Bus Partnerships Manager – PD/T4

Grade L | Salary £41,937 pa | Location Leeds | Permanent/Full time - 37 hour) | (Job share considered) | Closing date: 29 May 2022

Bus Partnerships Manager PD/T4

Grade L/Salary £41,937 pa                                                                                                                               

Location - Leeds (some remote working)                                                                                                        Permanent /Full Time -37 hours pw (Job Share) considered

Closing date: 29 May 2022

It is an exciting time to be joining the Combined Authority, following the announcement of a £1.8bn devolution that has been secured for West Yorkshire and the arrival of the new West Yorkshire Mayor Tracy Brabin. She has placed bus reform at the heart of her priorities, pledging to bring buses back into local control, introduce simpler fares, contactless ticketing and greener buses.

Devolution will enable us to drive up living standards for local communities while tackling the climate emergency and helping to deliver our commitment to become a net-zero carbon economy by 2038. Developing bold policies and strategies to drive the economy forward and support individuals has never been so important.

The Combined Authority brings together the five West Yorkshire local authorities with businesses via the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership to ensure that our work meets the needs of the people and businesses in the region and we can achieve our vision to be globally recognised as a place with a strong, successful economic where everyone can build great businesses, careers and lives supported by a superb environment and world class infrastructure.

The Role

We’re at an exciting junction in the evolution of the bus network and services within West Yorkshire. The election of the region’s first Mayor with a pledge to bring buses back into local control set against a backdrop of change within the bus industry and a need to address the climate emergency represents a unique set of circumstances that have provided the opportunity to shape how we want a future bus network and services to look to ensure it delivers benefits for the residents and businesses of West Yorkshire.

We’ve recently adopted the first Bus Enhanced Partnership for West Yorkshire. This creates a stronger working relationship between the Combined Authority and the bus operators. We are looking for a highly motivated and experienced individual to take the lead on all aspects of the delivery of this important programme for achieving bus reform. As the Bus Partnership Manager you would play a major role in evolving the Bus Enhanced Partnership to cover the full remit of ambition as set out in the Bus Service Improvement Plan.

We are looking to appoint a permanent full-time Bus Partnerships Manager to the Transport Policy function within the Combined Authority to work with internal colleagues, district partners, bus operators and other key stakeholders to develop and deliver the Bus Enhanced Partnership, particularly focussing on:

  • Overseeing the successful implementation of the first Bus Enhanced Partnership Scheme relating to bus priority infrastructure.
  • Developing additional Bus Enhanced Partnership Schemes that align with the themes set out in the Bus Service Improvement Plan.
  • Working closely with bus operators, district partners and other key stakeholders to create a full partnership approach.
  • Lead negotiations with bus operators and districts for the inclusion and contractualisation of interventions in Bus Enhanced Partnership Schemes.
  • Managing the Bus Enhanced Partnership, including the monitoring of implemented Bus Enhanced Partnership Schemes and line management of a Project Assistant.
  • Reporting of progress to internal and external boards and audiences, particularly those connected with the West Yorkshire Bus Alliance and the Mayor.


Review the Role profile provided for more information about the responsibilities.

About you

We are looking for an enthusiastic individual who can work effectively with a range of stakeholders.

  • The individual would also have experience of managing complex projects and programmes.     
  • Applicants should have a degree in transport    planning or a comparable degree.



Our offer

Alongside a competitive salary, we offer an excellent benefits package including:

  • 28 days Annual Leave (increasing upon years of service) plus bank holidays
  • Free Travel on rail and buses across West Yorkshire with the M-Card (Zones 1-5)
  • Generous Employer-Contribution Pension Scheme
  • Flexible Working Practises with Health & Wellbeing initiatives to ensure you achieve the best work/life balance and career goals.

To apply

If this sounds like your next role; please upload your CV to our online application tool. Then complete the supporting information tab linking your relevant work experience back to the role profile, bringing your CV to life.

If you would like to discuss this role after reading the role profile please contact:

Helen Ellerton, Interim Head of Transport Policy (Helen.Ellerton@westyorks-ca.gov.uk).

You can apply online, by 11:55pm on Sunday 29 May 2022.


Further Information

Applicants with a disability are guaranteed an interview, subject to the minimum criteria being met.

The Combined Authority’s aim is to attract people from diverse backgrounds to build on our inclusive culture and represent the communities we serve.  We welcome applications from everyone regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, transgender status, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.

We are committed to inclusivity and will consider requests for flexible working including part time and job share arrangements.

Candidates will be notified of invitation to interview by e-mail and interviews will be carried out either by phone or video interview.

Please note that whilst it is our policy to recruit at SP1 for all appointments, which is the salary stated above, each role includes career salary progression, with incremental increases applicable in most cases, on an annual basis.

Due to the high volumes of applications we receive, unfortunately we are unable to respond to every applicant. If you have not heard from us within four weeks of the closing date, please assume that your application has not been successful on this occasion. We do however encourage you to continue searching for vacancies on our Careers with Us website.

Candidate information will be retained by the Combined Authority for six months unless you make a request for this to be deleted.

Terms and conditions

Applicants are advised that the Combined Authority is currently in consultation with employees and Trade Unions to review the Terms and Conditions of Employment and Staff Benefits.

The detail of the proposals for change, will be discussed with the successful candidate at the point of offer.