Deputy Director, Rail Commercial Strategy - Flexible Working Available

London (Central), London (Greater)
Circa £75,000
17 May 2019
02 Jun 2019
Full Time
Contract Type

Job description

It is an exciting time of change in the Rail industry. The Williams Rail Review was launched in October 2018 and has a broad remit to make recommendations to the Secretary of State for changes to the industry structure and commercial model that will deliver for customers and taxpayers. You will have an important role in contributing to the Review and its implementation. 

Working closely with the Rail Review team, you will be responsible for the Department’s strategy for commercial policy on issues relating to reforms to rail franchising; delivery models for rail passenger services and cross-cutting issues such as leading Rail Group’s input to the forthcoming Spending Review. 

Your team will be part of the Rail Strategy Reform and Analysis Directorate who lead on supporting Ministers’ ambitions to improve the system of rail service delivery so that it is focussed on delivering high quality services for customers and improved value for taxpayers. You will also work closely with and support the Passenger Services directorate who manage existing rail franchises and lead the procurement of new commercial arrangements as well as colleagues across Rail and in the industry. 

You will lead a high performing team who bring together commercial and policy expertise to problem solve, innovate and bring strategic insight to some of the most challenging issues facing rail. 



Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.


Relocation costs will not be reimbursed.

Things you need to know Security

Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is counter-terrorist check.

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

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.


Candidates in their probationary period are eligible to apply for vacancies within this department.

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

Sift/interview dates and location

At this stage, the expected timetable is: 

Advert Closing Date: Sunday 2nd June, 23:59 
Expected shortlist announcement: 7th June 
Assessments: 7th – 21st June 
Interviews: w/c 24th June 

Please note it may not be possible to offer alternative dates for either the assessments or interview.

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