Contact: Madelon Armstrong
Region: England - Yorkshire and Humberside
Location: Yorkshire & North East
Category: Other
Closes: Friday 29th November 2019
Salary: Unspecified

Microsimulation Modelling Lead

Job Description

About the Role

Think bigger scale. Think higher profile. Think groundbreaking. Join WSP, and you’ll be at the heart of a team of international experts all dedicated to growing and sharing their expertise, and working on projects that transform society for all of us.

We are actively seeking an experienced microsimulation modeller to join our existing Transport Modelling Team in the Yorkshire and North East region. The successful candidate will be a focused technical microsimulation lead and will be working within our highly skilled transport modelling team, known for providing client-ready solutions based on technical competence and expertise.

Due to recent evolution of our teams across the north we have a vacancy available for someone who already has, or is looking to take on responsibility for the technical delivery of microsimulation projects. This may either be as isolated packages of work, or as is becoming more common, as part of a wider project delivery team supporting the development of network improvement interventions. The team already has access to strong staff members with microsimulation experience and we are seeking someone to provide technical leadership and oversight to enhance our existing offering and to support and continue the development of themselves and the individuals already within the team.

A typical week would include:

  • Technical leadership on the development of microsimulation (VISSIM, AIMSUN, Paramics) models:
    • Model scoping
    • Data collection scoping and briefing
    • Model build
    • Calibration / validation
    • Model testing and auditing
    • Checking and analysis of model outputs
    • Development and testing of schemes and land use changes in models
  • Support training and development of staff and new recruits within region
  • Engagement with wider modelling WSP community on technical excellence
  • 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
  • Contribute to our process of continuous improvement and knowledge sharing relating to transport modelling across our national transport planning business.

About You

Across the North East, the Transport Modelling Team currently has around 20 members of staff. The team sits as part of a wider pool of regional and national resource who regularly work collaboratively in project delivery and the development of technical excellence within the business.

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

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Experience of PCMOVA or other for detailed traffic signals replication in models
  • Ability to devise study methodologies
  • A degree (or equivalent) in a numerate or transport discipline
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Knowledge of transport policy and appraisal issues and techniques, how transport modelling can be used to support and enhance other areas of planning and policy
  • Ability to independently devise study methodology
  • Understanding of UK WebTAG and DMRB requirements
  • Excellent working knowledge of MS Office tools, particularly MS Excel/ ACCESS
  • Ability to work well in a team environment and independently with limited supervision
  • Ability to work under pressure


  • VBA, Python programming or similar and experience of bespoke analysis tools
  • Transport related MSc - with transport Modelling modules/ experience
  • Experience in GIS techniques- ArcGIS
  • Professional membership of a relevant institution

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.

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 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.

A little 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.

How to Apply

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Microsimulation Modelling Lead



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