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Title Programme Manager - Lower Thames Crossing
Ref HE/3147
Directorate Major Projects
Preferred Location Bedford and Guildford
Salary £58,434 - £80,400
Number of Positions 1
Working Pattern Full Time
Closing Date 02 Mar 2017

About Us

Are you a forward thinking Programme Manager and interested in joining a dynamic new organisation?

Highways England is the new government company charged with driving forward our motorways and major A roads. Building on the successful 21 year heritage of the Highways Agency, we maintain and enhance the most important communications network in the country, the Strategic Roads Network. A network valued at just over £104 billion, which carries approximately one-third of all road traffic in England and nearly two-thirds of all heavy freight traffic.

We are responsible for 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 planned to be done.

Our vision is to be the world’s leading road operator which means that we need to become a high performing organisation. It's an exciting time to start a Highways England career. With £11 billion to invest in major road improvements over the next 5 years, there’s an opportunity for you to be part of something special.

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

Job Description

Highways England are currently recruiting a talented Programme Manager to be based in either our Bedford or Guildford Office.

Role Purpose:

As Programme Manager you will leading one of Highways most exciting projects – Lower Thames Crossing. You will be running the project on a day-to-day basis on behalf of the Project Director and within the constraints laid down by the Project Board, the SRO and the Project Director.

This is a senior project/programme management role, responsible for a team of 50+ people, managing work-streams, stakeholder engagement & communications and all aspects of this complex project.


  • To lead the Health, Safety & Well-being agenda and to actively engage the supply chain in promoting a “leading H&S culture”.
  • Delivering the project according to the requirements and standards established by the Project Board;
  • Leading, motivating and directing Work-stream Leaders and the PMO Manager, ensuring alignment between them all;
  • Holding all contracts of external suppliers and advisors and directing them to deliver their contributions to the project;
  • Preparing the baseline management products such as the Project Initiation Document (PID), deliverable descriptions, work-stream descriptions, stage/exception plans etc.;
  • Managing production of the required products, taking responsibility for overall progress and use of resources and initiating corrective action where necessary;
  • Establishing and managing the project controls (monitoring, reporting etc.); and
  • Advising the Project Director of any deviations from the plan and escalating issues which require the attention of the Project Executive Group or the Project Board.
  • Ensure compliance with the appropriate governance arrangements.
  • Engage with, and influence, colleagues and senior management to generate support for project proposals, overcome obstacles to delivery and work collaboratively across the business.

You will have:

Proven capability of successfully leading infrastructure delivery projects, particularly in early phases of their development prior to construction.

Proven success in leading and developing multi-disciplinary teams, fostering challenge and innovation, improving team performance and creating a successful delivery culture.

Demonstrable evidence of delivery in a complex customer facing organisation using a recognised Programme and Project framework

Promotion of supply chain engagement and collaborative delivery

Ability to drive best practice and business improvement

Highways England aims to provide a modern flexible working environment. We are committed to creating a more diverse workforce, managed in an inclusive and trust based way. Be part of the future of our company. In return, we offer some excellent rewards including 26 days holiday, increasing by 1 day per completed year up to a maximum of 31 day and 8 days public holiday, childcare vouchers and access to a Competitive defined contribution pension scheme.

All applications must be accompanied with a current CV which will be used to assess your suitability for the role. Please ensure all required skills, experience and qualifications as outlined above are clearly demonstrated within your CV.

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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