Are you a strong project managementprofessional, who couldshape, influence and deliver a multi-billion pound project for the Government and drive the management of two large rail franchises? Do you want to play a pivotal part in delivering a transformational programme of change for rail passengers stretching from Bedford down to Brighton through the heart of London and in operating rail services across numerous counties above London and in the south of England? If so we'd love to hear from you as we're currently looking for a Project Manager to join our Cross London Marketteam. As the Project Manager, you will be responsible for providing project management delivery and assurance of all projects in the Cross London Team. There is significant work in delivering the Thameslink Programme as we move between finalising the infrastructure build to becoming operational from mid-2018, and delivering the government's ambitious agenda for rail, alongside the day-to-day commercial and contract management of the two franchises. Responsibilities and accountabilities - Proactively plan, monitor and manage the team's key work streams, identifying risks and opportunities to successful delivery and ensuring there are effective processes in place and appropriate assurance and audit of decisions. - Provide assurance to the Market Lead that plans are in place and being delivered, including appropriate resources, contingency planning and risk management. - Assist the senior management team to plan and allocate resources to ensure we are meeting our priorities and using our resources effectively. - Proactively manage contingency planning, challenging colleagues to develop robust plans and mitigate risks. - Support the Market Lead in the Monthly Business Review meetings internally, developing and delivering the best approach to managing all projects and workstreams, escalating risks and issues and identifying links and dependencies and managing and drafting reporting requirements. Implement effective risk and issue management; promoting a positive risk management culture within the team and escalate risks as appropriate. - Manage the work required by our Technical Advisers, working closely with colleagues, to deliver on time and to a high standard. - Act as an interface manager between franchisee, teams within DfT, and working with numerous stakeholders in the industry, such as other TOCs, Network Rail and other delivery bodies. - Advise Ministers, DfT Board members and Rail Group DG and Directors on matters relating to the project management and delivery of our operations, including supporting the Ministerial team in its parliamentary business. - Work collaboratively with the project team to develop and deliver plans to ensure the industry is ready to run the railway operations using the Thameslink Programme infrastructure, minimising risk with entry into service and create sustainable ongoing operations as business as usual. - Rigorously analyse information and evidence, making decisions and using creative and innovate approaches to deliver our objectives, meeting the needs of passengers and taxpayers. - Represent our team and the Department at Board meetings regularly and present when necessary. - Manage human resources and financial budgets as projects, workstreams and priorities change over time. - Work flexibly to respond to Ministerial priorities and project requirements, which may be unforeseen. About you As the ideal candidate you will have strong strategic skills and commercial acumen, being able to effectively use commercial awareness toproject manage and deliver our priorities. You must be able to demonstrate experience of effectively managing service delivery and project management disciplines, spot warning signs of risks and issues and where you have provided a suitable decisive response. A recognised project management qualification would be advantageous, however not essential. About us Rail Group is a single, integrated body established by the Department for Transport to take UK's railway into the future, and to put passengers at the heart of the journey. With billions of pounds of government funding behind us and strong leadership in place, we have an unprecedented opportunity to drive things forward. Passenger Services is responsible for covering the whole of the rail franchise life-cycle from procurement through to day to day management and has committed to putting passengers at the heart of what it does. To find out more information and to apply, please click the APPLY button. Closing date: 5 October 2017.