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Technical Manager - Highways

Job Introduction

Are you experienced with asphalt, surfacing, concrete or pave Technical Engineering and looking to expand your career into a large infrastructure project or is this something you already have experience of as a Technical Manager. If so; then please read on as we are offering a permanent role here at Tarmac.

At Tarmac, ‘who you are’ matters.  We want to get to know you.  If you share our values and are proud of a job well done, collaborative in working well with others and ambitious to make things better, then have a read of what we have on offer.

We are recruiting for a Technical Manager to join Tarmac on a Joint Venture Surfacing Framework contract. You will work on this large infrastructure project to optimise the technical aspect ensuring this project comes in on time and within budget from a technical perspective. This role is working in the Cambridgeshire / Bedfordshire region and whether you live in Cambridge, Bedford, London, Milton Keynes, Northampton, St Neots, Hitchin, Huntingdon, Bury St Edmunds, Newmarket, Letchworth Garden City, Stevenage, St Albans, Luton, Kettering or the surrounding areas we would like to hear from you.

Here at Tarmac, we are working hard to create a dynamic and inclusive environment and it’s important that our people come from a variety of different backgrounds.

Role Responsibility

The Technical Manager will be extensively experienced in all aspects of Asphalt, Concrete, Surfacing and Pave technology and drive the team to deliver this highly strategic ongoing project that is fundamental for operational and business growth for this JV.  You will be the SME to ensure the project technological surfacing operations run safely, delivers first class customer service to our clients, drives efficiency improvements throughout the scheme. You will manage all technicians on the contract from conception through to delivery, you will have the ability to problem solve, innovate, and drive technical performance to the highest levels.

As the Technical Manager must be well-versed in all technical surfacing construction methodologies and procedures and be able to coordinate a team of professionals of differing skills levels to achieve the best results. The ideal candidate will have an analytical mind and great organisational skills. Your responsibilities will include (not exhaustive):

  • Have a proven track record of working in a successful technical Project / Programme delivery team, providing extensive knowledge of asphalt, concrete, pave and surfacing technology within multi-million-pound projects
  • Responsible for delivering the technological aspect of the project ‘road map’ and able to foresee issues and apply proactive problem solving techniques to overcome challenges, to remain on track to achieve key milestones / dates
  • Manage and drive all testing processes in accordance with required standards and accreditations – UKAS, 3rd Party Testhouses etc.
  • Provide management, guidance and direction to the wider Project Delivery Team from a surfacing technology aspect and support all to ensure that all objectives, aims and targets are achieved – management / maintenance of trial mixes, BOMs and SAP materials etc.
  • Ensure that the team and business are fully compliant with all H&S, business policies, legal delivery requirements and procedures at all times for both our colleagues and contractors
  • Communication is key with colleagues, managers and contractors across the whole project to ensure all tasks are performed promptly, you must have the tact and diplomacy when dealing with tense situations that can arise at any moment during the project's life cycle
  • Where technological issues arise, support the total JV to recover these costs from within the project

Key Stakeholders: Tarmac & JV Management Team – Quality Management Team - Project Management Team - Area Operations Managers - Contractors – Site Management - Supply Chain – Operations

You will hold a FULL UK manual car driving license with no more than 6 penalty points

The Ideal Candidate

The successful applicant in the role will be instrumental in the future development and support of our culture. You will have experience as a Technical Manager within an Infrastructure, Construction, Highways or Surfacing industry with knowledge of Asphalt, Concrete, Pave and Surfacing, this experience will be an essential requirement for this role; road or highways surfacing knowledge would be highly beneficial.


  • Desirable – Degree or HNC/HND in a role related discipline as this would prove highly beneficial in your success in the role
  • Desirable – Technological Management experience on multi-million-pound operational, construction or heavy engineering project/s
  • Challenge people, hold them accountable for job completion and quality of completion
  • Computer literate - familiarity with computer software - word, excel, etc
  • Good communication skills, with a positive, proactive can - do attitude to both colleagues and external agencies / contractors

Why Us

In the role of Technical Manager we additionally offer an extensive range of career development opportunities and industry-leading rewards, incentives and benefits: 

  • Bonus scheme 
  • Enhanced holiday entitlement 
  • Contributory pension scheme
  • Access to the Tarmac Reward website with discounts on retailers, holidays, etc.
  • Access to our Employee Assistance helpline for free and confidential advice
  • Access to join our Employee Communities (employee networks) we currently have nine communities inc. (REACH) Religious, Ethnic, Cultural Heritage, LGBTQ+, Parents & Carers, Ability, Wellbeing, Female Voice, and Menopause
  • Training and development opportunities

Interested? Why not click here to find out more?  Go on… are you ready to build your future? 

Tarmac is an equal-opportunity employer. We are committed to creating an inclusive work environment for all employees and actively encourage applications from all sectors of the community.

Please click on the apply button to complete your application. Occasionally we receive a large volume of applications for our roles and when this happens we sometimes bring the published closing date forward, so please apply promptly to avoid disappointment.

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