Region: England - North West
Location: Manchester or Liverpool
Category: Transport modelling
Closes: Friday 31st May 2019
Salary: Unspecified

Principal Transport Modeller, Development, Manchester or Liverpool

Job Description

About the Role

As one of the world’s leading engineering, professional services and technical consultancy firms, at WSP, we’re passionate about the big questions. And big answers, naturally. For us that’s all about reaching beyond the expected to do work that’ll make a profound impact felt long into the future.

Regionally, we operate through our northern offices in Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow. We are seeking an enthusiastic Principal Transport Modeller to fill a key position within our established and highly experienced team in Manchester or Liverpool. This role will help us to deliver highway and public transport, scheme appraisal and development assessment projects for a range of local, regional and national clients and help support our public sector teams and capitalise on emerging market opportunities. The North West transport team offers clients a wide range of multi-disciplinary services including transport modelling and appraisal as well as development planning work, master planning, public transport studies, complemented by our other offices nationally.

The successful candidate will be working within a highly skilled transport modelling team, known for providing client-ready solutions based on technical competence and expertise. The team currently has a range of regional highway and public transport modelling projects, micro simulation modelling, scheme appraisal and development assessment work for a variety of clients, including local authorities, government bodies, LEPs and private developers. 

A typical week would include:

  • Manage and lead a range of strategic modelling projects working closely with senior members of the Strategic Modelling Business.
  • Project Management of projects and management of project teams.
  • Development and implementation of modelling and economic assessment methodologies where appropriate.
  • Assist senior colleagues to implement technical quality procedure across the team.
  • Deliver strategic modelling projects to programme and budget.
  • Strategic transport model development including, but not limited to; model building, calibration/validation, model testing and auditing, checking and analysis of model output.
  • Interpretation of data and information, including preparation of technical reports and proposals for clients.
  • Contribute to internal financial and commercial reporting
  • Attendance at internal and client team meetings.
  • Skills transfer to team members.
  • Direct reporting to external and internal clients
  • Contribute to our process of continuous improvement and knowledge sharing relating to transport modelling across our national transport business.

About You

We'd love to hear from you if you have:

  • Degree in relevant spatial or numerical subject, at Grade 2:1 or above;

The following skills are essential:

  • Ability to produce project reports, including technical documents;
  • Ability to communicate technical arguments to technical and non-technical clients, and present outputs from studies to range of audiences with an ability to explain transport modelling outputs to a non-technical audience
  • Expert knowledge of transport modelling theory and methods, data collection, analytical techniques and appraisal methods.
  • In-depth experience of developing transport models from first principles, including forecasting techniques.
  • Ability to devise study methodologies
  • Proven ability to build, calibrate and validate transport models with minimum supervision
  • Wide experience of strategic modelling highway and public transport software such as SATURN, VISSUM, Cube/Voyager, EMME2.
  • A clear and comprehensive understanding of UK Government transport planning policies and guidance, including WebTAG and DMRB.
  • Strong numerical and analytical skills and excellent working knowledge of MS Office tools
  • Proven ability to deliver client satisfaction and commercial success.

The following skills / qualifications are desirable:

  • Chartered Engineer / TPP status;
  • Post-graduate degree in Transportation Planning or other relevant subject with transport modelling modules or experience;
  • Experience in GIS techniques- ArcGIS
  • Experience with VISSIM, AIMSUM or Paramics
  • Experience of scheme appraisal
  • VBA, Python programming or similar and experience of programming bespoke analysis tools.
  • Full and clean driving license

If not already achieved, the candidate will be expected to work towards professional accreditation



WSP is one of the world's leading engineering professional services firms providing technical consultancy to the built and natural environment. We believe that for societies to thrive, we must all hold ourselves accountable for tomorrow. For us, that means creating innovative solutions to the challenges the future will bring to the communities and environments where we live and work across the UK.

We are locally dedicated and propelled by international brainpower. We are technical experts and strategic advisors, including engineers, technicians, scientists, architects, planners, surveyors and environmental specialists, as well as other design, programme and construction management professionals. Our experts design lasting solutions in the property & buildings, transportation & infrastructure, environment, industry, resources (including mining, and oil & gas) and power & energy sectors as well as project delivery and strategic consulting services. And safety and sustainability are embedded in everything that we do.

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What if we can?

What if we can have work-life balance? What if we can be rewarded in ways that support our individual needs? What if we can be accepted for who we are? Here at WSP – we can!

WSP recognizes that work is only one part of our lives and making time for the other things in our life is important – be that our families, our friends or ourselves. So, if working from home, working part-time or having flexible start and finish time will help with this let us know as part of your application.

As well as rewarding you with competitive pay, WSP offers standard benefits including a 37.5 hour working week, 25 days annual leave, pension schemes, life assurance, personal accident cover and paid professional subscriptions, and some not so standard benefits as part of our flexible benefits scheme – so if you would like to hop on a new bike (cycle to work scheme) or thrill the family with your Lego building skills (Discount at Legoland Windsor) – WSP can help!

Be you, be happy - we strive to have a friendly and inclusive culture which respects and maximizes the contribution individuals can bring to WSP. We recognise the benefits that people with varying backgrounds and experiences can bring. Our VIBE (LGBT + employee network) and WiL (Women in Leadership) networks work with the business to help ensure we continue to promote the right environment to enable LGBT+ and female employees to reach their full potential, and to ensure we continue to promote equality, inclusivity and diversity for everyone.

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