High Speed Rail Policy Lead Phase 2B

Birmingham, Leeds, London
£37,803 (National); £42,003 (London)
20 Jul 2020
23 Jul 2020
Contract Type


Do you have experience of working within a policy environment?

Would you like to be at the centre of policy making that directly impacts people across the country?

If so, then this exciting opportunity as our Policy and Programme Manager is for you, and we’d love to hear from you.

Job description

The Department for Transport has an opportunity for up to two highly competent and experienced individuals to join a team working at the heart of Government on the biggest infrastructure project in Europe.

HS2 is Britain’s new railway. It represents an unprecedented area of policy development in both its scale and complexity, and is one of the Government’s top priorities. It plays a key role in reshaping the UK’s economic development through improving transport links and increasing connectivity between the North and the South. The project attracts considerable attention from Ministers, senior officials, Members of Parliament, the media, and a range of stakeholders from across the country, and we are at an exciting time in its development: this role offers the unique chance to be involved in shaping the future of HS2 Phase 2b through the development of a Midlands and North Integrated Rail Plan and taking the resulting hybrid Bills through parliament.

We are looking for two SEO Policy leads in the Phase 2b Policy team to help shape the future of the rail network in the Midlands and North of England. The roles would suit resilient self-starters who thrive in a fast-paced environment and wish to make an impact through supporting the Department and the Secretary of State to make robust investment decisions. The role will provide lots of opportunities for personal and professional development, in an innovative policy area.

The roles we have available are:

1. High Speed Rail Policy Lead, Phase 2b Eastern Leg
2. High Speed Rail Policy Lead, Phase 2b Western Leg

Full details of these roles can be found in the Annex at the bottom of the role profile.

Phase 2b involves the construction of approximately 280km (175 miles) of new railway and four new stations. It covers Crewe to Manchester in the West, and Birmingham to Leeds in the East. The final design of HS2 Phase 2b will be determined by governments Integrated Rail Plan, that we aim to publish by the end of 2020.


Within your role you will:

• Lead on developing options and scenarios for the scope and delivery of the HS2 Phase 2b as part of governments Integrated Rail Plan for the North and Midlands. Take ownership for developing these scenarios with senior officials at other Government departments, as well as Transport for the North, Network Rail and other organisations;
• Constructively manage senior relationships, influencing external stakeholders to get the right outcome, protect DfT’s reputation and ensure cost efficiency. Be the sole representative for DfT at senior meetings, including with local authority Directors and Chief Executives, advocating confidently and persuasively for the programme and the Department’s work;
• Lead, develop and manage projects that form part of the wider work programme, including making informed recommendations about project elements that may have costs exceeding £100m of potential spending. You will be responsible for planning the projects from options through to publication and delivery. This is likely to include seeking and assuring technical analysis to inform decisions, negotiating with senior stakeholders from across Whitehall and industry, engaging with politicians to secure buy-in, and developing proactive and reactive handling strategies;
• Contribute to high-profile, high-scrutiny complex announcements and consultations, including writing public-facing supporting analysis and explanatory documents;
• Make resilient recommendations with an eye to long-term political and legal scrutiny and take them through governance at the highest level, including directly advocating for your work to ministers and SoS;
• Where appropriate, confidently make informed challenges to partner organisations on issues such as costs, timelines, supporting analysis, and ways of working, including at senior levels, while preserving positive working relationships.

Special requirements of the role:

The successful candidates must be willing to carry out frequent travel to Manchester or Sheffield, Birmingham, and London if based in Leeds / Birmingham.

About you

You will have experience of developing policy in a fast-paced project-based environment. You will have excellent communication skills both verbally and in writing, with the ability to adapt your delivery to suit a wide variety of audiences, maximising both impact and understanding. You are someone who gains rapport quickly with others as you build effective working relationships and networks with both colleagues and stakeholders.

You will have confidence in your ability to come in and make a real impact within our team where you will lead from the front and drive those around you to achieve the same shared objectives. You will have excellent organisational skills with the ability to manage multiple and often conflicting priorities to time and of a high standard. You are someone who is not afraid to challenge, and who can push back to our stakeholders where necessary in managing their expectations.

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.
We embrace diversity and celebrate our differences. Everyone is involved in making DfT an inclusive and great place to work. We actively promote a flexible approach to working whilst giving our staff opportunities to maximise their skills and achieve their full potential.

We are different people, one team.

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