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Electrical Engineering Manager

North Yorkshire Council
Leeming Bar, Northallerton
£55,056 - £63,367
Closing date
29 May 2024

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Are you an experienced Electrical Engineer who would be interested in leading an award-winning team delivering a significant programme of work that includes maintenance of over 73,000 electrical assets? Do you want to be responsible for the management of a reputable design team who deliver complex lighting solutions for the council and our external clients?  Do you want to be part of an exciting and unique role to help realise the council’s net zero ambitions through delivery of a substantial energy reduction programme? 

We are looking for a motivated manager capable of operating with significant commercial acumen who can steer the team and work with a combination of established and innovative technologies across the varied landscape of rural North Yorkshire ranging from our two national Parks, areas of outstanding beauty (AONB) and beautiful coastal locations to vibrant towns and communities.

This is an extremely exciting time to join us as we are now well established and into the second year of the unified North Yorkshire Council. The Electrical Engineering Team is a key resource within the Environment Directorate that incorporates a number of engineers, technicians and support staff working alongside our Teckal contractor (NY Highways) and a partner consultant.  With an overall budget of circa £9m, our core functions are to deliver capital programme infrastructure and other projects, maintenance of the electrical infrastructure and to provide a successful street lighting design/build service for numerous external clients. The team also collaborates with NY Highways to provide a commercial maintenance service to Parish and Town councils within North Yorkshire.

As a key role of importance within this growing team, this role is critical to the transformation and development of the service. This coupled with the councils uniquely large size and the diversity of projects you will be working on can offer you the opportunity to make a real impression and impress at a senior level.

If you are looking for a new challenge, career progression and a modern working culture, come and join us on this exciting journey

The Role

As our Electrical Engineering Manager, you will develop and manage the planning, statutory procedures, procurement, maintenance and policy associated with our electrical assets. You will lead the design team that provides a successful design & build service for a number of external clients together with street lighting and illuminated sign projects, floodlighting: both architectural and for sports facilities, amenity and decorative lighting schemes, and discrete lighting projects designed to complement the National Parks’ Dark Skies initiatives. You will also be responsible for the development, assessment and implementation of energy reduction initiatives associated with the council’s electrical assets.

The annual energy costs associated with the council’s highway electrical assets exceeds £4million; whilst significant inroads have already been made to reduce this financial burden there is still more that can be done. 

We have recently commenced a £2.4million renewals project that aims to deliver over £400k annual energy savings. The three-year project will see the replacement of around 5,000 assets, across North Yorkshire, with energy efficient LED technology to complement the 55,000 assets already converted to LED.  

You will also be the Council’s nominated Duty Holder for all highway electrical activities.

What you will bring

You must have extensive management skills, with a proficient knowledge of highway and other electrical assets including street lighting, illuminated signs, floodlighting and decorative lighting. You will also have experience in project management, strong stakeholder engagement ability, experience in contract management and an ability to speak as an informed client on a technical basis, including as an expert witness if required. 

You will have excellent oral and written communication skills with the ability to liaise with multi agency partners, funding bodies, political leaders and public in achieving best project outputs and their support. You will be collaborative and embracing of the positive team culture, supporting colleagues & service managers in the delivery of our projects that contribute to wider service and council objectives.  You will have the ability to problem solve and find practical solutions, possess analytical and decision-making skills as well as excellent organisation skills. You will also have strong ICT skills including the use of a number of different asset management and design software packages. 

Ideally, we are looking for someone with a degree in electrical engineering, however this is not essential, as long as you hold a qualification in electrical engineering along with significant demonstrable experience in electrical engineering installation and maintenance alongside experience in project management.

In addition to your salary, we offer a range of great benefits to help you financially make life a bit easier. These include:

  • a local government, career average employer contribution pension scheme
  • family friendly leave
  • salary sacrifice schemes
  • modern flexible working practices
  • learning and development packages
  • career advancement opportunities
  • employee discount benefits including shopping and gym discounts
  • green car and cycle schemes
  • travel loans

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If you would like an informal conversation regarding the role, please contact Nigel Smith on 07971310399 or Paul Gilmore on 07967785019

To apply please click the Apply Now link below.


From the 1st April 2023 the eight district, borough and county councils in North Yorkshire merge to form the new Council, serving 611,000 residents.

The County of North Yorkshire is the largest County in England and Wales. Within the county are 598 square miles of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, and 530 square miles of the North York Moors National Park. The county is included in the Yorkshire and Humberside Region.

Whilst the economy of the County has traditionally been dependent on agriculture and tourism, there is a fast growing high technology base and this, together with other forms of light manufacturing industry, is of increasing importance. The Council has an active policy of economic development and the predominantly rural character of the County is highly attractive to high technology businesses as well as the traditional industries of farming, food production and tourism. The County contains several centres of great historic interest, market towns that invite light industrial development, the modern coalfield area in the South, scenic, lightly populated upland areas and the extensive lowland area in the Vale of York.

With a brand new Council, newly elected members, the prospect of a new combined authority as well as its’ first ever mayor, North Yorkshire is on the cusp of a new dawn. The county already has firm foundations - a strong culture and identity which is rich in heritage; thriving communities where the people and places are resilient and innovative; beautiful scenery with stunning landscapes, quaint villages, market and coastal towns; plus the vibrant cities of York and Leeds just on the doorstep.  This amazing county combines the best of the traditional and the modern, and is widely regarded as one of the best places to live in the UK.  North Yorkshire is a great place to live, work and do business.

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