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Head of Delivery - Active Travel

West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA)
16 Summer Lane, Birmingham
£71,855 - £77,030
Closing date
31 Jul 2024

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Highways / Transport / Traffic
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If you are a technical expert in both sustainable transport and programme management, boasting a significant track record in successfully delivering major sustainable transport initiatives, then we want to hear from you. 
We have a brand-new opportunity for a Head of Delivery who will be responsible for leading and managing the delivery of a £60 million active travel programme. This is a critical role for the organisation, as we embark on an exciting journey of transformation, establishing a multi-model delivery directorate and fortifying our programme and project management functions within an expanding transport delivery portfolio.
Operating at a senior level, you'll engage in close collaboration with the Mayor’s Walking and Cycling Commissioner, all local authorities, stakeholders and funders. Your responsibilities will encompass assurance and governance of business cases, establishing and chairing design panel reviews, and leading a team of subject matter experts to provide high-quality technical input for scheme development activities.Investment in active travel forms a major part of Transport for West Midlands £2.2Bn capital transport investment programme and you would be financially accountable for an estimated annual spend of c. £20 million.
We need an effective influencer, who has exemplary active travel experience and is a strong leader and stakeholder manager. This is a great opportunity for someone who wants to join a growing team and be part of establishing Transport for West Midlands as a best-in-class delivery organisation.
What you will be doing. 
  • Lead a multi-disciplinary team of staff and consultants overseeing the West Midlands Combined Authority’s (WMCA) Active Travel Programme.
  • Lead technical assurance and governance in the business case process.
  • Establish, build and maintain collaborative strategic relationships with WMCA colleagues, relevant local authorities, funding bodies and other stakeholders.
  • Manage and direct the activities and performance of consultants, professional services suppliers and contractors.
  • Prepare and deliver reports for senior management, elected members, WMCA committees, programme boards and Local Cabinet.
  • Manage budgets and ensure that financial administration, monitoring and reporting is of the highest standard.
  • Provide support and advice to the Mayor’s Cycling & Walking Commissioner for the promotion of active travel.
  • Establish and lead design panels of Active Travel Fund and CRSTS active travel projects.

What’s essential.
  • Recent experience of developing, delivering and project managing large scale, technically complex engineering programmes with a sound understanding of standards related to active travel, including LTN 1/20 standards.
  • Track record in establishing, building and maintaining collaborative strategic relationships and governance including local authorities, funding bodies and other stakeholders as appropriate to deliver projects and programme.
  • Knowledge and experience in convening, facilitating and chairing design reviews
  • A strong understanding and experience of managing projects in a cross-partner environment, preferably within a public sector context.
  • Senior line management experience
  • Extensive experience of commissioning technical services through the procurement and management of the supply chain.
  • Experience of working with local highways and planning authorities, Active Travel England emergency services, and other relevant stakeholders.
  • Demonstrable experience in managing key stakeholders both internally and externally.
  • A strong understanding and experience of managing projects in a cross-partner environment. 
  • Excellent negotiation and influencing skills.
  • Excellent project and stakeholder management skills.
  • An appropriate degree level qualification or appropriate alternative. e.g. Civil Engineering, Highways or Building.
How to apply. On clicking ‘apply for this job’, you will be prompted to register for an account, which you can do using your name and email address. You will have the opportunity to upload a CV when registering. Uploading your CV will auto-populate the employment and education sections of your profile. Please note, we do not see your CV once you have submitted your application. Our shortlisting decisions are based on what you tell us in your profile - and so it is important to check the information is correct and format your profile so that it really stands out. You will be asked to provide a supporting statement which should fully outline your suitability for the role, highlighting how your skills and experience match the essential job criteria. If you already have one that you have prepared earlier, you can simply copy and paste this into the application form. For more information on how to apply, please visit the FAQ page on our career site.
Reasonable adjustments.If you have an accessibility need, disability, or condition that means you might require changes to the application or recruitment process (for example, you might need to submit your application in a different format), please get in touch with our Recruitment Team ( We are here to assist and accommodate your needs.
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. Requests for salaries above the maximum advertised range will not be considered. We offer a comprehensive benefits package that includes a Local Government Pension Scheme (one of the most generous pension schemes in the UK), 28 days paid annual leave (plus an option to purchase more!), ethical saving options and healthcare plans, paid volunteering days, free financing for the latest technology, discounted shopping with over 2,000 big-name retailers, and more. For more information, please visit the benefits page on our career site.
Hybrid working and location. 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. 
The location for this role is 16 Summer Lane, with regular site visits required. It is expected that you can split your time between the office and working remotely, with at least 3 days a week spent in the office. Please note, this is the minimum expectation. 
Creating an inclusive workplace.We are dedicated to creating a diverse, inclusive, and authentic workplace that reflects the communities of the West Midlands region. We believe that building a team with varied backgrounds and experiences will benefit us as an employer and enhance our work.
WMCA holds diversity accreditations, such as the RACE Code Quality Mark, Armed Forces Covenant (Gold status) and has been recognised as one of the Inclusive Top 50 Employers and The Times Top 50 Employers for Women. We’re a Disability Confident Employer with ‘Leader’ status, committed to interviewing applicants with disabilities who meet all the essential role criteria. 
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.
Right to Work in the UKApplicants will need to evidence that they have the legal right to work in the UK, in accordance with UK Home Office requirements, before any employment offer can be confirmed. 
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 - Head of Delivery - Active Travel.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.

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

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