Sustainable Travel Planning Officer - Working for Essex
Salary: Up to £30,706 per annum
Closing date: 28 Apr 2024
Location: Chelmsford
Hours: Full-time
Req ID: 16383
Role: Highways and Waste
About the role

Sustainable Travel Planning Officer

Secondment, Full Time

Up to £30,706 per annum

Location: Chelmsford

Working Style: Anywhere worker

Please note that this is a secondment opportunity for a period of 2 years.

Join our dynamic Sustainable Transport (ST) team in our mission to transform Essex into a Safer, Greener, and Healthier County. We're dedicated to fostering active travel and sustainable transport options, enhancing our residents’ well-being while reducing our carbon footprint.

As the Sustainable Travel Planning Officer, you'll spearhead collaborative efforts with diverse stakeholders to craft innovative strategies promoting sustainable travel among schools, businesses, and new housing developments. Your role will involve orchestrating the development, implementation, and monitoring of Travel Plans aimed at catalysing modal shift throughout the county.

We're seeking a passionate individual who will champion sustainable travel initiatives with unwavering dedication. Your role will involve delivering impactful Travel Planning solutions, encouraging innovation, with effective communication to steer a wide array of sustainability-focused projects forward.

Join us in creating a brighter, more sustainable future for Essex!


  • Contribute to the development and delivery of new initiatives, supporting sustainable travel policies, working towards a leading authority Travel Plan model.
  • Build and maintain relationships with employers, property developers and Headteachers to promote the development and implementation of Business, Residential and School Travel Plans. Provide up-to-date information and assistance, sharing best practice in relation to Travel Plans, exploring the benefits and opportunities to promote alternatives to single car occupancy travel.
  • Represent ECC and advise on sustainable travel options at local, regional, and national meetings whilst researching best practice from other organisations and authorities.
  • Monitor, manage and promote the Essex County Council (ECC) Employee Travel Plan Schemes, including Pool Bikes, Car Share, Bike Loans, Public Transport Discounts and Business Travel.
  • Liaise with County and District officers, in response to relevant planning proposals ensuring sustainable travel issues are considered and implemented during the planning process. Provide recommendations and advice on Travel Plans (School, Business, Residential, Cluster and Area) promoting measures and best practice to reduce use of the private car.
  • Deliver professional advice and guidance on regular monitoring of Travel Plans to designated on-site Travel Plan Co-ordinators including utilisation of data analysis from Travel Surveys to agree modal shift targets and key indicators.
  • Work collaboratively with District/Borough/City Councils, internal and external stakeholders to develop travel information packs and other promotional material in support of sustainable travel.
  • Champion the Safer Greener Healthier vision, acting as an ambassador, and supporting others to effectively promote the aim and aspirations.
  • Specific individual and shared targets and objectives are defined annually within the performance management framework.

The Experience You Will Bring

  • Educated to RQF Level 3 (A level) OR degree level, or equivalent by experience.
  • Evidence of continuous professional development and expert knowledge in relevant professional area
  • Knowledge of sustainable travel initiatives and/or development, implementation and monitoring of Travel Plans.
  • Knowledge of national travel planning campaigns/initiatives (including cycling, walking and public transport).
  • Proven track record in co-ordinating successful projects, with excellent organisational and project management skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills with the ability to develop and deliver effective presentations.
  • Ability to build strong working relationships and negotiate and influence partners, public transport operators and developers.
  • Experienced user and/or advocate of public/sustainable/active transport.
  • Able to use Microsoft Office – Excel, Word, PowerPoint

To read more about us please visit: Climate, Environment and Customer Services

Why Essex?

Essex County Council has a location to be proud of. Our 1,300 square miles stretch from Constable Country to the Thames Estuary, from the dynamic M11 corridor to the traditional seaside resorts of Clacton and Walton. England’s oldest town, Colchester, and two of its newest – Basildon and Harlow – are right here. Along with the City of Chelmsford, the county town, they form our major population centres. It means real choice and makes Essex the ideal place for your career. Read more about us.

Essex County Council is proud to be a Disability Confident Leader. We’re committed to interview all disabled applicants who choose to apply under our Job Interview Scheme if they meet the minimum requirements of the job. Please speak to our Recruiters if you require any reasonable adjustments during the process.

We’re also committed to interview all veterans and care leavers, who meet the minimum requirements of the role for which they are applying.

What you should do next

If you are interested in finding out more about this role, we would love to hear from you. Please apply via the Working for Essex website.

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