Senior Technical Lead - Transport Policy and Strategy
Now part of the SNC-Lavalin group, Atkins’ UK Transportation business brings together the capabilities of our Rail, Highway and Local Transport teams, into a single business of 3,000 talented transport planners and engineering professionals. The unique breadth of services in Transportation, combined with our scale, makes Atkins the leading UK transportation infrastructure consultancy. We create a culture and environment to inspire our people, ensure collaboration with our clients and continue to shape the future of mobility.
The transportation infrastructure sector is experiencing unprecedented levels of investment and Atkins is playing lead roles in projects to upgrade existing transport networks to deliver future demand including major new road schemes, high-speed rail as well as extensive public transport enhancements. Our teams are currently delivering exciting and important policy, strategy, modelling and research projects throughout the transportation sector. We are at the forefront of national and international policy making, supporting key decision makers at al levels; and are also supporting the development of cutting-edge technology in the transport sector.
We have a growth plan to respond to this pipeline of work and are currently recruiting talented individuals to help win and deliver transport planning projects for our expanding client base. With over 300 specialists in our Transport Planning business we have the flexibility and resources to provide our clients with an extensive range of services including transport policy and strategy planning, traffic modelling, scheme appraisal, travel demand management and development planning.
We are currently recruiting a senior leader with demonstrable skills to lead the pursuit and delivery of our public sector transport policy and strategy projects in the north of England. In particular we anticipate a focus on strategic transport planning projects for national and sub-regional organisations including Highways England, Transport for the North and Combined Authorities; as well as oversight of transport strategy development for local authority clients.
The role will require working closely with other senior transport planning staff across the UK, and with our market-facing teams to develop work-winning strategies, secure high-profile commissions and provide technical oversight of those commissions. This is a predominantly a seller/doer role requiring strong influencing skills, but is not likely to involve a significant amount of people or team management other than within bid and project teams.
Understanding of the role of transport as an enabler of broader policy outcomes, particularly economic performance and growth, and climate change, would be a particular advantage; as would a strong knowledge of these issues in the North of England. An appreciation of the full range of interventions available to public sector bodies to achieve those outcomes is essential.
We would like to discuss this senior position with prospective candidates who can demonstrate an appropriate level of experience and technical expertise. We are seeking an enthusiastic individual who can contribute to shaping and growing a high performing, dynamic team, working seamlessly across our national business.
We anticipate that this post will be based in either our Manchester or Leeds offices. We offer a fantastic environment with fresh, modern offices that buzz with the excitement of people working at the leading edge of our industry. Join us and you’ll be joining a business that places no limits on how far you can progress.
Successful applicants will be flexible, self-motivated and will be expected to demonstrate the following:
- Excellent communication skills with strong report writing capability
- Sound technical competence
- Ability to work under pressure and proven success in meeting deadlines
- Confident team worker with ablity to work independently
- Experience of working to time and budget constraints.
Successful candidates will have:
- Appropriate academic and professional qualifications - degree qualified in a relevant discipline (such as Transport Planning, Economics etc)
- Relevant previous experience of working in a Transport Planning Consultancy, in Central Government or a Local Authority
- Experience of developing client relationships and successful work winning activity
- Strong track record of managing teams to successfully deliver against business objectives and targets
- Knowledge and appreciation of current UK transport sector.
It is desirable that candidates will be able to demonstrate technical skills and competencies commensurate with their level of experience in areas such as:
- Local transport planning
- Transport policy/strategy
- Sustainable transport
- Stakeholder engagement/ public consultation.
Rewards and Benefits
We started out as Atkins, one of the most respected international design, engineering and project management consultancies in the world. Today we are part of global giant SNC-Lavalin. Work with us and you’ll enjoy all the benefits a multinational company can offer — from great employee benefits, to travel and exposure to impressive world-wide clients and projects.
With a goal to be a truly diverse employer, we promote an inclusive culture for everyone in the SNC-Lavalin Atkins family and have an ongoing commitment to pursuing improvements for all underrepresented groups.
This role may require security clearance and offers of employment will be dependent on obtaining the relevant level of clearance. If this is necessary, it will be discussed with you at interview.
If applying to this role please do not make reference to (in conversation) or include in your application or CV, details of any current or previously held security clearance.
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