Associate/ Associate Director, Transport Modelling

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  • Sector:

    Construction, Engineering

  • Salary:

    Competitive salary

  • Published:

    4 months ago

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About the Role:

As one of the world’s leading engineering, professional services and technical consultancy firms, at WSP, we’re passionate about the big questions. And big answers, naturally. For us that’s all about reaching beyond the expected to do work that’ll make a profound impact felt long into the future.

We are seeking an experienced and enthusiastic Principal Transport Modeller in particular to fill key positions within our established and highly experienced transport team in Birmingham, helping us to deliver highway and public transport, scheme appraisal and development assessment projects for a range of local, regional and national clients and help support our public sector teams and capitalise on emerging market opportunities.

The Birmingham transport team offers clients a wide range of multi-disciplinary services including transport modelling as well as development planning work involving transport assessments, master planning, public transport studies and in complemented by our other offices nationally, including locally a modelling team in Leeds. Whilst the position is primarily focussed in our Manchester office, further project work may arise from our other offices in the North of England as well as in other parts of the UK.

A typical week would include:

  • Leading and delivering a range of public or private sector projects from transport strategies, major scheme development, options appraisal, business cases and demand forecasting across all modes of travel

  • Actively Project Managing your projects and management of project teams across a range of disciplines

  • Scoping client requirements for modelling, and specification of related model tasks

  • Developing transport models with tasks including but not limited to model building, calibration/validation, model testing and auditing, checking and analysis of model outputs

  • Transferring skills to junior team members

  • Interpreting data and information, including preparation of technical reports and proposals for clients

  • Contributing to our process of continuous improvement and knowledge sharing relating to transport modelling across our national transport planning business

We'd love to hear from you if you have:

  • A degree (or equivalent) in a numerate, transport or related discipline

  • Strong analytical skills

  • Knowledge of transport policy, appraisal guidance and techniques.

  • Proven project management experience, with the ability to deliver client satisfaction and commercial success

  • Good written and verbal communication skills especially experience in explaining transport modelling outputs to a non-technical audience

  • In-depth experience in developing transport models from first principles including forecasting

  • Ability to independently devise study methodology and apply in a non-transport context

  • Proven ability to build, calibrate and validate transport models with minimum supervision

  • Detailed knowledge and experience in at least one strategic modelling package e.g VISUM

  • Knowledge and application of Green Book principles, DfT TAG transport appraisal and business case development

  • The ability to understand the inputs to transport models and how resulting outputs can be used creatively to underpin a range of investment decisions

What if we can?

What if we can have work-life balance? What if we can be rewarded in ways that support our individual needs? What if we can be accepted for who we are? Here at WSP – we can!

WSP recognizes that work is only one part of our lives and making time for the other things in our life is important – be that our families, our friends or ourselves. So, if working from home, working part-time or having flexible start and finish time will help with this let us know as part of your application.

As well as rewarding you with competitive pay, WSP offers standard benefits including a 37.5 hour working week, 25 days annual leave, pension schemes, life assurance, personal accident cover and paid professional subscriptions, and some not so standard benefits as part of our flexible benefits scheme – so if you would like to hop on a new bike (cycle to work scheme) or thrill the family with your Lego building skills (Discount at Legoland Windsor) – WSP can help!

Be you, be happy - we strive to have a friendly and inclusive culture which respects and maximizes the contribution individuals can bring to WSP. We recognise the benefits that people with varying backgrounds and experiences can bring. Our VIBE (LGBT + employee network) and PLEDGE (Promoting Leadership, Encouraging Diversity & Gender Equality) networks work with the business to help ensure we continue to promote the right environment to enable LGBT+ and female employees to reach their full potential, and to ensure we continue to promote equality, inclusivity and diversity for everyone.

Here at WSP we positively encourage applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, pregnancy or maternity/paternity. We will interview all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria.

In addition we support our people to achieve their personal health and well-being goals through our Thrive programme.

About us:

Together, our people make up one of the world's leading engineering professional services consulting firms. We’re dedicated to the communities where we live and work in the UK and propelled by international brainpower. Staying curious is what drives us. Looking at challenges from fresh angles helps us deliver future-ready solutions that break paradigms.

With around 7,900 talented people in 70+ offices across the UK, and 43,000 around the world, we engineer projects that will help societies grow for lifetimes to come.