Department for Transport
Do you want to help shape the future of railways across the UK?
Are you looking for an opportunity right at the heart of Government, where you’ll work on one of the biggest transport projects in Europe?
The Northern Powerhouse Rail Programme (NPR) aims to bring the major cities and towns of the north closer together, helping to close the productivity gap between the north and the rest of the UK. There is a high level of interest in the programme from ministers and political leaders in the north. The programme is developed in partnership between the Department for the Transport and Transport for the North (TfN, which represents local authorities in the North of England). Expectations among northern stakeholders for a transformational rail infrastructure programme are high.
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following central Government advice as it is issued. There is therefore a risk that recruitment to this post may be subject to change at short notice. In addition, where appropriate, you may be invited to attend a video interview.
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This is a stretching and outward facing role shaping the future of the rail network in the north of England. You will need to demonstrate personal leadership and the role will provide lots of opportunities for both personal and professional development, in an innovative area of the Department.
The role sits within the High Speed & Major Rail Projects Group, an energetic and friendly team, leading the delivery of one of the Government’s top priorities: HS2 – the largest infrastructure project in Europe alongside development of East West Rail, NPR and Crossrail 2.
Within your role you will:
• Lead the Northern Powerhouse Rail team in the development of ‘Northern Powerhouse Rail’ infrastructure proposals, ensuring they reflect local aspirations whilst ensuring proposals also demonstrate value for money;
• Work closely with TfN, to manage the design development work of the infrastructure by delivery partners HS2 Ltd and Network Rail;
• As the project delivery lead for NPR, lead in putting in place a consistent approach to route design and management of local stakeholders;
• Lead sponsorship of work with TfN relating to the NPR infrastructure development programme, setting clear requirements for our partners to deliver against, and ensuring quality outcomes;
• Management of the Infrastructure Development Programme including finance and commercial aspects;
• Coordinate scrutiny of cost and design requirements review across NPR network to drive value for money;
• Ensure that the phased delivery of the programme is informed by outputs not inputs so that benefits are delivered incrementally;
• Build external relationships, working with TfN, HS2, NR, Highways England, local authorities, national Non-Governmental Bodies and others to build support for NPR, minimise adverse impacts and maximise its benefits;
• Advise Ministers, evaluating and supplementing the analysis produced by delivery partners, to establish policy options and recommendations to Ministers;
• Manage a team of two grade 7s and one Fast Streamer, and provide direction to a wider team of analysts.
Special features of the role
This role will involve a lot of cross-working with other parts of the Department, and across government, particularly with Treasury and with regard to interfaces with the Transpennine Route Upgrade, Rail Infrastructure North and HS2 Phase 2b. You will be required to travel frequently across the UK, particularly to Manchester and Yorkshire to support business delivery.
You will have a proven track record of managing major rail infrastructure projects, developing ideas and plans for delivering them, and applying sound judgement. You are someone who can influence others at all levels and effectively manage numerous pieces of work, often with conflicting priorities, therefore strong organisational skills are essential.
You will have excellent communication skills and political acumen, both verbally and in writing, with the ability to adapt your delivery to suit a wide variety of audiences to maximise impact and understanding. A strong leader, you are also someone who can gain rapport quickly with others as you look to build effective working relationships/networks across the team and beyond the organisation to support you in your role.
Our mission at the Department for Transport is ‘connecting people and places’. Everything we do to achieve this is reinforced by our values:
– Confidence: to challenge, to take action, to innovate
– Excellence: in our professionalism, in our delivery, in our learning
– Teamwork: we are inclusive, we collaborate, we support each other
These values define the kind of organisation we want to be – delivering for today whilst being ambitious for tomorrow.
We embrace diversity and celebrate our differences. Everyone is involved in making DfT an inclusive and great place to work. We actively promote a flexible approach to working whilst giving our staff opportunities to maximise their skills and achieve their full potential.