Site Foreman

Our client is looking to recruit a Site Foreman for its £965m High Speed 2 project. The role will be initially based in Euston and then will move to site within 6 months. The site is around the Uxbridge area.

The JV will be responsible for the design and build of the main civil works of the 22km section of the high-speed rail line, running between the Colne Valley and the Chilterns. The C1 lot includes the route’s 3.4km- long Colne Valley Viaduct, as well as the 15.8km-long Chiltern twin-tunnels.

The Foreman is responsible for overseeing the work on site on a day to day basis to ensure a smoothly run job site throughout the work day. The Foreman helps to create and maintain a safe and healthy working environment, motivating the workforce ensuring efficiency and productivity in achieving the project targets.

The Foreman will be responsible for:

  • Management of engineers, tradesmen and subcontractors on site.
  • Lead by personal example and consistently set high standards of health and safety performance and behaviour.
  • Ensuring works on site meet the agreed programme and are carried out safely with due regard to the protection of the workforce, public and the environment.
  • Ensuring that all certificates, assurance and compliance certificates are generated and collated.
  • Maintain awareness of health & safety policies, rules, standards and performance that affect their activities.
  • Proactivity co-operate and co-ordinate with the supervisors and subcontractors whom it is necessary to interface with on site.
  • Ensuring that those carrying out the works are aware and accurately informed about the risks and the control measures associated with their works.
  • Understand and implement the sites rules and procedures.
  • Ensure the correct paperwork is in place before the start of each activity to ensure that checks are made on the following:
  • Risk assessments are current and relate to the proposed activity.
  • The operators are engaged and understand the risks and control measures associated with the activity.
  • Where there are minor changes to the working environment, hazards are identified, control measures understood and implemented.
  • Ensure that plant and equipment is use by only those who have received adequate information, instruction and training.
  • Promote the occupational health services available on the project to your team.
  • Ensure that the operators are medically fit for their role.
  • Avoid manual handling where practicable; assess the risk associated with manual handling activities that cannot be avoided. 
  • Identify those within the team that work safely and recognise them for it.
  • Facilitating the selection and delivery of Tool Box talks.
  • Actively encourage feedback from the team and taking appropriate action where necessary.
  • Challenge poor health & safety performance and personally take action where there is a breach of rules or unsafe working practices.
  • Report all accidents, incidents, near misses to the line manager or health and safety manager as appropriate.
  • Understand the site emergency procedures which include fire, first aid and evacuation.
  • Be aware of the contents of drug & alcohol policies.  Ensure the policy is effectively implemented and action is taken when appropriate in order to comply with the requirements outlined within it.
  • To comply with requirements outlined in the environmental management plan and assist the company in its pursuit of continual improvement in environmental performance.
  • Ensure that the plant and equipment selected is suitable for use, safe for use and maintained.
  • Reporting all construction issues to the Sub-Agent.

Skills & Experience:

  • The role will require the post holder to have a good working knowledge of English, both written and verbal and to be able to report at management level.


  • ONC, full trade qualification or NVQ level 4 qualification or equivalent. Extended experience and a general level of education may be sufficient.
  • A Foreman with experience in similar works and carrying out similar tasks.
  • An understanding of the:
    • Health & Safety at Work Act 1974,
    • Construction Health, Safety and Welfare Regulations 1996
    • Construction Design and Management Regulations 2007
    • Management of health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999 and
    • Other relevant legislation
  • Supervisory CSCS Card (Gold)
  • Have demonstrable experience of leadership, building and motivating teams
  • Experience of effective problem solving on major tunnelling projects
  • The ability to keep records, and work within budgets.


  • Holds a Confined Spaces Training Certificate
  • Holds a Tunnel Safety Card
  • CITB Site Manager Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS)
  • Computer and language skills

The successful candidate will not only benefit from working with a top tier organisation, but they will also benefit from working with a firm who prides on looking after their candidates. The client offers a competitive salary up to £45k + package.