Transport Planner - DV/TF11m

Grade I | £28,801 pa | Location Leeds | Permanent | Full time (37 hours) | (Part time/Job share considered) | Closing date: 22 May 2022

Transport Planner - DV/TF11m

Grade I - £28,801 pa
Location Leeds
Permanent / Full Time (37 hours pw)
Closing date: 22 May 2022

Are you passionate about transport? Would you like the opportunity to shape our transport system to make it as sustainable and accessible as possible to everyone living and working within the Leeds City Region, as well as future generations? If the answer is ‘yes’, then this could be the perfect opportunity for you!

It’s a very exciting time to join West Yorkshire Combined Authority. With our first ever Mayor, we have new roles and responsibilities and an ambitious and varied set of transport policies, strategies, and multi-modal projects to develop and deliver, including a brand-new mass transit system for the region. 

We have recently secured £830m from Central Government as part of the City Region Sustainable Transport Settlement to add to a growing multi-billion funding pot for the region as part of the Government’s Levelling up Agenda. Funding is being focused into projects that aim to deliver inclusive growth, reduce reliance on car travel and improve infrastructure for public transport, cycling and walking. These are all vital in helping us to meet our commitment to tackle the climate emergency and become a net zero carbon city region.

With all this new funding coming into the region, we are looking to grow our transport planning team to provide the necessary technical transport planning steer and advice to take a variety of multi-modal projects from concept to delivery within a variety of locations across the region, from buzzing city centres to our idyllic rural communities.

This is a great opportunity for you to take on a new challenge in a diverse organisation like ours, to get stuck into a range of transformational transport projects, and to develop your career within a friendly and dedicated team. Whilst at the same time, enjoying the benefits of working for an organisation that actively promotes a good work/life balance for its staff through flexible working practices, including:

  • Flexi time – The Combined Authority believes in providing employees with a good work-life balance and so operates a flexi-time system for most employees to vary their hours within set parameters.
  • 28 Days Holiday plus bank holidays – rising to 30 days after 5 years of continuous service and 32 days after 10 years continuous service.
  • Hybrid working between office and home.
  • Volunteering days – Up to 3 days paid volunteering days can be requested in a 12-month period.
  • A free Mcard (Zones 1-5) for use on rail and bus services across West Yorkshire.

You will provide technical transport planning assistance within the Combined Authority’s Delivery directorate, as well as with our Delivery Partners across the Leeds City Region. You will support our progress towards becoming carbon neutral by 2038, through the implementation of our regional policy priorities, Transport Strategy, and major transport schemes across various programmes such as Transforming Cities Fund. 

The Role

Reporting into the Senior Transport Planner, you will have the opportunity to join a team which is responsible for assisting with the development of the details for a broad range of transport projects across different parts of the region, from concept level to design stage, through undertaking and coordinating feasibility studies and consultation exercises, while liaising with partner authorities and key stakeholders. Recent examples of the type of projects the team have been involved in include:

  • Bus station redevelopment projects
  • Delivery of new rail stations
  • Walking and cycling schemes
  • Bus corridor improvements
  • Highways and junction schemes
  • Placemaking and public realm enhancements

Your key responsibilities are but not limited to:

  • Providing specialist transport planning advice to internal colleagues and partner organisations on how to ensure transport projects and initiatives are designed to maximise benefits and value for money.
  • Undertaking data collection and analysis for use in the appraisal of projects, development of business cases and preparation of funding bids. This will include identifying and applying proportionate, standard and bespoke approaches to data specification, collection, analysis and interpretation.
  • To specify tests and analyse outputs from a range of strategic transport models such as SATURN, VISSIM and UDM to develop optimal, affordable and effective projects

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

For more information on the role, contact Adam Kendall Ward on: adam.kendallward@westyorks-ca.gov.uk

About you

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

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent relevant education/ practical experience.
  • Practical experience of successfully performing in a similar role.
  • Experience of local transport policy and delivery issues, including current legal, financial and political context in which local public transport is delivered.
  • Experience of effectively contributing to team objectives.
  • Experience of successfully identifying appropriate communication channels to deliver information.
  • Experience of effectively contributing to organisational vision.
  • Strong negotiation skills.

Please look at ‘The Person’ specification within the role profile for more details on the essential and desirable skills required for this role.

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.

You can apply online, by 11:55pm on Sunday 22 May 2022.

Further Information

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.

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

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.