Transport Data Researcher

16 Summer Lane
29 Jul 2021
23 Aug 2021
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If you are the sort of person who is motivated by wanting to shape a better world, and you want to influence how that happens in the West Midlands as we lead the way for the UK, then we want to hear from you. We are looking for a Transport Data Researcher to join our highly successful Data Insights team. You will help us deliver intelligence about our transport system that can support better outcomes for the people, businesses and fantastic place that is the West Midlands.

We are at the epi-centre of much of the UK’s research and are piloting new mobility services and data driven systems. We have a globally unique and massive programme of innovation and data science. This is driving a revolution in our transport system and enabling the delivery of an unprecedented scale of infrastructure investment. We deliver insight and analytics built on real-time data and we get recognised for our industry leading work.

As our Transport Data Researcher you will assist in the development and delivery of projects and services to the Data Insights team. You will undertake research, monitoring and evaluation of transport strategy and scheme development activity by sourcing relevant data and information and presenting this in reports, data analysis and presentations. Qualitative and quantitative techniques and learning will be applied help ensure that policies and activities are evidenced based and contribute to wider economic, housing, regeneration, education, health and environmental agendas.

What will you be doing?

  • Identify and obtain data sets that will inform strategy and policy development and transport scheme monitoring
  • Assist in the development and maintenance of a central intelligence hub, working in collaboration with partners and stakeholders
  • Work in partnership with stakeholders and partner Local Authorities to develop and deliver transport projects and strategies
  • Undertake research and analysis that supports the wider activity of the Policy and Strategy Department

About you

We’re looking for someone with bags of experience collecting and validating intelligence, and assessing the credibility of information and reliability of sources. Our ideal candidate will have:

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills to collaborate with internal and external partners in a diplomatic and professional manner
  • Excellent   verbal, presentational and report writing skills and comfortable communicating with a wide range of audiences
  • Proven record in operating and developing PC based analysis and graphics software
  • Evidence of working as a member of a team to ensure shared goals are achieved
  • Ability to prioritise own workload effectively, prioritising and working to tight deadlines
  • Knowledge of latest data analytical and presentation tools such as Tableau, Mapinfo, QGIS would be desirable
  • Experience and knowledge of transport would be advantageous

About the team

With billions of pounds worth of investment being put into the West Midlands transport system, and with projects being delivered across the region from key partners such as High Speed Two, Highways England, local authorities, Network Rail and Transport for West Midlands, keeping residents and businesses moving has never been more important.

Our Data Insights Team sits within the Policy, Strategy & Innovation arm of Transport for West Midlands and provides transport data services across West Midlands Combined Authority and our partners. We help to collect, manage, report, analyse and visualise data. We also carry out research projects and publish our findings. We give access to data on things like traffic and public transport passenger counts, road traffic collisions and congestion, and planning. We help people to understand how changes to the region might affect transport. We are responsible for the PRISM transport model, ensuring it works across the region.

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 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.

Our employees feel they can make a difference and are excited by the growth and the potential to shape the future. As we undergo a period of significant change, our employees are engaging with what is going on and we are encouraging a culture where people feel they can contribute towards improvements.

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.

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.

Additional information

We are designing our organisation of the future and planning a new, flexible approach to the way we use our office space.  This approach will mean most of us working from home some of the time and using our office space to come together to share ideas and learn from each other. We will continue to use digital technology for meetings, collaboration and communications - bringing teams together virtually wherever they’re working, saving time and spending on travel.

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.

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 bank holidays) and access to a great pension scheme.

Supporting documents
Role Profile - Transport Data Researcher.pdf

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