Head of Investment Planning - Permanent

Transport for the North

Head of Investment Planning
Closing date: 12:00pm noon, Thursday 30 June 2022
Salary: £64,224 to £75,736 per annum
Contract: Permanent
Attachments: See Role Profile

Transport for the North (TfN) is the UK’s first and only 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.

As a partnership, we bring together the North’s Twenty local transport authorities and business leaders together with Network Rail, Highways England, and HS2 Ltd and working with Central Government. We enable the North to speak with one voice on the transport infrastructure investment needed to drive transformational growth and rebalance the UK economy.

We are based across the North, with offices in Manchester and Leeds and have colleagues working within local transport bodies across the North. Our role is to add strategic value by ensuring that funding and strategy decisions about transport in the North are informed by local knowledge and requirements. This fits with the devolution agenda and we will draw powers down from central government rather than up from local government.

TfN is looking to recruit a Head of Investment Planning to:

Lead the rail investment planning function, delivering complex, pertinent information, analysis, design and engineering solutions to senior TfN and DfT colleagues in the Rail North Partnership to aid in strategic decision-making. 

We are looking for an adept leader who can inspire and drive excellence across our rail investment planning, someone who has the ability, desire and passion to lead the delivery of the’ Statutory Partner’ rail investment planning functions of TfN and the joint investment functions with DfT, set out in the Partnership Agreement.

It goes without saying that the successful candidate will have an impressive track record in developing, implementing and leading the delivery of investment plans including co-ordinating partner investment, TfN led investment and planning and delivery of devolved national investment schemes and programmes, (including input to the Rail Network Enhancements Programme (RNEP)).

The appointed candidate will have demonstrable experience and a strong track record of leading the development and delivery of the investment plans, and be expected to contribute to the development of strategies and build extensive networks and manage a team to deliver the required objectives.

The ideal candidate will possess the ability to build strong networks, and have the ability to manage the investment interfaces, collaborations and communications with Network Rail, DfT, Northern, TPE and other train operators, plus TfN members, partners and stakeholders, with the aim of co-ordinating the delivery of a single enhancement and investment plan for the North, whilst ensuring that it dovetails with existing rail industry plans and adds value for the passenger.

You will be skilled at managing complex projects and interpreting regional and national policy 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. You will act as a leading technical expert, providing advice and expertise internally on technical matters, in particular in order to develop capacity and capability within TfN and partner organisations in the North of England.e better connected to their work and bet and better able to do business.

Closing date: Thursday 30 June at 12:00 noon

Final interviews: 18 July 2022

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.
•    Access to TfN’s Flexi-Time Scheme – allowing accrual of up to 18 additional days leave per year
•    Hybrid working in an agile environment, to suit both personal and business needs

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

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.

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.

As an organisation we always strive to do the right thing and understand that in order to make a difference in our society and workplace, we must be committed to respecting equality and diversity, showing kindness, tackling discrimination and promoting inclusion. We have signed the CIHT Diversity and Inclusion Charter Statement to further endorse our commitment. We are also an accredited Living Wage Employer, which means that every member of staff working for Transport for the North, earns a real Living Wage. TfN is also recognised as Disability Confident employer (stage 2), acting as a Disability Confident champion within our local and business communities and business networks.

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  • Location: Manchester,Leeds
  • Job Title: Head of Investment Planning - Permanent
  • Salary: £64,224 - £75,736
  • Closes: 30 Jun 2022
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