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Carnell are a dynamic, fast growing business, with a reputation for innovation, safety and delivering schemes on time.
Carnell have many diverse opportunities within highways. As a medium sized company you can rely on us to look after you, whilst knowing that you are an important part of our team.

Carnell are an equal opportunities employer


There are many reasons why people join Carnell, here’s what three of our employees have to say…

I’ve worked for Carnell for almost two decades. Back then there were only 20 of us, and along with a few others I’ve grown with the company. Working on the roads can be a high-risk environment, but Carnell have a culture of safety which I’ve not seen bettered by anyone else in the highways community.

With Carnell I’ve travelled all over the country and experienced all types of projects. These range in duration and types of works, and each day is entirely unpredictable which helps keep me on my toes! The best part of the job is having pride in the finished product that I helped contribute to; there aren’t many jobs where you can drive past your work, point and say ‘I did that!’”

After joining Carnell I found that I was doing well and opportunities were made available to me. It didn’t take long for me to progress in the direction I wanted. I started out as a Highways operative apprentice in September 2015 and now I am being sponsored by Carnell to attend university and train to be a Engineer.



“There is a genuine two way benefit, with Carnell able to provide an attractive alternative to the increasingly expensive higher education path; in return having the opportunity to ‘grow our own’ stars of the future.”
Andrew Sharp, Managing Director

As a member of The 5% Club, Carnell are committed to ensuring that at least 5% of our workforce are either apprentices, on company sponsored student programmes or company graduate programmes. Our apprenticeship programmes benefits include:

• Great rates of pay
• Variety of learning routes and personal development
• Additional training and qualifications
• Experienced and dedicated mentor
• Great future career opportunities



We’ve put together a selection of some of our roles so you can get an idea of how we work.


Tom Wright is a Project Manager in Area 7 (EMAD), working predominantly during the day from whichever remote Depot he is requested for at the time. He is responsible for coordinating and programming works, generally on schemes that Carnell are Principle Contractor, this requires extensive liaison with the other CWF Contractors; i.e. TM, Ground Control, Roocroft, Tarmac etc.; the Client (National Highways or other) and occasionally members of the public to ensure the works run smoothly. Tom is also responsible for compiling Job Packs, writing scheme/task specific RAMS when required and overseeing all material testing works (WAC) required on schemes, as well as the compilation of the scheme health & safety files. Toms role requires attendance at regular client meetings; pre-start, design, progress and close-out.


Our environmental administrator regularly monitors and records the carbon measure on our construction works by reporting a carbon figure for each scheme to our client of our material usage and our waste. Jen works 30 hours per week and she is based at head office in Penkridge.

Jen consistently ensures all offices are environmentally aware and to that, as a company we recycle everywhere possible. Jen will also log details of our company site inspections, control and update the near miss log ensuring any action needed is carried out and that all is safe on site.


Dean Shepherd is a Contracts Manager for Water Management based in Penkridge. Dean’s normal office hours of 8am till 5pm, however he is the first point of contact outside of hours. Dean’s job role involves day to day running of the survey teams comprising of 40+ operatives, delivering a range drainage investigation surveys throughout the whole of England. He is responsible for Early contractor Involvement right through to the delivery on site and ensuring the final report is issued to the client.