Integrated Rail Plan - Senior Policy Advisor

Birmingham, West Midlands
12 Jan 2021
18 Jan 2021
Contract Type
Full Time


Birmingham, Leeds, London

About the job 

Intergrated Rail Plan – Senior Policy Advisor 
Salary: National - £48,774, London - £54,105
London, Leeds, Birmingham

We recognise the challenges that people with (multiple) protected characteristics may experience on the job market and in their career progression. We are fully committed to being an inclusive employer and ensuring equal opportunities. We are keen to make our workforce as diverse as possible, and we hope to attract applications from underrepresented groups, including Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people, people with a disability, and people with gender diverse identities.

Do you have experience developing policy in a fast-paced environment?

Can you influence others at all levels and effectively manage numerous pieces of work?

If so, we are looking for Senior Policy Advisor to join us at the Department for Transport (DfTc), and we’d love to hear from you.

Job description

The Department for Transport’s High Speed & Major Rail Projects Group is an energetic and friendly team, leading the delivery of some of Government's top priorities including the Integrated Rail Plan for the Midlands and the North, Northern Powerhouse Rail and HS2.

You will be responsible for coordinating policy input to the Integrated Rail Plan, working closely with working with multiple teams both across Rail and HSMRP Groups and the wider DfT family.

This is a stretching and challenging outward facing role shaping the future of the rail network. You will need to demonstrate personal leadership and the role will provide lots of opportunities for both personal and professional development, in an innovative area of the Department.


You will be expected to:
• lead cross-cutting work with key stakeholders, including Network Rail, and HS2 Ltd
• lead, develop and manage policy projects across different teams to enable IRP deliverables
• lead on coordination of analytical input relating to sequencing of schemes and project interfaces
• lead on work packages covering rail freight, links to Scotland and economic growth
• contribute to announcement preparation, consultation documents and supporting explanatory and analysis documents, as required
• develop policy options and draft policy papers and submissions
• engage effectively across Whitehall and with No10, providing briefings to senior managers and Ministers
• advise Ministers, evaluating and supplementing the analysis produced by delivery partners, to establish policy options and recommendations to Ministers

Depending on the duration of social distancing measures, some travel may be required to support stakeholder engagement.

About you

You will have a proven track record of developing policy in a fast-paced environment with good experience of working with transport policy. . You are someone who can influence others at all levels and effectively manage numerous pieces of work, often with conflicting priorities, therefore strong organisational skills are essential.

You will have excellent communication skills and political acumen, both verbally and in writing, with the ability to adapt your delivery to suit a wide variety of audiences to maximise impact and understanding. A strong leader, you are also someone who can gain rapport quickly with others and see the value in building effective working relationships/networks across the team and beyond the organisation to support you in your role.


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Working Together


Being part of our brilliant Civil Service means you will have access to a wide range of fantastic benefits. We offer generous annual leave, attractive pension options, flexible working, inclusive working environments and much more to support a healthy work/life balance.

Find out more about what it's like working at the Department for Transport.

Things you need to know 

Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.

People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Strengths and Experience.

We are closely monitoring the situation regarding the coronavirus, and will be following central Government advice as it is issued. There is therefore a risk that recruitment to this post may be subject to change at short notice. In addition, where appropriate, you may be invited to attend a video interview.

Please continue to follow the application process as normal and ensure that you check your emails regularly as all updates from us will be sent to you this way.

The Civil Service Nationality Rules has been updated following the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union. The new rules will come into effect on 1st January 2021. We urge people from the EU, European Economic Area and Switzerland to be familiar with the updated Nationality rules prior to applying for this role.

As part of the application process you will be asked to complete a CV and personal statement. Further details around what this will entail are listed on the application form.

The sift is due to take place from 19th January 2021
Interviews/assessments are likely to be held from 1st February 2021

This interview could be conducted via a video interview, details of which will be provided to you should you be selected for interview.
We will try to meet the dates set out in the advert. There may be occasions when these dates will change. You will be provided with sufficient notice of the confirmed dates.

You will be asked to complete an online CV and Statement of Suitability as part of your application.

When considering your experience, please tailor your CV/Personal Statement to provide evidence of when you have:

• developed policy and plans in a complex programme;
• assembled a range of numerical and qualitative analysis to make clear recommendations;
• worked in multi-stakeholder environments and withstanding significant challenge;
• used your influencing skills to drive a project forward;
• gained experience of working with transport policy.

The selection process will be designed specifically for the role. As a result, your assessment could include:
• an interview

You’re encouraged to become familiar with the role profile, as you may be assessed against any of the criteria recorded within.

The Department for Transport alongside other Government Departments recruit using Success Profiles. This means for each role we consider what you will need to demonstrate in order to be successful. This gives us the best possible chance of finding the right person for the job, drives up performance and improves diversity and inclusivity.

For further information on Success Profiles visit our Careers website.

If you are experiencing accessibility problems with any attachments on this advert, please contact the email address in the 'Contact point for applicants' section

Further Information

To learn more about applying for a role within the Department for Transport, visit the Application Process page of our Careers website.

Before submitting your application, we encourage you to visit our Things You Need to Know page for further information about applying for a role within the Department for Transport and the Civil Service.

Throughout this job advert there are links to the DfT Careers website, which provides you further information to support your application. Should you be unable to access the information on our website, please email [email protected] for assistance.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UKs
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with (or eligible for) status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals

Further information on nationality requirements

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 equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

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Contact point for applicants Job contact : Name :   Charles Small Email :   [email protected]   Recruitment team : Email :   [email protected] Further information

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