Principal Technical Management and Assurance Officer

Transport for the North

Principal Technical Management and Assurance Officer

Reference: APR20195284
Expiry date: 12:00, 25 April 2019
Location: Manchester
Salary: £45,432.00 - £53,004.00 Per Annum
Benefits: 27 days holiday per annum, access to the local government pension scheme, access to various salary sacrifice benefits, including free Travel Pass purchase scheme, flexible working
Attachments: RoleProfile-PrincipalTechnicalManagementandAssuranceOfficer.pdf

Role overview:

Transport for the North’s Transport Appraisal, Modelling and Economics (TAME) team is split into three closely related core activities of:

  • data analytics & modelling;
  • technical management and assurance; and
  • economic planning and analysis.

Whilst TAME officers can expect to be involved across all three activities role profiles are tailored primarily to one activity, with this role tailored towards technical management and assurance.  It is also expected to include greater involvement in managing the TAME team, providing closer support to TAME’s ‘heads of service’ 

As a Principal Officer of the TAME team you will be required to lead a team of internal colleagues or manage external contractors, delivering information, data, analysis, modelling and appraisal solutions, and technical management and assurance that aid others in the production of recommendations/outputs.

You will be expected to collaborate widely, internally and externally, and will ensure processes and policies are developed, managed and implemented effectively. 

The TAME team works closely with our strategy and policy makers and managers to analyse and appraise the most appropriate interventions in our future investment portfolio. This includes developing and applying pan-northern data, modelling and appraisal practices to help understand the needs of the economy and transport system, and develop robust evidence.

Overall TAME activities are captured within the Analytical Framework, that promotes ‘One North’ for developing evidence.  Key to TAME’s activities is to the grow our capabilities within the Analytical Framework focused on supporting existing and emerging programmes. This requires a range of analytical techniques: from acquiring and storing spatially enabled data on contemporary data analytics platforms; to undertaking geo-spatial data analytics and statistical analysis; through to exploring problems, appraising options and providing objective advice. 

Transport for the North became official on the 1st April 2018 and this appointment represents a unique opportunity to join an organisation in its early days and help shape its future.  Our current business plan (available via our website) has a number of high priority commitments to deliver over the next 2 years that have been identified as pivotal to northern transformation and require an expansion of our analytical capabilities.  As a new organisation we are also developing our longer-term five-year vision and plan, which will determine how we exploit our developing data analytics, modelling and appraisal services for the overall benefit of the North.  Once the long-term plan is defined we will have a clear direction for Transport for the North’s analytical needs and will be establishing a permanent team to take the organisation forwards.

What we’re looking for:

The successful candidate will have a strong track record developing and applying transport modelling and analytical approaches to transport intervention appraisal, proven experience of business case development for public policy interventions, particularly producing analysis to underpin strategic and economic cases.

A proven track record of successfully delivering complex multi-faceted projects and leading in the development of complex technical outputs is essential.

As a leader you will be confident representing Transport for the North in public, professional and Stakeholder forums and will be able to demonstrate your effectiveness managing complex working relationships with external and internal stakeholders at a strategic level.

Candidates must be educated to degree level or equivalent in a relevant subject, with a professional qualification or equivalent experience. 

Provisional Interview Date: 3rd, 10th, 14th or 15th May 2019.
Interview Location: Manchester 

In return, as well as a competitive salary, our other benefits are:

- 27 days holiday per annum

- 18 days leave through a flexi-time system

- Access to the local government pension scheme

- Access to TfN’s Flexi-Time Scheme, allowing accrual of up to 18 additional days leave per year

For more information on the role and the kind of person we’re looking for please refer to the role profile and person specification. 

If you believe you have the skills and experience we’re looking for please apply online, ensuring that in your application you provide evidence in the form of specific examples of how you meet the essential criteria in the role profile.

At TfN, we welcome and encourage applications from everyone regardless of age, disability, gender, ethnicity, religion and sexual orientation. We are particularly keen to encourage applications from women, members of ethnic minority groups and people with disabilities who are currently under-represented.

As part of our commitment to diversity and inclusion, all applications will be considered on their merit.
Transport for the North is an accredited Living Wage Employer. This means that every member of staff working for Transport for the North, earns a real Living Wage.


  • Location: Manchester
  • Job Title: Principal Technical Management and Assurance Officer
  • Salary: £45,432.00 - £53,004.00
  • Closed: 25 Apr 2019

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