About the role
Cambridgeshire is an extremely popular place to work and live with a successful economy which is recognised both nationally and internationally.
The rate of new jobs created, the scale of business innovation and the inward investment and development pressures and demand for new homes, plus other factors, not least the world class universities and science and innovation parks, have all contributed to a remarkably strong Cambridge sub-region. However growth in Cambridgeshire is not evenly distributed with some parts of the County having weaker local economies, lower incomes, rural isolation and limited infrastructure. Across the County, transport therefore has a key role to play in helping to address these issues.
This exciting Graduate Transport Planner position combines working both on the assessment of the transport implications of new development across the County, and on wider transport policy issues. This will involve working with our Transport Assessment Team in the Growth and Economy Service, and Policy Teams within the Transport Infrastructure Policy and Funding Service, where you will provide professional transport planning support to senior and principal Transport Officers.
You will have a degree or equivalent in a transport-related discipline. Some knowledge of transport policy and funding issues, together with transport assessment techniques and the operation of the planning system, is required but an enthusiasm for this area of work and willingness to learn and develop your knowledge and experience in the role will also be vital.
In addition to the technical transport planning aspect of the role, you will need to support other officers in working closely with our key partner organisations including District Councils and a variety of teams from across the County Council. Good communication skills, both speaking and in writing, are therefore important attributes.
The role makes an important contribution the work of our busy transport teams so an ability to work within a team environment is also important.
For any informal enquiries about the role please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
It is expected that interviews for this role will be carried out on Thursday 22 June 2023
Further information is included on the attached word document.
What will you be doing?
Overall purpose of the job
The Graduate post is required to ensure that the Transport Assessment, Transport Strategy and Funding and Highways Development Teams, can deliver the transport infrastructure required to accommodate economic growth in Cambridgeshire. The chosen post holder would develop through training and mentoring to progress to a senior level within the organisation, thus helping with current skills shortages in Transport Planning and Engineering fields.
This post will be a linked grade post. For information the progression criteria for the post from Grade 5 to SO1 is set out in the attached document.
Work alongside Principal Officers in the Transport Assessment and Development Management Teams to ensure that the teams meet their statutory obligations to planning authorities, members and customers.
Provide input into the work of officers in the Transport Strategy & Funding service on aspects including transport policy, transport scheme development work and lead small scale studies to ensure timely delivery of reports and policy documents relating to the council’s scheme delivery programme.
Support the work of colleagues by engaging directly and appropriately with our customers and representatives from our partner organisations in order to maintain an effective and high quality service level.
Communicate clearly and appropriately with different audiences to develop and maintain stakeholder relationships - for example with District Council Officers, Consultants and Developers.
Acquire and continually develop knowledge on transport and development planning, transport policy and highways development, relevant to the County to support effective service delivery.
Maintain good and professional working relationships with other departments and organisations to maximise the effectiveness and efficiency of our transport planning services.
Demonstrate an awareness and understanding of equality, diversity and inclusion.
Qualifications, knowledge, skills and experience
Minimum level of qualifications required for this job
- Degree: In a discipline related to transport planning e.g.: geography, civil engineering, economics
- GCSEs (or equivalent ): 5 at Grades A-C Must include Maths and English
- Desirable: Driving licence, Ability to travel around the county to attend site visits
- A knowledge of the role of transport planning within Local Government
- Excellent understanding of relevant transport planning legislation, policy, and guidance documents
- Ability to work in a manner that adhere to all policies relating to safe working practices in all environments
- Awareness of local authority/council functions, policies and procedures
- Experience of working in a transport planning environment
- Ability to demonstrate awareness and understanding of equality, diversity and inclusion and how this applies to this role.
We value our colleagues in Cambridgeshire County Council and have developed a number of benefits:
- Flexible working
- Flexible Bank Holidays
- A comprehensive wellbeing package
- Our Cambs Rewards employee discounts
- A comprehensive pension scheme
- IDEAL staff equality, diversity and inclusion network.
- Camweb our staff intranet helping to keep you informed
- An employee recognition scheme
Cambridgeshire is a great place to work and live with a diverse population, an urban centre in Cambridge, historic Isle of Ely, Huntingdon and St Ives as well as more rural landscapes.
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