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Portfolio Lead HS2 and Major Projects

Department for Transport
London, Birmingham, Leeds
£60,135 (national) and £65,439 (London) per annum
Closing date
5 Jul 2021
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Portfolio Lead HS2 and Major Projects
Contract type: permanent, full time

Location: Birmingham, Leeds, London

Salary: £60,135 (national) and £65,439 (London) per annum dependent on skills and experience, with potential for additional allowances and access to civil service pension scheme

About the role

At DfT Group Property, we’re committed to effectively managing the Department’s property portfolio to maximise value, reduce costs and increase returns, and to providing strong property leadership across the Department and its bodies. However, working in our team isn’t just about property, it’s about people, new transport infrastructure and the vital services our buildings support. This Portfolio Lead role sits in our Advisory and Delivery team, which provides professional portfolio management and advice to Ministers and senior stakeholders, giving direction and assurance on all real estate issues, translating transport and infrastructure business strategies into land and property related consequences.

You’ll represent DfT’s property interests on a variety of major projects, including supporting land acquisition programmes (HS2 £3.6bn to date), advocating best practice in land assembly (East West Rail) and wider regeneration opportunities, such as the redevelopment of Euston station. You’ll be working with a wide range of senior stakeholders, including senior members of the HS2 Ltd Land & Property team and with DfT High Speed Rail Directors.

We’d also like you to support the wider Advisory team’s work on property management, using your commercial insight and property expertise for policy formulation and implementation across the department. This could include retail development, de-risking and disposal of development land, delivering administrative office accommodation, and acquiring and managing land for construction of transport schemes. 

About you

Fast-paced and challenging, this role requires an individual with strategic property and acquisition expertise, strong stakeholder management and analytical skills and an innovative, ‘can do’ approach to solving problems. You’re currently working as a senior surveyor or property professional in a private or public-sector organisation linked to property, infrastructure, or housing. Either way, you’ll be a chartered member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS) or have equivalent professional qualifications, and you’ll have experience working as a leader and establishing good relationships with key business heads and senior stakeholders.

As a property professional you understand and can demonstrate compliance with statutory, regulatory, and professional requirements. You’re able to manage a changing portfolio of projects and priorities with the ability to deliver to tight deadlines, manage teams, prioritise work and adapt your working style to meet the different needs of each client or transaction. With excellent communication and negotiating skills you’re able to manage challenging situations with staff and stakeholders to a successful outcome, often dealing with highly complex and conflicting issues.


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