Transport Strategy Officers (4 roles)

Location: Aylesbury

  • Salary£33,042 – £34,738
  • Reference number – BUC05798
  • Contract type – Permanent
  • Working hours- Full time/Part time
  • Does this role require a DBS check? – No
  • Date posted – 12 Jun 2022, 11 p.m.
  • Application deadline – 7 Jul 2022

 

Overview

The Transport Strategy team at Buckinghamshire council is recruiting to 4 exciting new roles, focusing on our priorities to encourage people to travel more sustainably.

We need to deliver and promote more electric vehicle infrastructure; make walking and cycling easier and safer; and design, fund and secure public support for high quality active travel and transport schemes. And you could help us get there!

About us

Transport Strategy is part of the Planning, Growth and Sustainability directorate. This directorate works with partners to help shape the future of Buckinghamshire. The Transport Strategy team works to understand future travel trends, develops our transport priorities for the future, and secures funding to ensure that essential transport infrastructure is delivered and promoted to influence travel behaviour. The team undertakes analysis using travel data, traffic modelling, and the results of local surveys to identify what we need to put in place now to allow us to innovate and adapt to future travel demands. It works with the local community, businesses, developers and partner organisations to help encourage behaviour change, particularly to more sustainable and active modes such as walking and cycling; and supporting the transition to electric vehicles.

We really want everyone to love what they do and feed their passion for transport and delivery.  Personal and professional development as well as a work/life balance are important to us, with the Council offering flexible working arrangements. Although these posts are advertised as full-time positions we are happy to consider applications from people seeking a part-time position.

This is a fantastic opportunity to work in a county with diverse urban and rural geographies, learn new and transferable skills, meet people from a range of backgrounds, and develop a professional career in Buckinghamshire.

About the role

Transport Strategy Officer (Electric Vehicles)

This role will oversee delivery of the Council’s Electric Vehicle Action Plan – a key part of the Council’s agenda to achieve ‘net zero’ by 2050. You will:

  • Lead the delivery of electric vehicle charge points: we have an ambitious plan to ensure that there 1,000 publicly-available EV charge points in Buckinghamshire by 2027.
  • Work with central government departments to secure funding for future electric vehicle infrastructure schemes.
  • Partner with other Council teams, parish and town councils, and England’s Economic Heartland to ensure that charging infrastructure meets our needs.

Transport Strategy Officer (Active Travel)

This role will seek to encourage modal shift towards walking and cycling, making active travel the first choice for shorter journeys or the first/last mile of wider multi-modal journeys (such as accessing onward rail links). You will:

  • Work across Council teams which are working on delivering walking and cycling improvements and develop promotional materials / campaigns to encourage use of existing and new infrastructure.
  • Represent Transport Strategy on corporate working groups involved in behaviour change particularly in relation to healthy and active lifestyles.
  • Support reporting, evaluation and monitoring of Active Travel funding, including reporting on outputs and achieved outcomes.
  • Provide travel planning advice (primarily Developer Travel Plans).

2 x Transport Strategy Officer (Scheme Development)

These roles will progress our priority transport schemes through from initial concept stage to early feasibility and then detailed design, including securing funding for delivery. You will:

  • Manage the feasibility and scheme development of a range of infrastructure projects, securing land required and progressing through planning; and engaging with stakeholders to achieve local support.
  • Commission feasibility and detailed design work from consultants, as appropriate.
  • Undertake research and consultations to inform recommendations and decision-making within the service.
  • Support the preparation and submission of bids for short and long-term grant funding.

Buckinghamshire is also affected by several National Strategic Infrastructure Projects which include High Speed 2, East West Rail, and Western Rail Link to Heathrow. We have just published our ambitious 5 year Electric Vehicle Action Plan, and this year we will also begin work on our new Local Transport Plan (linked to our new Local Plan) and a county-wide Local Cycling & Walking Infrastructure Plan.

These roles will support the delivery of our sustainable travel ambitions as set out in these policy documents and are a fantastic opportunity to make a real and long-lasting difference to how the people of Buckinghamshire travel now and in the future.

Key Accountabilities

There are key accountabilities that are consistent across all 4 advertised roles:

  • Supporting the Head of Transport Strategy and senior colleagues with the delivery of our priority projects.
  • Preparing reports and briefings for decision makers within the Council and elected members.
  • Working with internal and external partners and stakeholders to maintain the transition towards more sustainable travel options.
  • Commissioning of consultancy support as necessary to deliver, monitor and support our projects.
  • Maintaining relationships with the Government departments responsible for influencing and funding our projects.

For full details please see the attached job summary.

