The Road Safety Group is a part of Transport and Network Operations that sits in the Highways, Transport & Planning directorate. The Transport and Network Operations Service delivers home to school transport, network management, parking management, sustainable travel infrastructure improvements and road safety.
Reducing the number of people killed or seriously injured while traveling on our roads, improving air quality and delivering new cycle schemes are key targets for West Sussex. The Road Safety Manager is a key role in making this happen and is responsible for management of a wider team of road safety professionals, cycle trainers and driver trainers. The postholder will be accountable for all aspects of planning, developing, project managing and delivering safety engineering schemes together with providing education, training and publicity programmes to support safe and alternative transport choices.
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About The Job
Salary: £47,351 - £51,807 per annum
Working Pattern: Full time, 37 hours per week
Location: Chichester, County Hall
Interview Date: 22 July 2021
As the Road Safety Group Manager, you will report to Head of Service and is a member of the Transport and Network Operations management team. Key responsibilities are for a team of road safety professionals delivering the following services: road safety infrastructure schemes; accident data and analysis; road safety education and publicity; Bikeability training; driver training diversion courses on behalf of the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership; road safety and highway improvements advice / guidance; road death investigation in partnership with Sussex and Surrey Police.
You will also lead on key policy initiatives such as Safer Systems and speed management as well as contributing to the feasibility of the active travel schemes, sustainable behavioural change programmes and comment on development proposals where appropriate. Such schemes are typically less than £1m each and the annual programme is approximately £2m. In addition the postholder is responsible for providing professional advice to Members and senior management and leading on bids for external funding.
As the postholder, you will work with a wide range of partners to deliver and develop West Sussex's ambitious aims in road safety, including Sussex Police, other local authorities, the Department for Transport, Fire and Rescue Services, schools, consultants, contractors and developers. As the Council's senior road safety specialist, you will be the main provider of advice and guidance for colleagues across the Highways Transport and Planning directorate, including senior managers and Members, on all matters relating to road safety.
Experience and Skills
- Ability to make sound pragmatic problem-solving decisions, which will have a wider service impact. Able to analyse and make judgements based on understanding of principles.
- The ability to provide comprehensive professional advice and support within the service specialism, including tackling difficult problems of a technical, professional, resource or people related nature.
- Excellent communication skills with the ability to influence actions by others and negotiate effective business solutions.
- Ability to challenge existing practices and identify innovative solutions within the required framework.
- Effective people management and performance management skills and the ability to provide direction and support to individuals and teams.
- Ability to apply project management principles and practices.
Qualifications and/or experience:
- Post graduate professional qualification relevant either to management or to the professional service specialism, or equivalent level of significant experience demonstrating applied application of the above levels of knowledge in a relevant setting.
- Relevant chartered status of a professional body e.g. Institute of Civil Engineers, Institute of Highways and Transport, Institute of Incorporated Engineers or equivalent high-level experience of involved practices.
- Authoritative, applied knowledge of highway / safety engineering and behavioural change including technical theories and related principles.
- Detailed knowledge of practices and procedures relating to management of highway and traffic engineering.
- Experience of managing/leading staff.
- Significant experience of resolving complex problems and issues.
- Experience of managing a budget and contributing to high level expenditure.
Rewards and Benefits
As an employer we recognise that it is our employees that are central to everything we do. We aim to create a supportive and dynamic working environment where employees can achieve their full potential, achieve a healthy work-life balance and are rewarded for the work they do.
Aside from 29 days annual leave, you will also have access to 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.
The reference number for this role is EIE00824 .
To apply, upload your CV and complete the application explaining the skills and experience you can bring to the role ensuring that any gaps in employment are covered in your CV.
We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. This post is subject to referencing and a health check.