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Deputy Director, Euston Sponsorship Team

Everybody uses transport in one way or another – whether travelling to work, school or to visit friends and family, the transport system is at the heart of the UK’s economy, connecting people across the country and beyond.

From dealing with the UK’s biggest ever peacetime repatriation to making sure our towns and cities are ready for self-driving cars, the Department looks after some of the biggest issues facing Government today.
Through our agencies and partners we deliver a transport network that supports the UK’s businesses and keeps people and goods travelling into and around the country. We plan and invest in transport infrastructure to keep the UK on the move, while looking for new ways to boost economic growth through safe, secure and sustainable transport.

At DfT our overarching mission is about ‘connecting people and places’ – regardless of your area of work you will be championing passengers in some way. You will find this evident in everything we do.

Job description

Euston Station is one of the busiest in the country. Over the next decade and beyond it will be the site of one of the most ambitious transport and property developments in the country.

We have ambitious plans to improve the transport links with the new HS2 Station, Redevelopment of the Conventional Network Rail Station (RECS), and a planned new Crossrail 2 Station. A new Masterplan for the area will link together the commercial and residential development with the new transport facilities to create a new destination for commuters, visitors as well as improved amenities for the local population. The redevelopment of Euston station and its surroundings will have a transformational impact in creating Euston as a thriving new gateway into London, covering 54 acres of publicly owned land.

To optimise this opportunity, Euston is being taken forward via the development of an integrated ‘One Euston’ vision that will unite stakeholders and delivery partners. The project is now entering a critical phase with key decisions required on construction, funding and integration.

Key Responsibilties

- Driving forward development and delivery of the One Euston vision, building consensus and support for the project in a complex and challenging stakeholder environment.

-Leading the Department’s Sponsorship of the One Euston projects, optimising integration between the HS2 Euston Station, redevelopment on the Euston conventional station and the Euston Oversite Development Masterplan.

- Acting as champion for the One Euston project, collaborating and influencing across Government Departments, delivery partners and stakeholders to build and maintain the momentum required to realise the One Euston vision.

- Managing the timely delivery of the Government’s response to the Oakervee Review conclusions in relation to the design and delivery strategy for the One Euston projects.

- Overseeing the timely development and approval of the designs and business cases for the One Euston projects, having close regard to funding constraints and realising the full transport, commercial and regeneration benefits.

- Overseeing integration of the projects that make up One Euston with the wider HS2 scheme and national railway network, collaborating with Departmental, HS2 Ltd and railway industry parties.

- Providing high quality advice on One Euston issues, all the way up to Board and Ministerial level, presenting complex, challenging and politically sensitive issues in a simple and effective way.

- Working collaboratively with the Euston Change Team, to support their development and delivery of the new delivery arrangements for the One Euston vision.

- Building and leading the One Euston project delivery team, including direct line management of Grade 6 HS2 Station Sponsor, Grade 6 Network Rail Station Sponsor, Grade 7 Euston Stakeholder Manger and Euston Programme Manager

The two deputy director roles and the entire team will need to work closely together and precise responsibilities are likely to shift as the project develops.
 

Responsibilities

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.

Essential criteria:

Strong leadership skills

- Outstanding leadership skills with the ability to inspire staff, foster wider collaboration and build engagement and capability to deliver outcomes, even when working under scrutiny.

Stakeholder management and communications

- Experience of providing complex advice to senior stakeholders, particularly where such advice may be challenging or controversial.
- A strong track record of working with internal and external partners, stakeholders in the public and private sectors to deliver service improvements for customers in the rail or similar industry.

Commercial and financial skills

- The ability to provide leadership on complex commercial projects and financial issues. Managing commercial relationships, including securing funding/ financing.

Project management skills

- A proven track record of sponsoring major infrastructure projects in the design and business case approval phase. An ability to work constructively, but to also challenge partner/ external organisations, to support delivery.
- Experience and knowledge in relation to the delivery of major infrastructure projects, railway systems and operational issues.

Please see attached candidate information pack for further details.

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