Technical Advisor - Flexible Working Available

London (Central), London (Greater)
13 Jan 2020
13 Feb 2020
Full Time
Contract Type



About the job

Would you love to make an influential difference in high-profile projects?

Are you analytically minded with ability to interpret information clearly and concisely?

If so, we have an exciting opportunity for you to join us within the High Speed & Major Rail Projects (HSMRP) Group at the Department for Transport (DfT).

Job description

As a Technical Advisor, you will use your methodical research skills and knowledge of railway systems and operations to provide accurate advice to help inform development of the country’s most important railway projects.

The Group is increasing its in-house technical capability to offer sound advice and analysis on a wider range of technical and operational subjects related to major rail projects. Your role will provide an opportunity for both personal and professional development, working as part of a small, but growing, Engineering & Operations team, providing advice and support across the Group’s programme delivery teams.

HSMRP Group covers four major rail enhancement programmes – High Speed 2, East-West Rail, Northern Powerhouse Rail, and Crossrail 2 and the Engineering & Operations team has key cross-cutting responsibilities within the Group.

You will have significant input into the successful delivery of some of Europe’s largest rail projects that present a once-in-generation opportunity to unlock transformational economic benefits for the country.

Your work will involve engagement with multiple internal and external stakeholders in various government functions, HS2 Ltd., East West Railway Co., Network Rail, and others.


Your responsibilities will include:

• Engage with DfT policy colleagues, train operators, Network Rail and other ALBs to develop the operational framework for the Group’s programmes, including concept of operations, Train Service Specification, timetable development, depot & stabling strategies, applicability of standards etc.
• Develop the Group’s technical capability and knowledge portfolio, including our understanding of the issues affecting the performance and capability of the UK railway network, through information gathering and sharing, enhancing the range and depth of advice and analysis that we can provide.
• Respond to correspondence and requests for advice on technical and operational matters related to railway projects.
• Contribute to the development of business cases for major rail projects, using technical insight to put forward options that offer the best value for money, and ensuring that project aspirations are technically deliverable.
• Support policy colleagues in other teams in gaining sufficient technical understanding of railway matters to facilitate them achieving their objectives.

About you

You will have the ability to effectively communicate technical terms and information in a non-technical way. You are brilliant at being able to adapt your tone of voice, mannerisms and communication method to suit your audience.

You will be analytically minded with the ability to successfully interpret large and complex data sets using spreadsheets and databases and present your findings in a confident, concise way.

You would be described as a diligent person, happy to concentrate on your work and do a thorough job even when under pressure. You will thrive managing a varied and challenging workload and welcome autonomy to your role.

We would love someone to join us who can build rapport quickly with key people both internally and externally. We will look for you to promote collaborative ways of working amongst your colleagues and stakeholders whilst driving a continuous improvement culture.

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.


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

  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Working Together
  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Developing Self and Others


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, Strengths and Experience.

Please tailor your CV and Personal Statement to evidence the following:

• Knowledge of the UK railway, including the industry structure, network and technical principles
• Using sound judgement, evidence and personal knowledge to generate reports and presentations in plain English and communicating their findings to technical and non-technical audiences
• Researching reliable sources of information to increase knowledge and provide advice on a new subject
• Analysing complex data and presenting concise conclusions
• Engaging with and building relationships with a wide range of stakeholders

The sift is due to take place on or around the 4th February 2020.

Interviews are likely to be held w/c 17th February 2020.

Interview location to be confirmed.

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

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.

If successful and transferring from another Government Department a criminal record check maybe carried out.

In order to process applications without delay, we will be sending a Criminal Record Check to Disclosure and Barring Service on your behalf. However, we recognise in exceptional circumstance some candidates will want to send their completed forms direct. If you will be doing this, please advise Government Recruitment Service of your intention by emailing stating the job reference number in the subject heading.

New entrants are expected to join on the minimum of the pay band.

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 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.
Any move to the Department For Transport will mean you will no longer be able to carry on claiming childcare vouchers.

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 :   Andrew Forster Email :   Recruitment team : Email : 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: 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

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