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Title Risk Lead - Lower Thames Crossing
Ref HE/3446
Directorate Major Projects
Preferred Location Bedford
Salary £47,304 - £54,400
Number of Positions 1
Working Pattern Full Time
Closing Date 30 Apr 2017

About Us

Highways England is the new Government company that operates, maintains and improves England’s network of motorways and major A roads. This network is around 4,300 miles long and while it represents only 2 per cent of all roads in England by length it carries a third of all traffic by mileage as well as two thirds of heavy goods traffic, making it the backbone of the country.

We have around 3,500 staff based in seven offices around the country including a uniformed Traffic Officer service in control centres and patrolling key areas of the network. Highways England is held to account by two bodies who act on behalf of the public – The Office of Rail and Roads monitor the performance of our highways and Transport Focus champion the needs of road users.

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Job Description

Are you an experienced Risk Manager with an extensive background in identifying, tracking and reporting risk on major projects? Do you have the expertise to implement risk process for complex organisations?  We are seeking a dedicated and driven individual with superb risk management capability to join our prestigious Lower Thames Crossing (LTC) project based in Bedford.

Highways England offers a terrific working environment, with excellent career development potential, as well as flexible working.


CIP (Complex Infrastructure Programme) was formed to establish a programme approach for the delivery of three major schemes; A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon, a new Lower Thames Crossing and A303 Amesbury to Berwick Down. This role is required to specifically lead on the LTC Project.

Each is classed as “Tier 1”, meaning they are in the Government Major Projects Portfolio (GMPP), due to a combination of level of investment, complexity of stakeholder and political landscape and their importance as elements of national infrastructure that will lead to wider economic growth.

LTC is a £4billion+ project to deliver a crossing to the East of London. It will be critical to the UK’s major road network. It is classed as “Tier 1”, meaning it is in the Government Major Projects Portfolio (GMPP), due to a combination of level of investment, complexity of stakeholder and political landscape and importance as elements of national infrastructure that will lead to wider economic growth. The PMO supports the project with its governance, assurance and reporting processes.

The Role
As Risk Lead you will be accountable for identifying, defining, tracking and reporting risk within the LTC project. This will include deploying effective processes, systems and tools for risk and resolution management. The risk lead will enable the project to act commercially as an intelligent client in managing its internal resources and external supply chain.

Key responsibilities:

  • To provide subject matter expertise & a consistent approach across the LTC project identifying, defining, tracking and reporting risk, value management and uncertainty.
  • Identifying, defining, tracking of risk and uncertainty within the project
  • Creating the risk and value management plan for the LTC Scheme
  • Holding the project to account for identification and management of risk
  • Developing, updating, monitoring and reporting against detailed project plan
  • Providing quality analysis and progress reporting to the project director, project board and other senior stakeholders
  • Deploying effective processes, systems and tools for risk management across the project
  • Identifying resource and capability requirements to undertake  risk activities
  • Capturing, retaining and disseminating risk learning across CIP and Highways England communities.

You must have:

  • Experience of identifying, reviewing, developing and implementing risk and value management plans within complex infrastructure development and delivery organisations
  • Expertise implementing risk process for complex organisations
  • Demonstrated track record of managing complex relationships with multiple stakeholders
  • Highly organised approach to work, able to balance adherence to process with flexibility to ensure a successful outcome
  • Skilled at issue and conflict resolution
  • A strong commitment to delivery: on time, to standard, within agreed resources
  • Excellent communication skills


Behaviours and attributes required:

  • Leads by example and acts with integrity
  • Takes a consistent approach to people and work, uses sound judgement
  • Shows drive, enthusiasm and commitment
  • Demonstrates commercial awareness
  • Is customer and delivery focused
  • Influences and consults with others. Works in partnership with internal and external key stakeholders
  • Fosters teamwork and collaboration
  • Flexible approach and able to travel and work in other locations

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