DfT/868/17/DfTc Senior Programme Officer

Department For Transport
41587.00 - 45746.00 GBP Annual
06 Oct 2017
14 Oct 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Do you have a strong background in the delivery of large scale and fast-paced projects?

Do you want add further value to a pivotal government led project allowing you to further your career development in dealing with complex project management, risk management and successful delivery?

If so we'd love to hear from you as we're currently looking for a Senior Programme Officer to join our Rail Franchising Programme.

As a Senior Programme Officer, you will be helping to create a world-class railway that drives national growth. This is an exciting opportunity to work within an experienced team of PPM specialists, making your mark on one of the biggest, most complex programmes in Government.

The rail franchising programme has been identified by the infrastructure and projects authority as one of the top 10 high risk programmes across government. This is a unique opportunity for ambitious and driven individuals to gain further experience developing their project management skills and learn from some of the best project management professionals in the industry.

Responsibilities and accountabilities

• Deputising for the Programme Specialists in Planning, Risk and Reporting/Secretariat, as required across the full range of Programme Office business.
• Providing hands-on executive delivery support to the Rail Franchising Programme and its projects.
• Maintaining and delivering project and programme dashboards and balanced score card.
• Undertaking rigorous quality assurance and challenge of project information, ensuring consistent & high quality reporting.
• Facilitating the creation and update of programme and project plans, working across Rail Group as needed to ensure Passenger Services dependencies are mapped and managed.
• Developing and maintaining consistent standards, procedures and templates for application across the programme.
• Facilitating the implementation of the Risk Management Plan.
• Managing and facilitating regular review of progress for projects and wider programme.
• Lead point of contact for a specified rail market area within the Passenger Services franchising programme.
• Provide expert guidance to staff on appropriate training courses in programme and project management, and associated disciplines.

About you

As the ideal candidate you will have experience of working and leading in a PMO, programme or project management role in a multi-faceted dynamic programme environment. You will be a hands on leader and promote pragmatic application of standard programme or project methodology. Hold a relevant qualification such as APM project management, MSP or P30 would be advantageous, or the willingness to work towards such a qualification.

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 franchise life-cycle from procurement through to day to day management and has committed to putting passengers at the heart of what it does.


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 .

Nationality statement
Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules .

If you're applying for a role requiring security clearance please be aware that foreign or dual nationality is not an automatic bar. However certain posts may have restrictions which could affect those who do not have sole British nationality or who have personal connections with certain countries outside the UK.

Selection process details
You should use the Civil Service Competency Framework, referring to the relevant competency definitions for the grade advertised. The Indicators listed on the attached document have been identified as most appropriate for the advertised position.

Please complete the CV / supporting document that is on your application and submit by the closing date advertised, if not completed, your application will not be considered.

When considering how your experience relates to the role, please tailor your CV and Personal Statement to reflect the role and skills described in the job advert.

Please note candidates at sift stage will be marked on the Lead competency (Managing Project Lifecycles) and all essential professional qualifications and experience as outlined in the attached job description.

If invited to interview, candidates should be prepared to be tested on any or all competencies outlined in the attached job description. The interview 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.

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 .


Candidates in their probationary period are eligible to apply for vacancies within this department.

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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.