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Title DCO & Statutory Process Manager
Ref HE/3831
Directorate Major Projects
Preferred Location Bedford or Guildford
Salary £40,188 - £44,208
Number of Positions 1
Working Pattern Full Time
Closing Date 25 Apr 2017

About Us

We are responsible for operating, maintaining and improving England’s motorways and major A roads. Consider that a third of all traffic, two thirds of heavy goods vehicles, and 98% of UK businesses rely on them, and you can see why our roads, and what we do, matters so much.

It’s why we’re so grateful to our c 4,500 employees around the country. When you work with us, you're helping to connect communities, sustain business and support the economy. And with responsibility for major projects, working here is also a great move for your career.

Job Description

Highways England are currently recruiting a talented DCO & Statutory Process Managers based in either our Guildford or Bedford office.

Role Purpose:

  • As DCO & Statutory Process Managers you will help Highways England deliver an unprecedented number of Development Consent Orders (DCOs) and Highways Act 1980 Orders. The large increase in scheme investment defined within Road Investment Strategy Road Period 1 means that identifying and implementing more efficient ways of delivering this challenging workload and building on our experience so far is central to our business. In particular, Highways England will need to obtain a significant number of DCOs through the Planning Act 2008 starting from the current Road Period, to meet our challenging delivery commitments. Highways England has established a centre of excellence supporting the successful progression of individual schemes through the statutory planning processes required to start construction. The process for obtaining these orders will be a key activity our most high-profile projects and our key stakeholders will need expert support on.

Day to day:

♦ Be an active member of a specialist and industry-leading team within Highways England supporting individual project teams to manage their scheme’s progression through the Planning Act 2008 pre-application, application, pre-examination, examination, decision, and post-consent stages

♦ Build collaborative relationships with individual project teams (including their suppliers) across Highways England to provide an empowering, empathetic and supportive service on statutory process matters that enables individual project teams to deliver the commitments within the Road Investment Strategy and Highways England Delivery Plan with more confidence and pace

♦ Provide an interface between individual project teams and other DCO & Statutory Process Team members to ensure that external and internal knowledge is cascaded and issues and experience from project teams is shared and escalated.

♦ Provide guidance and support to others in the DCO & Statutory Process Team, including potential line management of a support manager

♦ Work with other Highways England functional areas and the supply chain to identify and manage delivery risks and to ensure synergy, effectiveness, and continual improvement of the processes

♦ Develop strong national relationships with key stakeholders including Network Rail, National Grid, and Statutory Environmental Bodies to identify and address cross-cutting policies and procedures where they relate to statutory processes

♦ Identify, deliver and promote opportunities for efficiencies in the Planning Act 2008 and Highways Act 1980 statutory processes, in particular in the areas of programmatic delivery, standardisation, collaboration, knowledge transfer, building internal capability, acceleration, and aggregated demand

♦ Provide specialist advice, training and other support focused on the Planning Act 2008 and Highways Act 1980 statutory processes to colleagues and suppliers throughout Highways England

♦ Identify, develop, implement, promote and refine user-friendly improvements to knowledge management systems, including Highways England’s Project Control Framework, in respect of their guidance on the Planning Act 2008 and Highways Act 1980 statutory processes

♦ Ensure appropriate technical assurance is being undertaken on DCO submissions being prepared by project teams

♦ Promote continuous improvement and lessons learned

♦ Obtain best value from the use of externally-procured legal experts

♦ Promote a culture compliant with Health and Safety best practice, including driving an awareness of the well-being risks presented by the workload and timescale pressures inherent with demanding statutory processes and disseminating lessons learned across the business

About you:

  • Delivering or otherwise involved with Development Consent Order (DCO) applications
  • Delivering or otherwise involved with Highways Act 1980 orders 
  • Project and / or programme management experience  within a similar sector
  • Designing and delivering  training events and advice materials
  • Designing and implementing improvements to systems and processes  
  • Identifying opportunities for business improvement and innovation
  • Developing relationships with key stakeholders at corporate level
  • Working with suppliers, including  providing instructions on work packages
  • Experience of driving changes to behaviours/culture  
  • Relevant professional body membership (e.g. APM, National Infrastructure Planning Association) 

Travel to other Highways England offices will be required in this post.

We look forward to hearing from you. So we can really get to know you and what you can offer, please include a CV with your application.


You’re also encouraged to include a covering note explaining how you're a great match for us: tell us how your skills, experience and qualifications meet the role, and Highways England, requirements.

And to avoid disappointment, please apply as soon as possible. We’re expecting this role to be popular, so we may need to close the advert early if response is strong.

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