Department for Transport
About the job Summary
We recognise the challenges that people with (multiple) protected characteristics may experience on the job market and in their career progression. We are fully committed to being an inclusive employer and ensuring equal opportunities. We are keen to make our workforce as diverse as possible, and we hope to attract applications from underrepresented groups, including Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people, people with a disability, and people with gender diverse identities.
Do you have excellent organisational skills?
Are you someone that can communicate efficiently with others?
Can you build and maintain strong working relationships with stakeholders at all levels?
We are seeking a motivated individual who can lead on engagement with PFI stakeholders for our team. This is a fantastic opportunity if you would like to join a friendly and welcoming team to further your career, you will have the opportunity to be involved with various commercial projects across the Department for Transport.
The Corporate Finance Advisory team is a small, highly skilled and widely respected team of Corporate Finance professionals which advise on the most significant projects, programmes and policy initiatives across the Department and its arm’s length bodies such as Network Rail and Highways England. Our team is the trusted voice on investment and financing (e.g. on private financing structures) and has taken a pivotal role in influencing the commercial content of ground-breaking policy and delivering many of the Department’s largest projects in recent years
This is a varied and exciting role that would see the successful candidate delivering commercial advice within the Department for Transport (DfT), to project teams for some of the Department’s high-profile projects and to our policy teams. There will be a particular focus on the operation of the Department’s large Portfolio of infrastructure (PFI) projects.
Include but not limited to
– Leading on stakeholder management for the Department’s PFI Portfolio and provide support to the PFI Portfolio Manager in managing the Department’s 56 operational PFI transport projects
– Within this portfolio, helping to analyse and provide advice on contract variations and commercial/ financial issues that arise on them
– Managing the Directorate’s risk register. Working with colleagues across the directorate to maintain a consistent approach, and to hold risk managers of individual projects to account
– Contributing and drafting briefings for Ministers and responding to Parliamentary Questions
– Shadowing senior Corporate Finance Advisors and undertake assurance reviews as part of the Commercial Centre of Excellence to support key investment decision processes
For more details of the role and its responsibilities, please see the attached role profile
You are someone that has excellent engagement skills, being able to communicate messages effectively to others at all levels. You can easily interpret complex information and explain them to others clearly, checking their understanding by using questions and feedback.
You can manage multiple workstreams and priorities with ease, ensuring your work is to a high standard and meets agreed delivery dates.
You have a clear understanding of commercial and financial processes. You can understand and can interpret data to present your findings to others.
We are following current government guidelines and working remotely, if successful you will be provided with IT equipment to carry out your duties remotely. Once we are able to return to office, we will provide you with full notice.
Due to the nature of this role, there will be some occasional travel once normal travel resumes. This will include attending meetings with local authorities, team meetings and networking events. This could occur twice every quarter.
We’ll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:
Being part of our brilliant Civil Service means you will have access to a wide range of fantastic benefits. We offer generous annual leave, attractive pension options, flexible working, inclusive working environments and much more to support a healthy work/life balance.
Find out more about what it’s like working at the Department for Transport .
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Selection process details
This vacancy is using Success Profiles , and will assess your Behaviours, Strengths and Experience.
We are closely monitoring the situation regarding the coronavirus, and will be following central Government advice as it is issued. There is therefore a risk that recruitment to this post may be subject to change at short notice. In addition, where appropriate, you may be invited to attend a video interview.
Please continue to follow the application process as normal and ensure that you check your emails regularly as all updates from us will be sent to you this way.
The Civil Service Nationality Rules has been updated following the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union. The new rules will come into effect on 1st January 2021. We urge people from the EU, European Economic Area and Switzerland to be familiar with the updated Nationality rules prior to applying for this role.
How to apply
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 tailor your CV to match that of the role profile. For your Personal Statement, please outline the following:
• Your experience of building and maintaining strong working relationships with stakeholders, you should include how you engaged with your stakeholders regularly
• Your experience and understanding of commercial and financial processes, and how you used this as a strategic driver throughout your working career
• Your experience of manging multiple priorities to meet a tight deadline
This interview could be conducted via a video interview, details of which will be provided to you should you be selected for interview.
We will try to meet the dates set out in the advert. There may be occasions when these dates will change. You will be provided with sufficient notice of the confirmed dates.
The selection process will be designed specifically for the role. As a result, your assessment could include:
• an interview
You’re encouraged to become familiar with the role profile, as you may be assessed against any of the criteria recorded within.
The sift is due to take place from the 1st of April
Interviews are likely to be held from the 15th of April
The Department for Transport alongside other Government Departments recruit using Success Profiles. This means for each role we consider what you will need to demonstrate in order to be successful. This gives us the best possible chance of finding the right person for the job, drives up performance and improves diversity and inclusivity.
For further information on Success Profiles visit our Careers website .
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