Vacancy: Managing Director - NY Highways
Salary: Circa £100k plus flexible benefits
Location: North Yorkshire

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NY Highways is a newly formed highways maintenance company with a difference, providing a wide range of highway services to North Yorkshire County Council, with an ambitious long term growth plan to deliver to other public sector bodies as well as private sector clients.

This is an exciting prospect for an astute leader with a track record in the successful delivery of Highways Services contracts to make their mark, with the autonomy of being a business leader.

As Managing Director, you will mobilise this new organisation based on firm foundations of high levels of service delivery and then lead your talented team to create shareholder value by delivering services in ‘the North Yorkshire Way’ by ensuring right first time delivery that puts the customer at the heart of what we do in an effective and efficient way. Longer term there will be the need to become established in new markets, develop new services and achieve business growth.

North Yorkshire is England's largest county and a beautiful, vibrant place to live and work.

In North Yorkshire alone we maintain the critical infrastructure for over 600,000 residents, 32,000 businesses and 1.4m visitors, whilst providing the backdrop for world class cycling events. You will be working at scale, from day one. The scale and vast difference in highways infrastructure serving large towns, smaller market towns, quaint villages and extreme rural areas brings a level of complexity and interest to the delivery of highways service solutions.

Historically, operational highways services have been delivered through our highway maintenance contract worth in the region of £50m a year. These arrangements have worked well; delivering significant improvements to the condition of North Yorkshire's highways network’; building on this firm foundation it is time for a different approach. We are in a strong position to move forward to achieve further improvements, this is not a recovery operation. Year 1 will focus on the seamless mobilisation of NY Highways in a way in which North Yorkshire residents do not see any difference, Year 2 onwards will build on your talented teams strengths to transform and grow this business.

A 'Teckal’ Company

NY Highways is a ‘Teckal’ company, owned by the council and is part of the wider commercial group of companies: The Brierley Group. The Teckal arrangement places NY Highways in a unique position to deliver high quality local services whilst seeking out commercial opportunities to provide shareholder services and value. This makes this role a career enhancing opportunity alongside stability in an otherwise volatile market.

The Board of Directors are looking to appoint an astute Managing Director with a strong track record of delivering complex highways service contracts at scale to mobilise and lead NY Highways.

Being Teckal compliant allows our shareholders, to award contracts directly without procurement. The main benefit of this arrangement is a long term, ethical and stable business, with unrivalled potential for commercial growth.

North Yorkshire County Council is somewhat different to what some might view as a typical public sector organisation, they are award winning, commercially focussed and have multiple successful commercial trading businesses in their own right! In other words your commercial acumen and success will thrive in this context not be restricted by public sector policy.

Our Future Ambitions

To name just a few, our future ambitions include:

  • Being a truly customer focused organisation;
  • Investing in our people, enabling growth;
  • Growing our commercial business;
  • Maximising the commercial opportunities that our financial resources uniquely afford us;
  • Improving our internal systems and processes and asset utilisation to drive value; and
  • Forging strategic partnerships in both public and private sectors, entering new markets and developing new services to achieve profitable growth.

More About NY Highways

Financial: £20m revenue budget, £35m capital budget and approx. £60m turnover
Workforce: 200 to 250 staff
Plant: 120 vehicles
Service Delivery: Highways services that deliver planned and emergency highways and streetlight repairs, winter maintenance regimes, road and infrastructure construction, owned and client fleet maintenance. Delivery of services will be both direct and through sub-contracting arrangements.

As Managing Director you will be a sector leader and expert for the company with extensive Highways knowledge and experience upon which the Board can rely to guide the company, taking the correct strategic direction and decisions to ensure the company is successful. A leader that will inspire the 200 to 250 strong workforce, ensuring that there is the right performance culture to attract, retain and develop talent providing the platform for staff to grow their careers as the business grows with them.

You will be accountable for market development and commercial performance of the company, both in terms of satisfying the contractual requirements of North Yorkshire County Council, the principal client, and identifying new clients, winning contracts, and ensuring that the company has the right resources in place to deliver on those contracts within Teckal regulations.

You will be responsible for the commercial reputation, financial and service performance, risk assurance; ensuring compliant environmental and workplace health and safety standards.

As NY Highways figurehead you embody the company values through your own actions and decisions promoting the ‘North Yorkshire Way’:

  • Service delivery being right first time;
  • The customer at the heart of what we do; and
  • Focussed on efficient, effective delivery.

Part of a wider group of Business Leaders within the Brierley Group portfolio of County Council owned companies who contribute towards the North Yorkshire County Council long term vision of how the Local Authority achieves and sustains its ability to meet customer needs.

As the largest county in the country we really do have it all… bustling market towns, coastal resorts, quaint rural villages, vibrant cities and simply stunning rural landscapes not least within our two national parks. Our history of strong educational attainment, safe communities, low unemployment, rich heritage and culture offer a variety of pastoral pursuits that makes North Yorkshire a residence of choice.

North Yorkshire benefits from excellent road and rail links, with easy access via the East Coast mainline, the A1(M) and A19. Leeds, York, Newcastle, Durham and Teesside are all easily commutable, and London and Edinburgh just 2hrs by train. North Yorkshire borders the Lake District, Lancashire, County Durham, and Yorkshire & Humber regions with all they have to offer.

More about the role

The Board of Directors are now looking to appoint an ambitious, commercially astute and influential Managing Director to realise these ambitions. To drive change, define the future direction, influence key stakeholders, deliver service improvement and achieve sustainable business growth.

To be successful you will have extensive experience of the delivery of highways maintenance and construction service contracts. Your track record, gravitas and expertise will give you instant credibility with your team, clients and key stakeholders at every level.

This role provides a unique opportunity for an up and coming or established business leader who is looking for their next challenge and to make their mark in mobilising and leading a successful highways services business.

In addition to this career enhancing opportunity you will receive a competitive salary and benefits package, be supported by an ambitious Board of Directors and welcomed by a talented team of professionals.

If you think you are up to the challenge we would like to hear from you!

Want to find out more or apply?

For an informal conversation regarding this opportunity to help define your interest, please contact Penny Keatings on 07811 411462 or email or Sarah France-Gorton on 01609 798106 or email

To register your confirmed interest, send your CV in Microsoft Word format, together with details of your current package, to Sarah France-Gorton via email by midnight on 17 May 2020.

This is a politically restricted post as defined by the Local Government and Housing Act 1989.

We will not accept applications from agencies.

Key Dates

  • Closing date: 17 May 2020
  • Interview dates: week commencing 1 June 2020

Key Documents

NY Highways, April 2020

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