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Public Realm Operative

Location: Hereford
Company: Balfour Beatty
Contract type: Permanent
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Balfour Beatty has an exciting opportunity for a PUBLIC REALM OPERATIVE to join our Living Places business unit to work in Hereford.

Role Purpose:

  • As a member of the routine & reactive team the role is to work within any of the public realm services teams supporting the delivery of routine and reactive tasks and ensuring the level of service is carried out to the relevant contracted standard. This role is based within Herefordshire operating from either Thorn or Kingsland Depots.
What you'll be doing

You will have the following accountabilities:

  • Carry out tasks assigned in a safe & professional manner which may include, but not limited to Highway Operations (Highway repairs, Minor Civil Engineering works, Jetting of drainage systems, Installation & maintenance of Traffic Management), Street Cleansing Operations (Litter Bin collection, Litter picking, Fly Tip removal, Dead animal collection, Other cleansing services), Grounds Maintenance Operations (Grass cutting/strimming, Hedge cutting, Shrub pruning, Border work, Weed control, Grave digging with/without adigger & General landscaping) and other related tasks required by the contract
  • Ensure allocated tasks are performed and carried out to the required standards
  • Support the contract in other activities such as On Call, Winter Service Operation and emergency incident
  • Support the emergency response team
  • Carry out point of work risk assessments for all tasks
  • Ensure that all Health & Safety policies and procedures are adhered to and the Golden Rules are followed all times
  • Ensure that all other complaints and incidents are passed to the Public Realm Supervisor
  • Report any deficiencies in plant, equipment or damaged infrastructure
  • Embrace and support a culture of continuous improvement, through effective communication involving open discussions, feedback and exchange of new ideas and best practice.
  • Actively engage in the PDRs or other personal development reviews
  • Ensure all required paperwork is regularly submitted to the Public Realm Supervisor for input to the monitoring and reporting system

Who we're looking for

You will have the following qualities and experience:

  • Full UK Driving License (upto 7.5 t with CPC) + Trailer licence
  • Experience of working within a Public Realm/Maintenance environment
  • Manual Handling competency
  • Competecy on Small handheld plant
  • Ability to work as part of a team and/or individually
  • Ability to work outside of normal working hours / be on paid standby


  • Telehandler qualification
  • Mini Excavator 360 /
  • Traffic Management Sector 12D T1/T2 training
  • LGV C licence (Class 2) c/w CPC
Why work for us

Day in, day out, our teams deliver amazing projects in challenging conditions; developing, managing and maintaining the vital infrastructure and public spaces that modern economies, societies and communities rely on.

About us

The way we live our lives is changing fast: where and how we live, work, travel, shop, relax and socialise. The evolving nature of our society means we all need to shape our environment to meet a complex array of individual and collective needs.

Wherever investment in these environments is needed, Living Places works in partnership with Local Authorities to consult, finance, design, build and manage the essential place infrastructure that local communities and national economies need to prosper and grow.

We are right at the heart of a dynamic place shaping agenda that brings Local Authorities, local communities, Central Government, and the Private Sector together to create safe, sustainable, flexible and dynamic public spaces geared to community social need, economic growth and personal well-being as well as being environmentally sustainable.

The provision of maintenance services for highways is only a small part of what is really needed. Our focus has moved beyond the road to deliver the potential of the street: a dynamic public place that connects and combines local community and business needs, encourages social interaction and helps pedestrians, motorists, bus riders, and cyclists to coexist safely. Building great public spaces with resource efficient assets enables functional, flexible and inspirational places to be at the heart of the community.

We value diversity and celebrate individual differences, believing that our inclusive culture helps the business continue to grow as a strong, dynamic and innovative organisation.

Balfour Beatty is a corporate signatory to WISE (Women in Science & Engineering). Our aim is to attract more people from diverse backgrounds to help us build on our inclusive culture. We are a member of the Top Employers' Charter through which we demonstrate our commitment to enabling parents to progress and enhance their careers whilst managing the challenges of family life.

Balfour Beatty is also Gold Award holders in the Ministry of Defence 'Employer Recognition Scheme' and actively encourage applications from Armed Forces personnel, veterans and reservists.

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