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Future Transport Zone Project Manager

University of Portsmouth - School of Mathematics and Physics

Location: Portsmouth
Salary: £40,322 to £49,553
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 8th January 2021
Closes: 24th January 2021
Job Ref: ZZ006566

Faculty of Technology

Employment type:  Fixed-term until June 2024

Interview date:  01 February 2021

The University of Portsmouth is a ambitious institution with a track record of success. One of only four universities in the south east of England to achieve a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework and ranked in the top 150 in the Times Higher Young University World Rankings. 

Applications are invited for the position of a Future Transport Zone Project Manager at the University of Portsmouth. Future Transport Zone (FTZ) is a £28.75 million programme funded by the Department for Transport to develop a three-year Solent FTZ programme. The programme will implement and trial innovative and sustainable solutions for the mobility of people and freight. This is a multidisciplinary project in collaboration with the University of Southampton and Solent Transport, comprising Southampton City Council, Portsmouth City Council, Isle of Wight Council, and Hampshire County Council. The University of Portsmouth will develop Mobility as a Service (MaaS) App in collaboration with a MaaS provider and investigate travel behaviour change to reduce private car usage, making travel journeys smarter and greener within the City of Portsmouth and the wider Solent area. We will also investigate the environmental impacts of freight movement within the city of Portsmouth and the wider Solent areas, and develop innovative and sustainable approaches to urban logistics, reducing the impact that goods movement has on congestion, air quality, safety and journey times. The University will trial new sustainable solutions for freight distribution including micro-consolidation for last mile delivery, macro-consolidation, and a drone delivery trial for the NHS to move medical supplies between three hospitals in Hampshire - Southampton General Hospital, Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth and St Mary’s Hospital on the Isle of Wight.

The FTZ Project Manager will join a team of academics and researchers across the University of Portsmouth to manage and coordinate the development and implementation of the University of Portsmouth contribution to the FTZ programme. The post holder will work closely with Solent Transport, the University of Southampton and the stakeholders to ensure successful outcomes and tasks are executed effectively.

We are looking for a highly-motivated individual with a degree and/or professional qualification in a relevant discipline plus considerable experience in managing projects or programmes in transport, ideally with a background in personal mobility, travel behaviour change and freight logistics. The applicants should show strong motivation for independent work, and the ability to work with academics, local authorities, and stakeholders. Applicants should also be able to perform effectively under pressure and time constraints, possess good organisational and time management skills, pay close attention to detail, and have excellent interpersonal skills.

The University of Portsmouth is committed to building a culturally diverse environment and strongly encourages applications from women and people from under-represented groups.

Informal enquiries can be addressed to Prof. Djamila Ouelhadj (, mobile: +44 (0)7818453756 

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