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Group Technical Authority (Civil Engineering)

Date: 28-Apr-2021

Location: London, GB

Company: ABP

We’re the UK's largest ports operator with a network of 21 ports around Britain. We handle around one quarter of the UK's seaborne trade and contribute £7.5 billion to our economy every year.

It’s a story we’re proud of but it doesn’t end there. We’re transforming our business and embracing the future.

We offer a vast range of roles spanning the UK, all rooted in a culture that welcomes diversity, fosters talent, encourages internal movement and progression, and places safety as our number one priority.




Here at Associated British Ports (ABP) we are currently recruiting for a Group Technical Authority within the area of civil engineering. This role can be based within a commutable distance of any of our 21 ports.


The Group Technical Authority will be the functional leader in civil engineering and set civil engineering across the ABP group. As a true civil engineering expert you will be our official voice on technical matters, representing ABP externally on technical bodies shaping industry practice. You will also deal with regulators and other bodies to ensure ABP has good technical practice, that people are competent technically, and that our policies & procedures are adequate and are complied with.


This is an exciting and varied role as you will be developing, implementing, and continuously improving civil engineering systems across our 21 ports, which each have their own challenges. The civil infrastructure is very diverse and varies from bridges, highways, lock gates, marine structures and quay walls and pavements.


Previous port or marine experience is not essential, however you must have a strong track record of working in a high hazard industry. As the Authority on everything civil engineering related you must possess the gravitas and communication skills to ensure policies are being adhered to.


We offer a competitive salary and great benefits including 26 days holiday (plus bank holidays), private healthcare, discretionary annual bonus, holiday purchase scheme, excellent pension and lots of employee discount offers.



  • Development, implementation and continuous improvement of the Group’s asset management systems, policies, procedures and other controls in response to business need and identified risks.
  • Understand external legislation & regulation, and translate into group policy/procedures, to direct regional teams to act in matters of technical safety in order to protect people and the company.
  • Monitor, review and provide assurance reports relating to Regional compliance and implementation of the Group asset management policies, procedures and other controls.
  • Ensure ABP remains knowledgeable in the field of asset management and is proactive in achieving continuous improvement.
  • Work with the Asset Data Manager to ensure that asset master data is robust, and the scheduling and planning of inspection and maintenance interventions are to common standards across the regions, and continuously improved to meet internal and external best practice standards.
  • Work with the Group Asset Management team to identify and deploy technology and innovation to support the delivery of the Group’s strategic business plan.


Skills, experience, qualifications and competencies


  • Strong technical gravitas and technical track record in comparable high hazard industries infrastructure based.
  • Experience of asset management and maintenance in an asset intensive industry.
  • Experience of developing, deploying and continuously improving asset management and maintenance systems.
  • Operational experience of developing and implementing comprehensive asset management plans.
  • Strong analytical ability to work with technical data and communicate the output in the form of reasoned approach.
  • Knowledge of relevant legislation, regulation and accredited standards.
  • Leadership and influencing experience in relation to multi-disciplinary teams delivering to safety, time, cost and quality standards and targets.



  • Educated to degree level in a relevant technical discipline.
  • Chartered membership of a relevant professional body.
  • Proven track record of managing physical infrastructure and equipment in an accredited management system.
  • Knowledge and experience of asset management governance systems in a highly regulated and/or safety critical environment.


Additional Information:

When joining ABP you will find an environment that is both welcoming and challenging. We reward our employees well and offer a generous remuneration package, employer pension, private health insurance and a range of other benefits.
Please note that ABP undertake random screening for substance abuse and operate a zero-tolerance policy. A medical will be required before starting this position also.

We are an equal opportunities employer and we welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their background, which helps us to provide a diverse and inclusive working environment.