Deputy Director, Head of Rail Reform Analysis, Research and Data & Deputy Director, Head of Rail Franchising, Projects and Strategic Analysis


London, Leeds and Birmingham. Travel within the UK may be required on an occasional basis.



The rail industry is about to undergo its most radical transformation in a generation. We are transforming Britain's railways to ensure our vital rail system continues to benefit passengers and support a stronger, fairer economy. We are looking for up to two outstanding analytical leaders to ensure that both the path to achieving our objectives, and our vision for the future of the sector, are informed and influenced by the best available evidence.

In both roles, you will be responsible for leading and motivating a team of multidisciplinary analysts to produce high quality and timely analysis. You will build effective working relationships with both internal and external stakeholders whilst using your excellent communication and influencing skills to ensure that your team’s analysis has real impact.

These are hugely exciting, demanding roles which give the successful applicants the opportunity to make a real impact in a sector which affects the daily lives of millions of rail passengers.

Job description

SCSPB1 Deputy Director, Head of Rail Reform Analysis, Research and Data

The reform of our railways is a top priority project for the Department for Transport and the Government. A large-scale programme has been initiated to implement reforms across the sector and to ensure that expected benefits and improvements can be realised for passengers and taxpayers.

You will support the development and implementation of the reforms across the range of high priority areas, including the new commercial model for train operators, the industry structure, and the incentive regime to improve the passenger experience whilst also delivering value-for-money for taxpayers.

You will lead the analytical input underpinning reforms to rail fares and ticketing, to simplify and improve the offer to passengers, whilst achieving wider government objectives relating to the sustainability of the sector and meeting our environmental commitments.

You will lead on rail data policy for the Department, working closely with industry to achieve our objectives for greater openness and availability of rail data to the benefit of passengers.

You will also oversee a significant body of research across Rail Group to improve the evidence base, as well as evaluating previous policy decisions to learn from past experience.

SCSPB1 Deputy Director, Head of Rail Franchising, Projects and Strategic Analysis

The COVID-19 pandemic has fundamentally altered the way that the Department contracts with train operators to deliver passenger services. Going forward, the railway sector must support our wider objectives of supporting economic recovery in all regions of the UK, whilst at the same time implementing reforms in a cost-effective manner. Decisions we take now will continue to have an impact for decades to come.

The “Restoring Your Railway” initiative is a key priority for the Department, contributing to the levelling up agenda. You will inform multi-million pound rail investment decisions to ensure that enhancements to the railways maximise benefits to passengers, whilst also delivering value-for-money for taxpayers.

You will provide expert technical advice on our current approach to delivering passenger services, ensuring that despite the current unprecedented levels of uncertainty, train operators are properly incentivised to deliver vital rail services and support the economy through to recovery.

You will provide thought leadership for a programme of strategic analysis to inform wider rail priorities, such as rail’s contribution to reducing climate change, and an overarching strategy for rail freight to encourage modal shift from roads and inform any trade-offs with passenger services.

You will oversee the development of the Department’s suite of rail appraisal and modelling tools, which are used to underpin all the major investment and franchise decisions. You will ensure that they make best use of the latest available evidence, and are robust to external scrutiny.

Essential criteria:

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.

Analytical Skills:

• Franchising, Projects and Strategic Analysis: extensive professional experience in leading highly complex analytical work. In this role, experience of significant project investment appraisal and complex modelling is essential.

• Reform, Research and Data: Extensive professional experience in leading highly complex analytical work, including analysis of market incentives - with a strong technical background in economics, operational research, statistics or social research.



Please see attached candidate information pack for further details.

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