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Title Programme Risk Manager
Ref HE/3481
Directorate Major Projects
Preferred Location Manchester/Birmingham/Leeds
Salary £47,304 - £54,400
Number of Positions 1
Working Pattern Full Time
Closing Date 06 Mar 2017

About Us

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.

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Job Description

Highways England are currently recruiting talented Programme Risk Manager to be based in our either our Birmingham / Manchester / Leeds office.

Role Purpose:

As Programme Risk Manager 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.  

The role will ensure a strategic programmatic approach to Risk Management is developed and embedded into the RIP.

It will look to continuously improve the people capability, behaviours, culture, tools, processes and systems specific to Risk Management. The role will focus on both service management of a team of Risk Managers across the programme, in a standardised approach, whilst engaging corporately with the organisation and developing Highway’s England’s in-house Risk Management capability.  


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.

Developing a thorough and ongoing knowledge of Risk Management best practice to improve current processes, mechanisms and tools.

Provide programme and project analysis, identification and reporting trends in; emerging issues, performance and behaviour related to Risk Management.

Developing Quantitative Risk Analysis and Quantitative Schedule Risk Analysis techniques, best practice management and reporting.

Supporting Directors, Project Managers / Sponsors and their teams on the application and interpretation of Risk Management.

Managing resources both direct and indirect to support the programme to meet its Delivery Plan targets.

Ensure that project and programme risk mitigation plans are developed and that risk owners are appointed and plans are managed.

You will have:

  • 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.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and effectively in a complex matrix management environment.
  • 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.


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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