Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority

Location: Working on an agile working arrangement from a base in Huntingdon.
Salary Range: £71,521 - £87,415 dependent on experience
Hours: 37 Hours per week
Contract: 12 Month Fixed Term Contract
Closing Date: 23 October 2022

Job Summary

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority is looking to appoint a high calibre Transport Strategy and Policy Manager.

The successful candidate will be responsible for overseeing the development and delivery of the CPCA’s transport vision and objectives, performing a strategic client function. The Transport Strategy and Policy Manager will be work as part of the Transport Team, reporting to the Transport Director. Key projects currently under development within the area are the Local Transport and Connectivity Plan, implementation of regional, modal and areas strategies, responding to key consultations and the creation of the data and monitoring framework.

You will play a central role in developing transport policies and programmes that support the delivery of the Combined Authority’s LTCP, the recommendations of the Independent Commission on Climate and other economic and environmental strategies. You will lead the preparation, development and implementation of our next Local Transport and Connectivity Plan and all aspects of transport planning including policy development, bidding for funding, commissioning projects, scheme delivery, communications and monitoring and evaluation activities. The position will require stakeholder management skills to engage with internal and external stakeholders to help deliver on a wide range of Combined Authority plans and partner transport related objectives.

Key Responsibilities
• Provide leadership and oversight of policy and strategy development and implementation, in line with the Authority’s wider objectives and aspirations.
• Engage with private sector to look for synergies in ways to improve public transport in the area. The post will support the transport team’s work to prepare a Bus Strategy, BSIP and Franchising Business Case.
• Drive high quality project planning discipline and outcomes across projects ensuring individual phase/workstream plans are synchronised into an integrated programme level plan
• Work closely with the project team and workstream managers to manage risks and issues, ensuring project level risks, issues and dependencies are escalated to programme level where appropriate
• Ensure cross project dependencies are co-ordinated, managed, and visible.
• Drive activity progress and completion across workstreams and phases to ensure key milestones are met on time and within budget
• Lead and manage effective stakeholder engagement
• Lead appropriate communication and reporting to ensure alignment, mitigation management and progress across teams and stakeholders
• Proactively support the political governance of the Authority through member engagement, briefings, and reporting
• Ensure compliance with the Authority’s monitoring and evaluation framework. Develop the transport data needs and make sure to liaise with other Programme Managers to help them with the provision of modelling and data sources.
• Work collaboratively across the Authority’s teams to ensure co-ordinated and coherent delivery
• Delivering continuous improvement and high-quality governance across the project, in particular ensuring that the Project Board functions smoothly and effectively.
• Act as an ambassador for the Authority, promoting the interests of the sub-region in local, regional, and national forums and raising the profile and reputation of the Authority
• Undertake other duties as may, from time to time, be allocated commensurate with the seniority and qualifications of the post

• Expansive, creative thinker – thinks outside ‘tried and tested’ models or approaches
• Exceptional communicator and relationship-builder that generates confidence in colleagues, members, and senior business stakeholders
• Acutely political aware – able to assimilate and navigate political contexts with skill
• Highly adaptable - to changing circumstances and demands
• Collaborative – works productively with peers, team, and others
• Motivated – driven by personal and organisational achievement
• Tenacious, adaptable, and focussed individual with board level presence able to deliver under pressure
• Influential – to be able to negotiate and influence external stakeholder decisions in benefit of the Combined Authority’s objectives

Qualifications, Knowledge & Experience
• Degree level or equivalent standard of general education.
• Deep and detailed knowledge of principles and practice in the field of transport planning policy.
• Experience in transport planning or public transport is essential for the role. The candidate should demonstrate a deep understanding of how transport systems work.
• Excellent programme management and strong organisational skills are fundamental, as is the ability to liaise with people at all levels of the organization
• Excellent communication skills and an ability to lead negotiations on complex and complicated operational matters, including the exercise of initiative and discretion to resolve problems efficiently and effectively.
• Successful track record of managing and delivering programmes which cross organization and service boundaries.
• Strong knowledge of effective outcome-based programme reporting.
• Good understanding of performance management frameworks and tools in the delivery of business objectives.

For further information or for an informal discussion about the role please email [email protected] 

Please submit CVs with a covering letter to [email protected] 

Work in partnership with directors, delivery partners and national and local public sector organisations to coordinate delivery of the CPCA’s portfolio of programmes/priorities.

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Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority is an Equal Opportunity Employer, who values diversity and promotes equality. CPCA does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, national origin, or any other basis covered by Equality Act 2010. All employment is decided on qualifications, merit, and business need and we encourage applications from all sections of society. If you would like any reasonable adjustments or additional arrangements, please contact us via the details below.


  • Location: Huntingdon
  • Job Title: TRANSPORT STRATEGY & POLICY MANAGER - 12 Month fixed term
  • Salary: £71,521 - £87,415
  • Closed: 23 Oct 2022

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