Principal Payment Officer

1 Lancaster Circus Queensway, Birmingham B4 7DJ.
£35,745 to £43,857
11 Feb 2021
26 Feb 2021
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The Highways and Infrastructure service provides and manages a range of services that are focused on:

  • maintaining and managing the city’s highway infrastructure to a safe and serviceable condition, to meet the council’s statutory duties; and
  • managing activity on the highway network such as parking, bus lane enforcement and traffic regulation.

This includes services to invest in, operate and maintain assets including roads, pavements, street lighting, structures, bridges, tunnels, traffic signals and trees on the public highway. These are currently delivered through the council’s PFI contract, which is scheduled to run until June 2035.

The council is currently working with partners to restructure its highway maintenance and management contracts from 2021 onwards. We are seeking to achieve this through procuring a new long-term contractor for the council’s PFI contract, who will deliver significant improvements to highway infrastructure assets and manage those in the future.

We are currently recruiting to fill a number of opportunities within our PFI Contract Management team and are looking for people with experience of developing, procuring, managing and establishing complex service contracts in a commercial environment, who can become part of our team and contribute positively to managing this change.

We are looking for a Principal Payments Officer to work with our PFI Contract Management team.

You will lead a small team responsible for analysing and reviewing invoices, cashflow forecasts and supporting information from our highway maintenance and management service providers to ensure that payments are calculated, checked and made correctly and in accordance with contractual obligations. An eye for detail and experience in analysing data and preparing reports is essential. This is a great opportunity for you to develop your commercials skills as you and your team will play a key role in supporting our Performance Manager in reviewing and challenging our Service Provider’s budget forecasts and expenditure to ensure that the council receives value for money. You will also work closely with the council’s Finance Team to ensure that contractual payments relating to highway maintenance and management services contracts are made on time, on an auditable basis and in line with contract requirements. 


You’ll need good written and verbal communication skills and feel confident and comfortable dealing with a wide variety of people at all levels on a diverse range of commercial and contractual issues. Previous highways experience isn't essential, but the ability to build relationships and rapport would be a real asset.


This is an exciting but at times demanding role, so you will need to be able to stand your ground and be passionate about getting the best result for Birmingham.

Interviews for this post will take place virtually via video conferencing. Shortlisted candidates will be provided with further information

For informal enquiries please contact Steve Walton on 07548 713619 or

Ref: BCC001643

We welcome applications from people with caring responsibilities and flexible working options will be considered.

“Right to work in the UK documentation will be fully checked for all applicants.  All non UK applicants are required to apply for a Certificate of Sponsorship from Birmingham City Council and must be approved by the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) before any employment offer can be confirmed. Unless they are an EEA or Swiss citizen that was already employed by BCC prior to 31 December 2020, then they will need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) instead.



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