OD Partner - Rail Reform Programme Team - Flexible Working Available

London (Central), London (Greater)
£64,727 - £71,568
24 Jan 2020
03 Feb 2020
Full Time
Contract Type


City of Westminster, London, SW1P 4DR

About the job

Would you relish the opportunity to be part of a new programme of reform for the Rail industry?

Are you a HR Professional with significant experience of leading Organisation Design projects?

If so, we have a fantastic opportunity at the Department for Transport(DfT), and we would love to hear from you.

Job description

We are looking for a highly experienced HR Professional to join DfT as OD Partner to our Rail Reform Programme Team.

The Williams Rail Review seeks to transform Britain's railways to ensure our vital rail system continues to benefit passengers and support a stronger, fairer economy. The Review is a top priority project for the Department for Transport and the Government.

Following the conclusion of the Review, a large-scale and complex Reform Programme will be initiated to implement the Review’s recommendations. The Programme is expected to be delivered over several years, and will encompass structural reform and transformation and the design and implementation of new commercial approaches.

As OD Partner you will provide HR expertise to deliver any structural reform recommended by the Review.


You will be responsible for a range of OD and HR activities critical to the success of the programme. You will provide professional advice and expert consultancy in scoping, developing, and implementing organisation design and HR interventions including:

• Owning the relationship between Rail Reform Programme and the consultancy working on any relevant organisational design and structure– acting as intelligent client and ensuring any new organisational designs and structures are fit for purpose.
• Mapping functions to any new industry structures, evaluating the impact of those changes.
• Working closely with any organisations impacted by the Review.
• Where appropriate, lead the development and implementation of organisational T&Cs for new structures, negotiating and agreeing these with HMT.

Occasional travel to sites outside of London will be required.

About you

You are a HR professional with experience of leading Organisation Design projects in a consulting organisation, or in an internal consultant role. You either hold an Organisation Design level 7 advanced qualification or have a willingness to obtain the qualification once in role.

You have experience of TUPE/COSOP transfers, leading recruitment activities and previous involvement on the design and delivery of system wide design and implementation.

An inspirational leader and trusted adviser, you have the credibility to influence, negotiate and challenge effectively to support senior leaders with decision making. You have exceptional interpersonal skills, you are articulate and credible to build trusted relationships with senior leaders.

You are resilient with strong analytical, data and project management skills and enjoy complex challenges. You are comfortable working with multi-disciplinary teams, delivering through others and leading people through change.

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.

Find out more about what it's like working at the Department for Transport.


HR Post Graduate qualification in Human Resource Management or Development.


Membership of relevant professional bodies such as CIPD or equivalent .


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

  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Changing and Improving
  • Leadership
  • Communicating and Influencing


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

Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.

Selection process details

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

How to apply
Please tailor your CV and personal statement to provide evidence of the following experience:
• Leading Organisation Design projects in a consulting organisation, or in an internal consultant role, ideally within the Civil Service or wider public sector.
• Developing and implementing Terms and Conditions of employment.
• Designing business process, work flow and governance structures.
• Building influential and trusted relationships with senior leaders.

The sift is due to take place 04/02/2020.

Interviews/assessments are likely to be held on 14/02/2020.

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.

The selection process will be designed specifically for the role. As a result, your assessment could include:

• an interview with one or more 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.

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.

This post is offered on a Fixed Term Appointment (FTA) basis to complete a finite piece of work. There may be the possibility of a permanent position within Department for Transport at the end of the fixed term.

Permanent Civil Servants will not be expected to change their employment status from permanent to fixed term appointment. OGD applicants will be appointed on inward loan and subject to the terms of the agreed inward loan agreement.

Internal applicants will be appointed on inward loan and subject to the terms of the agreed inward loan agreement. The expectation is that you will return to your previous post at the end of the loan period, which will need to be agreed with your line manager in advance.

If you're employed by a non-departmental public body (NDPB) by moving jobs this will involve a change of employer and you may break the statutory rules on continuity of employment.

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 Job contact : Name :   Sarah Turner Email :   sarah.turner@dft.gov.uk   Recruitment team : Email :   dftrecruitment.grs@cabinetoffice.gov.uk Further information

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 (https://civilservicecommission.independent.gov.uk/) to visit Civil Service Commission

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