Development Consent Orders & Statutory Processes Manager
It’s an exciting time to begin a career with Highways England as we invest £11 billion in motorways and A Roads boosting capacity, tackling congestion and improving safety which is 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.
We are responsible for operating, maintaining and improving England’s motorways and major A roads. When you know that a third of all traffic, two thirds of heavy goods vehicles, and 98% of UK businesses rely on them, you can understand why our roads, and what we do, matters so much.
The Regional Investment Programme team (RIP) are working across England to improve the network and release economic capacity faster than any other time in the last 50 years. With a planned start of over 50 projects in the next 3 years, we need passionate team players who can own and deliver outcomes with integrity. You will be joining a team of over 300 people in a programme that is set to change the productive face of highways construction and influence the infrastructure market over the next 30 years; wouldn’t you like to be part of that?
We require a knowledgeable and proactive Development Consent Orders & Statutory Processes Manager to join our busy team. We are currently supporting about 30 projects across our different regions in their preparations for DCO consultations and applications. We therefore are driving the largest ever pipeline of DCO projects. The role not only involves you providing close support to individual project teams, but also your involvement in improvement initiatives relating to DCO and orders delivery. These include the identification and delivery of efficiencies and improvements to customer service. Given the size of our project pipeline, the opportunities to drive and share good practice through this role are considerable.
We are planning between now and 2050 and we’d like you like to be part of it. If you can think big, but managing the important details; if you like helping people, but influencing what happens; if you like working in a place that shapes the future, but find where you’re currently work stifling and controlling, then we want to talk to you!
The role requires support to our projects based in our Guildford office, so the successful applicant would be required to be based there at least 2 days a week on average. Travel to other Highways England and supplier offices would be expected. Although we are particularly interested in applicants who can be based fully in Guildford, we welcome applications from candidates with the right experience and skills who can commit to the minimum location requirements.
Our available base offices are: Guildford, Bedford, Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, or Manchester.
Develop and implement policies, standards, operating procedures and best practices, and provide specialist technical advice and guidance; to support the development, renewal and maintenance of Highways England assets, ensuring compliance with relevant statutory requirements and external standards, the safety of Highways England staff, contractor staff and the public and delivering best value solutions.
Day to Day:
- Act as a source of specialist subject matter expertise; to provide appropriate advice and guidance to Highways England, its contractors and suppliers and to support colleagues in resolving technical issues and in their personal development.
- Engage with stakeholders across Highways England and externally to understand their business needs, to promote and gain commitment to MP objectives and solutions, to identify key areas for improvement and to share best practices.
- Represent Highways England on technical and standards committees, steering groups and at conferences, seminars and workshops, to contribute to the development of external standards, to ensure that Highways England views are appropriately represented and to enhance our reputation.
- Develop business or value management cases for new projects, to ensure that such projects are consistent with Highways England strategic goals, quantifying resource requirements and identifying project interdependencies within and beyond the team.
- Plan and manage project activities and resources, identifying risks and appropriate mitigation and reporting progress, to ensure delivery of project objectives to time and cost.
- Document technical solutions and communicate to all stakeholders, to support implementation and to ensure the availability of audit evidence.
- Promote continuous improvement, efficiencies and innovation across projects and programmes to ensure that work is conducted in a manner that takes into consideration wider stakeholders, political nuance and the long-term strategic aims of Highways England.
- Plan and manage own CPD to ensure continuing development of specialist skills and awareness and understanding of industry best practices.
- Proven experience of delivering and / or providing information and specialist advice relating to Development Consent Orders and / or Highways Act 1980 orders.
- Preferably a member of a relevant professional institution, e.g. RTPI, NIPA.
- Experience of working in a programme and project environment in line with APMP principles, working with programme management to support the delivery of specific programmes.
- Evidence of managing internal and external stakeholder relationships to achieve desired outcomes.
- Proven experience of developing innovative business improvement solutions relating to Development Consent Orders and/or Highways Act 1980 orders.
- Ability to use a combination of general and specialist knowledge and understanding to optimise the solutions to complex technical issues involving significant levels of risk.
- Ability to collaborate with others to set standards and implement best practices, whilst dealing constructively with setbacks.
- Strong networking and communication skills, including the ability to communicate effectively and present results.
- High resilience, to deal constructively with conflicting priorities and setbacks.
- Strong analytical skills to develop, analyse and provide commentary on project and technical sector issues.
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.
All applicants must provide their right to work documentation at interview stage, such as a valid passport.
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.