Deputy Director, HS2 Phase 2b, Policy Delivery

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Birmingham, Leeds, London
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The Phase 2b Policy Delivery role is central to developing the future High Speed 2 rail network.

Job Description


The Government is committed to investing in the country’s infrastructure to improve productivity, level up our regions and provide low carbon transport. As part of meeting these goals the High Speed Rail Group within the Department for Transport sponsors the development and delivery of High Speed 2 – the country’s largest project, delivering benefits now and for future generations.

The Phase 2b Policy Delivery role is central to developing the future High Speed 2 rail network. Work towards depositing hybrid legislation for the Western Leg from Crewe to Manchester is already well advanced. There is a need for increasing levels of stakeholder engagement with a wide range of local government and broader partners. You will lead a small and talented team of policy and project delivery experts working closely with Ministers, legal advisers, commercial and finance experts, other Government departments and HS2 Ltd in this exciting and high profile area.

The Phase 2b Directorate, like the rest of the High Speed Rail Group, has a strong culture of flexible working and inclusion, and is looking to build on the experiences of home-working over the past year to develop a new model of blended working across home and office locations. This role is available to individuals who wish to be spending their office time in London, Leeds or Birmingham, and we would expect the individual to be willing to travel to visit different locations relevant to the route on a regular basis.

As is often the case, there may be at least one similar additional role available in a related rail team for successful applicants to this role.

You will be a high-performing, dynamic individual, who wishes to have an impact by drawing on, and building, the talent and skills around you. We do not expect you to be the finished article – no-one is. This multi-faceted role – working on Europe’s largest transport infrastructure project – offers unique opportunities to expand your experiences and skills.

Job description

You will be a self-starter able to set the agenda and provide a clear direction. You will have strong interpersonal skills that enable you to form effective working relationships within the team and across organisational boundaries. You will have a strong interest in understanding the many stakeholders and places impacted by High Speed Rail, and will be experienced and comfortable working in a project delivery context. You will also be keen to learn and build knowledge and skills – both for yourself and across the team.


Key responsibilities are likely to include:

• Build closer and more intensive partnership working with Phase 2b stakeholders, particularly in Manchester but also elsewhere.

• Take forward work related to the Union Connectivity Review, looking to meet the Government’s ambition of faster journey times to Scotland, in close collaboration with colleagues across the Rail Groups and beyond.

• Grow a new team within the directorate and shape it to meet the future demands, building both capacity and capability.

• Form part of the senior leadership of the Phase 2b Directorate leadership, taking on responsibility for the cross-cutting co-ordination, planning and business management functions.

• Display excellent sponsorship of HS2 Ltd.

• Operate as an effective part of the wider High Speed Rail Group SCS leadership team by, for example, helping drive forward efforts to implement our Diversity and Inclusion Matters Action Plan and helping us navigate our way to an effective new “blended” office/home working model.

• Be a role model and champion for effective policy development in a project delivery context within the Group and, as appropriate, the wider Department.

Person Specification

It is essential in your supporting statement that you provide evidence and proven examples against each of the selection criteria below as far as you can. These responses will be further developed and discussed with candidates invited for interview.

Seeing the Big Picture: Evidence of ability to anticipate the long-term impact of economic, political, environmental, social and technological developments, and create joined up strategies that put into practice and support the organisation’s vision for the future

Communicating and Influencing: Highly developed written and oral communication skills and stakeholder management abilities enabling you to convey complex or technical points with confidence and authority to senior stakeholders. You are able to communicate with conviction and clarity in the face of tough negotiations or challenges, but also respect and consider the diversity of the audience when giving messages and deliver these appropriately.

Working together: You proactively create, maintain and promote a strong network of contacts across the organisation and externally to share knowledge and resources across boundaries to support the business, and are adept at delivering through others.

Making Effective Decisions: You will be adept at problem-solving, drawing on analytical and technical advice to make recommendations that articulate risks and impacts on economic, environmental, political, financial and commercial factors, as well as uncertainties. You will consult with others where necessary to ensure decisions meet diverse needs, and accept and respond to challenge constructively.

Delivering at Pace:Ability to translate long-term strategic priorities into clear outcome-focused objectives and shorter-term deliverables for your own team, as well as to operate successfully in a broader project delivery context. You deliver consistently against your own objectives, while ensuring others take responsibility for their areas, and establish an inclusive culture which allows people space and authority to deliver their objectives whilst ensuring appropriate support is in place when needed.