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Senior Strategy and Programme Manager

The post holder will lead a team working closely with both internal and external key stakeholders to ensure that these ambitious projects transform the transport offer in Hertfordshire.

Purpose of the role

This post requires an enthusiastic individual to lead the development and delivery of a new generation of Highway Improvements in support of Hertfordshire's Local Transport Plan.

As the delivery lead you will proactively manage the team which sponsors the development and delivery of the Bus Priority infrastructure on the highway network and report progress to the Group Manager for Highways Implementation, Senior officers and members through the project governance process.

This role will work closely with delivery partners, colleagues in the Highways Service and local stakeholders delivering a programme of on highway improvement projects as per requirements of the Bus Service Improvement Plan and LTP4.

You will manage and build effective relationships with key internal and supply chain stakeholders to understand contractual and delivery issues, working collaboratively to implement a solution, identifying inconsistencies and good practice

Be the face of the project representing the council at public meetings relating to the development and delivery of the programme of works.

Challenges and Opportunities

  • Commissioning and management of a range of consultants and contractors
  • Proactively represent the Council at a range of meetings with an ability to adjust the message appropriately to different audiences
  • Lead on the Council's engagement on project
  • Report programme updates to senior officers and members
  • Support shared learning across the team
  • Strong personal resilience and ability to manage team delivering varied projects

Qualifications Required:

  • A recognised degree-level qualification in a relevant professional area or membership of a recognised and relevant professional body
  • Ability to drive best practice to enable effective implementation of projects, dealing constructively with setbacks
  • Clear, decisive, and persuasive communication skills
  • Effective interpersonal skills
  • Experience of partnership working
  • A clear understanding of working in a political environment
  • Strong Project management skills and the ability to simultaneously work on several different projects working to agreed timescales, outcomes and budgets
  • Successfully delegating and managing the work of others
  • Evidence of successful engagement with internal and external clients and stakeholders, and development of collaborative relationships with delivery partners
  • Team management and leadership


  • Experience in the highways and transport sector and transport scheme development
  • Industry standards and DfT appraisal methodology

Senior Strategy and Programme Manager

Oxfordshire, UK
Full time

Published on 9 Jun 2023

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