Project Management Specialist

Department For Transport
08 Apr 2018
21 Apr 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Are you an experienced project manager with strong stakeholder engagement skills?

Do you want to play a part in delivering High Speed Two (HS2), the UK's largest infrastructure programme?

If so, then this exciting opportunity as our Project Management Specialist within our High Speed Rail Group (HSRG) is for you, and we'd love to hear from you.

As a key member of our Programme Assurance Team, you will have an integral role to ensure leading project management practices are introduced, embedded and the effectiveness monitored throughout the group.

You will add to the teams existing project management capabilities, ensuring there is a high quality of intelligent project management planning within Directorates to allow tracking against activities and milestones, with clear identification of dependencies to other HSRG Directorates, wider government departments, and to HS2 Ltd.

Within your role you will:

• Work closely with Directorate leads within HSRG to ensure project management practices are in place, understood and followed;

• Ensure projects within scope regularly comply with Project Management processes and deadlines;

• Ensure that HSRG plans are integrated with HS2 Ltd plans, by highlighting and linking dependency milestones;

• Actively engage with a wide range of stakeholders both within the Department and at High Speed 2 Ltd to ensure the availability of quality plans and accurate and timely management information;

• Promote and ensure best practice in the full range of project management desciplines to enhance existing team capabilities, while continuously identifying areas of improvement;

• Hold workshops and challenge sessions with teams to identify project management discipline gaps and appropriate steps to ensure teams operate at the expected levels;

• Ensure there is the ability for project management skills transfer to Directorate resources.

About you

You will be a self starter who isn't afraid to get their hands dirty and to try new methods of improving the department's delivery. You will be a people person who has strong communication skills both verbally and in writing with the ability to tailor your approach to suit a wide variety of audiences. You will have a positive 'can do' attitude and look to add real value to our team.

You will be an experienced project management professional who can build strong and effective relationships with colleagues and stakeholders. You will have experience of securing delivery of high quality inputs from colleagues who are often working under pressure. You will be able to produce and maintain project plans using tools such as MS Project, Visio, PowerPoint and Excel.

About us

We can proudly announce that the Department for Transport has been recognised for its leadership on workplace gender equality by being included in The Times Top 50 Employers for Women 2017.

DfT's inclusion is recognition of our commitment to make the Department a great place to work through our culture of equality and inclusivity and the great strides we've made to raise the number of women in senior positions.


We'll assess you against these competencies during the selection process:
  • Changing and improving
  • Leading and communicating
  • Building capability for all
  • Collaborating and partnering
  • Delivering at pace

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 .

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
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 demonstrate your experience relevant to the role and competencies advertised.

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.

Please note that your personal statement should be aligned to the competencies listed above.

Please note that if you are invited for interview/assessment, you may be assessed against any of the criteria noted on the attached Job Description.

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; please ensure that the evidence in your application meets the requirements of the role.

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.

When considering your experience, please tailor your Personal Statement to provide evidence of your:

- Experience in working within a project/programme environment;

- Technical understanding of PPM disciplines;

- Dealing with multiple stakeholders;

- Handling a number of differing priorities and managing expectations;

- Implementing a PPM discipline, the challenges faced and how they overcame those.

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.

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.