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We're looking to recruit a number of technical roles including highways engineers, landscape architects, transport planners and drainage engineers.

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Welcome letter from Shoaib Mohammed, Director, Technical Services

Salford is a city where innovation, leadership and partnership working are contributing significantly to the increased economic vitality, growth and competitiveness of Greater Manchester and the region as a whole. Part of the Northern Powerhouse, it is an integral player in Greater Manchester’s ambitious growth and devolution agenda.

Salford’s growth strategy is transforming the city by investing in iconic buildings, new infrastructure and public realm, houses, education, health facilities, businesses and shops.
From major developments to city parks, revitalised waterways and green spaces, Salford is being rebuilt and now more people than ever before are choosing it as a place to live, work, invest and visit. It is also investing in its transport infrastructure, both to improve connectivity and to support the sustainable growth of the city.

Salford is connecting the city and its residents to the growing opportunities in and around the area and helping to secure jobs; investment and regeneration focus towards those areas in greatest need.
Salford is growing by capitalising on its unique identity, assets and entrepreneurial skills to provide real benefits for its growing population. We're committed to a target date of 2038 for carbon neutrality in Salford and we have developed an action plan to ensure we play our part in addressing the climate emergency. Our declaration fits into our council plan priority of making Salford a place to be proud of.

Salford is a leading partner in Greater Manchester’s ambitious Bee Network that represents a vision for a fully integrated London-style transport system which will join together buses, trams, cycling, walking and rail.

Our plan is to revolutionise travel across the city-region, making active travel the number one choice for travelling to work, to school and to the shops. But we can only do this if trips by foot or by bike are a safe and pleasant experience.

Salford has transformed key parts of its infrastructure already with the delivery of high-quality rapid bus transit routes and ground breaking active travel schemes. However as our city continues to grow there are many more schemes we need to deliver to achieve our vision for a more sustainable transport network. Salford’s pipeline of schemes represents a fantastic opportunity for applicants to develop their technical skills whilst helping to transform our transport network for the benefit of our communities.

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Testimonial: Senior Group Leader in Highway Design:

"Having worked in Local Government for over 20 years and starting my career as an apprentice I enjoy being able to make a difference in Salford and playing a part in the city’s transformation.

"Seeing a project through from conception to completion and being fully involved at all stages is a privilege I’ve been able to experience over the years, and now I’m able to support others in doing the same. The continuous training and development offered has allowed me to progress both academically and professionally throughout my career with the full support of my managers."


Swinton Greenway, with families and people enjoying the space and greenery(Photo credit: Nick Harrison)

Why work for Salford Technical Services

This is a fantastic time to join our Technical Services. The city is being transformed through unprecedented levels of development and investment and this growth trajectory is set to continue. Significant economic and population growth has been experienced in recent years across key strategic locations in the city including Central Salford and MediaCityUK, leading to new jobs and homes, and establishing ourselves as the fastest growing location in Greater Manchester. However, there is still much more to come with the future pipeline identifying the continued expansion of these core urban areas alongside significant opportunities for local towns and neighbourhoods to be transformed.

The council’s multidisciplinary Technical Services team is a key driver of this growth, playing a vital role in the forging of successful partnership arrangements with both public and private sector parties in pursuit of an ambitious placemaking agenda. It is within this context of sustained growth that we are now seeking to grow our Technical Services.

You will join a vibrant service and work on major prestigious infrastructure projects within Salford enabling you to advance your career, whilst giving you the freedom to achieve personal growth and development. We will provide you with the opportunities to enable you to succeed and support you to reach your potential. This will be achieved by providing you with personalised training to work towards academic and professional qualifications. Salford City Council prides itself on providing excellent training through professional bodies and continues to support successful candidates across all professional qualifications by being an approved training organisation for many including the Institution of Civil Engineers.

We also encourage and support all members of the team involved in construction activities to become accredited NEC4 Project Managers or Supervisors. Salford City Council has vast technical expertise in-house across all stages of an infrastructure project including commissioning client; detailed design team (Highways, Landscape, Structures, Street Lighting, Traffic, Road Safety); procurement; contract administration; construction supervision and contractor. This allows rotation of trainees across all disciplines to gain invaluable experience to allow you to be successful when applying for professional qualifications.

