Head of Transport Planning

Highways England

Head of Transport Planning - (HIG01695)

Your new role
As the Head of Transport Planning you will lead a team of 13 specialists providing advice and assurance across the organisation. You will lead the team who work on a wide range of schemes including Oxford-Cambridge scheme, Trans- Pennine Tunnel and A303 Stonehenge projects, providing transport planning advice, traffic appraisals and analysis.  You’ll need a great communication style, working across all levels and areas of our organisation and with our key stakeholders, DfT as well as influencing Investment Decision Committees on a regular basis. This is a key role in the Chief Analyst Division where you will be involved in shaping future enhancements to the next Road Investment Strategy (RIS), whilst leading transport planning research and developing new methods.

The role will require a degree of travel between our National offices.

What you’ll be lead on:

  • Develop standards and guidance for transport planning and traffic appraisal in Highways England, such as the analytical assurance framework and technical traffic appraisal guidance

  • Liaise with DfT stakeholders keeping them up to date on progress and changes

  • Provide and deliver clear transport planning advice across the RIS portfolio

  • Presenting to the Executive Committee, Board and third parties

To be successful

  • Qualification in Transport Modelling or equivalent experience 

  • Demonstrable experience of influencing and communicating at Executive Level with the ability to simplify complex information and work across all levels  

  • Background in a transport modelling and analysis, with experience in a range of research techniques

  • Knowledge of transport appraisal guidance

  • Previous experience of leading/managing a team

A bit about us
Strategy and Planning plays a crucial role at the heart of Highways England, providing strategic direction to the organisation and working closely with all the other directorates to enable delivery of the company’s ambitious agenda.  We lead on key corporate initiatives including the long-term ambition for our Strategic Road Network (SRN), the production and review of the 5-year Strategic Business and Delivery Plans and developing our national plans covering route strategies, investment and economic growth.  So if you want to get involved with our relationships with our statutory stakeholders, sponsoring the road investment strategy, providing high quality analyses to the rest of the organisation and leading on our key corporate initiatives, then we’re the right place for you.

Want to know more?
Take a look at our Head of Transport Planning role profile.
Interviews are scheduled to take place early January 2019.

Why you should join us
At Highways England we believe in a connected country. We are passionate about creating a culture where colleagues feel connected, included and enjoy greater wellbeing to achieve this.  We’re proud that as an organisation we are continually striving to do better and actively encourage and support our colleagues to do the same with their careers. 

So if you put safety first, take ownership of your work, show passion for what you do, work effectively in a team, and demonstrate integrity in how you do it – then you’ll be a great fit for our organisation

And finally

We reserve the right to close before the advertised closing date, so we recommend completing your application as soon as possible.


  • Location: National
  • Job Title: Head of Transport Planning
  • Salary: £58,434 - £67,199
  • Closed: 19 Dec 2018

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