Executive Recruitment

Director of Highways, Transportation & Parking

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London Borough of Newham
Closing date:
9th October
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Recruitment timetable

Closing Date
9th October 2020
Long List
13th October 2020
Preliminary Interview
w/c 19th October 2020
Short Listing
30th October 2020
Stakeholder meeting
2nd November 2020
Final Panel
17th November 2020


People at the Heart of Everything We Do

Newham is an ambitious and vibrant borough, proud to be home to one of the youngest and most diverse cultures in the country, with 72% of the population from BAME communities, contributing to 220 languages being spoken in the area. We have excellent transport links to the rest of London and South-East England, including Kent, Essex, Surrey and Middlesex. Newham is an exciting and ambitious borough that is committed to putting people at the heart of everything we do.

The Borough is changing rapidly, benefiting from significant investment, creating new jobs, homes and opportunities for all. Over the next decade we expect to see an additional 2,500 jobs created, injecting £1.5 billion to the local economy.

As Newham’s economy increases, we want to deliver a high-quality environment in which our community can thrive. Aware of the adverse effects that climate change, pollution and congestion bring, the Mayor has identified Environment & Sustainable Transport as a key priority within our corporate plan; and is firmly committed to making all our streets safer so that residents can enjoy healthy and active local journeys.

About the Role

Our new Director of Highways, Transportation and Parking will work collaboratively with the Divisional Management Team, the Mayor, Lead Members and other key senior figures across the council to establish the most effective and efficient delivery mechanisms for delivering high quality services to our residents.

Acting as a change agent, the role offers the opportunity to design and shape our fit for the future Transport strategy, providing leadership and direction to tackle both the climate and health emergency, it also plays a crucial role in driving forward key themes of our corporate plan.

The Director of Highways, Transportation and Parking will drive forward new and innovative sustainable travel systems, engaging residents, businesses and communities to ensure these are long-term success. With exciting plans to create more homes and further develop our local economy, this role will work collaboratively cross-council ensuring transport planning is central to growth strategies. The core priorities will be to drive towards the targets set by the London Mayor’s Transport Strategy; ensure the borough provides the variety of transport options required to be fit for the future; shape the future of recently internalised services and support both residents and businesses by improving the safety, condition and operation of the boroughs transport systems.

Guiding the advancement of people and performance, this role is influential in embedding a culture of continuous improvement; whilst developing teams, ideas and improvement plans, to achieve strategic objectives set out within the community wealth building agenda.

About You

Providing effective leadership across a multi-disciplinary set of frontline services, you will have experience of establishing policies to enhance and maintain service delivery. With the drive and ambition to ‘do things differently’, you will also have a strong understanding of the challenges surrounding transport, sustainability, climate change and air quality, as well as managing large numbers of key workers.

Reviewing the impact of improvements, you will be able to evidence the use of qualitative and qualitative indicators to measure the performance of services, devising appropriate improvement strategies.

Inspiring innovation and partnership working you will benefit from a collaborative management style, with the ability to engage, develop and drive services to achieve operational excellence, increasing efficiency and productivity.

Ultimately, we are looking for you to embrace change, seize opportunities and disrupt what is normal, to deliver positive outcomes for those living and working within the borough, putting people at the heart of what we do. 

For further information about this exciting opportunity click on the link below. Alternatively, for an informal and confidential conversation, please call Rachel Cox (0113 205 6068) from our recruitment partners GatenbySanderson.

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How To Apply

To apply for this role, please submit an up to date copy of your CV, along with a Supporting Statement that addresses the criteria set out in the person specification, using examples to demonstrate how you meet the essential requirements. Please provide your home, work, mobile and email contact details and let us know of any dates when you are not available or where you may have difficulty with the indicative timetable. You should also provide the names, positions, organisations and contact details for two referees, one of whom should be your current or most recent employer. If you do not wish us to approach your referees without your prior permission, please state this clearly.

Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an automated email to confirm that you have applied. If you do not receive this email, please make contact with GatenbySanderson.


The following consultants are managing this role and will be happy to answer any questions that are not covered in the person specification on the next webpage.

Philip Emms
0113 205 6078
Frazer Thouard
020 3854 1485
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