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Title Senior Planning Manager (Heathrow)
Ref HE/3625
Directorate Strategy & Planning
Preferred Location Birmingham, Guildford, Bristol
Salary £47,304-£54,400
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 Senior Planning Manager (Heathrow) to be based Birmingham, Guildford, Bristol.

This post is required as a result of the Government’s commitment to deliver additional airport capacity in the South East.   The Government announced in October 2016 that a 3rd runway at Heathrow was their preferred option and, subject to public consultation and Parliamentary approval of a new aviation National Policy Statement later this year, Heathrow will be able to begin the formal process of seeking planning permission, which includes further consultation with local communities.  There a numerous substantial impacts on Highways England on the SRN and this is role is required to lead the co-ordination and sponsorship of a range of activities. Externally, the role holder will promote the Company’s position and build reputation through visible and effective partnerships with Heathrow Airport Limited, DfT,  transport and planning authorities and other affected, key strategic stakeholders at all levels including technical engagement with senior officials.  Internally, the role holder will lead the co-ordination and assessment of Heathrow impacts on the Strategic Road Network, supporting the Head of Strategic Projects and Network Planning Director through the formation of the strategy for key stakeholder engagement and work to understand and reduce the risks to company performance. The role holder will sponsor the design, direction and implementation of a number of projects, transformation activities and services (i.e. the programme) that develop viable solutions that align with the strategic objectives of the business and will support the Company’s involvement in the Development Consent Order process.  

Key responsibilities:

  • Leadership - Provide leadership for technical engagement on key elements of the Heathrow Airport Expansion project, assist teams across the Company affected by Heathrow and provide information, advice and guidance.                              
  • Stakeholder Management - Establish visible and effective partnerships with senior staff in DfT, Heathrow Airport Ltd, affected highways authorities and key strategic stakeholders by setting the Company’s position on the Heathrow project and take a leading engagement role with Heathrow Airport Ltd management by the implementation of jointly agreed solutions that secure best value and mitigation of impacts on the Company’s Key Performance Indicators.  Further stakeholder management in liaising with local highway authorities, transport authorities and other major stakeholders, to assist in driving behavioural change and message delivery to address some of the anticipated impact of Heathrow construction activities on or around the SRN.
  • Programme Management and Sponsorship - Lead in the planning and promotion of technical initiatives and collaborative projects and programmes as required to deliver projects that meet Departmental aims, Company performance targets and Heathrow objectives. Sponsor cross-HE workstreams to ensure that the impacts of the Heathrow project are fully understood and mitigated.                                                                               
  • Governance - Establish defined governance structures to provide timely and effective performance reporting to enable decision making and identification, management and escalation of risk through the chain of management command for ultimate escalation if required to the Executive Committee and Chief Executive through the established governance structure.                                                 
  • Protection of SRN - Ensure appropriate analysis and assessment is undertaken to enable a comprehensive understanding of the Heathrow project’s impact on the SRN and secure provisions to protect the integrity of the network in Heathrow’s development Consent Order.  Negotiate improvements and associated funding with DfT and Heathrow Airport Ltd. 
  • Health and Safety - Drive improvements in health and safety performance ensuring effective practice is championed to all staff and partners and carry out any tasks in a safe manner as an example to others.


  • Business Knowledge
  • Cross-Directorate knowledge of Highways England, including organisational structures and processes.
  • Knowledge of the Heathrow expansion project the development Consent Order process.
  • An understanding of the strategic, policy, operational matters and the cross cutting issues concerned with the SRN
  • An 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.
  • Essential Functional / Technical Skills
  • Leadership skills and values consistent with those of Highways England
  • A background in project management and project development
  • Good experience of transport planning, operations or strategy
  • Ability to prioritise to meet deadlines
  • Ability to work collaboratively, with a range of colleagues both in the wider organisation and externally
  • Good interpersonal, oral communication and presentation skills
  • Experience of managing other staff and co-ordinating workloads across teams, including those not directly managed, to achieve maximum efficiency
  • Good 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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