Extractives Adviser

Inverness, Highland
£33,139 - £36,060
02 Feb 2018
26 Feb 2018

Extractives Adviser

£33,139 - £36,060

Inverness, although other locations may be considered


Closing Date: 25 February 2018

Background Information

Forest Enterprise Scotland (FES) is an agency of the Forestry Commission managing Scotland's National Forest Estate (NFE). We manage land on behalf of Scottish Ministers and serve as part of the Environment and Forestry Directorate of the Scottish Government.

Civil engineering plays an important role in supporting the sustainability of operational activities across the NFE. The range of civil engineering undertaking is broad, including planning, construction and maintenance of roads, bridges and facilities for timber extraction and haulage, planning, construction and maintenance of recreation facilities (footpaths, mountain bike trails, structures), inspection and maintenance of estate infrastructure (dams, reservoirs) and reactive mitigation of high risk land management issues, such as landslips and flooding. In order to support these operations FES undertakes mineral extraction activities across the NFE, extracting and processing approximately 2 million tonnes of aggregate annually from a large number of extractive sites located nationwide. Operationally, civil engineering activities are managed by area teams based within the Forest Districts, with budgets and line management also being held within the District unit.

Whilst the civil engineering operations are managed locally within the Forest Districts, the professional leadership for the function is provided by the Country Civil Engineer. The Extractives Adviser will be part of the national support team and will report to the Country Civil Engineer. This is a national role and can be based anywhere in the country with frequent travel to district and national offices and sites.

Purpose of Job

To lead on the technical, environmental and statutory aspects of mineral extraction on Scotland's NFE.

To drive continuous improvement of the FES approach to extractives management and support the Head of Land Management in their role as Quarry Operator.

To provide professional and technical advice to a wide spectrum of internal customers with respect to the winning of aggregate resources.

Key Work Areas

Support organisational compliance with statutory legislation (Quarries regulations 1999).

Provide professional and technical  advice and guidance to senior managers, operational managers, technical and other staff on quarrying matters; consulting with other agencies, institutions and regulators to ensure compliant quarry management on the National Forest Estate.

Develop, maintain and update internal quarrying guidance for FES duty-holders and other staff.

Ensure consistent management by supporting and coordinating inspections, appraisals and assessments of existing quarry assets and planning and development of new assets.

Recommend technical specifications and qualifications for contract documentation for the procurement of extractive works, supplies and services.   Where appropriate engage and supervise consultants, contractors and suppliers.

Undertake or commission technical, H&S, environmental & procedural audits of quarrying activities to ensure compliance with FES guidance and relevant legislation.

Support the training and development of staff in areas of quarry management competency. 

Chair and lead FES Extractives Technical Forum, involving operational extractive managers and others involved with FES extractives operations, to share best practice and propose ways to improve procedures, systems and structures for safe and efficient delivery of extractives activities.

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