Programme Manager – Transport


Decarbonisation Programme Manager

Our client is a leading private sector provider of public transport. Their businesses are at the heart of local communities, and the essential services they provide are critical to delivering wider economic, social, and environmental goals.

They are the UK’s first public transport operator to commit to ambitious science-based targets to achieve net zero emissions by 2050. This includes a commitment to a 100% zero emission fleet by 2035, with ~15% zero emission vehicles (ZEVs) in service by March 2024.
To help us on this journey we are now looking to appoint a Decarbonisation Programme Manager – a diverse and impactful role reporting to the Decarbonisation Programme Director.

The Role

The successful candidate will split their focus (70/30) between two areas:

  • Firstly, drive the execution of the clients electrification programme of works, with active coordination across vehicle, construction, engineering, software backend and depot teams in multiple concurrent locations. The role-holder would also be the primary interface with project partners such as local transport authorities, and lead monitoring and evaluation of existing deployments.
  • Secondly, project manage a variety of decarbonisation workstreams which may span from depot fleet electrification projects, scheduled charging rollouts and estates transformation as the client transitions to a zero emissions fleet.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Drive, coordinate, track, and report on the clients EV rollout program, integrating across construction, vehicle procurement, engineering, software partners and local site functions, while ensuring programme progress aligns with budget and timelines.
  • Oversee all business readiness activities in preparation for EV deployment including network changes, engineer/driver training and site engagement events.
  • Proactively identify and troubleshoot issues, implementing creative solutions to maintain programme schedule.
  • Lead internal communications initiatives to highlight clients decarbonisation workstreams.
  • Serve as the primary interface with key external partners including local transport authorities and manage communication of programme updates.
  • Consolidate data and processes across existing EV deployments, ensuring consistent processes and lead ongoing monitoring and evaluation of existing deployments.
  • Conduct regular assessments of EV performance metrics, analysing data to optimize operational efficiency and sustainability outcomes.
  • Programme plan and overall programme status report
  • Financial reports – forecasts, spend tracking and estimates to complete
  • Assist the Programme Director in forward programme planning, including capex approvals and EV strategy development for new route types (coaches, airport routes, non-EV suitable routes).

Essential attributes and Skills

  • Possess demonstrably successful experience (5+ years) in programme management, ideally leading large-scale initiatives within the transportation or engineering sector. Focus on achievements related to decarbonisation or sustainability goals.
  • Thrive in a dynamic environment with the ability to effectively manage multiple, high-priority initiatives simultaneously. Deliver projects on time and within budget, consistently exceeding expectations.
  • Demonstrate a proactive and solution-oriented approach, constantly identifying and resolving challenges related to decarbonisation projects. Be a champion for continuous improvement, implementing processes to optimize performance and efficiency.
  • A passion for sustainability and decarbonisation initiatives.
  • Strategic thinker with the ability to develop and execute actionable plans in a dynamic and fast-paced environment.
  • Possess a strong analytical mindset with proficiency in data analysis techniques. Utilize performance metrics to track progress, measure success, and inform strategic decision-making for decarbonization projects.
  • Demonstrate strong commercial acumen

Geographical Coverage
The role is UK wide. Hybrid working model is in place, with the requirement to be in proximity to either Leeds, London or Glasgow locations, along with frequent travel country-wide.

About Us
Climate17 is a purpose-led, international Renewable Energy & Sustainability recruitment firm. We provide specialist talent acquisition services to organisations seeking to reduce their environmental footprint, as well as those working towards the decarbonisation of the energy sector.

Inclusive Application Process
Climate17 is committed to creating a diverse, inclusive and equitable workplace. We believe there is no solution to climate change without people. We aim to increase diversity across all areas and as such, we are committed to partnering with clients and candidates to create an inclusive and sustainable regenerative world.

We welcome applications from all qualified candidates, regardless of their ethnicity, race, gender, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, age, or whether or not they have a disability.

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