Lead Principal Projects Officer

  • Employer: Liverpool City Region Combined Authority
  • Salary: £46,171 - £50,097
  • Location: No 1 Mann Island, Liverpool
  • Contract: Permanent
  • Working Pattern: Flexible Hours/Full Time
  • Hours: 35 hours per week.
  • DBS Check: No
  • Closing Date: 16/02/2024 at 17:00
  • Reference: PL/24/267653

Our vision is to create a fairer, stronger and cleaner city region. Somewhere we can all be proud of, where no one is left behind. To make our vision a reality we’re looking for people, from all walks of life, who reflect the diversity of our communities, feel connected to our vision, and who role model our three behaviours.

The Combined Authority is led by Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram and brings together Liverpool City Region's six local authorities – Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral – to tackle the big issues that matter to us all, together.

We work together to make investments in areas that have a real impact on our communities, such as transport, employment, culture, digital and housing.

Our aim is to ensure that everyone benefits from the decisions we make. We want to create an environment which allows our economy to thrive for the good of everyone who lives and works in Liverpool City Region.


Role overview:

  • An opportunity has arisen for a Lead Principal Project Officer within the Active Travel Development Team (previously known as KRN and LTP Sustainable Transport Team), within the Place Directorate of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority)
  • The main purpose of the post will include, but not be restricted to: to provide strategic transport level advice in support of the development of the LCR Transport Priorities, via the early identification of potential funding opportunities, development of proposals and the subsequent development and review of Transport Business Cases and funding applications.
  • Development of the feasibility and economic appraisal of options to support transport, working with colleagues and stakeholders to meet LCR CA requirements for business case development, specifically in relation to the KRN and Active Travel and Sustainable Transport.
  • Provide strategic advice and coordinate the development of projects within LCR transport programmes and subsequent programme monitoring and evaluation.
  • Develop and manage in-house prioritisation of schemes with key stakeholders to help secure the funding for City Region Transport Projects.
  • To provide day to day management of the KRN and Sustainable Transport Officers (Active Travel Development Team)
  • The successful post holder will have an opportunity to positively influence the development of active travel in the city region liaising closely with Active Travel England and all 6 constituent local authorities in the city region, ensuring the integration of active travel into other areas and schemes across the city region


Key role and responsibilities:

  • Responsibility to promote progressive, innovative, informed thinking relating to transport services, infrastructure and delivery throughout the LCR and to work with colleagues to apply LCR CA transport strategy’s
  • Coordinate and commission economic assessment and appraisal studies, develop business and economic analysis of service and infrastructure options and verify Value for Money. Demonstrating a high level of technical knowledge and expertise in appropriate ICT application
  • Identify and share best practice to provide robust, informed advice to Senior Management and senior officers across the LCR as required on key transport related issues
  • Managing day-to-day and strategic relationships with colleagues, partners and stakeholders to develop and provide informed, cogent advice and input to initiatives/projects defined by Senior Management
  • To programme manage partnership transport investment across the City Region. From establishing programme management documentation through to the managing the monitoring, measuring, evaluating and reporting on initiatives or projects and their delivery within agreed formats and timescales both locally and nationally includes working alongside Finance, Legal and PMO functions to develop the appropriate funding agreement between the Combined Authority and it’s constituent local authorities
  • Provide a centralised function to develop funding bids to local (CRSTS) and national (DfT/Defra/ ATE) teams to deliver the objectives as set out in the CA Corporate Plan, The LCR Transport Plan and national strategies. Develop outcome based funding applications which seek to deliver the LCR Corporate Plan, the LCR Transport Plan, Local Journeys Strategy and other key city region strategies
  • Develop commissions and briefs for the appointment of consultants and contractors working alongside the Procurement Dept. and other officers in order to deliver an effective means of assessment and selection of external service providers


Required skills and knowledge:

  • Educated to Degree level or HND/HNC level in a relevant discipline e.g. Civil Engineering /Transport Planning / Project Management with relevant experience. 
  • Membership of a professional body
  • Experience of project / programme management, risk and dependencies, lessons learnt, etc
  • Preparation of reports / presentation of information to senior management, local politicians and stakeholders*
  • Experience of effective forward planning, organisation and coordination of resources and projects
  • Knowledge and experience of technical analysis – with specific reference to Sustainable Transport and highway related projects
  • Experience of managing a small team but with complex projects
  • Knowledge and understanding of local government processes and procedures.
  • Political’ awareness and understanding of the regional and national political context and influences
  • A commitment to the LCR and an understanding of its stakeholders
  • An ability to demonstrate our core values, including a commitment to Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion
  • Experience of contributing to a high-performance culture


What we can offer you:

  • Local Government Pension Scheme contributions between 5.5% and 12.5%
  • Generous holiday entitlement of 29 days rising to 34 days after 5 years service , as well as bank holidays and the option to buy 9 additional days
  • Free travel around Liverpool City Region with an All-Zone Metro card worth £1,450 per year plus All Zones Off Peak Trio ticket for your spouse or partner
  • Flexible and hybrid working with role dependent overtime and enhanced pay
  • 24/7 access to Employee Assistance Programme for you and your family and Free counselling services
  • Corporate discounts at council-owned gyms
  • Bike to Work Scheme
  • Coaching, mentoring, apprenticeships, and professional qualifications including paid membership fees and even a £1k interest free learning loan for any non-job-related learning


We offer a guaranteed interview scheme for all candidates who met the essential criteria in the job description and who have declared that they: have a disability, are from a Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic background, are a member of a reservist or have close family links to a member of the Armed Forces as we are under-represented by people from these communities.


The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.

How to apply

Please apply online via the link provided.


Please note, CV applications will only be accepted alongside a completed personal and monitoring information online application form.

Further information on this vacancy

This vacancy is now closed