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Title Spatial Planning and Economic Development Manager
Ref HE/3385
Directorate Operations
Preferred Location Stirling House, Mansfield or The Cube, Birmingham
Salary £40,188 - £44,208
Number of Positions 1
Working Pattern Full Time
Closing Date 01 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.

The Operations Directorate is responsible for planning maintaining and improving the strategic road network in England. It provides oversight and manages the performance of numerous supply and service contracts. The Midlands Operations Directorate covers a very large geographical area with almost 1000 miles of trunk roads and motorways.

This is a highly demanding and challenging part of the Highways England network and is used daily by millions of road users and supports both the regional and national economies.

Job Description

Highways England is recruiting a Spatial Planning and Economic Development Manager based in either our Birmingham or Mansfield Office.  You will help support economic growth in the East Midlands by developing the forward planning of the strategic road network in your patch. This includes delivery of the organisation’s spatial planning statutory duties and developing improvement strategies for consideration through the route strategy process. Actively engaging with strategic stakeholders at a senior level is also central to this role to ensure that their needs are fully understood and appropriately fed into the organisation’s forward plans. 

Key responsibilities:

  • Carry out effective delivery of our statutory responsibilities within the planning agenda and respond to our statutory responsibilities as a highway authority
  • Proactively deliver strategic stakeholder engagement, balancing the needs and benefits of engagement against the availability of resources required
  • Provide the East Midlands input into the route strategy and general road investment strategy process. This will include identifying appropriate improvement schemes for consideration for future investment
  • Support Strategy and Planning through the development of the organisation’s Strategic Economic Growth Plan to ensure it accurately reflects the East Midlands in terms of economic geography, performance of the network, stakeholder views and any other factors as appropriate
  • Work closely with internal and external partners to identify and secure funding opportunities for improvements to the network in support of economic growth e.g. through the Growth and Housing fund
  • Line manage Strategic Stakeholder and Economic Development Assistant Manager in line with the staff handbook, ensuring knowledge, performance and competence is enhanced and maintained as necessary to deliver planning and stakeholder engagement needs.
  • Ensure timely and informative reporting against performance objectives highlighting risks and issues to inform effective decision making
  • Work collaboratively with teams, across the division and wider organisation to deliver directorate and Corporate objectives
  • Manage suppliers to deliver planned outcomes


  • Demonstrable experience and understanding in land use planning and associated legislation including development control
  • Able to evidence an understanding of  forward planning processes, including route strategies and the wider roads investment strategy  
  • Demonstrate experience of organisational delivery mechanisms for all categories of highway improvement projects and the mechanisms that Local Authorities use to promote schemes
  • Experience necessary to deliver a professional opinion in support of technical solutions based on a sound knowledge of network performance issues
  • Experience of working with local planning and highway authorities, local enterprise partnerships within a political landscape supported by evidence of working successfully with a wide range of officials within such external stakeholder organisations
  • Experience of working with professional, technical and other partners to maximise delivery with proven track record in negotiating and getting best value from suppliers
  • Valid Driving Licence


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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