Project Delivery Improvement Lead - Flexible Working Available

London (Greater)
18 Sep 2020
02 Oct 2020
Contract Type

We recognise the challenges that people with (multiple) protected characteristics may experience on the job market and in their career progression. We are fully committed to being an inclusive employer and ensuring equal opportunities. We are keen to make our workforce as diverse as possible, and we hope to attract applications from underrepresented groups, including Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people, people with a disability, and people with gender diverse identities.

The Department for Transport has the second largest portfolio of major projects in Government, with a value of approx. £250billion. The successful delivery of these investments is core to our ambition to connect people and places and is at the heart of the Government’s strategy to support economic recovery following the pandemic.

The newly established Portfolio and Project Delivery Directorate has a vital role to play in driving project delivery excellence. We support project delivery across the Department, acting as a centre of excellence that among other things leads on assurance, building the Project Delivery Profession, and portfolio management.

Job description

Would you like the opportunity to work at the heart of the Departments ambition to improve project delivery and deliver on ministerial commitments.

If so we have an exciting opportunity for a Project Delivery Improvement Lead to join us at Department for Transport (DfT) and we’d love to hear from you! This is a very exciting role, at the heart of the Departments ambition to improve project delivery and deliver on ministerial commitments.

This critical role will have an impact on the success of DfT project delivery for years to come. You will manage PDIP, oversee the behaviours and culture workstream and drive improvements in the way the Directorate communicates with its stakeholders. You will also play a key part in responding at pace to commissions from the centre of Government.

Our story

In April 2019 DfT and the Infrastructure Projects Authority published the Lessons for Transport for the Sponsorship of Major Projects. This was a landmark document that brought together the collective experience from recent transport projects and distilled them into 24 practical lessons that when applied will improve the chances of project success. The main theme in the report was a focus on behaviours, bringing awareness to the many natural human traits that can impinge on project delivery when not addressed. It highlighted the culture that can be created within teams and between organisations to better support project success.

The Project Delivery Improvement Programme (PDIP) was established following publication to embed this learning and bring about lasting improvement to five strategic areas.

Please see the attached role profile for more information about the role.


Roles and Responsibilities

As manager of the Project Delivery Improvement Programme (PDIP) the role holder be expected to:
• Build a full understanding of PDIP, including the activities and objectives of each of the five workstreams
• Support wider communications about PDIP to stakeholders outside and within the Department at a senior level
• Lead on briefing and information requests regarding PDIP (including for National Audit Office, Parliamentary Accounts Committee, Ministers, No.10 and press office)
• Lead on commissioning and collating reporting on PDIP progress from workstreams for senior stakeholders (including Permanent Secretary and Chief Operating Officer of the Civil Service)
• Oversee the escalation and mitigation of risks to the implementation of PDIP
• Identify dependencies between workstreams and facilitate integration across PDIP and with business as usual activities
• Champion coordination between workstreams and drive accountability in team leads for progressing activities and achieving objectives
• Champion the alignment of Directorate activities with PDIP objectives

About you

To be successful in the role you will need to be passionate about improving project delivery. You will need to have experience of working with projects in order to understand the stakeholders in this role. Also, you will need to have experience leading communication and engagement strategy and activities. You should be comfortable working with senior stakeholders and working under pressure, and bring a high level of personal resilience to the role. We are looking for you to bring strong leadership skills to this role with the ability to coach and mentor your team and drive them to the next level. You will have the ability to handle periods of change and lead your team through periods of ambiguity.
Our Directorate is growing in size and therefore you will need to be flexible and proactive in helping shape and build the new team whilst seeking out opportunities for development and collaboration.

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.

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:

  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Working Together
  • Delivering at Pace


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 Security

Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.

People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

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

We are closely monitoring the situation regarding the coronavirus, and will be following central Government advice as it is issued. There is therefore a risk that recruitment to this post may be subject to change at short notice. In addition, where appropriate, you may be invited to attend a video interview.

Please continue to follow the application process as normal and ensure that you check your emails regularly as all updates from us will be sent to you this way.

Selection Process

The sift is due to take place w/c 5th October.

Interviews/assessments are likely to be held w/c 19th October.

This interview could be conducted via a video interview, details of which will be provided to you should you be selected for 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.

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.

As part of the application process you will be asked to complete a CV and personal statement. Further details around what this will entail are listed on the application form.

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 reserve list for up to twelve months. During this time, if a similar role is identified and you have been placed on the reserve list you may be considered for the post. Within the reserve list period, your application form and selection information may be shared across the department and its agencies.

Please see attached candidate notes for further information about our recruitment process.

We welcome applications from every part of the community and we don’t discriminate against any gender identity. We’re especially interested to hear from underrepresented groups in the DfT such as gender diverse, BAME, LGBT+ and disabled candidates.

If successful and transferring from another Government Department a criminal record check may be 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.

A candidate is not eligible to apply for a role within the Civil Service if the application is made within a 5 year period following a dismissal for carrying out internal fraud against government.

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.

You will however have access to the governments Tax Free Childcare scheme.

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 equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

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