Senior Transport Modeller

Department for Transport

Department for Transport

Senior Transport Modeller
Closing Date: Monday 30th May 2022
Salary: £38,654
London Min: £42,466 National Min: £38,654 Retention payment of £2,000 may be available for Transport Modellers in post on 1/4/23, subject to satisfactory performance. The retention payment for all Transport Modellers in qualifying posts are non-contractual and reviewed annually.
Contract type: Permanent
Business area: DFT - Roads, Places and Environment Group (RPE) - Roads Strategy, Local Transport
Type of role: Analytical
Working pattern: Flexible working, Full-time, Job share, Part-time
Number of posts: 3
Location(s): Birmingham, Leeds, London

About the job:
We recognise the challenges that people with (multiple) protected characteristics may experience on the job market and in their career progression. We are fully committed to being an inclusive employer and ensuring equal opportunities. We are keen to make our workforce as diverse as possible, and we hope to attract applications from underrepresented groups, including Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people, people with a disability, and people with gender diverse identities.

Do you have proven expertise in using complex models to solve analytical problems?

Can you communicate analysis effectively to inform decision making?

If so, we'd love to hear from you!

Job description
The Department for Transport is recruiting for three Senior Modellers to work in the Roads Economics, Modelling and Evaluation and Local Regional Transport Analysis teams. Working as part of a wider team, you’ll get the opportunity to work on leading-edge, multi-criteria models and influence the both the present and future day-to-day lives of UK citizens.

This role involves working on multiple projects with policy colleagues and with National Highways, sub-national transport bodies and local authorities, in liaison with a network of analyst and other professional colleagues across the Department. You will combine strategically guiding modelling for substantial programmes of scheme and portfolio development, with advice to inform fast-paced policy work, and research to develop our evidence base in line with emerging challenges.

DfT is fully committed to the professional development of its analysts and the posts offer significant benefits to help boost the career of an analyst wishing to learn and progress in the field and gain broader skills.

We offer:

• Potential to learn across all aspects of transport and land use modelling.
• Participation in the development of new appraisal methods.
• Access to further learning, such as the use of transport modelling software (e.g. VISUM) and data spatial software (e.g. R).
• Opportunity to attend conferences (Modelling World, European Transport Conference) and presentations of latest academic research.
• Participation in an active and thriving analytical community, working closely with colleagues in Data Science, Economics, Social Research, Statistics, Operational Research, Science and Engineering.


• Provide transport modelling advice to DfT colleagues and external organisations in support of strategic and local roads business cases.
• Provide analytical assurance and review modelling in accordance with industry best practice, as well as providing value for money advice for major investment decisions.
• Establish good relationships and work with external stakeholders to develop modelling and appraisal analysis to support decision making.
• Undertake bespoke analysis to support the enhancement of modelling methods and wider DfT analytical needs.
• Commission modelling and research from external consultants, project managing their work and assuring outputs.
• Advise on specific modelling issues both to DfT customers and the external transport modelling profession.

For further information, please see the attached Role Profile.

About You

You will have a good understanding of the development and use of transport models in accordance with industry best practice and the role they play in appraisal. When managing your own time and resources, you will show the ability to be flexible, prioritise workload appropriately in what can sometimes be a rapidly changing policy environment.

In addition, you are comfortable communicating effectively, especially complex information and ideas, with the ability to adapt your presentation to a variety of audiences in an informative and engaging manner.

We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:
• Working Together
• Making Effective Decisions
• Communicating and Influencing

Technical skills
We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:
• Creativity and problem solving

Being part of our brilliant Civil Service means you will have access to a wide range of fantastic benefits. We offer generous annual leave, attractive pension options, flexible working, inclusive working environments and much more to support a healthy work/life balance.

Find out more about what it's like working at the Department for Transport.

Things you need to know
Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details
This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Experience and Technical skills.
We are closely monitoring the situation regarding the coronavirus, and will be following central Government advice as it is issued. There is therefore a risk that recruitment to this post may be subject to change at short notice. In addition, where appropriate, you may be invited to attend a video interview.

Please continue to follow the application process as normal and ensure that you check your emails regularly as all updates from us will be sent to you this way.

How to Apply

As part of your application, you will be asked to complete a CV and Statement of Suitability demonstrating your experience and suitability for the role.

Please tailor your CV and Statement of Suitability to provide evidence of the following:

• Analytical experience in developing transport models to solve problems, e.g. forecasting, demand modelling, highway and public transport assignment.
• Experience of communicating analysis clearly and effectively to a range of technical and non-technical audiences.

The sift is due to take place from 31st May 2022.

Interviews/assessments are likely to be held from week commencing 6th June 2022.

For further information on the vacancy and to learn more about about the application process and how to apply, please click here.


  • Location: Birmingham, Leeds,London
  • Job Title: Senior Transport Modeller
  • Salary: £38,654
  • Closed: 30 May 2022

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