Principal Transport Modeller - Flexible Working Available

London (Central), London (Greater)
£53,044 - £58,369
06 Jan 2020
24 Jan 2020
Full Time
Contract Type


City of Westminster, London, SW1P 4DR

About the job

Do you have experience in collaboration projects using complex models to solve analytical problems? Have you previously worked in transport modelling and would you welcome the challenge of working in a principal transport modeller role that will support Local Authorities across the country in developing their transport models?

Could you apply your project management skills to identify modelling needs, shape a proportionate solution and drive it through to delivery, either yourself or by managing stakeholders?

If so, we’d love to hear from you.

Job description

JAQU is an innovative Defra-DfT cross departmental unit responsible for the delivery of the UK Plan for tackling roadside Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) concentrations, which sets out the actions Government is taking to deliver compliance with legal NO2 limits. JAQU’s work is a high priority area for Government, and is supported by £572m dedicated funding. This agenda is subject to significant levels of wider interest and scrutiny.


As a Grade 7 transport modeller, you will support Local Authorities across England in developing their transport models. These models are a key component of their local modelling and used to develop local plans for reducing NO2 concentrations to within limit values in the shortest possible time. You will also support and monitor the implementation of local plans including evaluating the impacts of policy interventions on travel and consequently air quality measures.

Moreover, you will be working on improving the transport models and evidence required for air quality modelling and policy development. You will be working alongside our other grade 7 transport modellers and report to the head of the evidence team.

About You

Do you have extensive transport modelling experience combined with a positive, forward thinking mind-set with a willingness to collaborate and share best practice?

Have you got an analytical mindset with a flair for analysing and solving problems?

These exciting roles require people who can deliver progress on long term model development activities working alongside a wide range of stakeholders.
You will be a self-starter who can build rapport quickly to collaborate with your colleagues and stakeholders, and apply strong project management skills to the delivery of pragmatic, timely solutions.

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.


First degree in Transport planning and modelling, Engineering, Economics, Physics or equivalent field.


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

  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Leadership
  • Working Together


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 Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.

Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is counter-terrorist check.

Selection process details

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

How to apply

Please tailor your CV and personal statement to describe your extensive experience in transport modelling including in variable demand modelling, traffic assignment and public transport modelling & your proficiency in data analysis including expertise in using spreadsheet and databases.

The sift is due to take place on 27/01/2020.

Interviews/assessments are likely to be held on 10/02/2020 and 11/02/2020.

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.

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

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.

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 reserve list will be held for a period of 12 months from which further appointments can be made.

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.

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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