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Careers at Transport for the North

Our vision is of a thriving North of England, where modern transport connections drive economic growth and support an excellent quality of life.

Our role is to transform transport infrastructure across the whole of the North of England, to drive economic growth. We are striving to provide the transport links that will enable people to build a life in the North: connecting world class education, skills development opportunities and access to career progression.

Employee benefits package

Our employees are key to our success which is why we are looking for skilled and dedicated people who share our values and are excited about helping us deliver our vision.

We take employee wellbeing very seriously and are proud to offer an impressive benefits package:

How to apply

You will be requested to apply by completing an application form. Please complete it as fully as possible, giving specific examples to show how your experience and skills meet the requirements in the person specification.

We will always advise candidates of the outcome of their application and candidates who most closely match our requirements will be invited to an interview.

Should you have problems with the online application form or if you require this information in other languages or formats such as Braille or Audio Tape please contact our HR & Skills Team. Please note that we do not accept CVs unless otherwise specified in the job advert.

If you have any concerns or comments about our recruitment and selection process, please see our Frequently asked questions or contact our Head of Human Resources by emailing

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Strategy & Programme Director

We are looking for a Strategy and Programme Director who will have direct oversight of some of the North’s most significant and high-profile infrastructure projects cutting across rail; road; freight; sea and air.

A trusted external voice and ambassador for Transport for the North, the successful applicant will take ownership of the delivery of our long-term, pan-Northern strategy – the Strategic Transport Plan.

Competitive salary
Flexible across the North of England, but with a requirement to regularly work in Manchester
Tuesday 27th August 2019
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Diversity & Inclusion

We believe our workforce should reflect the communities it serves and encourage applications from everyone regardless of age, disability, gender, ethnicity, religion and sexual orientation.

We are actively building a diverse workforce and inclusive environment and are particularly keen to encourage applications from women, members of ethnic minority groups and people with disabilities who are currently under-represented.

As part of our commitment to diversity and inclusion, all applications will be considered on their own merit. We also positively consider any request for flexible working.
Find out more about our Diversity Policy here 

Living Wage Employer

Transport for the North is an accredited Living Wage Employer. This means that every member of staff working for Transport for the North, earns a real Living Wage.

We are also committed to ensuring that all contracts let, further to becoming a Living Wage Employer, all receive the Living Wage.

The real Living Wage is higher than the government’s minimum, or National Living Wage, and is an independently calculated hourly rate of pay that is based on the actual cost of living. You can find out more about the Living Wage here.

Work experience and dissertation writing

If you are looking for work experience please email a request and tell us about yourself, why you want work with us and the time period(s) you are looking to undertake the appointment.

We are open to work with students who want to write their dissertation in cooperation with us. There is no formal dissertation admission process but it would be helpful if you email a request and tell us about what your dissertation is on.

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General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR)

For the purposes of the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), the ‘controller’ of the personal data which you provide to us as part of the recruitment and selection process (and in the duration of your employment for successful applicants) is Transport for the North.

We are collecting this data and will process it for the purpose of processing your application for employment and for successful applicants, for fulfilling our employer obligations. For successful applicants, we will share your information with the following organisations, for the following specified purposes:

  • Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs – for tax, national insurance and student loan repayment (if applicable) purposes
  • Greater Manchester Pension Fund – for the delivery of the employee pension scheme
  • UNISON – for employees who elect to join the trade union
  • Simply Health – for employees who elect to sign-up to private healthcare provision

There may be other circumstances in which we may share or use certain information about you with other organisations, including:

  • If we have a legal obligation to do so or if we are required or requested to do so by a competent authority such as the police or a court
  • If we need to use or disclose your information to obtain legal advice or in connection with legal proceedings
  • If we need to share your information to protect your vital interests if you are unable to give us consent or it is unreasonable for us to ask for your consent in the circumstances (e.g. if you are injured).

Information relating to unsuccessful applicants will be retained for 12 months and information relating to employees will be retained for a period of 6 years following the end of their employment for audit and referencing purposes. On the expiration of such period(s) we will safely delete your information.

Information provided to us will be processed on the basis of the performance of a contract with an organisation or individual. We do not require your consent to use such data for this purpose. However, as a data subject you have a number of rights under the GDPR, these include the right to access the information which we hold about you. In some cases, you may have a right to have your personal data rectified, erased or restricted, and to object to certain use of your data.

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