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Deputy Director, Statistics: Travel & Safety

For full information about the role, person specification and how to apply, please download and read the candidate information pack at the bottom of this page.

This is an important and exciting leadership role at the heart of the department’s analytical programme. The post holder is responsible for the provision of high quality statistics about road safety, local transport (including walking, cycling, buses, taxis, light rail and tram, blue badges and concessionary travel), vehicle licensing, driver and rider tests, journey times, road safety and the world-leading National Travel Survey. Together, this is just under half of the Department’s statistical publications.

The team is embedded in the Local Transport Directorate, with some of its policy colleagues and works very closely with them, other policy teams and with police forces, including on:
• the development and delivery of the CRASH police system for recording, reporting and intelligence on road traffic collisions;
• the evidence and analytical programme on road safety;
• the Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy; and
• the development and delivery of open data on timetables, fares and ultimately real time information for bus services across England.

The division also deals with a significant volume of public, academic and parliamentary inquiries and correspondence.
The team currently has a headcount of 25 people (including mainly statisticians and data managers as well as some specific project staff) all based in London.

Priority skills developments for the team are wider use of RAP, piloting APIs, moving the few remaining legacy production systems into SQL / R.

The post holder will also play an important part in the wider leadership of the Department, particularly for the statistical profession (where they will be an active member of the Transport Statistics Management Group – which works with the Head of Profession to set the strategic direction for the community) and as part of the senior management team for the Local Transport Directorate.

A professional statistical qualification is not a formal requirement for this role. However, professional skills in statistics are essential for this role together with substantial experience in managing government statistics outputs in compliance with the relevant legislation. This is likely to require several years’ relevant experience, and professional qualifications are deployed on a daily basis both to provide advice personally and to manage the professional work of others.