Strategy and Programme Director

Transport for the North

Transport for the North

Strategy & Programme Director
Competitive Salary
Location: Flexible across the North of England, but with a requirement to regularly work in Manchester

Transport for the North (TfN) is the UK’s first sub-national transport body and is at the vanguard of changing the way the region’s transport and infrastructure is planned and delivered. We’re busy creating new opportunities to cement the North’s footprint as a productive and nationally recognised economic driving force. Our organisation and partners speak with one voice to Government, driving transformational economic growth and creating a vibrant, prosperous North through better connectivity. We now need a new Strategy and Programme Director who will have direct oversight of some of the North’s most significant and high-profile infrastructure projects cutting across rail; road; freight; sea and air.

Seamlessly developing as a trusted external voice and ambassador for TfN you will take ownership of the delivery of the long-term, pan-Northern strategy – the Strategic Transport Plan – identifying compelling evidence and practice to support and prioritise our investment decisions. Your evidence-based approach will underpin your guiding influence in shaping our strategy, managing the programme framework and cascading corporate accountability to create high standards of excellence and minimise risk. Strong on industrialising strategy and developing effective governance you will be assured and adept at successfully communicating across our mix of diverse and complex stakeholder groups.

You will be able to demonstrate a compelling track record of delivering successful transport strategies linked to an infectious passion to support economic growth through change and taking others with you on our journey. Skilled at managing complex infrastructure projects you can interpret regional and national policy drivers to help prioritise our investment and strategic direction. You will possess exceptional communication skills able to help our stakeholders, partners and communities relate to and support the TfN vision.

For further information please click here or for an informal discussion about this exciting role, please contact our consultants at Penna: Pete John on 07701 305617, Carol Coyle on 0203 849 2619 or Helen Alwell on 07809 905 467.

Closing date: Tuesday 27th August 2019 at 12:00noon
Final interviews: 17th September 2019.

At TfN, we welcome and encourage applications from everyone regardless of age, disability, gender, ethnicity, religion and sexual orientation. We are particularly keen to encourage applications from women, members of ethnic minority groups and people with disabilities who are currently under-represented. As part of our commitment to diversity and inclusion, all applications will be considered on their merit.

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  • Location: Flexible, regularly in Manchester
  • Job Title: Strategy and Programme Director
  • Salary: Competitive Salary
  • Closed: 27 Aug 2019

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