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Chief Executive Officer, Infrastructure & Projects Authority

The Infrastructure & Projects Authority (IPA) is the Government’s centre of expertise for infrastructure and major projects, created to support their successful delivery and to secure the economic and social benefits from critical projects and programmes on a basis that represents value for money. Core teams include experts in infrastructure, project delivery, and project finance who work with government departments and industry.

As CEO, you will ensure the improvement of quality, cost, schedule, performance and project outcomes. You will be involved in Government’s highest profile programmes, from major infrastructure programmes such as High Speed 2, through to ambitious transformation programmes such as Courts Reform. You will retain independent judgement and exercise challenge to improve efficiency and capability, assess and escalate risks and take corrective action to maximise success in major project execution.
Your leadership will build constructive relationships and partnerships across Government and with industry partners. You will build strong project teams as Head of the Project Delivery Profession and promote best practice and strive for compliance to agreed standards in major project delivery.

As sponsor of the Major Projects Leadership Academy and leading the Major Projects Review Group process, you will ensure that the chance of delivering major projects is maximised to increase confidence for all the Government’s high risk, high value projects, of which there are approximately 150 with a total investment value of circa £450 billion.

To be successful, you will need to demonstrate the following essential criteria:

•Leadership of high profile, multi-billion-pound projects and programmes of comparable complexity to the Governments Major Projects Portfolio.
•Success in sustaining an outstanding reputation for delivering major projects through ambassadorial ability, shrewd political awareness and the excellent management of a complex range of stakeholders.
•Success in developing and sustaining high performing teams within large organisations and in building organisational capability, expertise, performance, confidence and financial results in project outcomes.
•Strong track record of collaborative working across organisational boundaries and experience working in matrix structures.
•Significant experience of effectively advising on strategy, action and compliance on high risk projects and programmes to very senior stakeholders.

The IPA reports jointly to HMT and the Cabinet Office, bringing together the strengths of both departments and increasing co-operation and alignment in the centre of government on major projects, reporting jointly to the Minister for the Cabinet Office and the Chief Secretary to the Treasury. Supported by a Prime Ministerial Mandate, the IPA aims to bring about improvement in the performance of the Government’s Major Projects by working with central government departments to address the long-standing obstacles to successful delivery. This role reports into the Chief Executive of the Civil Service.