Head of Delivery Performance & Controls - Flexible Working Available

London (Central), London (Greater)
From £52,054 per annum - to £57,506 per annum
17 May 2019
05 Jun 2019
Full Time
Contract Type

Job description

Are you a confident, strong leader able to set an example and influence others to follow? Are you motivated about Major Project Delivery and able to drive objectives, creating an environment of innovation? 

If so, we would love to hear from you. We are recruiting for a new Head of Delivery Performance and Controls within the newly formed High Speed & Major Rail Projects Group (HSMRP Group) covering four major rail projects – High Speed 2 (HS2), East-West Rail (EWR), Crossrail 2 (CR2) and Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR). These are some of the government’s largest Transformational programmes – success in them will be essential if we are to meet the needs of passengers, freight and businesses in the coming decades. 

The Programme & Assurance division is a strong, high-performing division that sits in the central Programme Integration Directorate of the HSMRP Group. Our work is focussed on shaping and enabling Major Rail Project delivery, developing and implementing project delivery strategies, seeking opportunities to implement best practice in project delivery and oversight of huge, complex rail infrastructure programmes. 

This unique opportunity gives scope to use and further develop a broad set of skills. 

The key functional areas of responsibility for this role centre on: 

• Delivering respected, proportionate and value-adding project delivery advice and services to the Group directorates through a team of project management specialists 

• Providing intelligent analysis of project delivery Management Information that can be used to inform senior decision-making or as the basis for continuous improvement of Group-wide project delivery 

• Being responsible for Group-wide (KIM) Knowledge Information Management 

• Managing the design and implementation of an integrated project delivery approach that covers all aspects of schedule, dependency management, risk management, governance assurance and lessons learnt to enhance Group performance. 

• Leading the delivery of integrated planning products from across HSMRP Group to support senior stakeholder meetings. 

• Leading on identifying efficiencies across Portfolio Management Office functions, monitoring progress in achieving them, and ensuring they are delivered through working closely with senior stakeholders. 

• Ensuring that SROs and Directors are aware of the outstanding critical Portfolio Management Office related recommendations having a robust process of recording, tracking and reporting of all recommendations. 

• Supporting the Head of Portfolio Management Office to improve and maintain the project delivery capability across the Group. 

This role will require strong leadership, with ability to identify challenges, set direction, support diversity and diplomatically influence others within complex and sometimes contentious environments whilst building positive working relationships. 

About you 

Are you a proactive multi-tasker, able to prioritise work and manage expectations? 

We’re looking for a dynamic and inspiring leader, who can work flexibly across multiple functions and respond to changes in priorities whilst maintaining effective performance outcomes. You will thrive managing a dynamic and challenging workload and welcome autonomy to your role whilst promoting collaborative ways of working amongst your team and representatives driving a continuous improvement culture. 

We would love someone to join us who can build rapport quickly with key senior project leaders both internally and externally. You will be able to adapt your communication style to suit the audience and translate complex information into solutions that can be understood by stakeholders of all levels. 

This really is an exciting opportunity where you can gain exposure and become involved in a nationwide first modernisation of our innovative transport industry. This job will give you the chance to define real changes to the delivery of some of Government’s largest projects and be at the forefront of the High-Speed Rail, Northern Powerhouse Rail, East West Rail and Cross Rail 2 programmes. As part of the GMPP Portfolio you will get hands on experience of understanding the complexities involved from conflicting aspirations of governance, managing delivery expectations and the challenges in delivering a £100 billion portfolio. 

The Department also has opportunities for completing, if you do not hold them already, the Managing Successful Programmes (MSP), APM Project Management Qualification (formerly APMP) and Project Leadership Programme qualifications as part of your Continuing Professional Development. 

About us 

We are part of the Department for Transport (DfT). DfT is a great place to work, and our ‘one team’ approach really makes a difference. We value our staff and that’s why we’re committed to nurturing an inclusive environment across the Department. 

You’ll be part of an innovative organisation that invests in all our people, ensuring we have the diverse skills to deliver transport that moves Britain ahead now and into the future. 

