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General Foreperson

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Job Introduction

You are responsible to your Manager for the execution of your individual job responsibilities. You shall:

  • Support your Manager and the staff under your control,
  • Support project working hours, be flexible in changes to working hours and working site locations. 
  • Maintain a good working relationship with Client and other Stakeholders, if applicable.
  • Manage and control your section of the work according to the agreed programmes and
  • Be conversant with all drawings, specifications, and related information for these works.

To cover your absence from site during holiday periods, you are to handover your duties to a delegate agreed with your Manager.


Flexible working: We welcome you to ask about the flexibility you need. This might be part-time, remote working, or compressed hours for example. Anyone who applies for a role can ask about flexibility at interview. In return, we will explore what is possible for the role. 

Role Responsibility

You are responsible for implementing and maintaining safe systems of work in accordance with Site Health and Safety Management procedures, work instructions and the CPP. This includes a regular assessment of new risks and hazards that may not be specifically covered by safety system documentation already in place. Minimising waste and complying with environmental legislation and site specific environmental

Your specific duties and responsibilities on this project are listed below: 

  • Understand from the SHE Plan your role in the SHE management system.  Be committed to the continuous improvement of SHE matters to achieve better than industry standards and zero accidents. Actively promote the values established by the SHE Management Plan and set a personal example of the practice required therein.
  • Know the statutory requirements related to Costain Skanska Strabag activities.  Comply with arrangements for implementing and monitoring legislative and company requirements to ensure that Safe Systems of Work are being followed. (Including the work of other contractors or subcontractors).
  • Understand the site emergency procedures and their role in the event of an emergency and ensure that the procedures are communicated to all at the workplace.
  • Before commencing works ensure that the operators, operatives, and sub-contractors attend and understand a Task Safety Briefing prepared in conjunction with the engineer.
  • Deliver regular Toolbox Talks to operatives and sub-contractors using suitable material and maintain records of attendees.
  • Ensure that safe systems of work are followed, including the work of other contractors or sub-contractors.
  • Ensure that all machinery, plant, equipment, portable tools, and electrical systems are properly installed, regularly inspected and maintained in good condition to minimise environmental damage or pollution and safeguard employee’s Health and Safety and ensure that adequate records are maintained. Activity undertaken through spot checks and delegation to Stores Person and other site personnel.
  • Restrain persons from taking risks, prohibit horseplay and commend those operatives who by action or initiative eliminate hazards.  Ensure that the Site Rules are complied with at all times. Bring actions to the attention of the Section Manager where necessary.
  • Ensure that high standards of welfare are provided and maintained for all employees.
  • Ensure all accidents, incidents and near misses are reported in accordance with the requirements set out in the SHE Management Plan.  Co-operate with all investigations into incidents and accidents and assist in obtaining statements as required.
  • Ensure all employees, under their control, are competent and adequately trained in Health, Safety and Environment in the operation of plant and equipment and the processes involved in the workplace.
  • Know and understand their own and their team’s legal responsibilities specific to the work they are carrying out.
  • Be responsible for implementation of environmental and heritage management operational control on site.



Adhoc duties required to support the progress of the project.

The Ideal Candidate






Vocational training - successful experience at general foreperson level.




NVQ 6 site management, crane supervisor, appointed person lifting operations.






Comprehensive understanding and experience of a wide range of construction techniques and best practices.



Understanding of engineering principles.





Relevant CSCS card, training in Health & Safety and Environmental Management.




Basic computer competence: e-mail MS Word, Excel & SCS IT.

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 London Tunnels Contract. 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.

SCS Railways is a Disability Confident Leader.  We want to encourage disabled people to apply for our roles and have an opportunity to display your skills, talent, and abilities.  We will ensure that a fair and proportionate number of disabled applicants that meet the minimum criteria for this position will be offered an interview.

Please see the disability confident commitments:

To be considered for an interview under this scheme you have:

  • A physical or mental impairment, which has a substantial and long-term effect (over 12 months) adverse effect on your ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities
  • Demonstrated in your application and pre-interview stage that you meet the minimum job criteria and person specification for the role

SCS Railways

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