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PDP Graduate Transport Planner

Surrey County Council
Closing date
10 Aug 2021

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Supply Chain & Transport
Role Type
Graduate, Other work and training
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The starting salary for this role is GBP27,991 per annum for a 36 hour working week.

Environment, Transport and Infrastructure's overall purpose is to enable safe reliable journeys and sustainable, prosperous places now and in the future. We do this through our Environment Service, Highways and Transport Service.

The Transport Policy Team sits within the Highways Service but works across the Environment, Transport and Infrastructure directorate and external key partners and organisations. The Team consists of three sub teams consisting of a Policy Team (responsible for developing policies and strategies to significantly reduce transport carbon emissions as part of our emerging 4th Local Transport Plan), a Future Programmes Team (responsible for developing business cases to secure funding for transport programmes such as our Local Cycling & Walking Implementation Plans (LCWIPs)) and a Scheme Delivery Team (responsible for sponsoring and project managing schemes up to GBP10m). The aim of the team is to develop policies and measures that enhance safe, cleaner, greener ways of travelling and accessing services and opportunities.

This role will be working in the Scheme Delivery Team which successfully works on delivering a number of sustainable transport schemes. Do you have an interest in pursuing a career within Transport Planning? If so, then this is a great opportunity to build your career with an organisation which will train and invest in you through our Professional Development Programme.

As a Graduate Transport Planner, you will be working with Transport Planners, Engineers, Project Managers, Elected members and Contractors for the development of transport schemes. You will support with the operational delivery of the Transport Policy team by assisting transport planners in the management of project programmes. As well as this, you will support other team members with the development of schemes, business cases to secure funding and consultations and engagement events.

To be shortlisted to interview for this position your application will clearly evidence:

  • Educated to Degree or NVQ qualification at level 5/6 in subjects such as Civil Engineering, Geography or Planning.
  • Working towards or willing to work towards a professional qualification, with membership of a suitable professional body i.e. the RTPI, ICE, CIHT, IHE or TPS e.g. joining at Graduate Member level.
  • Awareness of Transport and Highways policies and current highway and traffic regulations and documentation consistent with the training and development guidance issued by the professional bodies listed above.
  • Ability to undertake investigations, analysis and research into a wide range of strategy, transport and planning issues in order to inform new and existing policy, strategies, briefings, projects and guidance. This will involve the preparation of documents and providing transport policy/strategy advice to develop Transport Strategies and Major Scheme business cases.
  • Ability to assist in the design and organisation of and attendance at public consultation/exhibitions to seek stakeholder consensus on projects and transport policy and strategy.

This position is a professional development programme (PDP). Alongside your work, you will be expected to undertake a sponsored professional qualification at a post-graduate level, click here for an example. The course duration is around 2 to 3 years. You will benefit from paid time off to study and from an accelerated pay progression upon meeting your learning objectives. Mentoring will be provided by experienced colleagues and progression will be regularly monitored through one-to-one meetings.

At Surrey, our values and behaviours are just as important as our skills and abilities. They shape who we are as an organisation. Find out more about the values we follow.

For more information please find the full job description below and refer to this before submitting your application. We also invite you to read our Life at Surrey handbook to see insights of the culture at Surrey and how as a valued employee, you can help shape our Council.

Additional Information

The job advert closes on 30th July 2021 at 23:59.

Interviews are planned to be held in late July, but dates and have yet to be determined. Interview method in line with current advice around social distancing.

Contact Details

For an informal discussion please contact Steve Howard on or by e-mail at .uk.

We look forward to receiving your application. Please click the apply online button below.


From flexible working to job sharing (where possible) we are committed to providing a healthy work life balance. A laptop and mobile will be supplied if applicable to your role. You will benefit from 26 days annual leave, rising to 28 days after 2 years' service, a generous local government salary related pension, as well as the option to join our car lease scheme. For more information about the wide variety of benefits you can take advantage of please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff.

Our Commitment

Surrey County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all under represented groups.

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