Project Lead (Transport Strategy)
England’s Economic Heartland Strategic Alliance is a non-statutory partnership comprising Local Transport Authorities and Local Enterprise Partnerships across a corridor stretching from Swindon, through Oxfordshire and Milton Keynes across to Cambridgeshire, and from Northamptonshire down to Hertfordshire: it is an area with a population of 5.1 million and with over 280,000 businesses employing 2,550,000 people.
Realising the economic potential of the corridor has been identified by the Government as a national priority. The Strategic Alliance provides leadership on strategic infrastructure issues. It established the Strategic Transport Forum in February 2016 and is developing the proposal that will see this become a statutory Sub-national Transport Body. The work of the Strategic Alliance also includes work streams on digital infrastructure, wider strategic infrastructure (power, water and strategic flood risk).
The Strategic Alliance’s activities require strong collaborative working between the local partners and more widely across the corridor. It’s activities involve regular engagement, at a senior level, with Government departments, national infrastructure owners and service providers
Buckinghamshire County Council is the Accountable Body for the Strategic Alliance – funding for which is a combination of contributions from the local partners and Government (via the Department for Transport).
About the role
In this role you’ll be responsible for the preparation and publication of the overarching Transport Strategy, including responsibility for the regional evidence base that underpins the Strategy as well as the monitoring and implementation of the overarching Transport Strategy, including identifying the need for further work to be commissioned as required in order to assist in its implementation. You’ll be responsible for maintaining the regional evidence base, working collaboratively with partner organisations to ensure information is updated on a regular basis and to identify opportunities for its enhancement.
You will also need to develop an assessment framework that enables infrastructure requirements and service improvements to be prioritised as part of the investment pipeline associated with the overarching Transport Strategy as well as work collaboratively with partner organisations, and, where appropriate, external organisations, in developing the specification for work to be commissioned in support of the overarching Transport Strategy. You’ll need to ensure that work commissioned is managed in accordance with all relevant procedures and for ensuring that the work is undertaken within agreed budgetary limits.
For full details of the responsibilities of this role please see the job summary below.
Please note that this is a career graded role and appointment will be made according to the knowledge, skills, and experience as detailed in the job summary below.
R8 = £38,462 - £42,693
R9 = £44,054 - £48,900
R10 = £50,706 - £56,283
You’ll have proven research and analysis skills and be able to demonstrate your ability to identify and diagnose complex problems and suggest innovative solutions for them. Alongside this, you’ll possess excellent planning, organisational, and inter-personal skills which will enable you to represent the partnership internally and externally, as well as manage the competing demands of the role. You’ll also have experience of providing high-level support to Member-led partnerships including the ability to work on a confidential basis with politically sensitive issues
Prior experience of supporting the letting of commissions and their delivery as well as previous experience of budget management and monitoring would be desirable.
For full details of the skills, knowledge, and experience required for this role please see the job summary below.
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