Director, Rail Pensions and Workforce Reform

Location

Birmingham, Leeds, London

 

About the job

Summary

The Department for Transport (DfT) looks after some of the biggest issues facing Government today; from dealing with the UK’s biggest ever peacetime repatriation to making sure our towns and cities are ready for self-driving vehicles and responding to the challenges that the Covid-19 emergency has brought. We plan and invest in transport infrastructure to keep people and things connected, while looking for new ways to boost economic growth through safe, secure and sustainable transport, particularly focusing on the challenge of decarbonising the transport system.

It’s an exciting time to join DfT and we need talented, forward-thinking, innovative people and inspirational leaders who will play a crucial part in shaping the decisions and delivering the services that truly matter to the public we serve.

The DfT is looking for a part-time Director to job share with the existing part-time Director in leading and developing a newly formed team of circa 15 people which will bring together and strengthen the Department’s expertise on rail workforce, industrial relations and pensions policy. As a Director in the Senior Civil Service (SCS Pay Band 2), will play an important and influential role within DfT, leading in both a policy and delivery capacity in relation to workforce and pensions across the department and wider industry. The post-holder will work closely with their job share partner to lead and motivate team members across the Directorate, engage credibly across a broad stakeholder base, and develop policies which will shape and define the future of pensions and workforce in the rail sector.

To meet this challenging requirement, we are seeking an experienced leader of diverse teams, who can build engagement and capability within highly technical, commercial and politically sensitive environments. You will need to bring an understanding of developing policy and strategy which can be translated into deliverable change programmes, and the successful candidate will be a highly effective communicator, able to engage and influence at the most senior levels within Government and industry.

Job description

We are looking for a part-time Director to job share with the existing part-time Director in leading and developing a newly formed team of circa 15 people which will bring together and strengthen the Department’s expertise on rail workforce, industrial relations and pensions policy.

The role will involve developing deliverable policy proposals to address the challenges identified; liaise with senior industry personnel to develop credible negotiating positions and work closely with commercial teams in the Department’s Passenger Services Directorate to ensure that the Department’s policy objectives can be delivered through the available levers in existing contracts with operators, future procurement processes.

The role will focus on both policy and delivery in relation to both workforce and pensions issues in train operators but will also require close work with Network Rail and other industry parties including the independent regulator (ORR). The post-holder will also work closely with other parts of DfT, Ministers and private offices, No.10, HMT, and senior industry leaders, and other bodies including the Pensions Regulator (TPR) and independent Trustee of the Railways Pension Scheme, to progress this complex and sensitive policy and reform agenda.

The post-holder will support the Directors General through the development and management of key industry partnerships and relationships, setting strategic direction and building an industry focussed approach to developing system wide solutions.
 

Responsibilities

The successful candidate must be able to demonstrate skills and/or success in the following essential criteria:

• Have outstanding leadership skills with the ability to inspire staff, and build engagement and capability to deliver, driving a performance culture and demonstrating the resilience required to achieve results;

• Be able to develop strategy and policy proposals, translating them into deliverable change programmes, working across a complex and politically sensitive programme to drive and support delivery of change, whilst also working effectively with industry partners;

• Able to work collaboratively and effectively with the team, colleagues, contractors and stakeholders, building networks and confronting and challenging issues as necessary to drive delivery;

• Be highly articulate and credible at the most senior levels, and demonstrate experience in providing simplified advice on complex issues to Minister-level, particularly where such advice may be challenging or controversial;

• Be able to negotiate with and influence external partners and stakeholders successfully at the highest levels;

Benefits

"Being part of our brilliant Civil Service means you will have access to a wide range of fantastic benefits.

This includes:
- a generous annual leave entitlement,
- attractive pension options,
- flexible working,
- good career development opportunities,
- a variety of career paths,
- inclusive working environments and much more to support a healthy work/life balance."

Apply today!