National Bus Strategy Project Manager
Portsmouth City Council has an ambitious and wide-ranging programme of Bus Service Improvements, urban regeneration, and transport improvement schemes to deliver following an award of £50m from the Department for Transport. This is an exciting opportunity to lead on developing a range of fast-paced and pioneering transport projects.
The Portsmouth Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP) is designed to prioritise buses and introduce a transformational range of projects that will enable bus services across the city to be quicker, more punctual and more reliable. These projects will encourage a return to the bus by current bus users, and along with other projects such as the introduction of electric bus (ZEBRA) to Hampshire, drive new bus users to hop on the bus.
Within this role you will work directly on all aspects of the programme delivery including bus priority and traffic signal priority projects, highway design and roadspace reallocation as well as roadside, infrastructure and real time passenger information projects. Alongside this there is a need to deliver fare initiatives, service enhancements and elements of the passenger charter for bus passengers. We are proud of the strong relationship between the Council and bus operators which has been an enabler in the city and the programme is being delivered in close partnership to delivery positive outcomes.
Transport fits in as part of the regeneration directorate at Portsmouth City Council which has a responsibility for transforming Portsmouth by creating thousands of new jobs and homes, boosting the local economy, creating cleaner air for healthier lives, generating millions of pounds for local services, creating a strong sense of place and improving transport options for a more sustainable future.
Why come and work in Portsmouth?
Portsmouth is a great waterfront city and a vibrant place to live and work. It is an island city with an “inner city” feel, a seaside location packed with attractions and events, and the advantage of fantastic countryside on its doorstep. With a fast-growing university, high-tech industries and a vibrant cultural scene, Portsmouth is a modern city that looks to the future, but which is proud of its unique heritage as the home of the Royal Navy and historic dockyard. With fast road and rail links to London, Brighton and major airports, and ferry links to Europe, it is the perfect place to live and work.
Portsmouth City Council
At Portsmouth City Council we’re all about developing our staff, because we want to build a bigger and better city, but we need the best employees to do so. With a little over 207,000 residents and 7,000 businesses throughout this city, this unitary authority’s main goal is to ensure the best care and development of all those within the city. From customer service to multi-million-pound projects, our residents are at the heart of everything we do.
Your new role
Reporting to the National Bus Strategy Delivery Manager in the Transport Service. This is a project management role to manage and successfully deliver a number of major projects in a high-profile programme. This will focus on the successful delivery of high value Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP) projects by March 2025 with central government funding from DfT of £50m. The role will be working closely with our bus operator partners, officers, contractors and elected members to ensure that the highest standards are achieved within the constraints of time, quality and budget.
Who is the person?
You will have relevant project management training to PRINCE2 practitioner level or have relevant experience. You will also have experience of successfully delivering large scale projects including working with stakeholders, contractors and agencies to enable successful project delivery within time and on budget.
You will have proven success of working within strict budgetary controls, including the analysis and interpretation of financial information as well as experience of preparing reports and correspondence, using research and information gathering techniques.
If you have good analytical and problem-solving skills, with the ability to prioritise your workload in order to manage your time effectively. This includes being able to work on your own initiative and respond positively to pressure then we would love to hear from you.
What you'll get in return working for Portsmouth City Council
We are a disability confident employer - committed to ensuring that our recruitment and selection process is inclusive and accessible and welcome applications from all areas of society.
We really appreciate our employees and fully realise they are essential to our success and look to offer an inclusive, supportive working environment where employees can reach their potential with a healthy work life balance, offering the following rewards:
• A generous pension scheme
• Up to 31 days annual leave per year plus bank holidays, pro rata for part time.
• Flexible / hybrid working
• A range of retail discounts via our reward portal offering discounts at retailers including IKEA, Currys, Tesco
• Free Access to Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and wellbeing support
• Access to a wide range of training and development opportunities including apprenticeships
• Potential to purchase additional annual leave
• Business travel support and initiatives, including bike loans