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Title Planning Manager
Ref HE/3729
Directorate Strategy & Planning
Preferred Location Any
Salary £40,188-£44,208
Number of Positions 7
Working Pattern Full Time
Closing Date 16 Apr 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 7 Planning Managers to be based Nationwide.

The Network Planning Division has been established in the Strategy Planning Directorate to ensure a holistic approach to the development of a future network strategy.  The Division is expected to comprise 35 staff to develop a strategic vision, lead a series of strategic studies and route strategies, sponsor major schemes and manage Highways England’s response to major external projects, such as HS2 and Heathrow expansion. 

The purpose of this role is to provide strategic direction for the company by ensuring the effective development and delivery of key projects and studies to develop a strategy for the SRN, inform and optimise network investment decisions, protect the integrity of the SRN and enable an effective investment plan for future RIS periods, ensuring the best use of resources and compliance with statutory requirements.

Key responsibilities:

Manage and lead delivery of network planning projects, including strategic studies, route strategies, options assessment work, strategy development, major scheme sponsorship and external scheme impacts.

Plan and define project steps, scope project risks and issues, establish plans, review milestones and priorities and prepare project and programme reporting information for all key stakeholder groups informing them of progress.  Actively manage risks and escalate issues in a timely manner to enable decisive response and mitigation activities.  Develop clear and concise work packages and manage the performance of the project team against objectives, costs and milestones to ensure delivery of expected outcomes.  Ensure quality assurance and overall integrity of the project or programme – focusing internal consistency, coherence and interfaces with other external programmes, and delivering outputs to meet corporate technical and specialists’ standards.

Develop and improve methodologies and procedures to deliver projects and studies

Develop and define underpinning methodologies and procedure to optimise the effective use of technology, streamline resources and ensure outputs are fit for purpose to support network investment decisions and wider business requirements.  Work collaboratively with key internal and external delivery partners to understand processes, capture requirements, identify and test improvements. Regularly review procedures to identify improvements and incorporate lessons learned to simplify processes and decision making.

Maintain oversight and manage project interdependencies with the wider Road Investment Strategy

Actively maintain and encourage regular dialogue with the wider RIS programme and work streams in order to capture changing requirements and identify interdependencies and project risk. 

Procure and manage consultancy contracts

repare business case and tender documentation, complying with relevant requirements, to ascertain internal support to procure technical consultancy.  Lead on the tender process and evaluation to recommend appointment of consultants.  Manage the day to day activities of contractors for the project, monitoring performance, quality, resources and costs to ensure compliance and value for money.  Provide timely and clear documentation to report early warning and recommend compensation events.

Promote projects with internal and external stakeholders and project reporting

Act as a lead within the project team to promote the projects and ongoing progress with key internal and external stakeholders to engage support and provide a clear sense of direction and purpose in relation to the wider RIS programme and the work of key stakeholders.  Manage engagement with the promoters of major external projects and with key stakeholders to protect the interests of Highways England.  Prepare project and programme reporting information for all key stakeholder groups, tailoring reporitng to the audience in order to provide the approapriate level of detail and information for senior management, working groups and external parties.

Embed and advocate a PPM and Continuous Improvement

Utilise Project Programme Management methodologies and tools to deliver projects and programmes in a robust and consistent manner; and advocate a benefits realisation approach. Utilise business analysis techniques to support continuous improvement of procedures, processes and policies to enable efficiency savings and streamline resources.  

Project Sponsorship

Commision delivery directorates to undertake project development activities and ensure that the work is undertaken in line with the requirements laid out in the brief and that strategic decisions are taken consistent with the Company’s Network Strategy.


  • A working knowledge of DfTs Road Investment Strategy and Highways England’s Licence.
  • A working knowledge of how Highways England operates across all of its directorates
  • Knowledge of the Highways England Delivery Plan
  • Experience and understanding of Transport Appraisal Guidance (TAG) and Early Assessment Sifting Tool (EAST)
  • A working knowledge of procurement procedures, ideally within Highways England or public sector
  • Knowledge of Highway England’s Project Control Framework, particularly Stages 0 and 1
  • Demonstrable experience of working successfully in a Programme or complex Project Management environment, ideally with experience of using Managing Successful Programmes or equivalent methodology.
  • Delivering large and complex road feasibility studies (or similar)
  • Sponsoring major infrastructure schemes
  • The Development Consent Order or Hybrid Bill processes
  • Developing strategies for infrastructure organisations
  • Demonstrable experience of leading people to successful delivery of large scale, complex and/or high risk projects, or high profile / high risk services.
  • Working knowledge of MS Office packages
  • Exceptional presentation and communication skills to convey complex information to a wide audience and experience of managing stakeholder relationships
  • Ability to prioritise in order to meet tight deadlines.

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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