The job of spearheading improvements to West Midlands public transport is to carry a salary tag of #124,000 a year.
Advertisements were placed yesterday for a chief executive of the West Midlands Passenger Transport Authority and Centro, the biggest public transport job outside London. The post is a new role created following the departure of Rob Donald, who held the job of Centro director general for 11 years.
The seven West Midlands councils which run Centro-PTA said they were looking for someone with a "strong and visionary leadership approach" who can deliver complex major capital projects, including the #500 million refurbishment of Birmingham's New Street Station.
Centro-PTA chairman Gary Clarke said: "This job will be crucial for the future of the West Midlands as we face growing levels of congestion. We need someone to help us deliver better services for millions of existing passengers and to attract even more people to using the bus, train and tram in our three cities and four metropolitan boroughs."
Coun Clarke (Con Walsall) added: "Centro-PTA is the biggest transport authority of its kind.
"We have an annual budget of more than #200 million, plans to expand the Midland Metro and regenerate Birmingham New Street Station.
"We are looking at bus rapid transit proposals and expanding schemes that take over five million car journeys a year off our congested roads.
"We want to introduce smart card ticketing and we have a whole host of capital projects on the go.
"This is a big job and we need a premier division chief executive to help us achieve what we want."