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Title Head of Strategic Projects
Ref HE/3622
Directorate Strategy & Planning
Preferred Location Leeds, Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol
Salary £58,434-£67,199
Number of Positions 1
Working Pattern Full Time
Closing Date 28 Mar 2017

About Us

Highways England is the new government owned company responsible for driving forward our motorways and major A roads. This includes; 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 yet to be done.

Certainty of funding and greater flexibility will enable us to become a better business. In our first 5 years alone, we’ll invest £11 billion in motorways and A roads – boosting capacity, tackling congestion and improving safety. At the same time, we’ll improve how we work. That means we will be able to; plan roadworks better to minimise disruption; clear incidents more quickly; and save more than £1 billion by working more efficiently.

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Job Description

Highways England is currently recruiting for a Head of Strategic Projects to be based Leeds, Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol.

To lead Highway’s England’s engagement with and response to significant external projects (for example High Speed 2 and South East Airport Expansion), which will impact on the Strategic Road Network to ensure all risks are managed and opportunities exploited.  To commission and sponsor future major Highways England projects, to assure delivery and to ensure the benefits are realised. 

Key responsibilities:

  • Engagement and Collaboration - Lead constructive relationships with external project promoters and private operators to understand plans and proposals which may impact on the Strategic Road Network.  Influence those organisations to ensure outcomes which are acceptable to Highways England.
  • Strategy Development - Develop Highways England’s approach to the strategic projects, including the provision of its input into the statutory planning processes.
  • Risk and Opportunity Management - Identify and manage the risks to the SRN and Highways England arising from the strategic projects and maximise the opportunities that they afford.
  • Project Development and Sponsorship - Identify, initiate and develop specific projects required by Highways England to manage the impact of the strategic projects on the network.  Sponsor the delivery of projects delivered by Major Projects for future RIS periods.  Prepare business cases for investment.
  • Programme and Project Management - Lead a programme of work in relation to the strategic projects, including transport assessment, input to the statutory processes and the development of specific projects on the network.                                                                                           
  • Stakeholder Management - Work with key stakeholders and partners to ensuring consideration of their needs and to secure consensus to the future direction.
  • Leadership - Lead a team of 10 professional planning and project managers, and contribute to the overall leadership of the Division.
  • Health and Safety - Drive improvements in health and safety performance ensuring effective practice is promulgated to staff and partners and carry out any tasks identified to the post in the Level 2 and relevant 2a Organisational Health & Safety RACI charts


  • Knowledge and understanding of transport sector services in relation to the Services within the Directorate
  • A comprehensive understanding of the strategic, policy, operational matters and the cross cutting issues concerned with the SRN
  • A good understanding of delivering the road programme, including an understanding of the risks and challenges involved in delivering major investment and/or operating a major infrastructure network.
  • Leadership skills and values consistent with those of Highways England
  • A strong background in project planning, delivery and risk management
  • Significant experience of the statutory processes involved in the approval of major infrastructure schemes
  • Significant experience of providing support and challenge at a senior level
  • Excellent people management skills, including upward management of senior staff
  • Ability to work collaboratively, with a range of colleagues both in the wider organisation and externally
  • Excellent interpersonal, diplomatic, oral communication and presentation skills
  • Significant experience of managing other staff and co-ordinating workloads across teams, including those not directly managed, to achieve maximum efficiency
  • Strong stakeholder management and influencing skills and the confidence to challenge others, including senior colleagues, where necessary

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.

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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