Head of Network Management
Salary: £62,023 - £68,352
Location: Coventry, United Kingdom (Incl. Northern Ireland)
Closing date: 2nd April 2023
About the team we are recruiting to
We value diverse perspectives and experiences and are striving to create a workplace culture that is inclusive, is accepting of all and is free from discrimination and bias.
Coventry is a city that is changing fast – and we’re looking for skilled people to join our team and help take us into a bright new future. We are a city that is going places - with an inspiring, world-famous history and exciting times ahead.
Home to award-winning universities, top level sport and concerts and famous brands such as Jaguar and Severn Trent. We are a part of the ‘Midlands-Engine’, the home of the UK motor industry and a proud multicultural city.
Major developments taking shape around the city, including a new-look shopping centre, a water park, new business quarter, restaurants and a modernised rail station. More and more firms and families are relocating to our city as they see what we have to offer.
Coventry is a great place to live and work and it’s getting even better - and having the right infrastructure is vital.
That’s why we are looking for people who are passionate, dedicated people who, like us, are determined to make real, positive change to Coventry.
The Council is committed to improving the quality of life for residents and making Coventry a top 10 city. We’re bringing in new, streamlined ways of working and making more use of technology to deliver services to the people who live and work in our city.
We secured grant funding from the West Midlands Combined Authority and the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership to invest in the city centre to ensure we create a legacy for local people after the city has welcomed the world for its year as City of Culture in 2021.
Building on the work already competed, we will retain the best of the old alongside the best of the new.
Numerous changes have already taken place to transform Coventry's public spaces, with £57m invested in the city since 2011, and an estimated £10m+ by 2021. This has resulted in significant private sector investment in public realm schemes and commercial developments.
Works already taken place include:
• Cathedral Lanes turned into restaurant area (Wagamama, Las Iguanas, Cosy Club, The Botanist, Bistrot Pierre and MOD Pizza have occupied the space, with more to come)
• One Friargate building and the bridge deck demolition
• The Wave's construction - £36m water park, award-winning leisure offer
• Nationwide building demolition - opening the space into Broadgate and Hertford Street.
• We have 887km of carriageways made up of 89km of A roads, 69km of B roads, 64km of C roads and 655km of Unclassified roads
• 2161km of footways, footpaths and cycleways
• 300 structures, including subways, retaining walls, culverts, gantries and rights of way structures
• 33,000 street lighting columns, 4,000 lit traffic signs and beacons and 1,500 lit traffic bollards
• 44,000 drainage gullies
• 127 signal controlled junctions, 98 pedestrian crossings, and 115 school patrol flashing lights.
We know how hard our people work in our Highways, Traffic and Transportation Teams, and what it means to have a great manager who makes the time to say 'thank you'. So, with us, your work will always be appreciated and recognised.
We also know that to recruit passionate, dedicated staff in Highways, Traffic and Transportation where there’s simply more demand than available resource, we show our appreciation in other, more tangible ways, too - to make Coventry City Council an attractive place to work in terms of the benefits.
What is the job role?
Coventry is a city of innovation, from the advent of the motor car to the current work developing a new Very Light Rail system, with ambitious growth plans that will place ever-increasing pressure on our transport networks.
We have an exciting opportunity for someone to join our Transport and Innovation team to lead our network management service, utilising new technology to develop our urban traffic management control systems to get the best out of our highway network.
You will have the opportunity to work on ambitious plans to re-model our highway network, accommodating segregated cycle routes, the Very Light Rail network, and new transport modes such as e-scooters and drones, as well as managing traditional transport demands arising from motor traffic, pedestrians and buses.
You will also be responsible for the Streetworks team, a critical role in terms of keeping the city moving.
Who are we looking for?
The right candidate will need technical knowledge, and be skilled at building and maintaining partnership, as the role requires close working with strategic and local transport authorities, notably Transport for West Midlands, National Highways and neighbouring authorities, and well as with transport operators, utilities and contractors.
Coventry has a proud, innovative and creative spirit that throughout its history has seen communities come together to tackle problems and bring about real social change.
We are cutting-edge, challenging, youthful, vibrant and diverse.
At Coventry we are committed to excellence in everything we do. With around 4800 staff from a range of different backgrounds, our aim is to recruit and develop talented people who will focus on our customers, take responsibility, work together and find better ways of doing things.
To deliver the best services to our residents, we need the best people working for us to make a difference to our communities.
If you join us, we will provide a fantastic rewards and benefits package - to find out more please visit https://www.coventry.gov.uk/council-vacancies