Contact: Madelon Armstrong
Region: England - North West
Location: Liverpool
Category: Transport planning
Closes: Friday 31st January 2020
Salary: Unspecified

Associate/ Associate Director, Transport Planning, Liverpool

Job Description

About the Role

At WSP, you’ll find yourself challenged in more fascinating and far-reaching ways than ever before. You’ll explore new and inspiring opportunities to make the most of your expertise, broaden your professional horizons and create exciting new possibilities for people, organisations and society in general. We have the UK’s largest team of development and transport planners, all dedicated to enabling our clients to create viable and deliverable developments which provide lasting social and environmental improvements.We advise our clients from the earliest stages of development. We can unlock development land previously considered uneconomic or technically challenging, and are proud of our reputation for working with other professional teams to produce cost-effective, integrated solutions.

Regionally, we operate through our offices in Liverpool and Manchester, and we are seeking an experienced Associate, or potentially an Associate Director, to provide project and team leadership and work-winning based in Liverpool office.

This will include day to day management of project teams and delivering on new client opportunities. The role requires development of the client base for the region with a particular focus on the public sector.

You will have an extensive experience of leading major transport planning commissions, and the versatility to apply your skills and knowledge in transport policy and scheme development.  You would also be expected to have extensive experience of managing transport projects and the commercial aspects of bidding, winning and delivering successful schemes.

The successful candidate will lead in developing a wider Transport Planning capability through key roles on existing transportation projects and via wider inputs to internal and external clients.

A typical week would include:

  • Win work from clients in the North West region;
  • Work with the Operational Team Leaders to develop and deliver the business plan
  • Contributing to the development and delivery of our business strategy for the region, which includes meeting productivity targets, widening our client base and growing the team;
  • Liaison with team leaders from other disciplines in Region to identify opportunities and transfer market knowledge;
  • Project management and direction of transport planning projects being delivered by virtual teams for range of clients, ensuring they are delivered to high standard, within budget and on programme;
  • Attendance at and leadership of client meetings as required by project and business development activities;
  • Responsibility for resourcing, attending resourcing meetings, securing team workload and meeting budgeted team productivity targets;
  • Responsibility for identifying and managing team training, carrying out appraisals and approval of leave;
  • Leading transport planning bids, involvement in transport planning and other bids and technical input to marketing materials as required.

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:

  • Proven ability to develop and service a productive client work base
  • Proven track record in managing and directing transport planning projects;
  • In depth understanding of transport project development processes;
  • Significant experience in transport planning including production and review of transport plans and strategies, feasibility studies, Option Assessment Reports and Business Cases
  • Knowledge of current transport policy at sub-regional, regional and national level;
  • Extensive knowledge of transport guidance and best practice (WebTAG and DMRB, etc.)
  • Strong numerical and analytical skills and excellent working knowledge of MS Office tools
  • Ability to produce project reports, including technical documents;
  • Experience of liaising with LAs, DfT, City Regions, TfN and HE.
  • Ability to communicate technical arguments to technical and non-technical clients, and present outputs from studies to range of audiences.

The following skills / qualifications are desirable:

  • Chartered Engineer / TPP status;
  • Post-graduate degree in Transportation Planning or other relevant subject;
  • Experience of traffic engineering and modelling;
  • Full and clean driving license

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

About Us

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 PLEDGE (Promoting Leadership, Encouraging Diversity & Gender Equality) 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.

Here at WSP we positively encourage applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, pregnancy or maternity/paternity. We will interview all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria.

In addition we support our people to achieve their personal health and well-being goals through our Thrive programme.

A little about us

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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