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Principal Technical Lead

England’s Economic Heartland is the sub-national transport body for the region that stretches from Swindon across to Cambridgeshire and from Northamptonshire down to Hertfordshire. As a strategic partnership of local authorities, EEH provides leadership on strategic transport, and wider strategic infrastructure.

Our region is a national priority for the government and our work plays a key role in supporting the Oxford-Cambridge Arc initiative. 

We currently have two vacancies, the closing date for both is 29 May but we encourage you to make the application as soon as possible.

Principal Technical Lead (with particular focus on roads)

This role is responsible for providing the technical advice and oversight to inform EEH’s work programme in support of the Transport Strategy’s policies. In addition to overall technical oversight, the role will have a particular focus on shaping the future of roads in the region, considering innovation and future technologies alongside delivery of a continual investment programme in our road infrastructure.

The role requires regular engagement and collaboration at a senior level with Government departments and national infrastructure organisations, including managing EEH’s relationship with National Highways as well as service providers.  It also requires regular engagement and collaboration with the elected Leaders and Executive Directors across our local authority partners.

Within the framework of the overarching Transport Strategy, the Technical Lead Officer will be responsible for commissioning professional advice that will support our work, this will include technical analysis through to developing strategy implementation plans.

England’s Economic Heartland is a collaborative partnership and the post holder will need to establish, develop and maintain strong working relationships with our partners. 

Principal Lead - National Networks (with particular focus on rail and freight)

This role is responsible for providing oversight of EEH’s strategic transport network, focusing primarily on rail and key freight routes. In support of the Transport Strategy’s policies, the role will lead EEH’s approach to planning strategic movements on the rail network, including prioritising and advocating investment in the region’s rail priorities, building on the EEH Rail Passenger Study, published in July 2021.  In addition, the Principal Lead will ensure the region’s strategic rail and road networks are being used in the most effective way to support a growing freight sector, building on the Freight Topic Paper, published in July 2019.

The role requires regular engagement and collaboration at a senior level with Government departments, national infrastructure organisations, including managing EEH’s relationship with Network Rail, the emerging Great British Railways Body as well as service providers.  The successful postholder will need to operate with credibility and authority across these sectors.

The role will lead EEH’s secretariat of the East West Main Line Partnership and as such requires regular engagement and collaboration with the elected Leaders and Executive Directors from across our local authority partners.

Within the framework of the overarching Transport Strategy, the role will also be responsible for commissioning professional advice that will support our work, this will include technical analysis through to developing strategy implementation plans. As a Lead Officer, the postholder is responsible for managing the commissioned work within agreed budgets. 

England’s Economic Heartland is a collaborative partnership and the postholder will need to establish, develop and maintain strong working relationships with our partners. 

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