running of all contracts to budget with responsibility for the financial performance of contracts
  • Maintain / develop good relations with all key and potential clients incorporating regular meeting and site visits. Responsible for the safety and welfare of all operatives
  • Provide regular point of contact for all personnel
  • Be responsible for site safety by ensuring compliance to method statements and risk assessments using induction / tool box talks / appropriate use of PPE. Ensuring constant compliance to all applicable CDM regulations
  • Ensure all personnel comply with company procedures
  • Encourage operative understanding of the need for a flexible approach to their work and expectations to carry out other duties as deemed necessary to the business
  • Promote and encourage safety awareness in the business, encouraging a zero tolerance to unsafe acts and a zero target for LTIs
  • Undertake safety observations and deliver toolbox talks as designated
  • Demonstrate and deploy a good understanding of contractual and commercial awareness
  • Advise commercial and operational teams on all additional works and variations ensuring documented records are maintained and enacted upon ensuring maximum financial recovery
  • Hold a good level of experience in highway construction and maintenance
  • Interaction and supervision of assigned subcontractors ensuring all appropriate information is made available and coordinated
  • Effective time management between site and office duties as required to effectively administer works and properly discharge your duties
  • Ensure all personnel within your remit are properly inducted and records kept by carrying out site checks and auditing induction files
  • Attend pre start, progress and review meetings ensuring discussion of variances, contractual arrangements and any required corrective actions
  • Support, encourage and develop all operatives within the team identifying all appropriate training needs
  • Maintain compliance with agreed policy on procurement of goods and services adhering to financial authority levels
  • Ensure all site records and timesheets are checked and signed and issued within required timescales
  • Arrange / convene pre start, progress and review meetings ensuring discussion of variances, contractual arrangements and any required corrective actions
  • Assist and uphold discipline within the business ensuring company compliance at all times

 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
  • 25 days annual leave per annum + the option to buy or sell up to 5 days annual leave
  • NI free childcare vouchers
  • Flexible working
  • Opportunity to study towards a professional qualification fully funded
  • Ongoing training, and personal professional development
  • Discounts on car leasing, holidays, cinema tickets, restaurants and much more through our online employee benefits portal





  • Appropriate ONC/HNC/HND qualification in Construction / Civil Engineering
  • Desirable GCSE Maths / English or equivalent – A to C
  • Minimum 2yrs experience in a similar or equivalent role
  • Suitable construction qualification and training course attendance
  • Full clean driving licence
  • Hold a high level of experience in highway construction and maintenance
  • SMSTS / IOSH (Safety Related Qualification)



  • Demonstrate and deploy good contractual and commercial awareness
  • Knowledge of business management systems
  • Strong leadership and planning / organisational qualities
  • Motivator and people manager
  • Knowledge of business management systems
  • Ability to produce Risk assessments and accompanying Method Statements and maintain a working Construction Phase Health and Safety Plan in accordance with all CDM requirements.
  • Have experience of using Microsoft Project and ability to track performance
  • Understanding of industry specifications and their application
  • Development of others
  • Good communication
  • Achievement / Results driven
  • Client focused with regular dialogue and interaction – Internal / External
  • Reasonable knowledge of the industry
  • Problem Solving
  • Ensure compliance to procurement procedures
  • Performance management of all staff
  • Good written and oral skills
  • Analytical thinker
  • Demonstration of flexibility and adaptability



  • Positive commitment to safety
  • Good communication skills
  • Adaptable and versatile
  • Must be a team player
  • Good time management
  • Good supervisor and motivator of people
  • Flexibility of approach
  • Conscientious, trustworthy, open and reliable
  • Committed to continuous improvement and innovation
  • Motivated by results


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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