Planning Manager - Network Strategy

40188.00 - 44208.00 GBP Annual
22 Sep 2017
20 Oct 2017
Contract Type
Full Time


Planning Manager - Network Strategy

Ref: HE/4794

Directorate: Strategy & Planning

Preferred Location: Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester or Bristol

Salary: GBP40,188-GBP44,208

Number of Positions: 1

Working Pattern: Full Time

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 GBP11 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 GBP1 billion by working more efficiently.

For further information on Highways England, please visit our website via the button below.

Job Description

The Role:

Be part of something new and help shape the future of the Strategic Road Network (SRN) for generations to come. The main purpose of the newly formed Network Planning Division is to ensure a holistic approach to the development of the future network strategy. The Division is responsible for developing and maintaining the strategic vision and a network strategy to 2050 , lead and commission a series of strategic studies, develop the company's approach to long-term economic growth and spatial planning, sponsor major schemes and manage Highways England's response to major UK infrastructure projects. The role can be based in Birmingham, Manchester, Bristol or Leeds.

Day to day

1) Manage and lead delivery of strategy projects, including demand forecasting, scenario development and technology research.

Plan and define project steps, scope project risks and issues, establish plans, review milestones and priorities and prepare project and programme reporting information for all key stakeholder groups informing them of progress. Develop clear and concise work packages and manage the performance of the project team against objectives, costs and milestones to ensure delivery of expected outcomes.

2) Promote projects with internal and external stakeholders and project reporting.

Act as a lead within the project team to promote the projects and ongoing progress with key internal and external stakeholders to engage support and provide a clear sense of direction and purpose in relation to the wider network strategy, programme for RIS 2 and the work of key stakeholders.

3) Research and Development Programme.

Help senior managers to identify, develop and deliver a programme of research activities to inform the planning of the network for Highways England. Collaborate with external experts, for example, academic institutions and internal colleagues, including the Innovation Team, to understand the impact of technological developments on the SRN.

4) Develop and improve methodologies and procedures to deliver strategy projects and key deliverables.

Work collaboratively with key internal and external delivery partners to understand processes, capture requirements, identify and test improvements. Regularly review procedures to identify improvements and incorporate lessons learned to simplify processes and decision making.

5) Procure and manage consultancy contracts.

Prepare business case and tender documentation, complying with relevant requirements, to ascertain internal support to procure technical consultancy. Lead on the tender process and evaluation to recommend appointment of consultants. Manage the day to day activities of contractors for the project, monitoring performance, quality, resources and costs to ensure compliance and value for money. Provide timely and clear documentation to report early warning and recommend compensation events.

6) Embed and advocate a PPM and Continuous Improvement.

Utilise Project Programme Management methodologies and tools to deliver projects and programmes in a robust and consistent manner; and advocate a benefits realisation approach. Utilise business analysis techniques to support continuous improvement of procedures, processes and policies to enable efficiency savings and streamline resources.

About you:

  • Good experience of developing long-term strategies, including future horizon scanning, scenario development and developing and executing implementation plans.
  • Experience of working successfully in a Programme or Project Management environment.
  • Demonstrable experience of leading people to successful delivery of large scale, complex and/or high risk projects, or high profile/high risk services.
  • Exceptional presentation and communication skills to convey complex information to a wide audience.
  • Good experience of transport planning, strategy and/or research.
  • Ability to work collaboratively, with a range of colleagues both in the wider organisation and externally.
  • 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.


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: 8 October 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.

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