Benefits Management Lead 

London , Birmingham , Leeds
£48,774 & London: £54,105
11 Jun 2021
14 Jul 2021
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Benefits Management Lead 

Salary: National: £48,774 & London: £54,105

Location: London, Leeds, Birmingham

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.

Do you have experience of leading benefits management and realisation?

Are you able to deliver results in a high profile and complex delivery environment?

Would you like to be a part of initiating and shaping a major programme to transform the whole rail sector?

If so, then we are looking for a Benefits Management Lead to join our team, and we’d love to hear from you!

Job description

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced programme and project management professional to play a key role in the initiation and delivery of a major transformation programme of the British rail sector.

The Rail Transformation Programme is a large-scale and complex reform programme focused on the implementation of the recommendations of the Williams-Shapps review to ensure that Britain's railways continue to benefit passengers and support a stronger, fairer economy. The programme will be delivered over a number of phases over several years, and may encompass legislation change, organisation design and transformation, business change, and the design and implementation of new commercial approaches.

Successful delivery of this major transformation programme will be dependent on effective programme and project management, leadership and controls.

The work will be high-profile, complex and fast-paced, and the programme is due to join the Government Major Projects Portfolio (GMPP). The successful Benefits Management Lead will work with the SRO, Programme Directors, Project Leads and the Head of the Programme Management Office (PMO) to ensure effective, best practice controls, processes and tools are introduced and embedded to support successful realisation of benefits.


The main duties and responsibilities of the role include, but are not limited to:

• Establish benefits management for the programme - Design and implement a best practice benefits management and realisation approach for the programme. Support on building benefits management and realisation capability across the programme team.

• Integrate benefits realisation with the programme plan - Ensuring benefits are identified and mapped to strategic objectives, and benefits realisation plans are aligned with the programme plan, and work closely with the Planning Lead to implement a benefits-led approach to programme planning, delivery, prioritisation and monitoring of critical milestones, activities, outcomes and benefits realisation.

• Articulate and quantify benefits for the programme business case - Work closely with policy leads, analytical and finance colleagues to articulate and quantify benefits to support refinement of the programme business case for key go/no go decision points.

• Programme maturity and Programme Management - Lead aspects of other key programme management functions as required, e.g. risk management, change control, assurance, and flexibly supporting the delivery of emerging priorities to ensure sufficient programme maturity.

• Lead, coach and develop a team of up to 2 people.

About You

In addition to the above there will be opportunities for the successful candidates to be involved in the delivery of wider priorities across the programme.

You will bring strong experience and practitioner-level understanding of best practice benefits management.

You will be pragmatic, flexible and comfortable working in an evolving and ambiguous context. You are an excellent communicator, quickly building strong and effective working relationships with a range of stakeholders, and able to manage and lead teams.

If you want to be part of a team delivering a once in a generation transformation programme, we would love to hear from you!

Additional Info

As part of this role you may occasionally be required to travel to various DfT locations.


The postholders will hold a recognised project/programme management qualification (MSP, Prince2, APM PQ or equivalent).

The postholders will also have either completed, are working towards or are willing to undertake:
• Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) Practitioner;
• The Cranfield Project Leadership Programme.


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

  • Delivering at Pace
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Seeing the Big Picture


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, 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.

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 sift is due to take place from 15th June 2021

Interviews/assessments are likely to be held from 29th June 2021

Please tailor your CV/Personal Statement to provide evidence of the experience criteria set out below:

• Experience of leading aspects of benefits management and realisation in a complex delivery environment and/or transformation project or programme.
• Proven ability to form effective relationships and collaborate with a wide range of stakeholders, and to tailor communications to a diverse range of audiences.
• Confident drafting skills and ability to lead and oversee development of key products and artefacts to establish and gain consensus for functions and processes.
• Demonstrable experience of delivering results in a fast-paced and high-profile environment.

This interview could be conducted via video, 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.

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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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