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Principal Transport Officer

Employer
Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation
Location
Brent Civic Centre (32 Engineers Way, Wembley, HA9 0FJ).
Salary
£63,112 per annum
Closing date
15 May 2024

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About the role

The Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation is the Mayor of London’s statutory development agency and planning authority, leading the capital’s largest new regeneration project. Spanning 650 hectares across three boroughs, and with High Speed 2’s £1.7bn interchange at Old Oak Common due to open in less than a decade, we have 90 acres of surrounding development sites and plans to bring 25,500 new homes and more than 50,000 new jobs into the heart of west London.

This is a multi-faceted project of immense scale and opportunity, and working closely with our partners, our communities, and local businesses, we have the highest aspirations to achieve an exemplary and superbly connected new urban district for the capital.

We already have thousands of new homes under construction, and massive business investments, but the big moves are still to come as key development sites come forward and HS2 nears completion. That’s why we now need a seasoned transport planner, with sound strategic judgement and experience of delivering complex transport projects and programmes who can help shape and deliver our vision for a highly connected and sustainable new urban district.

You will have experience of transport planning and strategy formulation across a range of transport projects within a high-density urban context. You will need strong organisational skills and personal resilience to thrive in a busy and demanding environment.

The role will report to the Head of Planning Policy in OPDC’s Planning Directorate and will support OPDC in its role as local planning authority. This will include the production or project management of transport studies to inform planning policy including OPDC’s Local Plan review and reviewing and commenting on planning applications. The role will also require you to work closely with OPDC’s Delivery Directorate on range of strategic transport projects across Old Oak and Park Royal.

You will have experience of working in a complex stakeholder environment. The role will require you to work closely with a range of transport stakeholders including local highways authorities, Transport for London, Department for Transport, Network Rail and High Speed 2 (HS2) Ltd so we are seeking a confident communicator, able to maintain and build strong relationships and build consensus across a range of parties.

As one of the UK’s largest regeneration projects with a range of strategic transport projects planned for delivery over the next 20 years, for the right candidate, this role offers excellent opportunities for personal and career development.

 

Principal accountabilities

 

  1. Lead OPDC’s transport planning programme to facilitate the delivery of an exemplar and integrated transport network across Old Oak and Park Royal.
  2. Lead the development of OPDC’s transport planning policies including supporting the planning policy team through public consultation(s) and examinations in public .  
  3. Provide transport advice to the Development Management team on pre-application and submitted planning applications and identify appropriate mitigation.  
  4. Lead the procurement and management of consultants, as required, to prepare transport related strategies and modelling, projects and feasibility studies to support the delivery of the transport programme.  
  5. Work with OPDC’s Delivery Directorate to support the delivery of transport projects and infrastructure.  
  6. Work with, and influence, delivery bodies (in particular TfL, HS2, the local authorities and Network Rail) to identify and secure improvements to the transport network across the Old Oak and Park Royal area, this will include projects related to; rail (including freight and operational rail), road, cycle, pedestrian and canal.  
  7. Engage with, and represent OPDC at senior level meetings with TfL, GLA, HS2, local authorities, landowners, developers, DfT, Network Rail and other transport bodies.  
  8. Maintain up-to-date awareness of legislative, technical and policy changes in transport planning and lead on responses to public consultation on transport policy matters.  
  9. Prepare and contribute to reports, briefings, presentations and answers to questions on transport issues for the Mayor, Mayoral advisors, OPDC’s Board, OPDC’s Planning Committee and senior management.  
  10. Realise the benefits of London’s diversity by promoting and enabling equality of opportunities and promoting the diverse needs and aspirations of London’s communities.  

 

Person specification

 

Technical requirements/experience/qualifications

 

  1. Degree (or equivalent experience) in relevant discipline such as Transport, town planning and Engineering.
  2. Professional membership in a relevant discipline such as TPS, CIHT,  CILT or RTPI.  
  3. Demonstrable experience and success of working in, or with, public transport bodies and managing a complex transport programmes.  
  4. Good understanding of key land use and transport planning challenges facing London and nationally and planning and transport legislation.  
  5. Good understanding of development control issues, traffic modelling and transport assessment processes.  
  6. Good record procuring and managing consultant teams to prepare transport related studies/strategies.  

 

Behavioural competencies

 

Building and Managing Relationships

 

…is developing rapport and working effectively with a diverse range of people, sharing knowledge and skills to deliver shared goals.

 

Level 3 indicators of effective performance

 

  • Actively engages partners and encourages others to build relationships that support OPDC objectives.
  • Understands and recognises the contributions that staff at all levels make to delivering priorities.
  • Proactively manages partner relationship, preventing or resolving any conflict.
  • Adapts style to work effectively with partners, building consensus, trust and respect.
  • Delivers objectives by bringing together diverse stakeholders to work effectively in partnerships.

