England’s Economic Heartland

Region: England - South East
Location: Hybrid - Aylesbury and Working from Home
Category: Other
Closes: Sunday 3rd July 2022
Salary: £35-40K

Transport Strategy Project Officer

Job Description


England’s Economic Heartland (EEH) are looking for an enthusiastic, well organised and driven Project Officer to join a team responsible for delivering EEH’s work programme in order to deliver the region’s Transport Strategy. EEH are committed to planning a transport network that is truly integrated and responsive so that it can rise to the growing demands and future expectations.

England’s Economic Heartland (EEH) is the Sub-national Transport Body for the region that stretches from Swindon across to Cambridgeshire and from Northamptonshire down to Hertfordshire. As a strategic partnership of Local Authorities, EEH provides leadership on strategic transport, and wider strategic infrastructure.

It’s a great time to come join our team as we deliver the ambitious programme of work in support of the region’s Transport Strategy, published in February 2021.  EEH’s programme is about delivering a challenging agenda at pace: focusing on enabling growth, achieving net zero carbon and realising a step change in connectivity for the region’s residents, communities and businesses.

About the role

On 25th February 2021, England’s Economic Heartland submitted its final Transport Strategy (to 2050) to the Secretary of State for Transport.  The Transport Strategy sets a long term vision that will enable to the region to have a transport system that supports our growth aspirations while still responding and delivering a net zero carbon transport system by 2050, ideally by 2040.

As Project Officer, the role is responsible for supporting and managing projects within EEH’s work programme that are delivering the overarching Transport Strategy. The role will support delivery of projects that require close working with operators, local partners, planning authorities and other key delivery teams. The role is part of a team that is committed to planning a transport network that is truly integrated and responsive so that it can rise to the growing demands and future expectations. Additionally, the role will ensure decisions are backed up, by a regional evidence base that underpins the Strategy.  The role will therefore be responsible for supporting the on-going development of the regional evidence base and for ensuring that local partners have access to the regional evidence base.

As Transport Strategy Project Officer, you will need to:

  • To plan and organise work to ensure the delivery of projects within the EEH work programme for which you are responsible, accommodating changes in priorities.
  • To work with quantitative and qualitative evidence to develop and recommend solutions to key issues, presenting and preparing reports for internal or external use, as required. This is likely to include day to day management of the EEH evidence base – as such a commitment and enjoyment of working with data will be a key part of the role.
  • To research current issues, developments and good practice which impact on the work of EEH and our partner local transport authorities.
  • To monitor and report on project progress as required, providing performance and management information for service (including that of suppliers, contractors and delivery partners) as required. Identify issues for further review by budget holders and manager.
  • To support the preparation of tenders and contracts and assist with the preparation and submission of bids for short and long-term funding.
  • To work collaboratively with partner organisations, external organisations, and operators to ensure the transport strategy and its investment pipeline continues to reflect our regional priorities. Included in this maybe providing secretariat support to any relevant subgroups.
  • To contribute towards papers for information and decision for England’s Economic Heartland’s governance structure – at political and local level. To work collaboratively at the officer level across all of our partners to ensure the work of England’s Economic Heartland captures their expectations and ambitions.
  • To provide support to the Communications Manager.
  • To develop good working relationships and communicate effectively with partners and stakeholders.

A knowledge of the EEH region would be an advantage but not essential.

Our values and culture

The EEH Business Unit embraces the set of values that have been adopted by our Accountable Body (Buckinghamshire Council) and which represent what we are – Proud, Accountable, Collaborative and Trustworthy. By joining the EEH Business Unit, you can expect:

  • a fair and inclusive culture
  • the chance to really make a difference to those around you
  • health and well-being initiatives including an Employee Assistance Programme, Mental Health First Aiders and mindfulness workshops
  • ongoing support, and the opportunity to develop and progress in your career with us
  • opportunities to take part in fun activities such as fundraising and social events

As a member of the EEH Business Unit, you will have access to the benefits offered to employees of Buckinghamshire Council. We actively encourage a good work-life balance and promote flexible and agile working arrangements. You will have access to discounts on various Cafés, restaurants, shops and auto-enrolment onto the Buckinghamshire Council Pension Scheme. You will have access to a salary sacrifice personal car lease scheme and the opportunity to gain membership to Costco. You will also have access to discounted gym memberships, Travel discounts with Arriva and Chiltern Railways and much more.

How to Apply

Please apply via the Buckinghamshire Council website: https://jobs.buckinghamshire.gov.uk/job_detail/255359/


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