Senior Economic Development Manager

Your new role

Come join us and play a leading role in economic development and spatial planning at a national stage, within one of the largest infrastructure organisations in the country. To fulfil this role, you will lead a programme of work and develop plans to directly support and demonstrate the economic role of the Strategic Road Network (SRN) and of National Highways, which positively contributes to the role the SRN plays in enhancing the economic performance of the UK.

The successfully candidate will also lead on company’s national policy approach to spatial planning, both internally and externally such that it positively contributes to the attainment of wider National Highways and government objectives, optimising the synergy between spatial planning and route strategies where pertinent. 

You will work collaboratively and provide leadership to a wide range of stakeholders, in particular Network Rail, Great British Railways, Homes England, Sustainable Development Steering Group (SSDG) and others to ensure a more joined up approach to strategic infrastructure planning and a co-ordinated effort to the attainment of the objectives of the role.

This role will be worked on a hybrid basis and can have an office base from any of our National Highway’s offices in the UK. There will be travel to other locations, mainly Birmingham, for meetings as and when required. 

What you’ll be leading on

  • Lead National Highways efforts in its role in promoting economic development nationally, with particular emphasis on supporting road reliant sectors, the role of SRN in securing efficient routes to global markets and place making, as well as working corporately to optimise the economic impact of National Highways spend.
  • Undertake the necessary development work on behalf of the Company on intermodal connectivity, including leading on and building the current programme of strategic planning with Network Rail and engagement with the ports and airport sector.
  • Influence wider government and investment policy, which impacts upon place making, including taking forward and integrating within the company scheme development and business cases to ensure economic growth/economic resilience is full an integral part.
  • Lead company’s policy approach to spatial planning, internally and externally.
  • Support the Network Planning Director and the Head of Strategic Planning in developing and maintaining senior level relationships with national and key regional stakeholders, including Sub-National Transport Bodies, local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) where they are cross regional or consortium based, combined authorities and major developers. The post holder will support in maturing the relationship with Network Rail, Homes England, Association of Ports and Airports, other key regional and national players including relevant government departments in the scope of this role.

To be successful you’ll need 

  • Capability to operate strategically at national and/or sub-national level in sustainable economic development and spatial planning related environment.
  • Knowledge of the role infrastructure plays at all levels in facilitating economic growth, spatial development, and network planning.
  • Experience of working successfully in a Programme or Project Management environment
  • Evidence of successful working with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders at a senior level to deliver mutually beneficial outcomes.
  • Knowledge and appreciation of the wider levers that support effective investment delivery e.g., planning, public/private funding, other Government support mechanisms and interventions.

A bit about us

Our directorate plays a critical role in National Highways. We set the course for strategic roads, enabling the company to deliver economic and social benefits through meeting the needs of our customers and clients, as well as our regulatory obligations.

We are the focal point within National Highways responsible for providing the corporate strategic planning function for the organisation.

We deliver critical analytical support, provide strategic direction for our customer service imperative, partner with colleagues across the business to devise and deliver communications activities, and we shape, lead and drive the overall transformation of National Highways.

Want to know more?

To request a copy of the role profile, please contact quoting reference number #4494.


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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