Permit Controller

We are looking for a Lead Permit Issuer to join our team on HS2 Main Works, based at Area East, Euston. This role will take control of the management and issuing of Permits to Work for the Euston Approaches section. The Permit Issuer will need to work with the Area Leads and site teams to ensure all permits are raised correctly, issued, approved and closed. This will also include undertaking Assurance Inspections and regular Audits.

This role is part of our Return to Work programme, in collaboration with STEM Returners. We welcome professionals with a career break of 2 or more years to apply. You will be placed in a team where your skills and experience will be valued and utilised for an initial 12 week paid placement. We will provide tailored support to help your transition back to work. This will include specific training, a mentor from the Women in Engineering society, a workplace buddy and the opportunity to join our network of Returners within the project. At the end of the placement there will be the opportunity to join the team on a permanent basis.

Role Responsibility

The Lead Permit Issuer will control the Permits to Work across the six key assets which make up the Euston Approaches section of HS2 MWCC.

Key Responsibilities:

  • To act as the Area East (Euston Approaches) Lead Permit Issuer.
  • This is predominately for Permit to Break Ground but will extend to other permits to work including Hot Works Permits and Confined Space Entry Permits.
  • Ensure that all Preconstruction Information is identified and collated accurately and in a timely manner.
  • Ensure all working information is up to date and stored safely in line with site technical assurance regulations.
  • Manage and maintain Best Practice processes and ensure these are deployed and implemented on site.
  • Undertake regular Assurance Inspections and Audits.

The Ideal Candidate

  • Building /Civil Engineering Technical qualification HNC/ HND/Degree (or equivalent)
  • Previous experience using different types of software packages including MS Office, Document Controls Systems and SharePoint.
  • Previous experience working in a heavy civil engineering environment, either with a main contractor or specialist subcontractor preferably within and adjacent to operational NR infrastructure and Utilities.


  • Previous experience in management of other Permits to Work
  • Relevant CSCS Card
  • Previous experience in Permit to Break Ground
  • Previous experience in site inspections and audits
  • Highly effective communicator and able to influence others
  • Good understanding of the management of Health and Safety Regulations

About the Company
The role will work on the HS2 project. HS2 is the UK’s new high speed rail network. It will be a catalyst for economic growth across Britain, freeing up space on the existing railways and connecting 8 out of the UK’s 10 biggest cities with fast, reliable and frequent high speed services

The Skanska | Costain | STRABAG (SCS JV) is delivering the HS2 Main Civils Contracts which include both Lots S1 (Euston Tunnels & Approaches) and S2 (Northolt Tunnels). Scope of works includes twin-bored tunnels (TBM), SCL tunnels, shaft sinking, bridge demolition and reconstruction, services diversions, earthworks and the construction of site compounds.

You’ll be a welcomed member of the wider team, with opportunities to take on additional responsibility, join one of our networks for women, military or LGBT+ staff, and participate in cultural and social events with the local community (e.g. as a STEM ambassador).

Your personal and professional development is important to us. We welcome a discussion about how we can support you with further study, or professional membership or attainment for example.

HS2 – working with Skanska, Costain and STRABAG, closely monitors job applications, to ensure an inclusive recruitment process. To ensure we are able to maintain this, and to recruit a diverse workforce, we require candidates to complete the diversity form as part of their application so we are able to monitor and improve our approach to diversity. Please note, all responses are anonymous and we will not share any of your data with other parties. All data will be held securely, (as stated within the Data Protection Act 1998) and will be reported to HS2.

It is an SCSJV requirement that all employees, Design House, and Supply Chains must implement and comply with the requirements of ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System, ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management System with guidance for use”, OHSAS 18001:2017 Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems and ISO/IEC 27001:2013 Information Security Management System, Policies, Plans, Procedures and Processes, and statutory requirements as they affect the Joint Venture ‘s operations and ensure that the requirements, as applicable within their discipline, are effectively implemented on the project. Develop a culture of safety on the project through the absolute commitment to the Zero Accidents target and ethos, and develops a wider awareness of quality, environmental issues and demonstrates commitment to achieve continual improvement and Zero tolerance.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status

Companies: SCS Railways
Locations: Greater London (London)

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