Cycling and Walking Development Officer

Location
16 Summer Lane
Salary
£34,142 - £38,796
Posted
27 Apr 2022
Closes
15 May 2022
Job Ref
WMCA00657
Contract Type
Fixed Term Contract
Working Pattern
Standard
Hours
Full-Time

If you have a passion to increase active travel across the West Midlands then this may be the role for you.

The West Midlands Combined Authority has ambition to shift the dial on active travel and this opportunity will allow you to bring these changes to life. You will be joining a growing team in Cycling and Walking Development, providing expertise and guidance to Transport for West Midlands and the West Midlands Combined Authority on numerous projects

Our stakeholders and partners will rely on your project management skills and experience to manage the development and delivery of projects within the Cycling and Walking Programme. You will be responsible for budgets, bringing projects through the assurance process and assessing designs and support bidding for funding.

We are looking for 2x Cycling and Walking Development Officers, on a Fixed Term Contract until October 2023.

What will you be doing?

  • Ensure that public transport projects and services include cycling and walking requirements such as Park & Ride, bus interchanges, Rail, HS2, Metro, Sprint and Swift
  • Manage and develop cycle infrastructure programmes with partners, including cycle routes, cycle hire and cycle parking facilities, acting as the day-to-day decision maker
  • Champion active travel behavioural change programmes
  • Manage a portfolio of infrastructure projects to increase active travel as part of the West Midlands Integrated Transport Network
  • Develop strong relationships and credibility with delivery partners such as HS2, Highways England, Midland Metro Alliance, Local Authorities, Local Enterprise Partnerships, the charity sector and other relevant bodies
  • Run and manage information-sharing opportunities such as expos, conferences and exhibitions
  • Ensure current knowledge is kept updated with continuous professional development, embracing new technologies and ways of working
  • Monitor progress on the delivery of the West Midlands Cycling Charter Action Plan across partners, producing regular update reports
  • Contribute to the development and preparation of external funding bids
  • Strategically guide the marketing, design and media teams to construct and deliver marketing plans for cycling and walking campaigns in the region

Cycling & walking play a key role in creating a sustainable transport network that meets the travel needs of local businesses and communities – connecting people to opportunities and improving choice, convenience, affordability and safety across the West Midlands for all citizens.

Our aim is to make the whole of the West Midlands better connected and more prosperous by creating attractive urban environments in city and town centres, along key transport corridors and within our suburbs, to position cycling and walking as the optimal travel choices for transport and for leisure. The West Midlands cycling and walking network will see significant investment over the next few years and will benefit from historic levels of funding, helping to create a place that is fit for the future, safe, green and connected. Our ambitious plans include improved infrastructure for cyclists and pedestrians, as well as delivering supporting activities such as training and campaigns.

 

 

About you

To be successful in this role you will need to have a real passion for active travel and want to help shape the future of the West Midlands. You will have a flair for building relationships and your communication and interpersonal skills will be second to none. 

Knowledge of policies and initiatives relating to cycling and walking and active travel is essential. Ideally you will have been involved in developing and implementing infrastructure solutions and you will need to be able to develop and draft documents, to a high standard. 

Due to the multiple projects you will be involved with you need to be able to remain calm under pressure, use your own initiative and be able to effectively prioritise your work.

Strong analytical skills, report writing, project management experience and an understanding of excel charts are also essential for this role. 

Knowledge of current cycle design guidance and practice would be advantageous.

About us

Our role in the West Midlands has never been more important and in these extraordinary times we’ve shown we can step forward, speak up for our region and bring people together. Everything we do is focused on making life better for people in the West Midlands – that’s our reason for being here and it drives every move we make. We lead and support others to deliver our shared future vision for the region – a happier, healthier, better connected place to live and work.

We fully believe that we are only as great as the people who work for us and are committed to providing a positive, healthy and inclusive working environment where our people feel valued and respected. We’re ambitious, forward thinking and determined to find better ways of working, always leading the way in what we do. We trust and support each other to get the job done, and encourage creativity, originality and curiosity from those who work with us.

We are a “Leaders in Diversity” accredited organisation, are in the Inclusive Top 50 Employers List and are one of The Times Top 50 Employers for Women. As a Disability Confident Employer, we have made a positive commitment to interviewing all applicants with a disability who meet the essential role criteria. We are committed to building a team of people with varied backgrounds and experiences as we recognise that this will only benefit us as an employer, the more inclusive we are the better our work will be, and welcome applications from young people, Black, Asian and ethnic minority groups and women at senior levels.

We’re dedicated to providing a broad range of rewards and benefits and constantly benchmark our benefits packages to ensure they are attractive for all our people. As well as a competitive salary, employees also receive 27 days annual leave (plus public holidays) and access to a great pension scheme.

Furthermore, wherever possible we will offer flexible working options which assist work-life balance. We are very happy to discuss a flexible working pattern that suits your needs, so please do not let that be a barrier to applying. If your values align with ours and you’re committed to working towards creating a future we can all be proud of, we want to hear from you.

About your application

The online Application Form you'll be asked to complete plays a key part in our recruitment and selection process. We use the information you provide to decide whether to invite you for an interview. It is important that you complete the Application Form as fully and accurately as possible. You will be asked to upload a Supporting Statement (not a CV) and this should include specific examples which demonstrate how you meet the essential criteria for the role for which you are applying. 

If you would like to discuss alternative methods to the online application as a reasonable adjustment please contact the Resourcing Team by email (careers@wmca.org.uk).

Location

16 Summer Lane, Birmingham, B19 3SD. Hybrid working conditions are currently in place which means working remotely and coming to the office when required.

Supporting documents
Role Profile - Cycling and Walking Development Officer.pdf

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