AP-P1S-3131: Interface Phase 1 Sponsor - HS2 Rail
  • Consultant:
    Ian Williams
  • Published:
    14 Feb 2019
  • Location:
    London - London
  • Sector:
    Transport and logistics
  • Type:
    Fixed Term
  • Offering:
    £55k-£65k & Benefits
  • Start Date:
    ASAP - 12 months FTC
Job Description:
Our rail infrastructure client is now looking for an Interface Phase 1 Sponsor to work out of their London based location and report in to the Phase 1 Senior Sponsor. This is a 12 months Fixed Term opportunity! Could potentially go full time afterwards.

The Phase 1 Sponsor reports to the Phase 1 Senior Sponsor and is responsible for sponsorship of a particular sector (or sectors) within the Phase 1 Programme.

The purpose of the role is to:

•Support the Phase 1 Senior Sponsor to discharge their accountabilities;

•Communicate requirements and constraints to Sector Teams;

•Independently challenge those accountable for delivery so that our client successfully achieves its benefits/outcomes; and

•Manage key external relationships and expectations (in particular DfT, Local Authorities, TfL and Network Rail).


•Phase 1 Sponsors who also report directly to the same Senior Sponsor.


The Sponsorship Directorate maintains the focus within Phase One, Phase Two and Infrastructure Directorate on achieving the outcomes and benefits which they are accountable for realising.  In doing so, the Sponsorship Directorate has three key accountabilities:

•Enabling the outcomes and benefits attributed to each Directorate to be realised (what).

•Clearly articulating the requirements and benefits to be achieved for each Area and constituent Projects that flow down from our client’s statutory obligations as set out within the Business Case, the Act and the Development Agreement.

•Providing checks and balances, on behalf of our client, by constructively challenging those accountable for delivery (how).

•Outcomes and benefits will be achieved safely, on time, to budget and to the right quality.

•Projects are fit to progress to the next stage.

•Assessing the impact of proposed change to the overall Business Case, Development Agreement, Programme Requirements and Outcomes.

•Managing key external relationships, particularly DfT and other 3rd party Client bodies, and acting as the focal point for formal communications (who).

The directorate is also accountable for:

•Managing the Development Agreement (DA) and Framework Document - and ensuring corporate obligations are being delivered;

•Setting the standard, process and approach for benefits management, capability development & reporting; and

•Providing economic and commercial analysis services to support business case development and passenger demand modelling and analysis.


•Responsible for the vital structured flow of requirements incorporated within the statutory and contractual framework provided by the DfT. This includes the Business Case, the Act (including Undertakings and Assurances) and the Development Agreement.

•Working closely with the Infrastructure Directorate, responsible for flowing down and disaggregating the requirements relating to a particular sector within Phase One.

•Maintains an up to date version of the requirements for a particular sector, subject to change governance. It is the responsibility of the content owner to validate the descriptions, together with the underlying data.

•Assesses the impact of incorporating the proposed change within a particular sector. Following consideration, ensures approved changes are actioned by the Sector team.

•Assesses the impact of all proposed relevant sector changes to the Business Case, Development Agreement, Programme Requirements and Outcomes, ensuring that the other areas of our client’s business, its partners and DfT have been properly consulted so that the full impact of the change is clearly understood.

•Updates requirements in line with approved changes.

•Provides control and assurance that the commitments and obligations for a particular sector are being met.

•Acts as the sector focal point for managing key external relationships such as the DfT, Local Authorities, TfL and Network Rail.

•Behaves in accordance with our client’s values (integrity, leadership, respect and safety).



•Influencing and Negotiation Skills - to provide effective and constructive challenge to Delivery Teams in order to ensure successful delivery in accordance with the Sponsor’s Requirements.

•Communication Skills - including presentations, analyses and reports.

•Problem Solving Skills – including the ability to identify and communicate complex issues and solutions.

•Stakeholder management skills – including identifying and protecting our client from scope creep.

•Ability to work in a complex programme environment managing high level relationships with organisations such as DfT, Local Authorities, TfL, Network Rail, HM Treasury, Infrastructure Projects Authority.

•Ability to understand and articulate complex technical issues outside of their own discipline.

•Ability to manage multiple tasks and prioritise key issues


•Knowledge of all stages of the project lifecycle.

•Commercial Understanding of investment schemes.

•Knowledge of sponsorship relationships between government departments and non-departmental bodies or other similar strategic relationships.

•Understanding and interpreting of Sponsor Requirements.


•Experience of complex investment schemes and of project sponsorship.

•Experience of working on a complex programme managing high level relationships with organisations such as Government Departments, Network Rail, HM Treasury, Major Projects Authority.

•Experience of project gateway or similar governance processes.


•Collaboration & Relationship Building: Work in collaboration with supply chain partners, stakeholders and colleagues to achieve quality outcomes, ensure value for money and manage risk ensuring all voices are heard.

•Engagement and Influential Communication: Communicate appropriately with a range of people, understanding different perspectives and adapting communication style to have a positive impact.

•Results Orientated: Demonstrate energy and commitment, focusing efforts on achieving quality results and setting standards for excellence.

•Innovation & Initiative: Apply foresight, proactively identify opportunities, be innovative and anticipate unexpected issues and challenges.

•Manage Change & Ambiguity: Demonstrate resilience and the ability to implement and adapt to change, creating an environment that helps people to change.


The post holder can decide the following:

•The role requires management and communication skills, to engage with those accountable for delivery and demonstrate to key stakeholders that the project is on track and effectively managed. The post holder will have the ability to successfully manage stakeholders’ expectations and ensure successful and safe outcomes for the programme.

•The post holder will be consulted on decisions relating to sponsorship, policy, business case and programme & project management matters, such as the allocation of budgets within agreed financial limits and management of the allocation of day to day Sponsorship duties.


•Work closely with Project Directors and their teams.


•Key external relationships include senior stakeholders at DfT, Local Authorities, TfL and Network Rail.

•Project Directors and their teams.

•Works closely with other Sponsors within Phase 1 and Phase 2.

•Works closely with the Head of Sponsorship, Benefits Team, and Commercial and Economic Analysis Team.


•This is a high-profile role with significant DfT and stakeholder visibility.

•The development and construction of this project involves managing multi-faceted stakeholders with differing and sometime conflicting opinions and requirements.

This position would suit someone with both rail and public sector knowledge!

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