DfT has been recognised for its leadership on workplace gender equality by being included in The Times Top 50 Employers for Women 2017. 

DfT’s inclusion is recognition of our commitment to make the Department a great place to work through our culture of equality and inclusivity and the great strides we’ve made to raise the number of women in senior positions.


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Leadership
  • Changing and Improving

Technical skills

We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:

  • Project Delivery Capability Framework - PMO Manager 1 Project Delivery Career Pathway.

Benefits Pensions

Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.


Being part of our brilliant Civil Service means you will have access to a wide range of fantastic benefits. We offer generous annual leave, attractive pension options, flexible working, inclusive working environments and much more to support a healthy work/life balance.

Things you need to know Security

Successful candidates must pass basic security checks.

Nationality statement

Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules.

If you're applying for a role requiring security clearance please be aware that foreign or dual nationality is not an automatic bar. However certain posts may have restrictions which could affect those who do not have sole British nationality or who have personal connections with certain countries outside the UK.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Experience and Technical skills.

Please tailor your personal statement to reflect your experience of the following when making your application: 

- Leading and managing a successful team 
- Providing thought leadership 
- How you have managed change in the workplace, leading and supporting teams through change 
- Working collaboratively with your team and key stakeholders, bring people together to achieve shared goals 

The selection process will be designed specifically for the role. As a result, your assessment could include: 
• an interview 
• an interview with one or more exercises 
• a full day of activities including interactive, written and timed exercises 

The Department for Transport alongside other Government Departments recruit using Success Profiles. This means for each role we consider what you will need to demonstrate in order to be successful. This gives us the best possible chance of finding the right person for the job, drives up performance and improves diversity and inclusivity. For further information on Success Profiles please click here 

Your interview may consist of a range of question types. These may include questions about: 
• what energises and motivates you 
• how you would manage situations relevant to the role 
• your previous experience 
• your professional skills and knowledge 

You’re encouraged to become familiar with the role profile, as you may be assessed against any of the criteria recorded within. 

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Apply and further information Contact point for applicants

For further information on this vacancy please contact - 

Sift/interview dates and location

The sift is due to take place on 10TH June. 

Please note you will be accessed using the Project Delivery Capability Framework - PMO Manager 1 Project Delivery Career Pathway. click here 

Interview/assessment will be held on the 24th June. 

We will try to meet the dates set out in the advert. There may be occasions when these dates will change. You will be provided with sufficient notice of the confirmed dates. 

If successful and transferring from another Government Department a security check may be carried out. 

Further information

We have adopted anonymised recruitment. This means that your name, date of birth and other personal details will not be seen by the sift panel. 

We may hold a merit list for up to twelve months. During this time, if a similar role is identified and you have been placed on the merit list you may be considered for the post. Within the merit list period, your application form and selection information may be shared across the department and its agencies. 

Please see attached candidate notes for further information about our recruitment process. 

Reasonable adjustment 

If a person with disabilities is put at a substantial disadvantage compared to a non-disabled person, we have a duty to make reasonable changes to our processes. 
If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should: 
Contact Government Recruitment Service via DfTRecruitment.grs@cabinetoffice.gov.uk as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs 

Complete the “Assistance required” section in the “Additional requirements” page of your application form to tell us what changes or help you might need further on in the recruitment process. For instance, you may need wheelchair access at interview, or if you’re deaf, a Language Service Professional 

Applicants who are successful at interview will be, as part of pre-employment screening subject to a check on the Internal Fraud Database (IFD). This check will provide information about employees who have been dismissed for fraud or dishonesty offences. This check also applies to employees who resign or otherwise leave before being dismissed for fraud or dishonesty had their employment continued. Any applicant’s details held on the IFD will be refused employment. 

If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment Principles and you wish to make a complaint, in the first instance, you should contact 

Government Recruitment Services via email: dftrecruitment.grs@cabinetoffice.gov.uk 

If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from the Department, you can contact the Civil Service Commission: 
Click here to visit Civil Service Commission 

Any move to the Department for Transport (DfT) will mean you will no longer be able to carry on claiming childcare vouchers. 

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