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Testimonial: Senior Engineer in Highway Design

"I joined Salford City Council two years ago working as an Engineer within the Highways team. I enjoy working at Salford because it offers me the possibility of achieving a better work-life balance and supports well-being through the flexible time system along with a package of fantastic benefits such as pension scheme or holidays.

"I feel part of an inclusive and diverse workplace which value every employee as an individual providing great opportunities to grow and develop skills and knowledge."

Are you ready to apply?

We need your help in our ambition to deliver the vision effectively; with team expansions and new roles being developed, now is a fantastic time to help us deliver on our vison to help shape our vision for Salford.

These are the vacancies available across the breadth of Technical Services. Find out more about each role and submit your applications today:

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Testimonial: Assistant Engineer in Highway Design

“I have been a member of the Engineering and Landscape Design Team at Salford City Council for around six years and was introduced to the engineering industry as an apprentice. Salford have provided me with frequent opportunities to further my knowledge and understanding of engineering practices and industry standards, from both college and university courses and arranging training events, to organising online workshops to learn new skills on everchanging industry software.

“I can attribute much of my development to date to the ongoing support and guidance provided by my team members and wider colleagues, who always show a willingness to provide help where it’s needed. The team dynamic is one of the many reasons I have enjoyed working for Salford over the last six years.

“I have been involved in a number of interesting highway development schemes and take pride in my role as a member of the engineering team that are consistently improving the city. My colleagues, the ability to work on such thought-provoking schemes and the flexibility the council offers are just a few reasons I have enjoyed my time here.”

Don’t just apply. If it’s for you, we want to speak to you. Give us a call and let’s talk about what we do and what we achieve.

Call Chris Smith, Head of Infrastructure, on 07809085254 for Infrastructure

Call Stuart Molyneux, Head of Engineering and Design, on 07809085251 for Highway Design

Testimonial: Technician in Highway Design

"Working for Salford has inspired me reach my goals and expand my knowledge. Salford are the first to celebrate their organisation’s achievements and this makes you feel valued as an employee.

"I love the variety of work that is presented each day. Unlike many jobs my daily tasks differ, this can vary from being in and out of the office and creates a sense of excitement each day when turning up for work. I also highly value the people I work with, having a caring team of hardworking individuals helps form great bonds and most importantly creates people who are willing to help you learn.

"Finally, my job has a positive impact on the city and this inspires me to turn up for work. Seeing your own work impact the city in a positive way gives a huge sense of honour and this pushes you on to produce the best work possible."

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Our generous benefits

You will be welcomed into a friendly environment where your personal and professional development will be encouraged and you will have the opportunity to work and grow in a values based organisation where people are at the heart of everything we do.

Within our service we offer extensive opportunities to develop and continue to grow, including our ambitious partnership with the Institute of Civil Engineers.

As an employee, you can expect the following from us:

  • Employee contributory pension with a generous employer contribution
  • Fully funded Training Agreement with the Institution of Civil Engineers
  • Opportunities for accelerated career pathway
  • Holiday allowance up to 34 days
  • Paid sick leave
  • Values based organisation with friendly working environment
  • Leave plus
  • Family-related or emergency leave

We promote a positive permission culture, empowering you to make a difference. Your opinions matter to us and you will have the opportunity to shape how we do things through our Salford 100 employee group and our employee led redesign approach.

Your work-life balance and wellbeing are important to us and we have a range of employee benefits to suit your needs including:

  • Flexible working (role dependent)
  • Hybrid working (role dependent)
  • Wellbeing support
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Paid volunteering days
  • Access to exclusive savings, discounts and benefits

Swinton Greenway entrance by roadside. Trees in the background and clear blue sky. People walking down the pavement and cars parked on the other side of the road.(Photo credit: Nick Harrison)

Testimonial: Senior Group Leader in Highway Design

"Having joined in 2007 as an Assistant Engineer, I’ve spent 16 years of my career at Salford, learning and developing during this time into a highly skilled, versatile, Civil Engineer.

"I’ve benefited from working on a wide variety of projects, with support from great colleagues to deliver high-quality schemes which have enhanced the place of Salford, stimulating the growth and regeneration of the city.

"What I enjoy most about my job is being part of a much bigger project to shape and improve Salford for the benefit of its residents, transforming areas into vibrant and attractive places to live and work."