Head of Rail Service Outputs

Transport for the North

Transport for the North

Head of Rail Service Outputs
Location: Flexible across the North of England, but with a requirement to regularly work in Leeds
Salary: £61,429 - £72,440 per annum
Employment Term: Permanent

Transport for the North (TfN) is a public-private partnership responsible for setting transport investment priorities for the North. Its members speak with one voice to Government, driving transformational economic growth and creating a vibrant, prosperous North through better connectivity.

As Head of Rail Service Outputs, you will play an important role in shaping the future of rail services and lead TfN’s input into current franchises including delivery, performance, overseeing TfN’s input to timetable development and train services across the North of England, leaving a lasting legacy for future generations. A collaborative leader, you will have direct oversight of TfN’s input to current and future rail services and the help ensure that they meet the needs of the North. As the UK’s first sub-national transport body, we are changing the way transport is planned and delivered. You will make our vision a reality, taking ownership of the delivery of the rail service aspects of the long-term, pan-Northern strategy – the Strategic Transport Plan – and spearheading compelling evidence to support investment decisions and taking forward implementation of the recently published Blake Jones review.

This senior role is integral to TfN’s success. Technical service delivery and strategic analysis and design work will be at the bedrock of the business cases that will deliver transformational Train Service Requirements aligned to TfN’s Long Term Rail Strategy. Not only will you be a guiding voice in shaping strategy, you will manage the programme framework, be an industry pioneer, holding partners to high standards and minimising risks.

You will twin strategic leadership with strong project management experience, alongside the confidence to communicate with a diverse and complex stakeholder community. You will become a trusted external voice for TfN and build your professional relationship with key stakeholder partners.

This successful candidate requires not only extensive knowledge of the rail industry and rail performance, specifications, improvements on journey times and evolving strategies, but a passion to drive economic growth through cutting edge rail delivery and continuous improvements. You will be adept at managing portfolio of projects, honed with understanding of the regional and national policy context and political drivers. Your ability to turn technical information into coherent investment stories will help our communities see the broader picture and support the TfN vision.

and businesses are better connected to their work and bet and better able to do business.

Closing date: Friday, 23rd August 2019 at 12:00 noon
Final interviews: 4th September 2019

In return, as well as a competitive salary, our other benefits include:

• 27 days holiday per annum (Pro-Rata for part time employees)
• Access to the local government pension scheme
• Access to various salary sacrifice benefits, including Travel Pass purchase scheme.

For more information on the role and the kind of person we’re looking for please refer to the role profile and person specification by clicking here.

To apply for this vacancy, please click here.

If you believe you have the skills and experience we’re looking for please apply online at ensuring that in your application you provide evidence in the form of specific examples of how you meet the essential criteria in the role profile.

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.


  • Location: Leeds
  • Job Title: Head of Rail Service Outputs
  • Salary: £61,429 - £72,440
  • Closes: 23 Aug 2019 ** Last chance to apply **
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