£47,304 - £54,400
23 Nov 2017
26 Dec 2017
Job Function
Project Manager
Contract Type
Full Time

About Us

We are responsible for operating, maintaining and improving England’s motorways and major A roads. Consider that a third of all traffic, two thirds of heavy goods vehicles, and 98% of UK businesses rely on them, and you can see why our roads, and what we do, matters so much.

It’s an exciting time to begin a career with Highways England as we invest £11 billion in our motorways and A Roads boosting capacity, tackling congestion and improving safety which why we’re so grateful to our c 4,500 employees around the country. When you work with us, you're helping to connect communities, sustain business and support the economy. And with responsibility for major projects, working here is also a great move for your career.

Job Description

This role will be based within our highly successful Major Projects Directorate under our popular Regional Investment Programme.

The Role

Initiate and oversee the delivery of a small project portfolio/sub-programme or singular large scale projects. Support the Regional Sponsor in achieving the outcomes of large scale regional and national investment. Ensuring alignment with Highways England strategic priorities. Identification and management of Benefits and Business case for individual schemes. Ensuring appropriate governance and coordination is in place for projects under the post holder’s control. Providing leadership, internal challenge and support to project delivery function.

Day to Day:

Assist in the development of the Project Brief Project and Portfolio benefits and business case, and that solutions are developed and delivered to meet the objectives and outcomes of the Roads Investment Strategy.

Develop and maintain strong relationships with key stakeholders inside and outside of Highways England, building trust, gaining commitment to the programme and individual project objectives and benefits and clarifying and resolving issues and concerns.

Ensure that investment proposals fit with the longer-term asset strategy and secure the necessary investment for the business case. Ensure that there is adequate funding for the project throughout all stages of the lifecycle.

Lead Value Management Review and initiate ad hoc reviews to support decision making and change control.

Champion the customer throughout the development and delivery of projects.

Be accountable for managing stakeholders associated with the portfolio of projects.

Understand the core business drivers, environment and organisation, and manage aspects of uncertainty to maintain clarity with and for project delivery teams, reconciling different stakeholder requirements.

Assist in the development of the project organisation structure and build the right team, ensuring provision of necessary resources and skills, role clarity and clear lines of accountability.

Ensure a commercially viable options appraisal is delivered which takes into account a full understanding of value for money, requirements and risks.

Act as an escalation point for risks, issues and changes, providing clear direction to the project management team throughout the project lifecycle. Identify and manage strategic risks within the project and work with the project delivery teams to manage and mitigate them.

Working with the regional Sponsor ensure the projects are adequately funded to deliver against its obligations and that timely approvals are in place.

About you

Proven ability to evaluate situations and make appropriate level decisions pertaining to the outcome of project success.

A good understanding of Benefits Management and business cases for the successful delivery of major infrastructure projects, and managing diverse teams, in a complex customer facing organisation, using a recognised Programme and Project framework.

Proven evidence of working successfully to influence Programmes, Projects and Project managers both within and outside of the immediate team.

Proven good knowledge of project lifecycle management.

Proven knowledge of the need to build successful engagement with internal and external clients and stakeholders, and development of collaborative relationships with delivery partners.

Proven ability to drive best practice forward to effective implementation, dealing constructively with setbacks.


So we can really get to know you and what you can offer please include a CV with your application.

You’re also encouraged to include a covering note explaining how you're a great match for us: so please tell us how your skills, experience and qualifications meet both the role, and Highways England, requirements.

Closing date: 26 December 2017.

We’re expecting this role to be popular, so we may need to close the advert early if response is strong so to avoid disappointment, please apply as soon as possible

Help keep England moving.

We look forward to hearing from you.

For a full list of our vacancies please apply at recruitment.highways.gov.uk/

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