We have an exciting opportunity within our technical team at Midlands Connect.
In April 2022 Midlands Connect launched our new Strategic Transport Plan (STP). This document provides a fundamental building block to our technical programme for the next three to five years, before we would likely start the cycle of examining our Strategy again. This role is focused on the commitments in the STP, ensuring that they are delivered upon and supporting the whole of the technical programme to work at-pace.
Who we are
As the Sub-National Transport Body (STB) for the Midlands, Midlands Connect are driving forward a regional plan which aims to boost economic growth whilst at the same time reducing transport’s part in the climate emergency and having a positive impact on quality of life for our citizens. In order to be successful our team will have to ensure that we fully understand aspects such as: the economy, housing, social policy and the impacts of climate change.
About the team
You will be working as part of the ‘Technical Team’ within Midlands Connect. This team is charged with the delivery of the commitments set out in our Strategic Transport Plan. Our team seeks ways to accelerate the major transport infrastructure requirements of the region, as well as providing a pan-regional policy position on a number of technical areas. The team is multi-modal and multi-disciplinary, comprised of experts in their own specialist areas.
This role will reports to the Chief Technical Officer and works closely as a management team with the Head of Strategy and the Head of Rail. The role will work right across the whole Technical Team to support the delivery of the programme. This includes developing scopes of work in areas such as rural mobility, alternative fuels/decarbonisation, technology and innovation, freight, research and more traditional rail/highways planning.
Who we need
We are looking for someone with a varied experience across the field of transport planning. The role will require you to support a number of programme areas to ensure the work we either develop in-house or procure stays focused to what the STP has committed use to deliver.
You will have a strong role in the overall management of the technical programme, working closely with the Head of Strategy, Head of Rail and the Head of Business Operations as a team to ensure that the programme is delivered on-time, to a high quality and delivers the STP requirements.
You should have a good understanding of the role of Sub-National Transport Bodies and where we add value in the landscape of local and national government.
Ownership of the programme will require excellent programme management skills, including managing an allocated budget and an expectation of delivering to cost, time and quality. This will involve identifying and managing suitable resources, either from within the Midlands Connect Technical Team, or seeking consultancy support.
In addition, the role will have a specific requirement to establish and manage our emerging ‘Centres of Excellence’ programme. This programme is vitally important to aid in the capacity and capability of Local Authority transport planning across the region, aiding authority officers to work together, learn from each other, share resources and even develop joint projects/programmes.
Ways of working
Since the Covid-19 pandemic, Midlands Connect has applied a fully flexible working policy, allowing team members to work from home or attend the office as best suits their own situation.
Our priority is to keep all our employees safe and well throughout their employment with Midlands Connect. Therefore, we are open to discussions about the nature of this role, and would welcome applicants seeking both part time and full time roles and those who need more flexible working arrangements to align with other aspects of their life.
Our current guidance is that we ask team members to either come to the office, or attend in-person meetings at offices of our Partnership, eight days in a calendar month. Although this can be discussed with your line manager to balance yours and the business’ needs.
How to apply:
Please provide detailed information in your application outlining your suitability for the post and ensure it is submitted by the closing date.
Closing Date: 19th June 2022
Interview/Assessment Date: TBC
Please note that if sufficient high quality applications are received, applications for this role may close before the date specified.
We are committed to developing an organisation that is representative of the diverse communities that we serve and welcome applications from all sections of the community.
The following groups are currently underrepresented: young people, Black, Asian and ethnic minority groups and women at senior levels.
We are a Disability Confident Employer and offer a guaranteed interview scheme for applicants who meet the essential job role criteria. We will make reasonable adjustments, in line with the Equality Act, for disabled applicants if these are needed. Wherever possible we will offer flexible working options which assist work-life balance and support service delivery for the customer.
The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) is Midlands Connect’s Accountable Body, and is the legal entity nominated to act on behalf of the MC partnership as the employing body for MC staff. The ‘apply now’ link will therefore take you to the WMCA Vacancies page. All applications must be submitted through this route.