Transport Strategy Officer (Travel Planning)

If you love making things happen and shaping the future of transport, then this is the role for you.

Responsibilities

Overview

This is a key role in the Transport Strategy team, which aims to progress priority transport infrastructure schemes and promote sustainable travel. The role involves working with Council officers, workplaces, developers and other organisations to develop, review and monitor travel plans and deliver initiatives that encourage sustainable and active travel.

About the role

It is an exciting time to work for Buckinghamshire’s Transport Strategy Team due to the unique opportunities on offer. In April 2020 Buckinghamshire Council became the UK’s newest council with the residents of Buckinghamshire now being served by a single, unitary council. Buckinghamshire is an ambitious, rapidly growing county, with over 50,000 new homes to be delivered by mid 2030s and three Enterprise Zones to be the focus of the county’s economic growth. It is in the middle of the Oxford to Cambridge Arc and a founding member of England’s Economic Heartland. Buckinghamshire is also affected by several National Strategic Infrastructure Projects which include HS2, East West Rail, and Western Rail Link to Heathrow.

Key Accountabilities

Some of the key tasks which the Transport Strategy Officer (Travel Plans) will be expected to undertake are as follows:

- Lead the review of developer travel plans to encourage sustainable and active transport, ensuring that relevant guidance is followed and deadlines are met.

- Monitor progress towards travel plan targets and identify the measures required to meet them.

- Conduct a review of the existing developer travel plan process and deliver an improved, robust process which ensures meaningful outputs.

- Work with Buckinghamshire businesses and organisations to provide advice, support the development of travel plans and promote initiatives to encourage sustainable and active transport.

- Deliver behaviour change initiatives and promotional campaigns to encourage sustainable and active transport.

- Provide professional advice, guidance and support to a range of internal and external customers / stakeholders.

- Proactively build and maintain good working relationships and communicate effectively with all stakeholders, to ensure service delivery and to share and identify best practice.

- Write reports, briefing notes and responses to provide recommendations related to travel planning and behaviour change.

About you

As the Transport Strategy Officer (Travel Plans) you will support the Transport Strategy Manager and senior colleagues with developing and reviewing travel plans that encourage sustainable and active travel. With partnership working being the key to success, you should be enthusiastic about sustainable travel and confident in engaging with and influencing strategic partners and customers to ensure support and positive outcomes.

We are looking for someone who has:

  • Relevant experience and specialist expertise relating to transport planning / travel plans, with evidence of work responsibilities appropriate to the role.
  • Knowledge of transport policy, travel plan guidance, and legislation at appropriate national, regional and local levels, with good knowledge of wider sector / external influences.
  • Can build relationships, influence and engage successfully with colleagues, partners and customers at all levels.
  • 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.
  • Proven ability to cope with conflicting and changing demands through good time management and the ability to work under pressure.


Person Specification

Essential:

  • Relevant experience and specialist expertise relating to Transport planning / policy matters, with evidence of work responsibilities appropriate to the role. 
  • Knowledge of Transport Strategy Service requirements. Good knowledge of wider sector / external influences.
  • Knowledge of relevant systems, regulations, technical guidance, legislation, best practice, policies and procedures relevant to the service area
  • Excellent interpersonal skills. Proven ability to build and maintain effective working relationships at all levels. Ability to communicate with, engage and influence customers, partners and stakeholders, in complex situations.
  • Experience of partnership working. Experience of representing the work area externally
  • Excellent planning and organisational skills, to work on a range of complex activities and to achieve given targets and objectives.
  • Proven research and analysis skills demonstrating evidence of the ability to identify and diagnose complex problems/issues and develop innovative solutions.
  • Good project management skills and experience, with experience of implementing change.
  • Good ICT skills including use of standard Microsoft applications and specialist systems.
  • Proven ability to cope with conflicting and changing demands through good time management and the ability to work under pressure.
  • Degree or equivalent experience in a relevant discipline  

Desirable:

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Applications

Deadline for applications: 30 May, 2023

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