Transport Infrastructure Commissioning Officer
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.
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 these roles 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.
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.
The salary for the role is Grade 10, ranging from £30,451 to £34,728 per annum
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 email@example.com, or Emma Tucker, Service Manager: Engineering Design, on 01823 359523 or via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interviews will take place virtually via MSTeams
Why choose Somerset County Council
We are proud to offer an environment that is supportive and rewarding, working as part of a team who are passionate about the work they do to improve the lives of people in Somerset. We offer great training and development opportunities, with supportive management. As well as this, we have some fantastic employee benefits available:
• We promote a healthy work-life balance and offer flexible working arrangements wherever possible, including working from home.
• Generous annual leave allowance, with the opportunity to purchase additional leave.
• Staff discounts in gyms.
• Employee Assistance for the times you may need some support and a variety of employee wellbeing services.
• Auto enrolment onto our generous Pension Scheme and optional pension enhancement through our Additional Voluntary Contribution scheme.
• A Flexible Benefits Scheme via salary sacrifice to obtain a cycle for work and health screenings.
• My Staff Shop offering discounts in shops, online shopping, restaurants, cinema tickets, insurance benefits and more.