Recruiting Now - Senior Transport Modeller
The Department for Transport (DfT) is the government body responsible for us all being able to get to wherever we want to be in the safest, quickest, cheapest and most environmentally friendly way possible. The department also now has a crucial part to play in how the UK shapes itself and all of our travel behaviour coming through the other side of the global pandemic.
Pandemics, massive behavioural change, climate emergency, public transport, future mobility, AV / CAV / EVs, active travel, new modelling methods.
All of the above are major topics within the transport industry at the moment, and all of consideration with regards to any economic stimulus that the government will be looking at as we try and kickstart the UK’s economy post Covid-19.
As a transport modeller, you are interested in all of these things. You career so far has focussed on one or more of these areas and most likely all of them to some extent, and if there was ever a time to get involved right at the coalface in shaping the policy around all of these areas, it is now.
The Department is a fantastic place to work. National transport policy and strategy starts here. You will be instrumental in the models they own and manage such as the National Transport Model or the National Trip End Model. Furthermore, you will be shaping the Department’s Transport Analysis Guidance (TAG), including managing research projects to improve the standard of modelling and appraisal. The economics of infrastructure and transport hinge upon your input. These roles or are roles of responsibility.
It would be wrong to suggest this a modelling opportunity like any other. This is working with stakeholders across the public and private sector. Working at senior levels of government, public transport authorities and the private sector. I am not necessarily wanting to discuss these roles with technical model developers (although this background would clearly be an advantage). More so I want people who can communicate what these models mean for major investment decisions to those stakeholders. There will be a high level of assurance over models that others have developed as well. The role is as critical as it is interesting, if you are interested in these things, and if you are still reading then you are.
Key Responsibilities include:
Overseeing and undertaking research work to deliver enhancements to the modelling methods recommended in the Department’s Transport Analysis Guidance (TAG), supporting scheme appraisal
Undertaking bespoke analysis to support the enhancement of modelling methods and wider DfT needs
Advising on specific modelling issues both to DfT customers and the external transport modelling profession
Commissioning modelling from external consultants, project managing their work and assuring outputs
Providing analytical assurance and modelling review, as well as value for money advice for significant investment decisions
Providing analysis and research to support the development and use of the Department’s strategic models including the National Trip End Model (NTEM).
Working with external stakeholders to develop appropriate analysis for business case development and provide advice to decision makers on quality of submissions
The roles requires the ability to deliver progress on long term model development activities. Some of the posts include managing contracts with external suppliers, giving technical direction when needed and ensuring solutions are pragmatic, meet requirements and are delivered to timescale.
I am willing to speak to anyone who is eligible to work in the UK, but will also consider exceptional candidates from outside of the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland (subject to UK visa restrictions).
I am looking for three senior transport modellers with excellent project management skills to work in both the Local and Regional Transport Analysis team (LRTA) and the Transport and Appraisal Strategic Modelling team (TASM). Whilst the roles are slightly different, I am keen to speak to all modellers who wish to make a difference. We can work out where your skills best fit, and can provide more detail around the structure and opportunities.
All 3 roles are at Senior Transport Modeller level and all are permanent opportunities with significant benefits and flexibility. The DfT can consider people with high levels of flexibility around location and on both a full time basis or part time / job share. With regards to location, we can consider anyone around the UK but travel to London one or two days a week would be expected (when we can travel…).
Anyone interested in the above and being a part of the next stage of the UK’s transport future should apply through this advert or give me a call to discuss in a lot more detail. I can also be accessed through Linked In.
We are working closely with the DfT on these important roles and can go through any questions you may have.