Intelligent Transport Systems Engineer - Flexible Working Available

London (Greater)
£42,003 - £46,205
18 Sep 2020
04 Oct 2020
Contract Type


We recognise the challenges that people with (multiple) protected characteristics may experience on the job market and in their career progression. We are fully committed to being an inclusive employer and ensuring equal opportunities. We are keen to make our workforce as diverse as possible, and we hope to attract applications from underrepresented groups, including Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people, people with a disability, and people with gender diverse identities

Have you got experience in designing, implementing and operating complex traffic management systems?

Do you have a minimum HNC in Civil Engineering or equivalent?

Are you capable of discussing complex engineering solutions clearly to high-level stakeholders?

If so, we would love to hear from you!

Job description

The Department for Transport are seeking an expert in traffic management systems (Intelligent Transport Systems) and traffic data to join their small but busy Smarter Traffic Management Team. You will provide the ITS technical and policy lead function within the Department.

We are on the brink of a revolution for the future of transport, with ground-breaking technologies and new data opportunities creating significant opportunities for cleaner, cheaper, safer and more reliable roads-based journeys. The Traffic & Technology Division is at the heart of this transport revolution – promoting innovation in engineering and piloting new technologies to better manage the road network.

The team supports the development of digitally connected vehicles, infrastructure and sensors to provide a variety of data enabled services and applications that improve traffic management and contributes to the “Future of Transport” agenda. The team’s role continues to grow as connected devices, vehicles and infrastructure become increasingly commonplace and data related services proliferate.

The post involves significant stakeholder engagement with local authorities and the software and systems engineering support sector to develop a “community” with shared experience and a shared vision of the future. This means we are looking for someone who is technically sound and also has good communication skills.

The post-holder will also be responsible for developing significant innovation projects from inception to deployment, including evaluation and monitoring.


The role responsibilities include:

1) Provide expert ITS advice to Ministers, policy teams and stakeholders on traffic innovation and matters relating to the Future of Transport agenda
2) Manage and develop the Transport Technology Forum (TTF). The TTF is a key stakeholder forum for promoting roads-based innovation. The TTF has responsibility for a research programme and promotes its own conference, forums and specialist technical groups
3) Contribute towards the development and delivery of a national connected vehicle strategy and provide technical leadership for the roll-out of these technologies
4) Develop a business case for traffic signal maintenance, optimisation and innovation and the potential delivery of a significant investment programme
5) Promote a standards framework for procuring and delivering ITS services and data
6) Project manage and/or provide technical oversight of a wide-range of ITS and traffic data-related research projects and deployment.

About you

To be successful in this role you must hold a minimum of HNC in Civil Engineering, or other Science and Engineering equivalent and relevant qualification.

We are looking for someone who has exceptional communication skills and can express themselves in a confident and professional manner with both internal and external stakeholders.

You can build rapport quickly with both internal and external stakeholders which enables you to build solid working relationships, and your relationship building skills will enable you to influence and challenge at all levels including senior stakeholders from both public and private sector.

We require someone who has significant experience of designing, implementing and operating complex traffic management systems. You will be able to provide effective technical leadership to the design and deployment of connected and digital road transport infrastructure to enable strategy development and engagement with the industry.

You will have excellent analytical and problem-solving skills, and the ability to quickly develop recommendations based on quantitative and qualitative evidence. You will be confident in working with data, from gathering and analysis, through to design and presentation.

About us

Our mission at the Department for Transport is ‘connecting people and places’. Everything we do to achieve this is reinforced by our values:

Confidence: to challenge, to take action, to innovate
Excellence: in our professionalism, in our delivery, in our learning
Teamwork: we are inclusive, we collaborate, we support each other

These values define the kind of organisation we want to be – delivering for today whilst being ambitious for tomorrow.

We embrace diversity and celebrate our differences. Everyone is involved in making DfT an inclusive and great place to work. We actively promote a flexible approach to working whilst giving our staff opportunities to maximise their skills and achieve their full potential.

We are different people, one team.

