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Programme Director for TRU, Rail Infrastructure

Location

East Midlands, Eastern, London, North East, North West, Northern Ireland, Scotland, South East, South West, Wales, West Midlands, Yorkshire and the Humber

 

Summary

The Rail Infrastructure teams in Rail Group are responsible for planning, sponsoring and overseeing an exciting programme of infrastructure improvements to the rail network.

The Government is taking a new approach to the way it enhances the railway. It has created a rolling programme of investment, focused on the outcomes that deliver real benefits to passengers, freight users and the economy. In March 2018, we published the Rail Networks Enhancements Pipeline, which provides further information on this new approach.

Our rail infrastructure client teams are overseeing the £10 billion portfolio of enhancements in the railways, to improve the nation’s infrastructure. We are about to commence the new five-year investment period with a multitude of significant projects and milestones to deliver.

At the same time, we are continuing to develop schemes for a future investment pipeline. The TRU programme has a high public profile and responds to many demands from Ministers and the Secretary of State.

 

Job description

The Programme Director, TRU will be responsible for leading and motivating a team of c. 16 people, in the planning, funding and clienting (partnering with a monopoly supplier) of the largest railway enhancement programme costing upwards of £3.5bn. It represents a key part of the Government’s “levelling-up” agenda in the North and is part of the Government’s Major Project Portfolio.

You will be working in close partnership with other Programme Directors and colleagues from across Rail Group and wider DfT. Your primary role is to manage Network Rail’s delivery of this important programme, and integrate the aspects for which DfT is directly responsible. You will also work closely with Network Rail, the extended supply chain, Train Operating Companies, Ministers, Cabinet Office (including the Infrastructure and Projects Authority), HM Treasury, and a wide range of external stakeholders.

The Programme Director, TRU will be responsible for leading and motivating a team of c. 16 people, in the planning, funding and clienting (partnering with a monopoly supplier) of the largest railway enhancement programme costing upwards of £3.5bn. It represents a key part of the Government’s “levelling-up” agenda in the North and is part of the Government’s Major Project Portfolio.

You will be working in close partnership with other Programme Directors and colleagues from across Rail Group and wider DfT. Your primary role is to manage Network Rail’s delivery of this important programme, and integrate the aspects for which DfT is directly responsible. You will also work closely with Network Rail, the extended supply chain, Train Operating Companies, Ministers, Cabinet Office (including the Infrastructure and Projects Authority), HM Treasury, and a wide range of external stakeholders.

Key responsibilities of the role will include:

• Managing and overseeing Network Rail’s role as the principle delivery partner for this important programme, introducing best-in-class programme management, programme controls and governance techniques.
• Providing whole industry leadership in the delivery of rail infrastructure enhancements across the existing operational railway – from early concept planning, initiation and business case development, to the clienting of construction works and the commissioning of enhancements. The value of project is upwards of £3.5bn and includes major investments in electrification, new stations and significant reliability and capacity improvements.
• Effectively manage programme interfaces, dependencies and risks.
• Ensure all programmes remain within their agreed cost envelopes without implications for key deliverables. Ensure change control is well managed with solutions brokered among key stakeholders and, should it be necessary, the implications of delay are appropriately managed.
• Responding to the unique challenges of delivering rail infrastructure upgrades – particularly Network Rail’s role as a monopoly provider, owned and majority funded by the Government, whose customers are private sector passenger and freight operators, providing supportive but effective challenge where necessary.
• Ensure that government funded investments in the railway infrastructure are effectively planned and prioritised and delivered in the most efficient and cost effective way to deliver the best passenger and freight outcomes.
• Motivating and engaging team members across the Division, supporting their development and managing performance in the context of a high profile and political programme.

This is a high profile and politically sensitive area and is likely to require high levels of personal resilience on the part of you and your team.

Please see attached Candidate Information Pack for further details.
 

Responsibilities

We are looking for someone who has significant experience delivering, overseeing or clienting major programmes, and the techniques associated with managing them and our suppliers and delivery partners. You should enjoy working with energy and pace and be able to deal flexibly with uncertainty and change in a politicised environment. You are likely to be someone who excels at leading and building a high performing team. You will also be adept at working in partnership with a complex network of stakeholders.

Essential:

• A proven track record of managing (as a client or delivery partner) major (£500m+) projects over several years. An ability to work constructively, but to also challenge a monopoly infrastructure provider, in order to secure timely and efficient rail upgrades. Experience of infrastructure and rail is an advantage, but not essential.
• A proven track record of overseeing and managing a complex supply chain (one or more suppliers) delivering a complex project, over several years.
• Evidence of the application of programme management and programme control techniques and governance regimes to major projects.
• Outstanding leadership skills with the ability to inspire staff and build engagement and capability to deliver, keeping those involved focused and committed to delivery and outcomes even when working under scrutiny.
• 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.
• The ability to provide leadership on complex projects and financial issues.
• A graduate of (or clear willingness to complete) the IPA’s Major Projects Leadership Academy (MPLA).
• Experience providing complex advice to Ministers, particularly where such advice may be challenging or controversial
• Experience in developing, implementing and operating a portfolio approach to major infrastructure investments.

For further about the role, responsibilities and person specification please refer to the attached Candidate Information Pack.

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