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Transport Planning Officer

West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA)
16 Summer Lane, Birmingham
£30,835 - £35,414
Closing date
6 May 2024

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We are looking for someone who has a keen interest in transport and project and stakeholder management, perhaps demonstrated by their education to date, work experience, or membership of a professional body, and who now wants to expand their knowledge within an award-winning organisation. If you are seeking a varied role where you will work on projects that impact the region, then this may be the role for you.
This is the perfect opportunity for someone who is looking for a role where they can develop their skills and progress. There is scope to make a real difference to the West Midlands community too, as Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) have secured an initial £1 Billion for transport projects via the first round of the City Region Sustainable Transport Settlement (CRSTS). The CRSTS programme will see transport improvements across the region; to cross-city bus routes, new rail services and stations, light rail and rapid transit, and active travel and micromobility.
As a Transport Planning Officer, you will work closely with the transport planning team, and others in our Policy, Strategy, and Innovation Directorate; with Policy on our long-term Local Transport Plan, with Data Insight Service and Human Intelligence colleagues on the information the team’s work relies on, and with Innovation and other Directorates responsible for project and service delivery too. This is a diverse role where you will work on business cases and monitoring and evaluation (M&E), for CRSTS and other projects, research, and policy support.
We are looking for someone who enjoys working at a fast pace and is detail-orientated, cooperative, and has high standards of quality and accuracy.  
What will you be doing?
  • Assist in forecasting, prioritisation, and economic appraisal of schemes and programmes 
  • Assist in Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) of schemes and programmes to add to an understanding of their outcomes and impacts.
  • Support with primary and secondary data collection, research and analysis 
  • Develop capability in demand modelling, accessibility modelling in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and economic analysis including wider benefits and regeneration impacts.
  • Contribute to transport planning inputs for related documents in the public domain, including funding bids, and proofs of evidence.
  • Assist in public and stakeholder consultation events and exercises for schemes and programmes.
  • Help maintain, operate, update, and develop the tools and models used in forecasting, prioritisation, and appraisal, principally PRISM, the Policy-Responsive Integrated Strategic Model of the West Midlands transport system.
  • Support the Transport Planning and Evaluation Manager in specifying, and reviewing, new and additional software and tools for transport planning work.
  • Work closely with corporate support functions, help prepare briefs for, and procure, transport planning consultants on work for schemes and programmes.
  • Assist with the supervision of transport planning consultants, and in checking and reviewing their work.
About you.
  • Awareness of transport modelling practices and government guidance on transport scheme appraisal, including M&E
  • Ability to use Microsoft Office tools and Microsoft Access
  • Good communication and inter-personal skills 
  • Good presentation skills
  • Good organisational skills
  • Good numerical, analytical and problem-solving skills
How to apply. On clicking ‘apply for this job’, you will first be prompted to create an account. You will have the opportunity to upload a CV, which will be used to auto-populate your profile. Please note, we do not see your CV once you have applied. Our shortlisting decisions are based on what you tell us in your profile - and so it is important to format your profile so that it really stands out. Make sure to include your employment history and include any essential education and qualifications. You will be asked to provide a supporting statement. If you already have one that you have prepared earlier, you can simply copy and paste this into the application form. 
Applicants will need to evidence that they have the legal right to work in the UK.  If we make an offer of employment, we will need to check that you are eligible to work in the UK before you start work. 
Salary and benefits.We advertise salary ranges for job roles, with new appointments typically starting at the lowest salary point. In exceptional cases, where higher skill levels or experience are applicable, the salary point may be adjusted to secure the best candidate. This approach allows for potential year-on-year salary increases, offering progression and appropriate rewards to employees.
We offer a comprehensive benefits package that includes a Local Government Pension Scheme, 28 days of paid annual leave, Cycle to Work Scheme, and discounted shopping with over 2,000 big-name retailers. For more details, please visit the benefits page on our careers site.
Hybrid working, location and working pattern.We believe hybrid working is the best way for our organisation to fulfil our commitment to a modern, agile workplace while continuing to provide a great service to our customers. Hybrid working means having flexibility between working in the office and at home on agreed days, where a role allows. This is agreed between an employee and their line manager, considering the business, team, and employee needs. 
The location for this role is 16 Summer Lane. It is expected that you can split your time between the office and working remotely, with a minimum of 2 days a week spent in the office. 
Creating an inclusive workplace.Our vision is to create a better connected, more prosperous, fairer, greener, and healthier region. We aim to achieve this vision by living our values, which include being a partnership organisation, valuing and respecting our people, fostering a can-do attitude, and encouraging innovation. We are dedicated to creating a diverse, inclusive, and authentic workplace that reflects the communities of the West Midlands region. WMCA holds diversity accreditations, such as "Leaders in Diversity," and has been recognised as one of the Inclusive Top 50 Employers and The Times Top 50 Employers for Women. We are also a Disability Confident Employer, committed to interviewing all applicants with disabilities who meet the essential role criteria. WMCA believes that building a team with varied backgrounds and experiences will benefit us as an employer and enhance our work.
We recognise that certain groups, such as women and people of colour, may be less likely to apply for roles if they feel they do not meet all the requirements. However, we encourage individuals who are passionate about the role and want to make a difference to still apply. We value potential and encourage applicants to highlight their skills, including transferable ones, even if they don't fit the traditional "perfect candidate" mould.We gladly consider part-time, flexible, and job share arrangements, so please don't let these factors deter you from applying. If your values align with ours and you are dedicated to working towards a future that we can all be proud of, we would love to hear from you.
Reasonable adjustments.If you have an accessibility need, disability, or condition that means you might require changes to the recruitment process, please get in touch with our Recruitment Team ( We are here to assist and accommodate your needs.Thank you for considering joining our team at WMCA. We look forward to receiving your application and the opportunity to work together towards our shared goals.

Attached documents
JD - Transport Planning Officer.pdf


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West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) was set up in 2016. We're made up of 18 local councils and 3 local enterprise partnerships (LEPs). Our goal is to make the West Midlands a happy, healthy, place to live. We do this by:

  • making it easier and safer to travel in and around the region
  • using derelict land to build homes
  • protecting our green spaces
  • making sure young people have the education and employment opportunities to make a great start in life
  • working together to support our communities and build a fairer, healthier and more inclusive West Midlands
  • tackling climate change 

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’re committed to creating an accessible and diverse workplace, one that nurtures an inclusive environment where our people can be themselves. 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. 

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.

Company info
0121 200 2787
16 Summer Lane
West Midlands
B19 3SD
United Kingdom

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