The Department for Transport is sponsoring and overseeing the building of a new station for High Speed 2, the possible upgrade and redevelopment of the existing Network Rail station, plus a major regeneration scheme. This will take place by working closely with a range of partners and local stakeholders to deliver a station that meets future capacity and service needs.
The Government announced the go-ahead of works on High Speed 2 in early 2020. Since then, work on the plans for Euston Station have progressed. This has included sponsoring plans and works for the High Speed 2 station, developing plans for oversite development, work with Network Rail on its conventional station and the formation of new governance and delivery arrangements to make sure that these activities are properly integrated. Reporting to the Department’s Director General for High Speed Rail, the Euston Director will take lead day-to-day responsibility for sponsorship of all these activities, supporting, challenging and holding to account the various delivery partners involved. The Director General for High Speed Rail is now seeking to fill this role on a permanent basis, given the status of the programme.
To fulfil this high-profile and highly challenging requirement, we require an experienced leader and project professional. You will need to be able to demonstrate capability of building engagement across organisational boundaries to influence and inspire successful delivery outcomes. You will bring a proven track record for leading major projects and programmes, with a strong preference for having gained this within an infrastructure environment. You will have demonstrated successful stakeholder relationship skills at the highest levels, including with senior executives and political leaders, as well as a grounded understanding of the diverse needs and interests of local communities. While you do not need to be qualified in the fields of analysis, finance or commercial procurement, you should be comfortable and experienced in working with these sorts of issues and with professionals from these fields. You need to be a rounded and experienced leader, able to lead a diverse team in an inclusive manner, and willing to contribute effectively to a high-performing senior leadership team and to corporate governance and leadership in the Department and the wider Civil Service.