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Title Principal Transport Modeller
Ref HE/3582
Directorate Strategy & Planning
Preferred Location Bedford, Birmingham, Bristol, Exeter, Guildford, Leeds, and Manchester
Salary £47,304 - £54,400
Number of Positions 1
Working Pattern Full Time
Closing Date 05 Apr 2017

About Us

Highways England is the new government owned company responsible for driving forward our motorways and major A roads. This includes; modernising and maintaining the highways, running the network and keeping traffic moving. Over recent years, investment in our highways has increased. This has led to advances in technology, such as smart motorways; enabling traffic to flow better. However, even more is yet to be done.

Certainty of funding and greater flexibility will enable us to become a better business. In our first 5 years alone, we’ll invest £11 billion in motorways and A roads – boosting capacity, tackling congestion and improving safety. At the same time, we’ll improve how we work. That means we will be able to; plan roadworks better to minimise disruption; clear incidents more quickly; and save more than £1 billion by working more efficiently.

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Job Description

Highways England is currently recruiting for a Principle Transport Modeller to be based in Bedford, Birmingham, Bristol, Exeter, Guildford, Leeds, or Manchester.

Strategy and Planning is the single focal point within Highways England, responsible for providing the corporate strategic planning function for the organisation. It fulfils this role by directly leading on key corporate initiatives, such as the long-term ambition for our Strategic Road Network (SRN), the production and review of the 5-year Strategic Business and Delivery Plans, and developing our national plans covering route strategies, investment and economic growth. To successfully deliver this function, fostering collaboration right across the business and commissioning other parts of the Company in specialist areas to deliver this function is an important pre-requisite to fulfilling this role.

The Chief Analyst has matrix management responsibility across the company to ensure that timely, fit for purpose and relevant analysis is produced to improve decision making.  The Performance Analysis and Modelling Group is within the Chief Analyst Division

Main Purpose of JOB

The Principal Transport Modeller will help lead a team of transport modellers in the development and maintenance of the company’s transport modelling platform to enable the robust forecasting of changes in traffic flows to appraisals and infrastructure investments and provide transport modelling advice to support Highways England’s delivery plans.

Key responsibilities:

• Technical leadership
Providing technical insight combined with standard project management approach to oversee the design and delivery of relevant and proportionate research, modelling and analysis that support Highways England’s objectives and are in line with Highways England’s analytical assurance process. Ensure that analysis is communicated in a clear and objective way, highlighting relevant risks and opportunities.

Be able to anticipate economic, social, political, environmental and technological developments to keep activity relevant and targeted.

Be able to make difficult decisions by pragmatically weighing the complexities involved against the need to act.

• Capture requirements for the transport modelling platform
The job holder will identify and maintain regular contact with potential users of the modelling platform within Highways England, capturing and maintaining their analytical requirements and working with the Chief Analyst’s Division and across wider Highways England to ensure design and developments are relevant and proportionate to support delivery of highways England’s delivery objectives.

• Maintenance of the transport modelling platform
The job holder will help lead the maintenance and development of the modelling platform to meet the requirements identified. This will include keeping it up-to-date for use including reflecting changes in underlying assumptions such as planning data, infrastructure and guidance from the Department for Transport.

• Integration of Models
The job holder will be responsible for the integration of the transport modelling platform with other transport models available to Highways England and will be responsible for extending integration to include any wider model suites, covering environmental or other modelling.

• Line Management
The job holder will help lead the Regional Transport Modelling team and be responsible for the performance management of individual team members in line with the procedures set out by the human resources team.

Where contractors/ supplier are used the role holder will also be responsible for assuring the quality of their work by following the principals of the Analytical Assurance Framework.

• Transport Modelling Solutions
The job holder will be responsible for providing the appropriate level of support to those using the modelling platform.

• Transport Modelling Advice and Company Capability
As one of the focal points for transport modelling knowledge and experience, the job holder will be responsible for the provision of transport modelling advice to all areas of the business, directly supporting the Performance Analysis and Modelling group business partners in the provision of specialist aspects of transport modelling, and other decision making.

• Collaborative working
Establish and lead analytical working groups in outcome areas such as safety, environment and economic growth.  Work collaboratively with Operational Research Analysts, Transport Planners and Economists within the Chief Analyst Division and other analysts within wider business such as Regional Intelligence Units, analytical working groups and stakeholders to improve business delivery. Liaise and consult with technical experts and manage external consultants on analytical projects on behalf of Highways England.

• Understand the key requirements of the Highways England licence.
• Have the in depth level of technical knowledge and experience characterised by a Masters level degree in a numerate subject.
• Have an in-depth technical knowledge and wide experience of transport models, including the form and function of highway, public transport and variable demand elements.
• Understand the statistical properties of the data sets underlying transport models and know how to use and manipulate these.
• Understand the extent to which transport models provide the data sets that influence the identification of problems experienced by the strategic road network and likely solutions.
• Understand and have experience of the inputs to transport models, including traffic count data, traffic signals, network data etc.
• Understand and have experience of the use of the outputs of transport models, such as by subsequent AQ and noise models, and be able to advise on the strengths and weaknesses of such outputs.
• Understand how and where transport models should be used in the development of evidence bases.
• A clear understanding of analytical assurance processes been able to apply the Company’s Analytical Assurance Framework
• Experience of undertaking technically innovative work in the development of traffic models
• Knowledge of and extensive experience of using SATURN modelling software.

All applications must be accompanied with a current CV which will be used to assess your suitability for the role. Please ensure all the skills, experience and qualifications requested are clearly demonstrated in your CV as explained in the body of the advert.

Please note that Highways England reserve the right to close the advert before the advertised closing date should a sufficient response have been received.  Therefore, please complete your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment



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