Sub Agent - Eastern Region (Nights)

Location: Birmingham

About Colas

Colas Ltd are 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

Colas are recruiting for a Sub Agent to manage the Safe & Efficient delivery of direct and subcontracted works. Ensuring all reporting requirements and management of Client expectations & contractual requirements are met. Complying to Quality procedures and safe working practices, Ensuring the highest possible Health, Safety and environmental standards are achieved, and safeguarding the wellbeing of employees.

Principle Accountabilities:

  • Ensure that all staff and operatives are familiar with the safety procedures and that they are adhered to
  • Prepare method statements as required. Organize briefings on method statements to relevant staff and operatives within their area
  • Liaise with senior foreman on daily basis issues related with programme, resources, production, productivity necessary to meet with programme requirements
  • Lead all actions to solve technical difficulties, improve performance in terms of progress and quality
  • Set working parameters, ensure their application on site, assess the performance
  • Coordinate the work of their shifts and ensure consistency of operation
  • Develop forecast and monitor performance against forecast. Establish and regularly review the detailed working programme. Ensure coordination of all related trades
  • Deliver end product to customer satisfaction
  • Deliver performance in key areas of health and safety, environment and quality
  • Implement applicable quality plan requirements. Liaise with project quality manager concerning quality issues
  • Implement appropriate policies and procedures
  • Manage project risk in line with company procedures
  • Proactively promote continuous improvement initiatives (e.g. customer and supplier feedback, back to basics, knowledge management)
  • Ensure all personnel are provided with necessary training
  • Liaise with 3rd parties and other members of the team on a day to day basis
  • Complete and submit all Health and Safety paperwork (Files) on Completion


About you

The successful candidate will demonstrate a robust knowledge and experience in working on the Highways England road networks, with experience in the Management of VRS delivery. It is advantageous to have experience in supervising road marking projects and delivery within the Highway Agency East region network.


You will also have:


  • Fencing industry skills Scheme (FISS) accreditation
  • Relevant CSCS card
  • CSCS 5-day safety qualification (SSTS / SMSTS)
  • Good knowledge of specifications and testing regime relevant to general civil engineering
  • Hands on approach to the commercial and planning aspects of the project
  • Civil engineering and construction experience including VRS
  • Experience in working on a high-speed road network
  • Able to produce and explain accurate plans and drawings
  • Good IT skills and able to work confidently with MS Office and other system applications
  • Ability to challenge designs and resolve problems to conclusion
  • Good project management, communication and financial management skills
  • Sound knowledge of construction methods, health and safety, and legal regulations
  • Excellent communication and people and team management skills
  • Excellent organisational, planning and time management skills; able to manage projects simultaneously without compromising on standards and quality
  • Ability to develop friendly and professional customer focused relations with others
  • Good management skills, with the ability to motivate employees to achieve high standards of compliance


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
  • 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   


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

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.

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