Director, Regions, Cities and Devolution

Department for Transport
Flexible; to be decided with the successful candidate.
circa £90,000 per annum
09 Oct 2017
23 Oct 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Transport affects every single human being - whether we drive or are driven, travel by train or bus, walk or cycle. Transport gets goods into our shops, gets us to work and school, and connects us with leisure and friends. It is fundamental to our way of life all around the country. 

In the Department for Transport (DfT), we are committed to making journeys better: simpler, faster and more reliable. We are currently investing record amounts across all modes of travel around the country. Our work supports jobs, enables business growth, and brings our country closer together. What we do is central to the government’s industrial strategy, and to goals around rebalancing of the economy. 

The Department for Transport is supported by nineteen agencies and public bodies. Across all of these organisations, and in the transport sector more generally, our shared mission is to work together to get people and goods travelling around the country safely, efficiently and sustainably. 

The Regions, Cities and Devolution Directorate – which is one of four Directorates within the Department for Transport’s Roads, Devolution and Motoring Group - has responsibility for transport aspects of the English Devolution agenda, and for working with Devolved Administrations across the UK. Its four key objectives are: 

(i) Improving the planning and delivery of Transport in the English Regions, working with sub-national transport bodies including Transport for the North and Midlands Connect 
(ii) Leading DfT’s engagement with the major English conurbations, including London. Supporting England’s cities to improve their governance, tackle congestion, adopt new technologies and become smarter; 
(iii) Leading DfT’s relationships with the Devolved Administrations - delivering for DfT the Prime Minister’s ambition for a stronger and more united UK; 
(iv) Ensuring that the planning and delivery of transport supports wider government priorities on housing and productivity. 

The Directorate is in the process of being reformed but key building blocks will be: 
- Northern Transport 
- London and the South East 
- Devolved Administrations 
- Midlands 
- Housing and planning 
- Strategy and future bodies 

If appointed, you will be a key member of the senior management team in the Roads, Devolution and Motoring Group, working collaboratively with your three fellow Directors on common issues, as well as more widely with senior colleagues across DfT. 

You will lead a team totalling around 65 headcount. The team includes a group of 15 area leads who are responsible for relationship management at local level with offices in Leeds and Birmingham. The Directorate also includes a team of around 12 FTEs based in Newcastle. Direct budgetary responsibilities are around £4m admin and around £30m programme – to provide core funding to regional bodies and for consultancy and scheme development. 

The key to success in this post will be the ability to deliver through relationships – brokering solutions across different modes and areas in the interests of the travelling public. You will need to be a passionate, inclusive leader who motivates people, encourages innovation and sets a clear direction. You will be a great networker who can demonstrate active listening and negotiating skills. You will be able to understand the intricacies of the political agenda and policy making. You will work in partnership with project professionals to ensure effective delivery. You will be able to work with a range of professionals to ensure policy and delivery is founded upon high quality data and analysis.