Director of Strategic Transport

Employer name: South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority

Job Reference: N/A
Salary: £89,658 - £100,786 
Deadline: 30 June 2024
Location: Sheffield Head Office

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Key Responsibilities

As our Director of Strategic Transport you will lead the work of the Transport team to evolve, prioritise and deliver our transport strategy for South Yorkshire and its individual transport modes. In the role you will be given the opportunity shape our shared transport future.   
The role will involve significant partnership working, as well as an appreciation of how transport sits within the South Yorkshire region’s overall economic, social and environmental programmes. The post holder will be a key interface with the Mayor, Council Leaders, the Active Travel Commissioner for South Yorkshire and senior leaders in DfT and colleagues both inside and beyond the organisation. You will seek to ensure the region speaks with one powerful voice and that key decision makers in Government, the Investment community and others outside the region understand and act on our priorities. 
Our plans are ambitious and we are therefore looking for ambitious leaders who are keen to make a real difference to our local communities. This is an opportunity to make a genuine lasting impact on the local, regional and national stage at an opportune time as the MCA formally assesses bus franchising and the tram system became publicly owned and operated.

Skills, Knowledge and Expertise

We would love to hear from those that have the following:
You will have a strong background in Transport with a practical understanding of transport analysis and appraisal; and  a proven track record of effective leadership, strategic thinking and change management, including supporting the empowerment of others to take ownership and accountability of outcomes.  The role needs both first class strategic transport thinking and an understanding of the practical realities of real world delivery.

With your proven ability of leadership at senior level you will work in a collaborative manner with the Mayor, elected Members, senior leaders across directorates and local authority colleagues, external partners, community members and other bodies that interact with this role.

The role will also be expected to contribute to the redesign of the team for the medium to long-term, ensuring we have the required capacity and capability to secure delivery of our ambitions.


All colleagues have access to a local Government Pension Scheme and the chance to be part of an organisation where you can really make a difference. Located in Sheffield City Centre, we are well-placed for transport links and encourage employees to take advantage of the active travel facilities. Work/life balance is extremely important to us here at SYMCA with our recognised family/friendly policies, genuine work flexibility, recognition, and shared success.

In addition to the above, some of benefits include:
Annual Leave Purchase Scheme — The ability to purchase up to a further 15 days per year in additional to your normal annual leave
Hybrid working — Our offices are a space where we come together and collaborate. Most of our roles are offered on a hybrid basis with the exception of some support roles being onsite full time. 
Rewarding You — Reducing everyday expenses through discounts, benefits, financial advice, wellbeing solutions and more with Reward Gateway!
Training on the job — Support with upskilling skills through on the job training and qualifications
Holiday — Up to 36 days annual leave (depending on length of service). Pro-rata for part time colleagues.

Diversity at South Yorkshire Combined Mayoral Authority
Our workforce is made up of a diverse community, where we all belong and feel part of something bigger. We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic background, religion and/or belief. We will consider flexible working requests for all roles unless operational requirements prevent otherwise.

About South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority

The South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority (SYMCA) brings together the local authorities of Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield and to serve the communities and businesses of South Yorkshire.  From transport to housing, from business growth to skills, the SYMCA has a great story to tell. We have ambitions to deliver recovery and renewal for people, businesses and places across South Yorkshire.  

In recent years significant funding has been secured through the Transforming Cities Fund and a devolution deal,  and further funding has recently been secured through the region’s City Region Sustainable Transport Settlement.  As result we have a large and growing capital programme to deliver in support of the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority Mayor’s 2040 vision for transport. Join our workforce of talented people who love working together – and are proud of the work they do.  Progression here can take you in all kinds of directions.

This is what a career at South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority is like, and this is where yours starts.

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