Head of Local Transport Modelling - Flexible Working Available

London (Central), London (Greater)
24 Feb 2020
05 Apr 2020
Public Sector
Full Time
Contract Type



About the job

Do you have experience in using complex models to solve analytical problems?

Have you previously worked in transport modelling and would you welcome the challenge of leading a team to best inform investment decisions?

Could you apply your project management skills to identify modelling needs, shape a proportionate solution and drive it through to delivery?

If so, we’d love to hear from you! The Department for Transport is recruiting for a new Head of the Local Transport Modelling team. We are looking for candidates with proven expertise in using multi-modal transport models to solve analytical problems and the ability to communicate analysis effectively to inform decision-making. Job description

The post provides an excellent opportunity to work in a high-profile policy area with Ministerial exposure. It is a demanding post and involves close working with policy colleagues to progress and shape transport policy. The post is particularly suited to ambitious analysts with a strong motivation to succeed, and able to work across boundaries to deliver results.

Working as part of a wider team, you’ll get the opportunity to work on leading-edge, multi-criteria models and influence the day-to-day lives of UK citizens.

The Local and Regional Transport Analysis (LRTA) team is a fast-paced multi-disciplinary analytical team that works closely with policy teams and covers high political priority areas including:

• Economic rebalancing, improving intra-regional connectivity and boosting economic growth in the left behind regions of the UK.
• Tackling the housing crisis and supporting the ambition to build 3 million new homes over the decade through improved infrastructure.
• Tackling congestion and driving economic growth through investment in the major road network.

Transport modellers in LRTA work in a project based environment, supporting policy teams, and delivering high impact advice to support decisions at the highest level. The post in this team offer the opportunity to use your analysis expertise to help design government policy. This is an exciting time to be joining the LRTA team, with local transport and rebalancing the economy a key priority under the new government.

Specialist features of the role

Please note that it is highly likely that similar roles at this grade will become available in the near future. 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.


Some of the responsibilities include:

• Scrutinising major transport schemes to ensure that individual schemes continue to offer value for money.
• Working with external stakeholders to develop business cases and provide advice to decision makers on quality of submissions.
• Working closely with policy colleagues and Sub-National Transport Bodies to promote the use of robust evidence in prioritising investment.
• Supporting the Bus Economics branch of LRTA to the development of bus appraisal guidance.

About You

This exciting role requires an individual with experience of undertaking multi-modal strategic modelling and managing projects effectively. You will work with a wide range of stakeholders and offer clear technical advice on the best route forwards to deliver the most effective schemes.

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.

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


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

  • Leadership
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Working Together

Technical skills

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

  • Transport Modeller & Planning Skills Framework


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.

Selection process details

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

The sift is due to take place from 6th April.

Interviews/assessments are likely to be held from 27th April.

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
• an interview with one or more exercises
• a full day of activities including interactive, written and timed 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.

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

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.

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 Pre-Employment.Checks@cabinetoffice.gov.uk stating the job reference number in the subject heading.

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 dftrecruitment.grs@cabinetoffice.gov.uk 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 equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Apply and further information Contact point for applicants Job contact : Name :   Kirstie Burgin Email :   kirstie.burgin@dft.gov.uk   Recruitment team : Email :   dftrecruitment.grs@cabinetoffice.gov.uk Further information

If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment Principles and you wish to make a complaint, in the first instance, you should contact Government Recruitment Services via email: dftrecruitment.grs@cabinetoffice.gov.uk If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from the Department, you can contact the Civil Service Commission: Click here (https://civilservicecommission.independent.gov.uk/) to visit Civil Service Commission

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