Transport Infrastructure Commissioning Officer

Employer
Somerset County Council
Location
Taunton, Somerset
Salary
£30,451 to £34,728 per annum
Closing date
2 Feb 2022

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Sector
Environment, Environmental Management, Highways, Traffic Management, Transport Planning
Job role
Officer
Contract Type
Full time

A bit about us

We have a great opportunity in Somerset to join our Highways and Transport Service. We are looking for an enthusiastic person to help develop and oversee delivery of our ambitious programme of highways and transport infrastructure improvements which includes new cycleways, junction improvements & road improvements as well as involvement in new bus and rail station infrastructure.  

We recognise the importance of a good work life balance and do everything we can to accommodate flexible working, including some working from home, compressed hours, and other arrangements such as job share opportunities. We believe this role would be particularly suitable for job share or flexible working. Please just let us know in your application or at any stage throughout the process (and beyond) if these are options you'd like to explore.

Our busy team commissions all highways and transport services for Somerset including passenger transport and parking services, highway maintenance, infrastructure programmes, rights of way, traffic management, engineering and road safety programmes.   We are responsible for developing policy and strategy, new transport plans and programmes for towns and transport corridors, active travel policy and programmes, plans for decarbonisation of the transport system, bids and business cases for new funding; and determining the most appropriate means of service delivery (considering in-house or contracted services including developing procurement strategies).   We work closely with the Council’s operational services who are responsible for delivery.

We are passionate and committed to transforming our communities by enabling housing and economic growth in the area; developing effective transport solutions, establishing a clear pathway to decarbonisation, securing investment in new infrastructure and developing innovative approaches to urban and rural transport challenges.  We work hard to create desirable places for people to live and work as part of Somerset’s ambitious growth plans which include major enterprise zones and extensions to our main towns including Taunton’s new garden communities and improving strategic connections across our Region.  Somerset provides fantastic opportunities to become engaged in some of the most ambitious growth projects in the Country, as well as tackling challenging problems associated with rural accessibility.

Here's what you can expect to be doing

You would assist in the development of our pipeline of highways and transport infrastructure improvements which are needed to improve strategic connections across Somerset and beyond, as well as to address more localised issues in our towns; to ensure continued economic growth; helping oversee schemes throughout their entire lifecycle from the conceptual stages through to completion of construction and ongoing monitoring. 

You will help take forward programmes and projects from an early stage and assist in developing and submitting compelling business cases for investment, working with funding bodies to secure a continued pipeline of investment. 

You will work closely with colleagues across the organisation as projects are developed in detail through the stages of option selection, consultation, design, planning, land acquisition and procurement.   You would retain a close interest in schemes during and beyond construction to ensure the desire strategic outcomes for the investment are achieved.

A few things about you

You will be/have:

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent through relevant professional development.
  • Experience in transport planning, infrastructure funding and infrastructure scheme development and delivery.
  • Demonstrable experience of partnership working including the ability to work with multi-agency groups and projects to deliver services and initiatives.
  • Demonstrable experience of engagement with communities and customer feedback channels to shape and inform improved services.

Additional Information

If you would like to find out more about before applying, please get in touch with Mike O’Dowd Jones, Strategic Commissioning Manager: Highways and Transport, on 07977 412097 or via modowdjones@somerset.gov.uk , or Emma Tucker, Service Manager: Engineering Design, on 01823 359523 or via etucker@somerset.gov.uk

We recommend applying as soon as possible. Depending on the level of response, we anticipate conducting interviews ahead of the closing date.

Closing date 2nd February 2022

Interviews will take place virtually via MSTeams

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