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Job Ref:  115310DNI
Employer:  Morson International
Country:  United Kingdom
City:  England
12/10/2016 20:14
To ensure the maintenance, enhancement, development and quality assurance of the PLANET Framework Model (PFM), as well as emerging commercial models for use in predicting demand for services.
Transport modellers in the Model Development team are responsible for leading on a variety of model development areas. Modellers are expected to work flexibly across the team and the wider division to provide expert modelling advice for use in the economic case for us, as well as contributing to and leading on project and supplier management of transport modelling and model development. Examples of specific model development tasks include:
Responsible for providing the head of Economic & Commercial Analysis who is the Senior Model Owner (SMO) for PFM with the assurance and evidence he/she needs to review, communicate risks/limitations and sign off the use of PFM for any analytical work in line with Dfs guidance Strength in Numbers.
To procure, manage and deliver a continuous programme of independent, external audit and quality assurance to verify the accuracy of PFM development and specific pieces of analysis that use PFM.
To lead and contribute to the development of a model development strategy that ensures our modelling tools are configured to support existing and emerging analytical demands.
To manage the programme of third-party maintenance and development of PFM to ensure that the model delivers value-for-money, with accurate and relevant results.
To provide “sign-off†role within PFM development team for individual pieces of model development confirming contractors have delivered the required methodological specification, have met the expected quality acceptance criteria, and have provided comprehensive and accessible documentation.
To provide the secretariat for a working group to oversee the maintenance and improvement of the PLANET Framework Model (PFM) to support and enable delivery of the analytical programme required by the Tri-partite Analytical Group.
To ensure that PFM is configured to support emerging commercial modelling demands, as well as providing expert advice on new commercial modelling techniques.
practice, as well as developing a programme of continuing professional development.
To support the model development team’s work as required, for example, with reference to questions concerning economic inputs.
To provide ad hoc audit, assurance and quality checking and guidance on emerging analytical and modelling tools, and to ensure that quality issues are addressed in the procurement of these.
Technical skills:
o Degree with a strong quantitative angle (eg economics, statistics, maths)
o Established transport demand modelling skills and experience, with demonstrable ability in the development and implementation of complex models in software such as EMME.
o The post holder should be familiar with transport demand forecasts, modelling, appraisal, and Green Book appraisal.
Programme and Project management: Managing the delivery of the organisations objectives. Experience in successful project management is essential. The post will be responsible for delivering a programme of audit and quality assurance for a large and complex model within challenging timescales and will require excellent project management skills, with a focus on risk management, embedding quality assurance, and delivering value for money
Analysis and use of evidence: Understanding and using evidence to inform our decision making. Excellent analytical skills are required to design and deliver analysis, and an ability to understand and distil complex arguments into key principles is essential.
Communicating: Ensuring PFM stakeholders know what we are doing, and why, and that we listen to their views. The post requires strong written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to influence at all levels and defend results confidently under scrutiny. The ability to communicate complex modelling concepts to a non-technical audience will be key.
Strategic thinking: Relating what we are doing now to our broader strategic purpose.
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