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Principal Transport Planning Manager

Be First
Maritime House, Barking, London
£53,000 - £60,000
Closing date
8 Jul 2021

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Job Details

Key contacts:

  • Planning Team, Planning Policy, Infrastructure and Development Management
  • Council Highways, My Place and Enforcement
  • Key partners including officers and elected officials from London Borough of Barking and Dagenham, delivery partners across sectors, Government bodies & TfL
    • Staff at all levels of the organisation
    • Be First and London Borough of Barking and Dagenham’s Communications Teams
    • Members of the Be First Board as required
    • Residents, customers and supply chain partners

Location: Maritime House, Barking

Overall Purpose of Job:

Barking and Dagenham is at the heart of London’s eastward growth, attracting developers and investors to the most affordable and accessible opportunities in the whole of the Southeast.

With 400 hectares of development land, we plan to provide 50,000 high quality new homes and 20,000 new jobs within the next 20 years.

Be First is a wholly owned subsidiary of the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham. With an exciting programme of sustainable infrastructure, urban design and transport schemes planned over the next 10 years, the ambition is for the Borough to earn a reputation as the Green Borough of London. 

As our Lead Transport Planning Manager, you will be responsible to shape and deliver our new record £3.5 million TFL & DfT transport budget. You will lead the borough transport strategy, delivery of the LIPs and Streetspace programme as well developing our new active travel workstream focused around cycling, walking and e-travel/e-charging.   The post requires someone with considerable drive and flair to progress the  Borough’s ambitions  around tackling poor health and promoting improved Air Quality, behavioural change  and active travel set out in our new Local Plan.

This is a truly unique opportunity to make your mark in urban design and transport planning – the post-holder  will be recognised as the Borough and Be First lead on all Healthy Active Travel and transport related issues, opportunities and strategies at local to pan London levels.

Job Context:

  • The post holder reports to the, Head of Transport Infrastructure and Policy Planning
  • The postholder may have management responsibility for up to 5 permanent staff. (Additional agency or seconded staff may be included at various times.)
  • The post holder will work flexibly and work as an effective team member.

Key Tasks and Accountabilities:

Key tasks and accountabilities are intended to be a guide to the range and level of work expected of the post holder.  This is not an exhaustive list of all tasks that may fall to the post holder and employees will be expected to carry out such other reasonable duties which may be required from time to time by the Head of Policy, Transport and Infrastructure Planning.

  • To contribute towards the implementation of a working culture that is result-orientated, customer-focused and an ethos of ‘right first time’ service delivery.
  • To undertake all duties with minimal supervision.
  • To be responsible for continuous personal development by requesting and attending training when necessary.
  • To demonstrate a strong commitment to the promotion of equal opportunities.
  • To take a lead in providing high quality planning services to external and internal customers and stakeholders, meeting evolving delivery priorities, issues and challenges to agreed standards defined in the service offer.
  • Undertake a full range of operational business tasks a portfolio of projects which may be within some or all of the planning functions.
  • Strategy Development
  • Borough Transport Plan
  • Cycling and Walking Strategy
  • E Travel and Charging
  • Corridor Plans and Masterplan Areas
  • Station programme, rail and Surface Transport and river
  • Various other initiatives eg River Crossings/Trams/Light Transport
  • Highway plans including the Town Centre
  • Delivery Planning
  • Manage and oversee LIPs Programme
  • Streetscape Programme, School Streets and Low Traffic Neighboroughoods
  • Cycling Programme – CSR10 (Barking Riverside) A118 Chadwell Heath
  • Electric Charging Programme
  • Bus Priority
  • Schools and Travel Plan programme
  • Cycle training
  • Road Safety programme
  • Behaviour Change
  • Programme Management
  • Accountable for securing, managing and claiming TFL Portal Allocations in line with TLF guidance. Managing Be First TFL Revenue Finance Codes, LBBD Finance Capital Codes, and all associated accountability and monitoring in line with Council Finance and Procurement Rules.
  • Identify, bid and secure additional funding to support the Boroughs Manifesto Pledges, Mayors Transport Strategy and Be First Regeneration ambitions.
  • Manage Service Level Agreements with key partners – Living Streets,  Sustrans and TFL.


Essential experience

  • A recognised degree in Transport Planning with post qualification experience to qualify for membership or  ability to gain entry to course leading to a professional qualification.
  • A knowledge of how to supervise a Transport  Planning team and to devise innovative solutions for service delivery.
  • The ability to undertake complex projects or work and in a high-pressure environment.
  • Demonstratable successful innovation, initiative and consistent achievement in a planning environment
  • The ability to manage, lead and motivate staff and foster their professional development
  • IT literate with experience of using Word, PowerPoint and other software packages to record and manage data.
  • Able to listen and respond sensitively to the needs of the community and to deliver the service around the needs of customers.
  • To build effective and productive working relationships with colleagues and elected members.
  • A proven record or experience of communicating in person, by telephone and in writing in a calm, courteous and confident professional manner.
  • Demonstrable understanding of the equality and diversity agenda, and experience of embedding a fair and ethical approach within a team and wider organisation
  • Ability to demonstrate activity across the industry and knowledge of best practice and emerging ideas on transport and streetscape design.

Essential skills

  • Able to work successfully in teams
  • Creative and innovative in solving complex problems
  • Able to think and work proactively, “self-start” and work autonomously with the minimum of direct supervision
  • Scrupulous attention to detail, particularly with regard to technical aspects of operational processes and practices, accuracy of records and reports, efficiency and accuracy around schedule and diary management
  • At ease in the presence of company directors, senior client representatives and able to command a sense of personal professional gravitas without being overbearing
  • Have a corporate approach to managing her/his areas of responsibility, seeing the bigger picture, supporting fellow executives and board members in meeting their objectives
  • Able to work under pressure, organise and prioritise own work and that of others, ensuring agreed programmes and project requirements are met and customer demands accommodated
  • Strong influencing and persuasion skills
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Strong reporting writing and communications skills, abilities to flex communication style and approach to meet the needs of a diverse range of stakeholder groups
  • Ability to prioritise under pressure

How to Apply

In order to apply, please submit a CV supported by a covering letter of no more than 2 sides of A4 outlining your motivation for applying and highlighting how your skills, knowledge and experience meet the requirements of the role. Please do this by clicking on the Apply button below.

Please note, submitting a CV without a covering letter will delay your application.

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