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General Foreman

Job Title: General Foreman
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Courteenhall
Salary: Not Specified
Reference: WRT-2021-02-19-9AC51009FF52
Job Published: February 25, 2021 11:54

Job Description

Job Description

The General Foreman is responsible for managing the construction workforce on the project and ensuring works are delivered safe, on time and within budget, in accordance with the specific duties identified below. This includes both self-delivered works and those carried out by subcontractors.,

  • Lead by example and ensure that safe behaviour both maintaining and improving the culture of health and safety on site.

  • Foreman, Supervisors and Gangers" Responsibilities in Section 1-"lndividual Responsibilities" of the Costain SHE Procedures and Guidance Manual.

  • Assist in influencing the design to make the scheme safer to build. Identify and facilitate elimination or reduction of potential hazards through design where possible.

  • Implement and ensure the maintenance of safe systems of work in accordance with the SHE procedures and current best practice. This includes regularly assessing new risks and hazards which may not have previously been covered.

  • Manage the Supervision on site to ensure safe methods of works are used and the effect on the environment is minimised.

  • Ensure both RAMS and SOS briefings are being carried out prior to any works being carried out.

  • Ensure all supervisors and operatives are fully trained and have the correct ticket for the works they are carrying out.

  • Ensure all works are adequately supervised.

  • Proactively encourage the reporting of Near Miss/Observations and raise at least 3 a week.

  • Ensure all LOLER / PUWER / Excavation inspections / TBT's + Take 5 are carried out.

  • Check all PTD's have the right information and are being adhered to by all staff members.

  • Ensure adequate and appropriate Welfare facilities are provided and maintained.

  • Put Safety above all else recognise that our priority is the safety of our people and those affected by our work. This will never be compromised.

  • To review at the end of each shift that all works are barriered off and full PPE compliance when undertaking any works.

  • No plant or material are left across a Works Access or Exit at end of shift.

  • Promote WHAT CAN GO WRONG if anything is highlighted this MUST be brought to the attention of your direct line manger ASAP.

  • To review lcosnet for any shortfalls in training requirements for GF and look to start at the SGF role training needs during M1 13 -16 scheme.

  • Promote a culture of "Right first Time" and "zero defects through engineering excellence.

  • Monitor supervision of works continuously and ensure workmanship is up to the required standard, report any defects to Senior Engineer + Line Manage


  • Ensure timescales for commitments, actions and deliverables are met.

  • Partake in both daily and weekly programme meetings to both monitor and challenge the programme, and ensure works are programmed efficiently.

  • Undertake a daily diary of companies under your control, on what was forecast to actual outputs and hand to Line manager end of each shift.


  • Ensure works are delivered to budget by ensuring resources are maintained at correct level, minimising plant stand down and wastage.

  • Work with foreman to monitor and forecast resource, and according costs.

  • Check materials storage at both compounds are as per CGT high standards always.


  • Delivering Our Promises - strive to deliver on promises. Do not over promise or under deliver.

  • No surprises - keep stakeholders informed through a culture of openness and trust.


  • Innovation & Empowerment - through openness and trust help to create an empowered culture that fosters a climate of innovation and continuous improvement.


  • Collaboration and Respect - recognise that by working in collaboration we can create a win-win culture that respects and values the contributions of each other.

  • Maintain good working relationships with suppliers to plan and co­ ordinate the works.

  • Provide feedback to the Subcontractor package manager to allow the subcontractor performance reviews to be completed.

  • Ensure Subcontractors works to the same SHE standard as self-delivered works.


  • Promote CGT in a manner that becomes a GF, from right image of PPE / Vans clean inside + Out + Tidy Site.

  • Work with Inspectors to fully understand what Specification says and to allow the working teams to be more efficient.

  • To promote honest and open discussions with all Contractors.

  • Promote within the Contractors Teams Take 5 and record what each gang has found on a Wednesday report to your Line Manager.

    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.

    It is expected that you will work to be a part of the wider project team, living by the programmes expected values. We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

    Costain 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 encourage 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 you do not have to provide a response.

Candidate Description

  • Knowledge and experience of Highways standards and procedures

  • Previous experience of Smart Motorway construction

  • Previous experience in a similar role


  • Black CSCS Card

  • Training in Health & Safety and Environmental management

  • Full UK Driving License

  • Excellent Leadership Skills

  • Flexible approach to working

  • People management and recent experience of managing supervisors and operatives

Employer Description

About Costain and your project.

Costain helps to improve people's lives by deploying technology-based engineering solutions to meet urgent national needs across the UK's energy, water and transportation infrastructures.

Smart Motorways ease any expedite traffic flow by converting the hard shoulder to a running lane and using new technology to vary speed limits in response to driving conditions. Works will include installing a new ducted infrastructure system, installing overhead electronic signs and central barrier replacement work.