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Title Head of Risk
Ref HE/3481
Directorate Major Projects
Preferred Location Manchester/Birmingham/Leeds
Salary £58,434 - £67,199
Number of Positions 1
Working Pattern Full Time
Closing Date 03 May 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 talented Head of Risk to be based in our either our Birmingham / Manchester / Leeds office.

Role Purpose:

As Head of Risk you will be expected provide a governance framework for Risk Management to deliver its Regional Investment Programme (RIP) in a safe, customer and delivery focussed manner. 

Day to Day:

  • Demonstrate and engender Highways England values; Safety, Integrity, Passion, Teamwork and Ownership.
  • Establishing and refining a Programmatic Risk Management strategy specific to the RIP to ensure control of risk and realisation of opportunities.
  • Leadership of a core team of Risk Managers, ensuring a consistent high quality of service. Nb. Line management of risk managers is through the PMO managers.
  • Develop close working relationship with the RIP Head of Planning to ensure that time risks are fully understood at both Project & Programme level.
  • Work across the RIP Programme, building strong relationships with the regional PMO managers.
  • Developing in-house Risk Management capability.
  • Act as the focal point for developing Risk Management tools and systems at a Project, Programme and Portfolio level for the RIP, working with external consultants where required to embed new corporate wide systems and tools when deployed.
  • Through robust Risk Management drive measurable results in terms of reducing Highways England exposure across the RIP.
  • Acting as a source of authoritative advice on best practice Risk Management thought leadership.

About you:

  • Demonstrable experience of leading and managing teams at a senior level in pro and programme environment.
  • A track record of delivering constructive working relationships within and across teams and suppliers.
  • Experience of leading and implementing performance improvement initiatives in Risk Management, people capability, systems and processes.
  • Proven communication skills and the ability to negotiate and manage teams to drive improved Risk Management across multi-disciplinary civil infrastructure projects and programmes.
  • Experience of working across organisational boundaries to deliver innovative solutions.
  • Strong relationship and presentational skills - able to engage effectively with senior staff and staff at other levels.
  • Degree qualification with professional accreditation to risk management professional.
  • Demonstrable evidence of continuous risk management personal professional development.

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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