Water (Non - Infrastructure)
£45k - £55k + Benefits

General Foreman

Ref: 549| Posted: 8th Jul 2024

General Foreman – Water Sector –   Southern Sites (South East / South Central / Thames Valley)

Opportunity for a General Foreman to join one of the UK's most successful Tier 1 building & civil engineering main contractors, with a very stable and fast growing forward order book.

This employer is delighted to have been selected to work in partnership with Thames Water to deliver fantastic infrastructure, brilliantly and to make things better for current and future generations. 

Their Infrastructure teams boast an extensive portfolio including high profile, challenging projects, providing multidisciplinary solutions to water, wastewater, highways, transport, environment, waste, and energy clients. 


We have a number of opportunities available for a General Foreman to join the team working on projects located on sites in and around Thames Valley Region, in particular the following sites; 

  • Cirencester
  • Cricklade
  • Chipping Norton
  • Bourton on water
  • Kingston Bagpuize

The role is to proactively lead and effectively coordinate construction phase activities within the Project Teams promoting health, safety, environmental and construction best practice across the framework program.

With full responsibility for delivering all physical elements of construction work activities from commencement through to completion, maximising quality of product, service and profitability while ensuring schemes are delivered safely and to time.



As the General Foreman your duties & responsibilities will include:

  • Appraise the risk to the scheme in conjunction with the Project Manager and install and monitor adequate site security.
  • In conjunction with the site management team, manage the project procurement process for suppliers and contractors in line with the Company processes and commercial best practice.
  • Ensure the site fulfils all obligations for external compliance audit.
  • Ensure Permit to Work systems, Inductions and Briefings are correctly carried out.
  • Plan and co-ordinate the operational delivery of the project as required.
  • Oversee the day-to-day construction processes and ensure co-ordination within the site team, client, and contractors.
  • Attend meetings with and maintain necessary regular contact with clients and stakeholders.
  • Assist with the control and monitoring of the progress of the works.
  • Administer reporting systems (e.g. delivery notes, Plant hire and collections, waste management,) to maximise cash flow and profitability.
  • Implement strict controls on subcontractors, suppliers, and operatives.
  • Post contract: organise and co-ordinate the undertaking of maintenance work.
  • Ensure full participation in operative staff development review, training, and mentoring.



To be considered for this General Foreman vacancy you must have experience in the following:

  • Experience of working for a major sized Civil Engineering Contractor working on water or major highways schemes.
  • Sound knowledge of construction methods, health and safety, and legal regulations as well as a comprehensive understanding and experience of a wide range of construction techniques and best practices.
  • Experience of managing and developing staff.
  • Adopt a proactive approach to the environment and customer care of all the stakeholders involved in a project – promotion of positive image of the Company name to protect and promote the brand name.

Dependent on the project or section of work being supervised: specialist knowledge may at times be desirable or essential.


  • CITB Level 3 Safety Course SMSTS (5 day).
  • Appropriate CSCS card.
  • First Aid at Work (4 day).
  • Experienced in IT Packages e.g. Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint.


  • Practical training e.g., attendance on courses for Forms of Contract, Scaffolding Appreciation, Formwork/Falsework Appreciation, Concrete Technology, H&S Management, planning etc
  • Appointed person and Temporary Works Co-ordinator. 
  • Behavioural safety training
  • Training in Lean principles 


The successful General Foreman will receive:

-£45,000 - £55,000 Basic 
-Car  / Allowance 

To be considered for this vacancy or to find out more information please apply now.

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