KIER: Let’s shape your world together

Surface Treatments, Surrey

Kier Highways is recruiting for highways maintenance operatives across the UK.

Kier is a leading property, residential, construction and services group which invests in, builds, maintains and renews the places where we work, live and play. We operate across a range of sectors including defence, education, housing, industrials, power, transport and utilities. Listed on the London Stock Exchange, we are a constituent of the FTSE 250 Index, employing over 20000 people.


Kier Highways is responsible for maintaining the road networks on a number of contracts across the UK. We are a specialist roads asset maintenance and management business, carrying out maintenance contracts and projects. We design roads, bridges and intelligent transport systems (ITS), covering strategic and nationally important roads, as well as local roads serving a range of communities. We also have dedicated design centres all over England.

Our projects range from major improvements to complete renewals of roads and structures. With specialist teams, we manage complex works from conception through to handover at the end of the maintenance periods.


What are the key responsibilities of a Highways Maintenance Operative?

These employees are responsible for providing a 24/7 support function to maintain the local roadnetworks by delivering:

Traffic management installations

Winter maintenance services to keep the roads snow and ice free

Support to the emergency services to ensure road safety

■ Routine works to maintain roads to meet the standards of the client

The installation, maintenance and repair of road barriers, kerbs and paving

Response to incidents/emergency situations that could cause hazards to the public

What do we look for in our employees?

Kier is always on the lookout for enthusiastic, forward thinking and collaborative individuals who show a passion for what they do. It is important that our staff enjoy their job and embrace the industry. Highways maintenance operatives need to be able to adapt to different situations and have a good awareness of associated safety risks. Being able to think on your feet and provide innovative solutions to problems is important in the role. Flexibility to work both day and night shifts is also necessary.

What support are Highways Maintenance Operatives given when they first join Kier?

All new employees are given a full induction that covers Kier policies around health and safety, fleet, PPE and drugs and alcohol testing.

New starters are put on both a half day temporary traffic management basic course and a half day manual handling course, to ensure they have the basic knowledge required before going out on the road network.

During their first few weeks, new employees will have regular meetings with their line manager and are provided with additional support to ensure they are settling in to the company and their role smoothly.

What career progression opportunities are here for Highways Maintenance Operatives?

We encourage career progression for employees who show ambition and a drive to develop. At Kier, we hold one-to-one yearly performance reviews where we set goals and discuss opportunities for career progression with our employees. In addition to this, our line managers also have ad hoc conversations around job satisfaction and opportunities for promotion.

Over the past few years, a number of our highways maintenance operatives have shown an interest in progressing and have since moved in to positions as gangers, supervisors and depot managers.

As a company, we specialise in a number of sectors such as construction, civil engineering and housing maintenance. Employees are not restricted to the business unit where they first joined and are given the opportunity to move between different disciplines and divisions.

What is our application process?

Once the Kier recruitment team receives your application, it will be forwarded on to the relevant hiring manager to review.

We operate on a single interview basis which will be an interview covering both behavioural and competency based questions. All candidates who attend an interview will receive feedback regardless of the outcome.

If we wish to make you an offer of employment, the Kier recruitment team or hiring manager will be in touch to discuss the details of the offer.

“We have recruited various ex-service personnel on our Strategic Highways contract to date with great success where individuals have clearly demonstrated their determination, commitment and excellent attributes to work within the teams. They have proven that their skills and experience they bring to the industry are 100% transferable from their time in the forces with the drive and ability to develop further.” Scott Farthing, Kier Highways Operations Manager

Make the journey, leave a legacy Bring your talent and ambition to Kier and you will be given the scope and opportunity to invest in your own future, to build your expertise and contribute to a rich and diverse culture.

Let’s shape your world together!


If you demonstrate the Kier Values: Collaborative, Forward Thinking and Enthusiastic and would like to help Kier Highways keep our world on the move, please apply by submitting an application through our careers website:

Alternatively, please email a copy of your CV to:

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