East West Rail Shareholder Executive Business Manager

London (Central), London (Greater)
18 Feb 2020
03 Mar 2020
Full Time
Contract Type



About the job

Would you like a rare opportunity to be involved with setting up and working with the Departments newest arms-length body?

Are you an ambitious person with a fantastic work ethic?

If so, we would love to hear from you.

Job description

Here at the East West Rail (EWR) Shareholder Executive within the Department for Transport (DfT), a fantastic opportunity has arisen for a Business Manager to join the team.

East West Railway Company Limited (EWRCo) was set up in September 2018 as an arms-length body (ALB) of Government to manage the design and construction of the railway.

In this exciting and challenging role, you will have first-hand experience in supporting the delivery of one of the Government’s major rail infrastructure projects. The project is part of a wider cross-government programme to support economic growth in the region.

You will play a key role in ensuring that the company is fit for purpose by managing and further developing the team’s business systems and processes to enable the work to be taken forward efficiently and effectively.

The role provides exposure to a range of internal and external senior stakeholders and a fantastic opportunity for personal development and future career progression.


Your duties and responsibilities will include:

• Ensuring that the team’s business systems and processes operate smoothly and adapt to meet changes in the team’s priorities over time
• Tracking the day to day work of the team through the regular updating of the ‘Team Tracker’ to support both weekly team review meetings and regular/ad-hoc updates to the SRO for the project
• Reviewing, further developing and then maintaining an accurate and up to date electronic information managements system (TIME) so that a clear and robust audit trail is available of the team’s work, including key formal decisions/documents
• Co-ordinating responses to ministerial correspondence/other Parliamentary business as well as ad-hoc briefing requests from senior managers/other teams
• Leading the development of a team capability plan, including working with other shareholder teams in the Department to maximise the benefits of learning across the shareholding agenda
• Acting as the team’s Recruitment Administrator supporting the hiring manager with their recruitment campaign
• Providing personal support to the Head of the EWR Shareholder Executive who is visually-impaired, including managing their e-mail/diary, printing documents/papers and acting, where necessary, as their guide to internal/external meetings.

About you

In this exciting new position, you will thrive in managing a varied and challenging workload and welcome autonomy to the role. You display a basic understanding and working knowledge of the principles of project delivery.

You are a self-motivated, organised and reliable individual who loves to work in a team environment. You demonstrate good judgement and have the confidence to prioritise and co-ordinate workloads and deliver results through others.

You have excellent communication skills with the ability to tailor your methods to suit your audience. You are confident in dealing with senior internal and external stakeholders and build trusted relationships.

About us

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.

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:

  • Delivering at Pace
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Working Together


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 Strengths.

The sift is due to take place 4th March 2020.

Interviews are likely to be held w/c 16th March 2020.

Interview location to be confirmed.

Should a large number of applications be received, an initial sift may be conducted using the lead behaviour. Candidates who pass the initial sift may be progressed to a full sift, or progressed straight to assessment/interview.

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.

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.

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 Pre-Employment.Checks@cabinetoffice.gov.uk 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 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.

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 :   Eleanor Goodridge Email :   Eleanor.Goodridge@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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