About you

We are looking for a reliable, enthusiastic and hard-working individual with a passion for transport and tackling climate change. With partnership working and local and political support being the key to success, you should be enthusiastic and confident in engaging with and influencing partners and customers to ensure support and positive strategic outcomes.

We are looking for someone who has:

  • Relevant experience and specialist expertise relating to Transport planning / behaviour change, with evidence of work responsibilities appropriate to the role.
  • Knowledge of transport policy, guidance, and legislation at appropriate national, regional and local levels, with good knowledge of wider influences.
  • Can build relationships, influence and engage successfully with colleagues, partners and customers at all levels.
  • Excellent planning and organisational skills, to work on a range of activities and to achieve given targets and objectives.
  • Good project management skills and experience, with experience of implementing change.
  • Understanding of working for a democratic organisation and some awareness of political issues and their influence on the decision-making process.

If you do not meet all these requirements but feel you still have something to offer, we would still like to hear from you. We can provide the necessary training to get you up to speed!

For full details please see the attached job summary.

Other information

Number of positions available: 4 Transport Strategy posts

Closing date: 7th July 2022

Shortlisting date: 8th July 2022

Interview date: TBC

Interview-type / process: MS TEAMS, In person – TBC

Who to contact for additional information: Hannah.joyce@buckinghamshire.gov.uk

For an informal chat about any of these roles in more detail, please contact Hannah Joyce on 01296 674472.

There are 4 roles on offer – please indicate which role(s) you are interested in in your application.

Please note that this Service is undergoing a structure review following the Council’s transition to becoming a Unitary Authority. This means that although the roles advertised are permanent there may be adjustments to the job description as advertised. This review is due to complete by the end of August 2022 and these roles are considered essential.

Any-Desk:

As an ‘any-desk’ worker, you’ll need to be connected to our network to access digital folders and resources, but this can either be from home or an office location when required. You will be required to work from the office a couple of times a week, depending on your role and team requirements*.

*subject to current Government Covid-19 Guidance

This post is covered by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and therefore applicants are required to declare:

  • Unspent convictions and/or unspent conditional cautions only

For further information on how long it takes for convictions and conditional cautions to be spent, please refer to Nacro’s guide on the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act.

We reserve the right to close the vacancy once we have received sufficient applications, so please be advised to submit your application as early as possible.

Our values and culture

We have a set of values, which our employees have chosen, that represent what we are – Proud, Ambitious, Collaborative and Trustworthy.

By joining Buckinghamshire Council, you can expect:

  • a fair and inclusive culture
  • the chance to really make a difference to those around you
  • health and well-being initiatives including an Employee Assistance Programme, Mental Health First Aiders and mindfulness workshops
  • a unified voice through our Employee Representative Group
  • ongoing support, and the opportunity to develop and progress in your career with us
  • opportunities to take part in fun activities such as fundraising and social events

At Buckinghamshire Council, we know that our biggest strength comes from the people that work for us, and that’s why we’re working hard to ensure we continue to be an accessible and inclusive organisation.

From dedicated staff networks overseen by our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Steering Group, to proudly standing as a Disability Confident employer, it’s important to us that all our colleagues feel engaged, listened to, and valued. Our offer of flexible working empowers a productive and happy workforce and allows employees to combine work with other responsibilities and commitments.

We believe our workforce should reflect the diverse communities we service in Buckinghamshire, and are looking for like-minded individuals to join us in promoting equality, fairness, and inclusion for everyone.

About the Business Unit

Our Planning, Growth and Sustainability directorate work with partners to help shape the future of Buckinghamshire. We deliver services on planning, economic growth, regeneration, strategic infrastructure, transport and property.

Our key priorities include developing the economic narrative for Bucks, creating more jobs and delivering the right infrastructure to help businesses and residents thrive. We also aim to provide a proactive planning service that is responsive, whilst making the best use of the Council’s land and property portfolio. This will in turn support community services and create housing, jobs, regeneration and income to support public services.

It’s a great time to join one of our teams. As part of the Planning, Growth and Sustainability function you will not only get to help shape the economic future of Buckinghamshire; you’ll also be involved in delivering high-profile development projects and work on some of the biggest infrastructure projects in the UK. You will support us to deliver the results that our local residents and businesses deserve.

We recognise and reward you

Hard work and success deserves recognition. That’s why we pride ourselves on the benefits we give our people. We actively encourage a good work-life balance and promote flexible and agile working arrangements. We provide discounts on various Cafés, restaurants, shops and auto enrolment onto our generous Pension Scheme. We also offer a salary sacrifice personal car lease scheme and the opportunity to gain membership to Costco. We have discounted gym memberships, Travel discounts with Arriva and Chiltern Railways and much more.

To apply click on this link:- Transport Strategy Officers (4 roles) | Buckinghamshire Council Jobs

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