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Head of Programme & Procurement Excellence, Passenger Services

Recruiter: Department for Transport
Type: Permanent
Location: London
Salary: £75,000

Head of Programme & Procurement Excellence, Passenger Services

Department for Transport

Circa £75,000


Be central to our mission to deliver passenger excellence


People are at the heart of what we do at the Department for Transport (DfT). We are committed to helping every member of the population get to their intended destinations as efficiently and safely as possible. With a close eye on the future, we are constantly seeking ways in which we can do things better, creating a true culture of innovation that extends to every directorate within the organisation. This is particularly true of our Programme & Procurement Excellence team who own the corporate functions within Rail Passenger Services – and it is here that you could help us define our future potential. 


Joining this dynamic commercially-focused team, you will be supporting all major passenger services projects. You will be at the helm of three teams comprising of around 50 people, and we will expect you to provide clear leadership. You will lead our  procurement excellence function, ensuring that the processes we follow in procuring passenger rail services are world-leading and robust. You will lead our project scheduling and planning processes, championing visible and accountable delivery, including risk management and reporting. And you will lead our correspondence and briefing teams, providing first class service to Ministers across the full range of our engagement with the public and the rail industry. Across all these responsibilities, you will also work closely with the Directors and Managing Director of Passenger Services as part of the Senior Leadership Team.


This is a multi-layered position that will appeal to a forward-thinking individual. Bringing your expert knowledge and guidance to the senior leadership team, you will excel in this role if you are a collaborative team player. Sharing our commitment to open communications, you will be able to win the confidence of partners and Ministers. Coming from a background in which you have previously delivered complex multi-million pound programmes, your commercial and project delivery skills will be exceptional. With the capacity to work within a framework of political complexity, you will be a natural leader who can provide strategic direction and motivate a multidisciplinary team in times of change. You will therefore be an analytical thinker, with good problem-solving skills, and excellent people skills.


The DfT offers the chance to do things differently. We celebrate innovation and entrepreneurialism, making for a working environment that is second to none. We are proud to say that our staff are some of the finest professionals in the field, so you will enjoy plenty of support as you take on a wealth of career-defining challenges. With scope for partnership working across the industry, flexible working patterns and a truly competitive benefits package, this is a unique opportunity.