Principal Transport Planner

West Sussex County Council

Principal Transport Planner

Do you have in-depth understanding of transport policies? Are you looking for a role where you can make a difference? Here at West Sussex, you can do just that, read more about the opportunity below…

About the Job
West Sussex County Council are looking for a Principal Transport Planner to join us based in Chichester with working from home options.

Salary: £43,516 to £46,549  per annum.
Contracts: Permanent.
Working pattern: Full-time, 37 hours per week.
Location: Hybrid working, requirement to be in Chichester at least once per week.

Our goal is to ensure the best care and development of all those within the County. From libraries to multi-million-pound transport projects, our residents are at the heart of everything we do.

In this role you will lead on a range of strategic highways and transport matters working with communities and other partners to help achieve the County Council’s vision and objectives. This will involve providing expert advice and using transport planning tools to critically analyse strategic transport issues and appraise potential solutions.   

You will have a key role in setting direction for the County Council in its role as the Local Transport Authority through; preparation of transport policies and strategies; giving transport advice on the impacts of development; developing innovative solutions such as cycle or bus priority infrastructure; and, preparing business cases and external funding applications.

Experience and Skills
Key Skills:
•Ability to research, analyse and interpret very complex and varied information to make effective and robust judgements.
•Excellent communication skills.
•Ability to work independently and proactively, and manage competing priorities.
•Ability to write sound and robust reports, policies and relevant processes, which are both viable and practicable.
•Ability to anticipate problems, plan solutions and make sound pragmatic problem-solving decisions.   
•Ability to apply project management principles and practices to major projects.

Qualifications and/or experience:
•A degree or postgraduate qualification in Transport Planning, Town Planning or a related discipline appropriate to the role.
•Relevant chartered status, e.g. Chartered Transport Planning Professional, and professional membership e.g. Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation.
•Educated to a high level in broad environmental matters.
•Extensive experience in the appropriate specialist work area at a senior level.
•Experience of strategic level work and business planning.
•Experience of mentoring staff and developing an effective team to work together to meet objectives and deliver a professional service.
•Good working knowledge of technical tools (e.g. transport models, Geographical Information Systems) and techniques used in transport planning.

Rewards and Benefits
We care hugely about wellbeing, allowing time for a good laugh, and developing our team to be the best they can be. Alongside this, we also offer the below benefits:
•A competitive salary.
•29 days annual leave + bank holidays.
•A generous pension scheme.
•A strong supportive management team.
•Training and development opportunities, including coaching and mentoring.
•Subscription fees paid for one relevant professional body.
•A range of discounts including Argos, Samsung, Asos, B&Q and many more.Free access to employee assistant programmes.Discounted membership at selected local sports and fitness centres.A range of commuting and business travel discount and initiatives

For a full list of the benefits offered to you as a West Sussex County Council employee you can find them on our Rewards and Benefits page.

Further Information

The reference number for this role is EIE01034.

For an informal conversation or for further information regarding the role, please contact Darryl Hemmings at: [email protected].

For issues or queries regarding your application please contact: [email protected]

To apply, upload your CV and cover letter explaining the skills and experience you can bring to the role ensuring that any gaps in employment are covered in your CV.

To apply now, please click the link below:

West Sussex County Council is an equal opportunities employer committed to promoting an environment that is inclusive and free from all forms of unlawful or unfair discrimination and values the diversity of its people. We actively welcome applications from people of all backgrounds and take every possible step to ensure that no individual will be disadvantaged.

For information regarding your eligibility to apply for this role under our Disability or Veteran’s Guaranteed Interview Scheme, this can be found on our application help page.  

Note for Recruitment Agencies: We prefer to hire people directly, but we do have a supplier list for when we need a helping hand. We'll be in touch directly if we need you!


  • Location: Chichester
  • Job Title: Principal Transport Planner
  • Salary: £43,516 to £46,549
  • Closed: 27 Nov 2022

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