Mass Transit Design & Engineering Manager–PD/T2a

Grade N | £58,630 pa | Location Leeds | Permanent| Full time (up to 37 hours pw) | Applications for part time / job share will be considered. Closing date: 09 April 2023

Mass Transit Design & Engineering Manager  PD/T2a

Grade N| £58,630 pa |

Location Leeds |

  • Do you want to work for an organisation that values you as an individual?
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  • Yes? Then look no further than the West Yorkshire Combined Authority! Listen to what our staff say on our 'Life at West Yorkshire Combined Authority' webpage.

We currently have a vacancy for a Engineering and Design Manager to join our Mass Transit Team.

It is an exciting time to be joining the Mayoral Combined Authority. We have a wide variety of exciting projects that we are working on which will help shape the West Yorkshire region.

In 2021 the £1.8bn devolution deal was secured for West Yorkshire. This meant the first Mayor of West Yorkshire was subsequently elected, with Tracy Brabin taking up post in May 2021. The devolution deal and election of the Mayor has enabled us to start 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 city region by 2038.To find out more about the work the Combined Authority is involved with take a look at our latest news stories.

As the biggest contributor to the UK economy in the Northern Powerhouse, with a proud cultural and sporting heritage, our West Yorkshire region is a modern and inspiring place in which to live, work and invest.  The West Yorkshire Combined Authority brings together the local authorities of Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds, and Wakefield with the Local Enterprise Partnership. The Authority develops and delivers policies, programmes and services which directly benefit the 2.3 million people who call West Yorkshire home.  

The Authority is chaired by the England’s first female elected Mayor, Tracy Brabin. The Mayor is a strong champion for the region, making sure that the voice of the people of West Yorkshire is heard in Westminster. 

The Authority is now taking the next step to deliver for the region, benefiting from the largest devolution deal in England. Over £2bn of new funding is giving our region greater freedom to decide how best to meet local needs and create new opportunity, through investment in transport, skills, culture, housing, and the environment. The West Yorkshire Mass Transit is central to this ambition. We want to deliver a new, high-quality Mass Transit system for West Yorkshire which will connect people across our region by 2040. 

Following the creation of a new Mass Transit Directorate to develop the Mass Transit programme, we are seeking new team members to support the route design and programme/project management functions. 


The Role

Reporting into the Head of Mass Transit Design and Development your key responsibilities will be to:

  • establish, develop and lead the new Mass Transit Design & Engineering function, which is focussed on designing deliverable, innovative/best practice, value for money, and integrated mass transit solutions, across a range of possible technology options including Bus Rapid Transit, Light Rail, Ultra-Light Rail and Tram-Train.  
  • be accountable for assuring the proposed design solutions enable optimised engineering and systems integration. This includes ensuring application of the ‘Design Principles’ as set out in the Mass Transit Vision 2040.
  • develop solutions in partnership with internal and external stakeholders


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

About you

About You:

You will have the following key skills, attributes, education and experience

  • Hold a degree in an engineering discipline or relevant subject, or relevant demonstrable practical experience.
  • Relevant professional qualification eg Chartered Engineer, or similar
  • Practical experience of managing multidisciplinary engineering projects and teams in transportation, including light rail / bus rapid transit / tram-train / ultra light rail.
  • Demonstratable knowledge and experience of commercial management.
  • Demonstratable knowledge and experience of Safety, standards and certification, including CDM.


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
  • Generous Employer-Contribution Pension Scheme
  • Free Travel on rail and buses across West Yorkshire with the M-Card (Zones 1-5)
  • Flexible Working Practices with Health & Wellbeing initiatives to ensure you achieve the best work/life balance and career goals.

We have also recently undergone a major office refurbishment and have bright, airy, modern office space, with all latest technology, and just a 2-minute walk from Leeds Train Station. We also have agile working options too if you would rather work from home, or another suitable location, as well as a generous flexi-time scheme.

Have a look at our Employee Benefits webpage to find out more.

To apply

If this sounds like your next role, please upload your anonymised CV, and complete the application form on our application website telling us why you would be a great fit for our role.

Please apply by 11:55pm on Sunday 09 April 2023. 

Further Information

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

The Combined Authority is passionate about creating an inclusive workplace that promotes and values diversity. We know through experience that different ideas, perspectives and backgrounds create a stronger and more creative work environment that delivers better outcomes. We welcome applications irrespective of people's age, disability, neuro-divergence, sex, gender identity and gender expression, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation, pregnancy or maternity. or other personal circumstances. We have policies and procedures in place to ensure that all applicants are treated fairly and consistently at every stage of the recruitment process, including the consideration of reasonable adjustments for people who have a disability and/or who are neuro-divergent. To find out more about inclusivity at the West Yorkshire Combined Authority please visit our dedicated webpage.

Whilst agile working is an option for most staff, there is an expectation that employees are able to attend the office in central Leeds as and when required.

Candidates will be notified of invitation to interview by e-mail and interviews will be carried out either by phone, video or face to face. If you have any difficulty with the type of interview you are invited to, please inform the recruiting manager at your earliest convenience to enable them to consider an alternative solution.

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, we are unfortunately unable to respond to every applicant. If you have not heard from us within four weeks of the closing date, please assume that on this occasion your application has not been successful. We do however thank you for your application and encourage you to continue looking for roles on our Careers with Us website page.

Candidate information will be retained by the Combined Authority for six months.

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.