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Title Head of Evaluation
Ref HE/3432
Directorate Strategy & Planning
Preferred Location Nationwide
Salary £58,434 - £67,199
Number of Positions 1
Working Pattern Full Time
Closing Date 28 Feb 2017

About Us

Highways England is the new Government company that operates, maintains and improves England’s network of motorways and major A roads. This network is around 4,300 miles long and while it represents only 2 per cent of all roads in England by length it carries a third of all traffic by mileage as well as two thirds of heavy goods traffic, making it the backbone of the country.

We have around 3,500 staff based in seven offices around the country including a uniformed Traffic Officer service in control centres and patrolling key areas of the network. Highways England is held to account by two bodies who act on behalf of the public – The Office of Rail and Roads monitor the performance of our highways and Transport Focus champion the needs of road users.

For further information on Highways England, please visit our website:

Job Description

This new senior role will be responsible for shaping, developing and embedding an Evaluation Team for Highways England.  The successful applicant will be responsible for directing the new team, developing the strategy, methodology and procedures for undertaking evaluations in house and liaising with other senior managers to ensure evaluations is effectively integrated into the wider business.

Key responsibilities

Establish in-house evaluation programmes:

A decision has been taken to bring the evaluation of Major Schemes in house.  The job holder will need to oversee this transition and develop the in-house capability.  The job holder will also oversee the evaluation of other investment streams, notably Designated Fund schemes and will develop an evaluation strategy with potential to bring other work in house.

Development and Leadership of the Evaluation Team:

To facilitate in-house evaluation, a team will need to be set up.  The job holder will be responsible for the recruitment, establishment and ongoing management of the evaluation team.  They will be responsible for setting the direction of the team, creating an evaluation strategy for Highways England and innovating to exploit the significant amount of data that exists around the network.

Evaluation standards:

The job holder will ensure that the evaluation methodology adopted is robust and meets the needs of Highways England’s new structure and priorities, whilst also championing continual improvement and innovation. The job holder will ensure the evaluation studies are high quality.  

Embedding evaluation into the wider business:

The job holder will need to establish a culture of evaluation at all levels of the business. the job holder will liaise with other senior managers to ensure evaluations are effectivly intergrated into the wider business, both in terms of process and leaning lessons. The job holder needs to be a good communicator to build links with the wider business.

Skills & experience

The job holder must have:

  • An understanding of the key requirements of the Hghways England licence;
  • A knowledge of DfT’s Road Investment Strategy and Highways England’s Delivery Plan
  • Experience and understanding of Transport Appraisal Guidance (TAG)

Essential Functional / Technical Skills

  • Qualification: relevant qualification at degree-level or higher in social research, transport planning or other relevant subject.
  • Expertise in evaluation methods.  It would be desirable to have significant experience evaluating transport schemes, major spend or policy changes.
  • In depth technical knowledge and experience of appraisal and evaluation. It would be desirable for this to relate to transport or complex schemes
  • Working knowledge of MS Office packages
  • Statistical analysis skills.  It would be desirable for this to include surveys, economic analysis or transport modelling.
  • Project management skills, ideally experience of managing complex projects
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills.

Personal Attributes / Competencies:

  • The job holder must be competent across a broad range of skills, but specificly looking for someone able to:
  • Convey complex ideas effectively and see the ‘big picture’
  • Collaborate and partner with a wide range of colleagues
  • Influence both technical and non-technical audiences
  • Lead a diverse team
  • Set priorities and make good decisions.
  • Quickly learn Highways England’s structure and governance procedures.
  • Innovate

All applications must be accompanied with a current CV which will be used to assess your suitability for the role. Please ensure all the skills, experience and qualifications requested are clearly demonstrated in your CV as explained in the body of the advert (Above).

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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