Senior Rail Data Policy Advisor

London , Birmingham , Leeds
£38,654 (National) & £42,466 (London)
19 Apr 2021
22 Apr 2021
Contract Type


About the job Summary

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.

Salary: 38,654 (National) & £42,466 (London)

Would you relish the opportunity to work across teams and collaborate with Senior leaders and rail industry partners?

Do you enjoy working on challenging and interesting, high profile workstreams?

If so, we are looking for a hardworking Senior Rail Data Policy Advisor, and we would love to hear from you.

Job description

This is an exciting time to be joining our growing Rail Data Policy and Projects team. You will be at the forefront of designing policy and delivering projects that will drive improvements to the use of rail data within the Department and across the rail industry. Our team will play a key role in setting the Department’s strategic direction on how we access, use and share rail data in an open and collaborative way.

You will deliver on the Department for Transport’s (DfT) objectives to unlock the value of rail data, which has become a key priority for our Ministers and senior leadership team.

The Department is working closely with the rail industry to deliver an ambitious programme that seeks to use data in innovative ways to deliver improvements to rail passengers and open the industry up to innovation. DfT’s leadership and engagement with the industry is key to achieving good outcomes and you will play a key role in delivering a range of projects focussed on improving the value of data.


As Senior Rail Data Policy Advisor, your key responsibilities will include a blend of policy and project delivery within a technical context, including;

• Delivering on the data pillar of the Rail Sector Deal, a fundamental part of the UK’s Industrial Strategy
• Playing a key part in delivering the Departments commitments under the Joint Rail Data Action Plan.
• Working directly with DfT’s partners and the rail industry to design and implement projects that will maximise on opportunities to accelerate the use of innovative technologies and methods of using data to improve passenger services.
• Leading on engagement with the external rail data community to seek out new data sources and to assess their quality and suitability against established use cases.
• Working closely with the Rail Reform Programme team, as well as the central Data Unit in DfT, to implement our strategy by using evidence and rigour to develop new policies that will deliver on our rail data objectives.
• Line management responsibilities for 1 x Rail Data Executive.

You will have the option to be based in London attracting the London pay scale, or in Leeds or Birmingham attracting the national pay scale, with occasional travel to London.

About you

You will have outstanding stakeholder management and interpersonal skills to build positive relationships with internal teams and senior leaders across the Department and rail industry. You will be a trusted advisor, with the credibility to influence and challenge effectively to support policy decision making.

You will be an innovative and strategic thinker, and be knowledgeable and competent to work on technical issues around data, systems and architecture, including the commercial context.

You will display an awareness of policy development and project management techniques, and a willingness to further develop your skills to lead multiple workstreams and deliver successfully in a changing environment.

You will be adaptable and flexible, adjusting to the requirements and strategic direction of the business.


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

  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Changing and Improving
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Delivering at Pace
  • 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.

Find out more about what it's like working at the Department for Transport.

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 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.

The Civil Service Nationality Rules has been updated following the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union. The new rules will come into effect on 1st January 2021. We urge people from the EU, European Economic Area and Switzerland to be familiar with the updated Nationality rules prior to applying for this role.

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.

How to apply

When considering your experience, please tailor your CV and personal statement to provide evidence of when you have;
• Worked on an innovative project using data and/or digital technologies
• Supported the delivery of projects in a changing environment
• Supported the development of a business strategy and/or policy
• Effectively worked with a range of partners to deliver a business outcome.

The sift is due to take place on 26/04/2021.

Interviews/assessments are likely to be held week commencing 10/05/2021.

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.

The selection process will be designed specifically for the role. As a result, your assessment could include:

• an interview

You’re encouraged to become familiar with the role profile, as you may be assessed against any of the criteria recorded within.

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 visit our Careers website.

If you are experiencing accessibility problems with any attachments on this advert, please contact the email address in the 'Contact point for applicants' section

Further Information

To learn more about applying for a role within the Department for Transport, visit the Application Process page of our Careers website.

Before submitting your application, we encourage you to visit our Things You Need to Know page for further information about applying for a role within the Department for Transport and the Civil Service.

Throughout this job advert there are links to the DfT Careers website, which provides you further information to support your application. Should you be unable to access the information on our website, please email for assistance.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with (or eligible for) status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals

Further information on nationality requirements

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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