DfT/769/17/DfTc Policy Delivery, Rail Group

Department for Transport

Closing date: 28 Sep 2017

Reference number



£50,696 - £57,506


Grade 7

Contract type


Business area


Type of role


Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time, Job share, Part-time



Number of posts



City of Westminster, London, SW1P 4DR

About the job

Job description

Do you enjoy working in a fast paced and exciting environment? Would the opportunity to work with a diverse range of internal and external stakeholders, including Ministers, industry, passenger representative groups, and the public to deliver on challenging and significantly large projects worth billions of pounds motivate you?

From making wifi available on trains, to procuring and managing franchises worth billions of pounds, to overseeing large scale, infrastructure projects such as Crossrail and Thameslink. Being a part of Rail Group will mean you will be part of major improvements to rail travel for future generations.

We are looking for people who are flexible, can work autonomously and deliver quality work to tight deadlines in a variety of continually evolving policy and project areas. The scope is immense and the opportunity to influence policy, project delivery and commercial contracts is what makes a job in Rail Group a challenging and rewarding experience – and you don’t have to be interested in trains!

These are diverse and challenging roles which will suit motivated team players who are able to quickly get to grips with strategy and policy in relation to an area of transport policy. You will need sound analytical judgment and experience of working closely with and influencing a range of internal and external stakeholders to achieve your objectives. You will be required to work as part of a team and use your policy knowledge to produce evidence based solutions to improve the passenger experience.
Depending on the role, you will have the opportunity to provide team leadership and:

• Take on responsibility for substantial work streams and manage small teams to deliver ministerial priorities
• Build experience of developing policy and strategy on complex and challenging policy issues
• Brief and work with Ministers and senior management on complex and sometimes technical issues using robust evidence-based advice
• Lead effective relationships with a range of internal and external stakeholders including Department of Transport colleagues, industry, other Government Departments, NGOs, the Department’s legal, analytical and commercial advisers to enable robust assessment of and advice on policies and strategies
• Represent the Department at external stakeholder meetings
• Contribute to the Department’s preparations for the UK’s negotiations for withdrawal from the European Union, where appropriate.

About us
This is a great time to join Rail Group, situated within the Department of Transport. We are responsible for taking Britain’s railway into the future, by delivering a sustainable and customer-focused railway which puts passengers/end users at the heart of every journey.
We plan to do this by building a transport system that works by:

• Making journeys better - simpler, faster, and more reliable as well as affordable
• Ensuring that every part of Britain benefits from a growing economy
• Investing to bring our country together, including building a Northern Powerhouse
• Making transport safer and more sustainable.

At the Department for Transport we offer a flexible and supportive working environment that includes remote working, career development opportunities, a generous pension plan, improved work/life balance and 25-30 days annual leave.

We are also proud to announce that the Department is in The Times Top 50 Employers for Women in 2017, in recognition of its leadership on workplace gender equality. We’ve made great strides in raising the number of women in senior positions.



Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass basic security checks.

Nationality statement

Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules.

If you're applying for a role requiring security clearance please be aware that foreign or dual nationality is not an automatic bar. However certain posts may have restrictions which could affect those who do not have sole British nationality or who have personal connections with certain countries outside the UK.

Selection process details

Please complete the CV / supporting document that is on your application and submit by the closing date advertised, if not completed, your application will not be considered.

When considering how your experience relates to the role, please tailor your CV and Personal Statement to reflect the role and skills described in the job advert.

If invited to interview, this may consist of a range of question types. These could include questions about your strengths or how you would respond in any particular situation as well as specific examples of things you have done.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.


Candidates in their probationary period are eligible to apply for vacancies within this department.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Apply and further information

Contact point for applicants

If you want to find out more about the role please contact either Christine Wright (Christine.wright@dft.gsi.gov.uk), Carol Baker (carol.baker@dft.gsi.gov.uk) or Adeola Morohunfola (adeola.morohunfola@dft.gsi.gov.uk)

Sift/interview dates and location

The sift is due to take place w/c 2nd October 2017

Interviews/assessments are likely to be held from 18th October 2017

Whilst we will endeavour to meet the dates set out in the advert there may be occasions when these dates will change. Those candidates invited to assessment will be provided with sufficient notice of confirmed dates.

If successful and transferring from another Government Department a security check may be carried out.

Further information

Please see attached candidate notes.

A reserve list will be held for a period of 12 months from which further appointments can be made.

If appropriate, your application form and selection information may be shared with additional vacancy holders across the Department and its Agencies.

Reasonable adjustments

If a person with disabilities is put at a substantial disadvantage compared to a non-disabled person, we have a duty to make reasonable changes to our processes.

If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should:

Approach the point of contact in the job advert as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs

Complete the “Assistance required” section in the “Additional requirements” page of your application form to tell us what changes or help you might need further on in the recruitment process. For instance, you may need wheelchair access at interview, or if you’re deaf, a Language Service Professional

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