Contact: Madelon Armstrong
Region: England - Yorkshire and Humberside
Location: Leeds
Category: Transport modelling
Closes: Friday 31st January 2020
Salary: Unspecified

Senior or Principal Transport Modeller, Leeds

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.

A Senior Transport Modeller is required to augment an expanding Strategic Modelling Team serving clients across our northern region that is also supportive of initiatives nationally. to be based in our Leeds Office. The opportunity will help support existing workloads for a range of regional clients in South, West and North Yorkshire, the East Midlands and Tyne & Wear and support regional framework successes with TfGM, WYCA and NEPO.

The transport team in Leeds offers clients a wide range of multi-disciplinary and cross-sector services including but not limited to; strategic modelling and economic assessment, micro-simulation modelling; signal design, transport assessments, scheme business cases and appraisals, land use modelling, local junction design, road safety audits and site appraisals, master-planning, public transport studies and public consultation.

A typical week would include:

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. These are for a variety of clients, including local authorities, government bodies, LEPs and enterprise partnerships and private developers, with an expanding international portfolio.

The role presents an excellent opportunity to progress your career and work within a successful team on a wide range of regionally, nationally and internationally based transport planning and modelling projects, with opportunities to diversify transport modelling outputs and techniques into new and innovative markets and products.

You will be joining a fast growing and creative team, working on projects in the northern region, all across the UK and internationally. Whatever your interest there is something here for you.

You will need to be flexible with working arrangements and it may be necessary to work from other regional offices and/or client offices as project work requires.

Core Functions:

  • Task leader on strategic modelling projects; expected to lead smaller, in-house project tasks
  • Transport model development and appraisal. Tasks may include but not limited to model building, calibration/validation, model testing and auditing, checking and analysis of model outputs, and developing and testing schemes/ land use changes in a variety of models
  • Delivery to timescales, budget and technical quality
  • Preparation of technical reports and proposals for clients
  • Client support- articulate delivery of modelling results, and support specification study progression
  • Attendance at internal and client team meetings, with direct reporting to them.
  • Contribute to our process of continuous improvement and knowledge sharing relating to transport modelling across our national transport planning business
  • To work to a high technical standard.

About You

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

  • A degree (or equivalent) in a numerate or transport discipline
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • In-depth experience in developing transport models from first principles, and in appraisal
  • Knowledge of transport policy and appraisal issues and techniques, and how transport modelling can be used to support and enhance other areas of transport planning and policy.
  • Ability to independently devise study methodology
  • Proven ability to build, calibrate and validate, and apply transport models with minimum supervision
  • Detailed knowledge and experience in the use of at least two of the following modelling packages: Cube Voyager, TRIPS, SATURN, EMME, DIADEM.
  • Understanding of UK WebTAG and DMRB requirements.
  • Excellent working knowledge of MS Office tools, particularly MS Excel/ ACCESS.
  • Some experience in TUBA, COBA, QUADRO, VBA programming or similar and experience of programming bespoke analysis tools
  • Ability to work well in a team environment and independently with limited supervision
  • Ability to work under pressure

This role will include contributing to projects across sectors and geographies (with potential international opportunities) for both public and private sector clients, so a dynamic approach to work including the ability to deal with a diverse workload and prioritise tasks and projects accordingly is desirable.

You will liaise with clients and across teams, actively contributing to the delivery of both technical and commercial excellence, meeting budget, programme and technical standards and meet QA, CDM and HSE requirements.

Desirable Skills

  • Transport related MSc - with transport Modelling modules/ experience
  • Experience in GIS techniques- ArcGIS
  • Experience with VISSIM, AIMSUM or Paramics
  • Professional membership of a relevant institution

About Us

Together, our people make up one of the world's leading engineering professional services consulting firms. We’re dedicated to the communities where we live and work in the UK and propelled by international brainpower. Staying curious is what drives us. Looking at challenges from fresh angles helps us deliver future-ready solutions that break paradigms.

With around 7,900 talented people in 70+ offices across the UK, and 43,000 around the world, we engineer projects that will help societies grow for lifetimes to come.

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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