Head of Scheme Delivery

Your new role

If you are motivated by delivering large-scale civil engineering programmes, that will have positive impact on the economic growth of the UK, supported by a large, diverse team focussed on developing capability and future talent, this is your next opportunity!

As Head of Scheme Delivery for the Yorkshire and Northeast region, you will play a pivotal role in one of our largest geographical areas, with responsibility for a budget of circa £200 million and a complex multidisciplinary supply chain. You will lead on the design and construction of our regional capital investment programmes in line with, delivering an excellent customer experience, quality, budgets and operational key performance indicators. You will also contribute to ongoing development of commercial and strategic imperatives for the region, ensuring we continue to deliver high quality services that meet business and customer expectations.

Passionate about driving improvement, you will be influential in supporting capability development and growing future talent in our aim to be a centre of excellence in programme and project management.

You will be a key member of a regional leadership team, setting the vision for the region and ensuring its continued high performance, embodying the right cultural approach.

The successful candidate will be subject to a Security Clearance

What you’ll be leading on

  • Being part of the regional leadership team, ensuring attainment of key performance indicators, creating a strong culture and inspiring colleagues in the region.
  • The detailed design and construction of a portfolio of highway capital investment schemes, ensuring they meet intended outcomes, customer service levels, and health and safety standards
  • Positive engagement with internal and external regional stakeholders to communicate design requirements and optimise resource management
  • Development and embedding of best practice communications and engagement approaches to positively influence customer engagement and satisfaction
  • Developing effective and collaborative supplier relationships to support robust management and assurance of performance and risk
  • Overseeing contracts with multiple suppliers working through a collaborative framework
  • Ongoing review of programme design and delivery capabilities, identifying improvements and delivering tangible benefits in line with agreed targets
  • Engaging, inspiring and managing a diverse team across organisational boundaries, fostering a high-performance, people-first culture that recognises and develops talent

To be successful in this role you’ll need

  • Proven programme/project management background, ideally with a recognised qualification (e.g., APM)
  • Demonstrable evidence of managing delivery of high value capital investment programme portfolios and associated budgets/resource plans
  • The ability to lead, engage and inspire diverse teams towards a shared vision and ways of working
  • Effective stakeholder management skills, including the ability to develop strong supplier relationships
  • A commitment to driving a continuous improvement culture and developing capability
  • An excellent understanding of financial, commercial and contractual principles, with the ability to apply these to manage and influence performance

A bit about us

Making sure our customers have safe and reliable journeys is at the heart of everything we do in Operations. We keep the roads open for business and play a key role in making sure the network we manage is fit for purpose today and for the future.


Why you should join us

At National Highways we believe in a connected country. We are passionate about creating a culture where colleagues feel connected, included and enjoy greater wellbeing to achieve this.  We’re proud that as an organisation we are continually striving to do better and actively encourage and support our colleagues to do the same with their careers. 

So, if you put safety first, take ownership of your work, show passion for what you do, work effectively in a team, and demonstrate integrity in how you do it – then you’ll be a great fit for our organisation.

Our benefits package

  • Our total reward package includes basic salary, the potential for a performance related bonus
  • Contributory pension scheme with employer contribution of up to 10%
  • Annual Leave starting at 26 days (plus Bank Holidays) rising by 1 day each year up to 31 days (plus Bank Holidays)
  • Flexible hours and blended working between base location/home
  • Life assurance of 4 times annual salary
  • Health and wellbeing support, including an Employee Assistance Programme, available 24/7 365 days and network of mental health first aiders. Plus access to a wellbeing app to enhance your self-care 24/7, Occupational health service and flu vaccines
  • A cycle to work scheme for the purchase of a bicycle and equipment for healthy, low carbon travel
  • Significant investment in your career development, through learning and development, talent management, coaching, mentoring and on job experience

And we are

  • Family friendly with enhanced maternity leave and pay, paternity leave (15 days), shared parental leave, adoption leave. Plus access to financial support for holiday play schemes and paid special leave (up to 5 days pa), eg for caring responsibilities
  • Money friendly with access to a discounts platform including over 3000 discounts for supermarkets, eating out, leisure, holidays. Alongside a financial wellbeing programme
  • Community friendly – offering paid leave to volunteer, 3 days basic/year plus an extra 3 days to support the national Covid effort

If you are successful, it is key to know all offers of employment are subject to satisfactory completion of our pre-employment checks which include:       

  • Right to work check
  • 3 year employment history references
  • DBS criminal record check
  • Social media and adverse journalism check
  • Driving licence check (if applicable)
  • Fit to work questionnaire (for all), followed by a medical check (if applicable)

And finally 

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