Director General for Rail Strategy and Services

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09 May 2021
Department for Transport
Location: Flexible
Salary: circa £140,000 
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Job Description

Birmingham, Leeds or London.

Are you a highly-experienced and inspirational leader with outstanding strategic policy and analytical skills, able to design and drive forward a programme of major transformational reform in the rail industry?

Transport is at the heart of the Governments plans for an infrastructure revolution.  The Department for Transport is leading on the development and delivery of many of the largest and most high-profile capital projects in Government including HS2, Northern Powerhouse Rail and an ambitious programme of national road improvements across the country.

As Director General Rail Strategy and Services, you will be the Governments lead official for the management and oversight of the rail sector and services, setting the future strategic direction for the rail industry at a critical time. Leading a team of 500 you will also be responsible for the delivery of the Governments commitments to reform and modernisation of the railway, and oversee the Departments management of passenger rail services: contracts with a value of c.£10bn a year. Fundamental to this will be developing plans for post-COVID recovery, and the delivery and management of post-COVID contracts with train operating companies. 

Leading the Departments strategic relationship with Network Rail and other delivery bodies you will play a key role in shaping the future of the railway in the UK and in levelling up the economy to deliver jobs and growth across the country. 

We are committed to ensuring the Department is a high performing and inclusive organisation and we expect our senior leaders to role model and drive forward our diversity and inclusion strategy and our values of Confidence, Excellence and Teamwork. 

If you are a highly motivated leader who matches our values and who has a strong track record of policy and strategy development, ideally gained in a commercial environment in a large and complex organisation and are excited by this unique opportunity, to find out more, click the apply button.

Closing date for applications: 9 May 2021.

DfT is an equal opportunity employer. We value diversity and want our workforce to reflect the communities that we serve. 

We are also committed to the employment and career development of disabled people.

The Civil Service Commission provides assurance that selection for appointment to the Civil Service is on merit on the basis of fair and open competition.  

Work Permit:

All applicants must be based in the UK and confirm that they are able to prove their eligibility to work in the UK.