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Deputy Director, Head of Major Rail Project Analysis


Do you want to make the case for the largest infrastructure projects in the UK for a generation? Can you lead a multi-disciplinary team to deliver analysis to resolve complex, high-profile and contentious questions? Can you provide the rigorous evidence to win business case approval of controversial projects and withstand detailed scrutiny by government and the media? Can you push the boundaries of economic analysis to provide realistic and defensible valuations of regional economic rebalancing?

If so, we are looking for a Deputy Director to lead the Major Rail Projects Analysis team at the Department for Transport. This role leads the analysis of High Speed 2, East West Rail, Crossrail 2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail, a portfolio exceeding £150bn.
Supported by two senior economists, you will lead around 25 analysts including economists, social researchers, transport modellers and statisticians. Most of the team provide embedded support to the major project teams. Your role is to support their work with professional leadership, to ensure consistently rigorous methodologies and to lead new appraisal techniques. These include transport benefit modelling, wider economic effects such as agglomeration, and environmental impacts, carbon budgeting and land use change.

You will be part of the Programme Integration Directorate’s leadership team working alongside colleagues providing engineering and operations, financial, communications and project management advice across our portfolio of projects.

Job description

• You will work evaluate the costs and benefits of current and proposed major rail projects to determine whether they should proceed on economic grounds, to optimise their concepts and to make their business cases.

• You will both support and challenge the technical analysis undertaken by colleagues in our arm’s length delivery bodies and regional transport bodies that are developing the scheme designs including HS2 Ltd, East West Rail, Transport for the North and Transport for London. You will work with the Chief Analyst to sustain and enhance a common analytical framework across rail and the Department as a whole.

• You will lead the team through significant change; responding to the decision to proceed with HS2 Phase 1 (Birmingham to London); the ongoing work to develop an integrated rail plan for the North and Midlands to join up our largest cities and link our biggest economic regions, to win approval for East-West Rail to link Oxford and Cambridge, and to make the case for Crossrail.

• You will also be part of DfT’s senior analyst community, a group of ten senior analysts, across a wide range of professions, who provide leadership to DfT’s analytical community.

• The High Speed and Major Rail Projects Group and Programme Integration Directorate welcome applications from all backgrounds.

For further about the role, responsibilities and person specification please refer to the attached candidate information pack.


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:

• You have extensive experience leading an analytic function (for example economics, operational research or social research or transport modelling). Experience of project investment appraisal and transport modelling would be welcomed but is not essential.

• You are a talented leader who can motivate and develop an analytic team in the short and medium term and get the best from them directly and by fostering cooperation with others.

• You can see the bigger picture and direct your analytic expertise to securing project goals and benefits through robust evidence.

• Your written and oral communications skills are well-developed, enabling you to convey complex or technical points with confidence and judgement to non-experts within and beyond the Department.

• You can make the right decisions even if information is complete, ambiguous or contradictory and strike the right judgements and balances and both support and challenge others.

• You can develop and deliver innovative analytic techniques and evidence their robustness in the face of peer and external scrutiny.

For further about the role, responsibilities and person specification please refer to the attached candidate information pack.

Apply today.