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Head of Engineering and Infrastructure

Scottish Canals

Head of Engineering & Infrastructure


Falkirk or Glasgow

Do you like a rewarding challenge? Would you like an opportunity to follow in the footsteps of Thomas Telford and be a custodian to conserve, rethink, and repurpose the canals of Scotland for the 21st century and beyond? This is a career defining opportunity to play a key part in transforming and modernising the canals of Scotland.

Working for the people of Scotland, our challenge is to maximise the impact of Scotland’s canals, building on the prowess of the 19th century engineers, and the renaissance of the late 90s, early 2000s to create the iconic The Falkirk Wheel and The Kelpies.

The successful candidate will be responsible for managing a strong technical team of 50+ people.  Our assets include 141 miles of canal, 3,500 significant engineering structures, 19 reservoirs and 253 bridges.  The Canals welcome over 3,000 transiting boats a year and 600 living-on-water moorings, but most importantly they are a community asset welcoming over 20 million visits along the towpaths to enjoy these special green and blue spaces.

The Head of Engineering & Infrastructure reports directly to our COO, is a key role delivering asset management and improvements, driving towards net zero and preparing the waterways for the challenges of climate change.  Evaluating risk and ensuring compliance are important dimensions.  With an increased capital programme set to invest over £60m over the next 5 years, we are determined to reimagine the canals for the future; providing navigation, innovation in managing water and new projects which support redevelopment of vacant and derelict land and potential for renewable energy generation.

This is an exciting time to be joining Scottish Canals and play a leading role as we initiate our next five-year corporate strategy that will continue to deliver public value in tourism, placemaking and responding to the climate emergency, tackling health inequalities and supporting active travel.

The following skills are essential:

  • Strategic level and innovative thinking
  • Strong leadership
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to present technical data to non-technical audiences.


The successful applicant will be educated to degree level or equivalent in an engineering discipline and have chartered membership of an appropriate body (ICE, IEE or MAPM).  They will also be able to demonstrate extensive experience of delivering complex projects.

This is a Scotland-wide role that is offered on a full time and permanent basis and attracts a salary of circa £65,000-£74,000 per annum.  Although the role will be based in the Central Belt, with blended working, the successful candidate will have regular travel across Scotland therefore a valid UK driving licence is required.  Scottish Canals is relocating its headquarters to Falkirk in autumn 2023.

More information can be found within the documents below:

For a confidential discussion, please contact Debbie Shields or Kate Kennedy at Aspen People on 0141 212 7555.

To apply, please submit your CV and covering letter as one combined document below.

Closing date for applications: Friday 26th August 2022