Interim Head of Rail Service Outputs

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    Leeds, West Yorkshire

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    £700 - £850 per day

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    Rail Technical Team

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    5 months ago

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Our client is looking for an Interim Head of Rail Service Outputs initially for 6 months.

Rate in negotiable depending upon experience. Role falls inside IR35 and is usually based in our Leeds office, but will be remote working at this time.

Not only will you be a guiding voice in shaping strategy, you will manage the programme, collaborate with partners, be responsive to Covid-19 impacts and solutions, holding partners and industry 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 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, and evolving strategies, but a passion to drive economic growth through enhancing rail services.

You will be adept at managing projects, have a good understanding of the regional and national policy context and have political acumen. Your ability to turn technical information into coherent briefings and proposals will help support the client's vision.

Purpose of the Role

Lead our client's operational rail service, delivering complex, pertinent rail data and analysis solutions to senior colleagues and lead input into current rail operations including monitoring delivery, specifying changes and overseeing timetable and train service development.

The role is to ensure it contributes to the vison of the our Strategic Rail team, play an important role in shaping the future of rail services and lead the client input into current service operations including delivery, performance, overseeing input to timetable development and train services across the North of England.

The Interim Head of Rail Service Outputs will be a collaborative leader; who will have direct oversight of the organisation's input to current and future rail services and the help ensure that they meet the needs of the North in line with the Long-Term Rail Strategy.

Qualifications, knowledge and skills required

Degree in a relevant subject or equivalent experience.

Professional qualification, chartered status or equivalent experience.

Skills and experience

Substantial and successful senior management experience in transport (rail) demand modelling, forecasting and analysis.

Strong knowledge of transport (rail) planning process.

Substantial experience of transport policy and business case development, particularly value for money assessments covering economic, social and environmental impacts.

Proven track record of senior management and service planning in a transport/public policy/technical modelling environment.

Ability to interpret complex data from diverse sources and identify key strategic themes/develop solutions.

Extensive track record of delivering very large and complex projects, including experience of programme management and delivering work across organisational borders.

Demonstrated effectiveness in managing complex working relationships with external stakeholders (such as agency partners) including at a national executive level.

Demonstrated effectiveness in managing working relationships with internal stakeholders at board level.