Senior Transport Modeller - Flexible Working Available

London (Central), London (Greater)
13 Sep 2019
07 Oct 2019
Full Time
Contract Type


City of Westminster, London, SW1P 4DR

About the job 

Do you have experience of transport modelling? Are you passionate about and enjoy building relationships with stakeholders?

The Department for Transport is currently working on some of the largest infrastructure and most complex projects the country has ever seen.

We are currently looking to recruit a Senior Transport Modeller into the Aviation and Maritime Analysis unit to join us at an exciting time for DfT.

This role provides a great opportunity to apply transport modelling expertise to complex, multi-modal and ground-breaking modelling challenges, providing expert advice on modelling approaches taken to support the appraisal of strategic schemes across DfT’s investment portfolio.

You will have the opportunity to use your expertise to ensure that decisions on future transport investments are supported by the best possible evidence.

The Department is committed to professional and wider development of its staff and you will be encouraged to take advantage of the great range of development opportunities available to analysts in the Department.

This is a varied role in a high profile organisation, so alongside practical experience of working with transport models, you will need to have great communication skills and the ability to understand how your work fits into the bigger picture.

Job description

Modellers in the Department for Transport are part of a wider multidisciplinary community of analysts (economists, modellers, social researchers, statisticians, operational researchers, scientists and engineers). DfT has a very strong reputation for analysis and use of evidence in policy making.

Transport Modellers have a vital role in policy making and investment decisions within the department and they provide a key and unique component of the Departmental Analytical Toolkit. We are currently recruiting two positions within the Aviation Appraisal and Modelling team. On a day to day basis your duties will include –

• Maintaining and developing transport models and producing model runs and analysis to inform the development of departmental aviation policy.
• Assuring the evidence base by maintaining and developing the Department’s transport modelling and appraisal capabilities.
• Providing evidence on future trends in, and drivers of, national strategic transport outcomes.
• Responding to detailed queries and requests for information from the model from a variety of stakeholders.


We are looking for an enthusiastic transport modeller with excellent communication skills and an ability to see the bigger picture to join the modelling team within the evolving aviation team.

You will have proven experience of developing strategic models to solve complex problems, or good overall knowledge of transport modelling.

You will combine strong technical and analytical skills with the ability to effectively communicate with a range of technical and non-technical audiences and to take account of strategic concerns when formulating and delivering work plans.

About us

We are part of the Department for Transport (DfT). DfT is a great place to work, and our ‘one team’ approach really makes a difference. We value our staff and that’s why we’re committed to nurturing an inclusive environment across the Department.

You’ll be part of an innovative organisation that invests in all our people, ensuring we have the diverse skills to deliver transport that moves Britain ahead now and into the future.

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

DfT’s inclusion is recognition of our commitment to make the Department a great place to work through our culture of equality and inclusivity and the great strides we’ve made to raise the number of women in senior positions.


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

  • Working Together

Technical skills

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

  • Candidates will be assessed against the Government Transport Modeller Framework.


"Being part of our brilliant Civil Service means you will have access to a wide range of fantastic benefits.

This includes:
- a generous annual leave entitlement,
- attractive pension options,
- flexible working,
- good career development opportunities,
- a variety of career paths,
- inclusive working environments and much more to support a healthy work/life balance."

Things you need to know 

Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.

Selection process details

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

In order to apply, candidates are asked to provide a CV & Personal Statement. Please tailor your personal statement to demonstrate your analytical experience in developing models to solve complex problems and/or your experience of communicating complex data and ideas to a range of technical and non-technical stakeholders.

The sift is due to take place 15th and 16th October 2019

Interviews/assessments are likely to be held w/c 21st October 2019 and w/c 28th October 2019.

Interview location to be confirmed.

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 with one or more exercises

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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 equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

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