BEAR Scotland manage and maintain over 2500km of Scotland’s trunk road network in the North West of Scotland for our client, Transport Scotland. We work in some of the most scenic but challenging parts of the country on a variety of trunk road maintenance and improvement schemes.

An opportunity has arisen within BEAR Scotland’s North West Minor Improvements Team for a Chartered Civil Engineer to work in our Perth office. The role would involve working within a diverse team on the investigation, design, procurement and construction of improvements projects.

Working in the Minor Improvements team offers involvement in a wide range of different projects ranging from Vehicle Restraint System upgrades and new installation, improvements to Sea Wall assets, Geotechnical risk mitigation works, trunk road layby improvements, addressing flooding issues and implementing drainage improvements, traffic sign upgrades as well as providing technical input to all manner of network management related engineering.

Candidates should have experience of civil engineering design as well as a knowledge of health and safety, environmental and commercial aspects of schemes. Candidates should ideally be professionally qualified, or working towards professional qualification with a planned date for achievement. Applications from Graduate Engineers will also be considered for an appropriate role in the team.

We are looking for self-motivated individuals who are interested in progressing their careers by helping manage the delivery of a diverse programme of work. The successful candidates will have good team working and communication skills, be flexible and hold a valid driving licence.

Job purpose

  • The successful candidate will assist in the investigation, design, planning, procurement and construction management of improvement works on the North-West trunk road network. The postholder will work with internal and sub-contractors’ resources.

Responsibilities and activities include (but are not restricted to)

  • Detailed design of trunk road improvements schemes.
  • Compliance with technical standards.
  • Working knowledge of Design Manual for Road and Bridges.
  • Preparation of Departures from Standard when applicable.
  • Follow Road Safety Audit and Walking, Cycling & Horse-Riding Assessment processes.
  • Preparation of reports, investigations, feasibility studies and options assessments.
  • Work as part of a team within NW Minor Improvements and with other BEAR departments.
  • Produce tender documents, preconstruction information and construction packages for both external tender and in house contractor delivery.
  • Work with commercial specialists to complete tender evaluations and assist with contract award.
  • Procure, supervise and measure improvement works.
  • Work with Environmental specialists to ensure adequate environmental screening is undertaken and appropriate mitigation measures are implemented prior to work commencing.
  • Follow Health, Safety, Environmental and Quality procedures that form part of the company’s Integrated Management Systems.
  • Assist in the team’s compliance with the CDM Regulations and ensure that robust risk assessments are carried out before works, operations or inspections take place.
  • Use Transport Scotland’s asset management systems and geographical inventory system to keep inventory data and as built records up to date.
  • Prepare cost estimates and monitor the internal financial performance of individual schemes.
  • Assist Graduate Engineers and Technicians within the team, as applicable to role.
  • Deliver projects within an annual programmes of work.
  • Provide timely responses to third party correspondence.

Knowledge, skills and experience

  • Experience in civil engineering design.
  • Professional qualification and membership of an appropriate professional body or a clear path to membership.
  • A full approved UK driving licence.
  • Clear communicator.
  • Ability to use AutoCAD software is essential.
  • Use of Microsoft Office suite of software packages is essential.
  • Use of Civils 3D software desirable.


BEAR Scotland currently manages, maintains and improves 1962km of Scottish trunk road including over 2000 bridges and structures through some of the most scenic, but challenging, parts of the country. That means delivering £million investment on road maintenance and improvement every year.

We believe that the people who work with us are our greatest asset and, in order for us to succeed, we make sure we retain and attract a talented, innovative and dedicated team. In return, we offer:

  • A tailored, competitive salary
  • Pension and life assurance
  • Up to 34 days annual leave per year
  • Additional annual leave purchase through Salary Sacrifice
  • 2 paid days per year to help to support your charity of your choice
  • BEAR Rewards – shopping discounts and cashback
  • Employee Assistance Programme available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year
  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • Flexible/Hybrid working
  • Development and progression plan

Grow your career with a company that inspires and empowers you to deliver your best work so you can evolve, flourish, and succeed.

We are an equal opportunities employer. We wish to ensure equality of opportunity in employment and the fair treatment of all our employees.