Chief Executive Officer, Infrastructure & Projects Authority

Cabinet Office

Closing date: 27 Jan 2019

Reference number



circa £190,000


SCS Pay Band 3

Contract type


Business area


Type of role

Corporate Finance
Project Delivery
Senior leadership

Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time, Job share



Number of posts



Whitehall, London

About the job

Job description

The Infrastructure & Projects Authority (IPA) is the Government’s centre of expertise for infrastructure and major projects, created to support their successful delivery and to secure the economic and social benefits from critical projects and programmes on a basis that represents value for money. Core teams include experts in infrastructure, project delivery, and project finance who work with government departments and industry.

As CEO, you will ensure the improvement of quality, cost, schedule, performance and project outcomes. You will be involved in Government’s highest profile programmes, from major infrastructure programmes such as High Speed 2, through to ambitious transformation programmes such as Courts Reform. You will retain independent judgement and exercise challenge to improve efficiency and capability, assess and escalate risks and take corrective action to maximise success in major project execution.
Your leadership will build constructive relationships and partnerships across Government and with industry partners. You will build strong project teams as Head of the Project Delivery Profession and promote best practice and strive for compliance to agreed standards in major project delivery.

As sponsor of the Major Projects Leadership Academy and leading the Major Projects Review Group process, you will ensure that the chance of delivering major projects is maximised to increase confidence for all the Government’s high risk, high value projects, of which there are approximately 150 with a total investment value of circa £450 billion.

To be successful, you will need to demonstrate the following essential criteria:

•Leadership of high profile, multi-billion-pound projects and programmes of comparable complexity to the Governments Major Projects Portfolio.
•Success in sustaining an outstanding reputation for delivering major projects through ambassadorial ability, shrewd political awareness and the excellent management of a complex range of stakeholders.
•Success in developing and sustaining high performing teams within large organisations and in building organisational capability, expertise, performance, confidence and financial results in project outcomes.
•Strong track record of collaborative working across organisational boundaries and experience working in matrix structures.
•Significant experience of effectively advising on strategy, action and compliance on high risk projects and programmes to very senior stakeholders.

The IPA reports jointly to HMT and the Cabinet Office, bringing together the strengths of both departments and increasing co-operation and alignment in the centre of government on major projects, reporting jointly to the Minister for the Cabinet Office and the Chief Secretary to the Treasury. Supported by a Prime Ministerial Mandate, the IPA aims to bring about improvement in the performance of the Government’s Major Projects by working with central government departments to address the long-standing obstacles to successful delivery. This role reports into the Chief Executive of the Civil Service.



Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check.

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

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

For full information, including details of how to apply please download the Candidate Information Pack via the link below. If you are unable to access the link please contact

Sift/interview dates and location

At this stage, the expected timetable is:

Short list meeting - Friday 1 March 2019
Assessments - w.c. 4th March 2019
Pre-interview informal discussion with John Manzoni - w.c. 4th March or early w.c. 11th March 2019
Meetings with the Minister for Implementation - w.c. 4th March or early w.c. 11th March 2019
Final interviews - Friday 15th March 2019

Please note it may not be possible to offer alternative dates for either the assessments or interview.

Further information

To apply for this post, you will need to complete the application process as set out in the 'How to Apply' section of the Candidate Information Pack.

Failure to submit both documents (CV and Statement of Suitability) will mean the panel have limited information on which to assess your application against the criteria in the person specification.

Please also complete the diversity monitoring form, and if applicable the Guaranteed Interview Scheme form.

Applications must be submitted by 23:59 on the closing date. Late applications will not normally be accepted.

Further information about the role or how to apply can be found in the information pack below.

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