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Jobs in engineering and planning

Find out how you can be involved in building a better Oxfordshire.

We have responsibility for 2784 km of highways.   In the last year, we delivered £30m of transport improvements, and over the next five years, we plan to deliver highway infrastructure projects valued up to £80m per year. We’ve successfully bid for government funding worth around £500m, with more bids in the pipeline.

As a local authority we are pushing the boundaries in terms of Local Authority model with a shared Chief Executive and joint posts across authorities with Cherwell.

Oxfordshire is positioned at the heart of a global network of innovation.  This is supported by our Communities directorate, which has over 1,300 staff supporting highways, waste, property, environment, strategic planning and safety - as well as working with partner organisations.

Agile, intelligent and seamlessly connected. That’s the way community services should be. And it’s why we’re completely reinventing our approach.  Our Vision for 2050 (pdf format, 4.7Mb) is creative and forward thinking.

Work opportunity

This means we want people to look after our road, bus, cycles, pathway, maintenance, new infrastructure, rights of way, cycling, public transport and trees.   

We are looking for drainage, structural, civil and traffic signals engineers, plus transport planners, environmental scientists and specialists in public rights of way, contracts, projects and programmes and commercial personnel to undertake diversified roles.

Your career development

Your professional development is very important to us.  We can offer you continuing professional development, coaching, workshops, mentoring, shadowing and support.  

Benefits for working in Oxfordshire 

We provide a generous holiday allowance which rises as you remain in employment with us. You’ll also have access to an excellent pension scheme, with employer contributions of up to 20 per cent of salary, childcare vouchers, health and well-being support, discounts on rail and bus travel, various cycling options including a tax-saving bike purchase scheme and a range of local and national shopping discounts and a host of enhanced family friendly policies. 

Initiatives and a range of activities to support health and wellbeing including an Employee Assistance Programme, mindfulness and resilience training, yoga and music classes in some buildings and even a council choir for staff.

Find out what jobs are available.

Exciting times

We’re leading and contributing to a number of fascinating projects right now, and each one promises to make Oxfordshire an even better place to live, work and visit.

How we’re enhancing transport

In Oxfordshire, we’re supporting significant growth and investment by reinventing our entire transport and communications network. Imagine being able to travel directly from Oxford to Cambridge by train. Picture a superior cycle lane network that connects every corner of our county and visualize a world where electric vehicle charging points are part of your everyday.

How we’re supporting our thriving county

Ours is among one the fastest growing economies in the UK. Each year, we attract more visitors than before. As the challenge rises, so must we. In Oxford alone:

  • 71% of jobs are in knowledge-intensive industries
  • 4,750 businesses provide 120,000 jobs
  • There are more jobs than residents – the jobs density ratio is 1.17
  • At least 46,000 people commute into Oxford for work
  • Key sectors of industry are health, education, research, technology, tourism, car manufacturing, and publishing

How we’re helping this fast-growing international region grow

Between 2011 and 2031, we’re planning to build around 100,000 new homes, with associated roads, schools, utilities, jobs and enterprises. In the future, we’ll be funded directly by business rates, so a thriving economy with high productivity will be critical to sustaining everything we do.

We’re continuing to gear up for the growth agenda, and we take our place confidently at the national, regional and local influencing tables.

Facts and figures

A rise in planning applications  

1052 applications in 2016/17, compared to 396 applications in 2013/14.

An increase in new housing

Didcot North: 1,880 homes, plus schools and facilities (outline consent June 2018).
Wallingford Site B: 555 homes, plus one school and facilities (outline consent October 2017).

A surge in revenue generated through developer contributions

Over £125 million in contributions to infrastructure so far in 2017/18, compared to £52 million in contributions to infrastructure in 2013/14.

Huge investment in infrastructure

£12.5 million invested in the Access to Headington project to improve traffic management and transportation. (Investment from central government funding for infrastructure and local developer contributions.)

Our current major developments include  Harwell Link Road,  Access to Headington and Backhill Tunnell,  

Our planned developments can be seen in future projects.

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