 

Strategic Thinking

 

…is using an understanding of the bigger picture to uncover potential challenges and opportunities for the long term and turning these into a compelling vision for action.

 

Level 3 indicators of effective performance

 

  • Translates OPDC vision and strategy into practical and tangible plans for own team or delivery partners.
  • Consistently takes account of the wider implications of team’s actions for OPDC and the Mayor of London.
  • Encourages self and others to think about organisation’s long term potential.
  • Informs strategy development by identifying gaps in current delivery or evidence.
  • Takes account of a wide range of public and partner needs to inform team’s work.

 

Planning and Organising

 

… is thinking ahead, managing time, priorities and risk, and developing structured and efficient approaches to deliver work on time and to a high standard.

 

Level 3 indicators of effective performance

 

  • Monitors allocation of resources, anticipating changing requirements that may impact work delivery.
  • Ensures evaluation processes are in place to measure project benefits.
  • Gains buy-in and commitment to project delivery from diverse stakeholders.
  • Implements quality measures to ensure directorate output is of a high standard.
  • Translates political vision into action plans and deliverables

 

Problem solving

 

… is analysing and interpreting situations from a variety of viewpoints and finding creative, workable and timely solutions.

 

Level 3 indicators of effective performance

 

  • Clarifies ambiguous problems, questioning assumptions to reach a fuller understanding.
  • Actively challenges the status quo to find new ways of doing things, looking for good practice.
  • Seeks and incorporates diverse perspectives to help produce workable strategies to address complex issues.
  • Initiates consultation on opportunities to improve work processes.
  • Supports the organisation to implement innovative suggestions.

 

Organisational Awareness

 

…is understanding and being sensitive to organisational dynamics, culture and politics across and beyond OPDC and shaping our approach accordingly.

 

Level 3 indicators of effective performance

 

  • Uses understanding of differences between the OPDC and its partners to improve working relationships.
  • Helps others understand OPDC and the complex environment in which it operates.
  • Translates changing political agendas into tangible actions. Considers the diverse needs of Londoners in formulating OPDC objectives.
  • Helps others understand how the media and external perceptions of OPDC influence work.

 

Level three indicators of effective performance:

 

  • Actively engages partners and encourages others to build relationships that support OPDCGLA objectives.
  • Understands and recognises the contributions that staff at all levels make to delivering priorities.
  • Proactively manages partner relationships, preventing or resolving any conflict.
  • Adapts style to work effectively with partners, building consensus, trust and respect.
  • Delivers objectives by bringing together diverse stakeholders to work effectively in partnership.

The OPDCGLA Competency Framework Guidelines further detailing each competency and the different level indicators can be found here: OPDC/GLA competency framework.

This role is based at Brent Civic Centre (32 Engineers Way, Wembley, HA9 0FJ).

OPDC staff are hybrid working up to 3 days a week in our offices and remotely depending on their role. As part of this, you will need to split your time between home working and coming into the office.

Application Process & Additional Information

Please note all applications for this vacancy must be submitted via our online recruitment system. We do not accept CVs alone for this role.

Please upload a Cover Letter with a maximum of 1500 words to the ‘Additional Documents’ section of the form, ensuring you address the following technical requirements and competencies in your Cover Letter. Word or PDF format preferred and do not include any photographs or images. Please ensure your CV and Cover Letter are saved with the job reference number as part of the naming convention (E.g., “CV – applicant name - 012345).

Applications submitted without a Covering Letter will not be considered.

At OPDC we are dedicated to empowering team members through ongoing learning opportunities and professional development initiatives. Our commitment to learning and development means that we will provide you with the resources and support to expand your skills and grow your career.

London's diversity is its biggest asset and we strive to ensure our workforce reflects London's diversity at all levels. We welcome applications from everyone regardless of age, gender, gender identity, gender expression, ethnicity, sexual orientation, faith or disability.

We particularly encourage applications from Black, Asian and Minority ethnic candidates and disabled candidates who are currently underrepresented in our workforce.

We are committed to being an inclusive employer and we are happy to consider flexible working arrangements. We would welcome applications from candidates who are seeking part time work as this role is open to job share.

In addition to a good salary package, we offer an attractive range of benefits including 30 days’ annual leave, interest free season ticket loan, interest free bicycle loan and a career average pension scheme.

On this recruitment campaign, as part of OPDCGLA’s continuing commitment to be an inclusive and equal opportunity employer we will be removing personal identifiable information from CVs and covering letters that could cause discrimination.

Reasonable adjustment will be made to working arrangements to accommodate a person with a disability who otherwise would be prevented from undertaking the work.

Application closing date: 15 May 2024 at 23:59.

Interview date: 14 June 2024 (may be subject to change)

If you have a question about the role or would like to discuss it informally, please feel free to contact Tom Cardis at tom.cardis@opdc.london.gov.uk

We will make every effort to give you as much notice as possible, however some interviews/assessments could be organised at short notice.

 

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