Find out more about what it's like working at the Department for Transport.


You must hold a minimum of HNC in Civil Engineering, or other Science and Engineering equivalent and relevant qualification.


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Managing a Quality Service
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Seeing the Big Picture


Being part of our brilliant Civil Service means you will have access to a wide range of fantastic benefits. We offer generous annual leave, attractive pension options, flexible working, inclusive working environments and much more to support a healthy work/life balance.

Things you need to know Security

Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.

People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours and Experience.

We are closely monitoring the situation regarding the coronavirus, and will be following central Government advice as it is issued. There is therefore a risk that recruitment to this post may be subject to change at short notice. In addition, where appropriate, you may be invited to attend a video interview.

Please continue to follow the application process as normal and ensure that you check your emails regularly as all updates from us will be sent to you this way.

Selection Process

As part of the application process you will be required to provide a CV outlining your career history and qualifications.

You will also be required to provide a Statement of Suitability. For this, you must provide detailed evidence of how you possess the required experience as outlined in the person specification in the attached role profile.

The sift is due to take place week commencing 05/10/2020.

Interviews/assessments are likely to be held week commencing 19/10/2020.

This interview could be conducted via a video interview, details of which will be provided to you should you be selected for interview.

We will try to meet the dates set out in the advert. There may be occasions when these dates will change. You will be provided with sufficient notice of the confirmed dates.

The selection process will be designed specifically for the role. As a result, your assessment could include:

•             an interview and a presentation

The Department for Transport alongside other Government Departments recruit using Success Profiles. This means for each role we consider what you will need to demonstrate in order to be successful. This gives us the best possible chance of finding the right person for the job, drives up performance and improves diversity and inclusivity.

For further information on Success Profiles please click here

Your interview may consist of a range of question types. These may include questions about:

• what energises and motivates you
• how you would manage situations relevant to the role
• your previous experience
• your professional skills and knowledge

You’re encouraged to become familiar with the role profile, as you may be assessed against any of the criteria recorded within.

Reasonable adjustment
If a person with disabilities is put at a substantial disadvantage compared to a non-disabled person, we have a duty to make reasonable changes to our processes.

If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should:

Contact Government Recruitment Service via as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs.

Complete the “Assistance required” section in the “Additional requirements” page of your application form to tell us what changes or help you might need further on in the recruitment process. For instance, you may need wheelchair access at interview, or if you’re deaf, a Language Service Professional.

Further Information

We have adopted anonymised recruitment. This means that your name, date of birth and other personal details will not be seen by the sift panel.

We may hold a reserve list for up to twelve months. During this time, if a similar role is identified and you have been placed on the reserve list you may be considered for the post. Within the reserve list period, your application form and selection information may be shared across the department and its agencies.

If successful and transferring from another Government Department a criminal record check may be carried out.

In order to process applications without delay, we will be sending a Criminal Record Check to Disclosure and Barring Service on your behalf. However, we recognise in exceptional circumstance some candidates will want to send their completed forms direct. If you will be doing this, please advise Government Recruitment Service of your intention by emailing stating the job reference number in the subject heading.

Applicants who are successful at interview will be, as part of pre-employment screening subject to a check on the Internal Fraud Database (IFD). This check will provide information about employees who have been dismissed for fraud or dishonesty offences. This check also applies to employees who resign or otherwise leave before being dismissed for fraud or dishonesty had their employment continued. Any applicant’s details held on the IFD will be refused employment.

A candidate is not eligible to apply for a role within the Civil Service if the application is made within a 5 year period following a dismissal for carrying out internal fraud against government.

New entrants are expected to join on the minimum of the pay band.

Any move to the Department of transport will mean you will no longer be able to carry on claiming childcare vouchers.

You will however have access to the governments Tax Free Childcare scheme.

We welcome applications from every part of the community and we don’t discriminate against any gender identity. We’re especially interested to hear from underrepresented groups in the DfT such as gender diverse, BAME, LGBT+ and disabled candidates.

Please see attached candidate notes for further information about our recruitment process.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

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