Programme Sponsor – Infrastructure and Assets

  • EWR Alliance
  • Milton Keynes, UK
  • 16 Nov, 2020
Full time Professional Services Public Sector and Government Strategy-Planning

Job Description

Responsibilities and accountabilities

• Negotiate funding for the project and be a spokesperson to the senior management

• Provide direction and guidance for project empowerment, key business strategies and project initiatives

• Identify and qualify project benefits and manage project benefits realization

• Participate in initial project planning, including developing the project chart and the project scope

• Identify members of Steering Committee and facilitate the work of project management office (optionally)

• Review changes to the project environment, including schedules, priorities, tasks, etc.

• Identify project critical success factors and approve deliverables

• Negotiate with stakeholders to gain consensus when differences of opinion take place

• Involve stakeholders in the project and maintain their ongoing commitment to the project through using communication strategies and project management planning methods

• Evaluate the project’s success on completion


Team dimensions

• Reporting directly to Head of Sponsorship & Assurance

• Given the early stage of the project, it is likely that the nature of the role may evolve as the project progresses. It is also possible that other ad-hoc activities and duties may be required


Experience and skills

• Extensive experience of applying requirements and benefits management

• Demonstrable experience of leadership roles in major projects, programmes or complex business and change

• Experience of project management frameworks with an ability to apply them successfully on complex projects or programmes

• Demonstrable ability to integrate seamlessly with internal & external stakeholders

• Comfortable with ambiguity with an ability to translate technical language to multiple audiences

• An understanding of Sponsorship, and the varying ways that the Sponsorship role can be fulfilled

• A proven ability to influence, at all levels with a high degree of commercial acumen

• An excellent communicator with high levels of self-awareness and emotional intelligence

• In depth rail or infrastructure industry experience

• Sponsorship of major projects, business change, industry change or complex portfolios

• Experience of infrastructure projects or complex asset management

• Project experience including significant interfaces with multiple agencies

• Understanding of public sector finance & funding

• Experience of translating railway context to non-rail partner agencies

• Extensive experience of consents environment (planning, environmental, rail)

• Excellent communication skills with ability to negotiate and influence


What we offer:

• Competitive base salary • Up to 20% bonus based on individual and company performance

• Up to 12% employer’s pension contribution

• 25 days holiday a year (plus the 8 English bank holidays) + up to 5 days to buy

• Life insurance • Employee Assistance Programme

• Perks platform with hundreds of discounts and freebies • On-the-spot and annual awards

• Advanced learning and development programmes

• Great work-life balance and flexible working opportunities

• Enhanced family-friendly policies

• Exceptional IT tools