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Title Assistant Project Manager - A14
Ref HE/3518
Directorate Major Projects
Preferred Location Swavesey, Cambridgeshire
Salary £33.340 - £36,674
Number of Positions 1
Working Pattern Full Time
Closing Date 01 Mar 2017

About Us

Highways England is the new government company charged with driving forward our motorways and major A roads. Building on the successful 21 year heritage of the Highways Agency, we maintain and enhance the most important communications network in the country, the Strategic Roads Network. A network valued at just over £104 billion, which carries approximately one-third of all road traffic in England and nearly two-thirds of all heavy freight traffic.

We are responsible for modernising and maintaining the highways, running the network and keeping traffic moving. Over recent years investment in our highways has increased. This has led to advances in technology, such as smart motorways; enabling traffic to flow better. However even more is planned to be done.

Our vision is to be the world’s leading road operator which means that we need to become a high performing organisation. It's an exciting time to start a Highways England career. With £11 billion to invest in major road improvements over the next 5 years, there’s an opportunity for you to be part of something special.

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Job Description

Are you an established Assistant Project Manager looking for your next challenge? Are you keen to work on a high profile scheme, which is of national interest? Highways England is recruiting a dynamic and driven individual to join the A14 Integrated Project Delivery Team.

We are keen to hear from highly committed and ambitious individuals who are eager to grow and develop. In return we offer a great working environment, opportunity for progression and flexible working hours.


CIP has been established to bring together an overall programme approach for the delivery of three major schemes; A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon, a new Lower Thames Crossing and A303 Amesbury to Berwick Down.

The A14, Cambridge to Huntingdon scheme is a £1.5 billion project to upgrade 21 miles of the A14, adding additional capacity and cutting up to 20 minutes off journeys. It is classed as “Tier 1”, meaning it is in the Government Major Projects Portfolio (GMPP), due to a combination of level of investment, complexity of stakeholder and political landscape and importance as elements of national infrastructure that will lead to wider economic growth.

The project is now at construction stage, which has taken the delivery team to our purpose built office space on-site. As an integral part of the delivery team, you will be based at our Swavesey compound and will also be required to travel to other compounds on the project, as well as to other Highways England offices, such as Bedford and Birmingham.

The role:

You will support the successful delivery of the A14 project to ensure it meets key strategic KPI’s to include efficiency, time and customer impact targets at both pre-construction and construction stage.

Some of your responsibilities will be:

  • Support the delivery of the construction phase including delivery assurance, change control, risk management and Highways England deliverables as part of a collaborative delivery team.
  • Plan and define project steps, scope project risks and issues, establish plans, reviews milestones and priorities.
  • Generate solutions to overcome project obstacles and mitigate risk
  • Develop, update, monitor and report against detailed project plans identifying resource requirements and interdependencies
  • Help commission and manage expert and consultancy support as appropriate; and evaluate and act on such advice to ensure objectives are achieved
  • Identify, develop and implement and monitor day-to-day support for the project activities including contract compliance, risk management, financial management and reporting, document control and governance.
  • Provide quality analysis and progress reporting to the Senior Responsible Owner, Project Board and other senior stakeholders
  • Help plan the migration of services from development into operations.
  • Support the delivery of the Health and Safety policy and standards by assessing safety performance to minimise risks, develop improvements and escalate issues with relevant authorities in a timely manner and carry out any tasks identified to the post in the Level 2 and relevant 2a Organisational Health & Safety RACI charts
  • Model best practice project management approaches to colleagues and external stakeholders
  • Identify ways to reduce costs and generate ideas that promote continuous improvement and innovation across projects to ensure that work is conducted in manner that takes into consideration wider stakeholders including the customer of HE.
  • Robustly manages costs, maximising value for money, sharing best practice across CIP

You will have:

  • Proven experience of project management in a complex environment
  • Experience of working with multiple stakeholders
  • Ability to influence and lead
  • Superb problem solving skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ideally you will already have or will be working towards a project management qualification, such as PRINCE 2, MSP or similar

Personal attributes required:

  • Highly organised and self-motivated
  • Strong communicator and able to influence
  • Open and collaborative
  • Capable of managing upwards to achieve successful outcomes
  • Confident and approachable
  • Positive and adaptable

Highways England aims to provide a modern flexible working environment. We are committed to creating a more diverse workforce, managed in an inclusive and trust based way. Be part of the future of our company. In return, we offer some excellent rewards including 26 days holiday, increasing by 1 day per completed year up to a maximum of 31 day and 8 days public holiday, childcare vouchers and access to a Competitive defined contribution pension scheme.

All applications must be accompanied with a current CV which will be used to assess your suitability for the role. Please ensure all required skills, experience and qualifications as outlined above are clearly demonstrated within your CV.

Please note that Highways England reserve the right to close the advert before the advertised closing date should a sufficient response have been received.  Therefore, please complete your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

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