DfT/843/17/DfTc Policy Adviser, Vertical Integration

Department For Transport
50696.00 - 57506.00 GBP Annual
30 Sep 2017
14 Oct 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Are you a policy professional with commercial or commercial-facing experience? Can you influence effectively to shape outcomes, strategise and deliver at the highest level?

Do you want to play a pivotal part in the Franchising Commercial Strategy team, ensuring the very best outcome is achieved for Passengers / Government and the UK Economy?

If so we'd love to hear from you as we're currently looking for a Policy Adviser, Vertical Integration to join our Passenger Services business.

As a Policy Adviser working within the Franchising Commercial Strategy team you will be helping to create a world-class railway that drives national growth. The post holder will lead on the design models that integrate track and train operation in future rail franchises. In this commercially orientated role, you will need to translate the Secretary of State's priorities and ideas into actions that make commercial sense and are deliverable. You will drive the development of models and with corporate finance colleagues, lead market testing to ensure practicability and to assess private-sector appetite.

Responsibilities and accountabilities

Key activities in this post include, but are not limited to:

• Engage with ministers and senior officials confidently on issues, risks and options to ensure high-level buy-in to proposals to integrate track and train.
• Work with Corporate Finance colleagues to understand the full financial implications of vertical integration, including the scope for infrastructure risk transfer to the private sector.
• Lead, with Corporate Finance and Passenger Services colleagues, outward-facing market engagement to ensure that the private sector risk appetite (and the parameters around that) is understood and properly reflected in proposals.
• Lead work with Legal colleagues to understand the full legal constraints and implications around vertical integration; develop, with colleagues proposals that maximise alignment within those constraints and consistent with ministerial priorities.
• With Corporate Finance and Passenger Services colleagues lead work with independent external advisers on integration, ensuring a high-quality product, value for money and effective integration with other advisers (as approp.).
• Lead for the Franchising Reform and Commercial Policy (FRCP) team the procurement of external advisers in relation to vertical integration work.
• Engage with Network Rail to ensure the infrastructure technical constraints around integration are properly understood and properly reflected in proposals. With Passenger Services colleagues ensure that Ministers and Ministers' offices are properly informed and advised (and consent sought where approp.) on proposals to integrate track and train.
• Have line management responsibility for an EO who works across the whole FRCP team.
• Have responsibility for one TfL secondee, including liaison with TfL secondee manager.

About you

As the ideal candidate you will have a strong policy background and be able to effectively use your commercial awareness to facilitate government led ideas and turn them into deliverable actions. You will be able to demonstrate the ability to build strong positive professional relationships with both internal and external stakeholders at all levels. You will be a team player, who can shape outcomes by influencing and communicating effectively and be able to identify issues and present swift suitable strategic solutions..

About us

Rail Group is a single, integrated body established by the Department for Transport to take UK's railway into the future, and to put passengers at the heart of the journey. With billions of pounds of government funding behind us and strong leadership in place, we have an unprecedented opportunity to drive things forward. Passenger Services is responsible for covering the whole of the rail franchise life-cycle from procurement through to day to day management and has committed to putting passengers at the heart of what it does.

Application Process

If invited to interview, this may consist of a range of question types. These could include questions about your strengths or how you would respond in any particular situation as well as specific examples of things you have done.

Applicants should also use the attached job description and refer to the competency definitions within.

Applicants will be required to sit a written policy exercise as a part of the interview and selection process.

The Department may hold a merit list for up to twelve months from which future vacancies may be filled, should additional successful candidates be identified during the selection process. If appropriate, your application form and selection information may be shared with additional vacancy holders across the Department and its Agencies.


We'll assess you against these competencies during the selection process:
  • Seeing the big picture
  • Making effective decisions
  • Collaborating and partnering
  • Leading and communicating
  • Achieving commercial outcomes

Civil Service Competency Framework


Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.

Besides the rewarding nature of the job itself, the benefits that come with it are excellent. The package includes generous leave entitlement, attractive pension options, flexible working and other policies to enable a good work/life balance, including beneficial childcare arrangements. You'll also benefit from our commitment to nurturing and developing talent.

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass basic security checks .

Selection process details
Candidates will be required to do a written policy exercise at interview stage
Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements
Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here .

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles .

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.