Programme Manager

Your new role

Have you previously led the successful delivery of a programme of complex projects, and/or high-profile construction related programmes? Are you looking for your next challenge within Programme Management? National Highways have several exciting opportunities on the Major Projects team leading packages on our Midlands portfolio.

We exist to be a focal point for the delivery of sensitive and complex road network projects; growing talent and our organisational capacity to be successful. We strive to be creative and exploit digital and technological opportunities whilst maintaining the highest standards in Safety, Health, Wellbeing and Customer Service to deliver great projects.

Within this role you will be required to act as a Programme Manager on a number of multi-million pound projects whether in design, development or construction.  As the Programme Manager, you will be managing and building relationships with complex stakeholder including those with government agencies, local authorities and local communities, and ensuring the performance of project teams, external contractors and consultants. You will ensure adherence to planning requirements, governance, quality assurance, health and safety, technical and specialist standards across the supply chain and National Highways, to ensure successful delivery of agreed project outcomes and acting in line with mandatory and delegated responsibilities.

What you’ll be leading on

  • Continuous improvement of health and safety performance and wellbeing within your team and the delivery of key performance indicators (as a minimum) for health and safety of the relevant programme or project.
  • Development and maintenance of effective relationships with key internal and external stakeholders to ensure alignment with the programme’s strategic and delivery objectives.
  • Leadership, management, and resourcing of your team to enable effective programme performance through capacity and capability, including support of individual personal development.
  • Delivery of the programme in accordance with the governance requirements of National Highways and the Major Projects division. In collaboration with the Project Sponsor, ensure that the appropriate approvals are granted, value for money is delivered and project benefits are realised.
  • Maintain compliance with the National Highways Portfolio, Programme and Project Management System (P3MS), clarifying roles and responsibilities within your team, and maintaining high standards for baseline management, the production of timely and accurate reports, and for creating and maintaining records.

To be successful you’ll need

  • Extensive experience of leading people and teams to successful delivery of a programme of complex, high risk projects, and/or high-profile change programmes.
  • An extensive track record of managing complex relationships with multiple stakeholders and evidence of skills to influence relationships for positive outcomes.
  • To demonstrate experience of building collaborative teams as mentor and/or coach to develop project management talent, skills and competence within a complex project environment.
  • Experience operating within complex matrix organisations as well as collaboratively with third party delivery suppliers.
  • Strong evidence of commercial skills with proven ability to negotiate and manage NEC contracts to deliver outcomes and drive value for money.

A bit about us

The goal of National Highways is to change the industry: to make roads and their construction and maintenance safer; to be more responsive to the needs of our customers, particularly about biodiversity and carbon; and to exploit the digital agenda and drive the productivity agenda to improve delivery.

Major Projects Directorate is responsible for the delivery of nearly 70 projects with a total value more than £14 billion, and some of the most exciting and challenging projects in the country. National Highway’s goal is to change the industry: to make roads and their construction and maintenance safer; to be more responsive to the needs of our customers, particularly about biodiversity and carbon; and to exploit the digital agenda and drive the productivity agenda to improve delivery.

Want to know more?

To request a copy of the role profile, please contact quoting reference number #5391


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.

A connected and sustainable working approach has been adopted across National Highways. For some roles, this means being able to work in a hybrid way spending up to 60% of time working from a remote location such as home.

Please wait until the interview stage before asking us about flexibility, and we will explore what is possible.

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 an approach driven by connected and sustainable working which includes hybrid working
  • 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

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)
  • Qualifications and/or professional membership check (if applicable)

And finally 

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