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Commercial and Finance Policy Leads

Department for Transport
Closing date
22 May 2022

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About the job Summary

We recognise the challenges that people with (multiple) protected characteristics may experience on the job market and in their career progression. We are fully committed to being an inclusive employer and ensuring equal opportunities. We are keen to make our workforce as diverse as possible, and we hope to attract applications from underrepresented groups, including Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people, people with a disability, and people with gender diverse identities.

Do you have good strategic policy skills and capability?

Are you excited by the prospect of working in a high-profile role where every day is different?

Would you like the opportunity to work at the heart of a major change programme where you can make a real difference to a once in a generation transformation?

If so, we are recruiting for 3 Commercial and Finance Policy Leads and would love to hear from you!

Job description

This is an exciting time to join the Rail Transformation Programme as we embark on the most fundamental reform of the railways in a generation. Following an extensive root and branch review of the rail industry, the Government has published a White Paper "Williams-Shapps Plan for Rail" detailing plans for reform. Funding for reform has been secured through the Spending Review. This will be the biggest change in rail since privatisation and offers a unique opportunity to work at the heart of major reforms which are challenging,high profile and can deliver real benefits for rail users and taxpayers.

We are looking for three posts to help deliver this ambitious reform programme as part of the commercial and financial reform policy teams, which plays a key part in defining the future role of the private sector in rail and working to establish Great British Railways.

If you are excited by the prospect of helping to define and lead the delivery of Britain's future railways, then please apply. We require candidates with good policy experience and are particularly interested in experience or knowledge of working collaboratively with a wide range of colleagues to help deliver change.


The main duties and responsibilities of the role include:

• Delivering rail policy that meets Ministers ambitions for rail reform by working with teams across Rail Group leading on key commercial and/or financial elements of reform including design of new Passenger Service Contracts, enabling reform through National Rail Contracts, fares, ticketing and retail reform and establishing new financial and funding arrangements as we establish Great British Railways and reform the sector.

• Proactively working with teams across the Directorate and Rail Group and the Great British Railways Transition Team as well as legal, analysis and Ministerial Private Offices.

• Building strong and effective working relationships with colleagues in other government departments that have an interest in rail reform including HMT and Number 10.

• Leading elements of market engagement to encourage existing owning groups and potential new private sector bidders from the UK and overseas.

• Managing stakeholder relationships with industry and across Whitehall, and maintaining these throughout the policy development process, communicating our position with confidence, impact and influence; and creating an open, honest environment for industry to engage with government.

• Supporting and leading the development of business cases which will underpin key approvals for the programme.

• Leading work to ensure that the financial benefits of reform are delivered, including working closely with senior leaders on the Programme to monitor costs and savings across this large-scale change programme.

• Potential opportunity to have line management responsibility as part of a growing team.

For further information, please see the attached Role Profile

About You

We are looking for a resilient and flexible individuals who thrive in changing environments with a proven track record of developing policy in a fast-paced environment.

You will have excellent communication skills, with an ability to explain complex issues in a way that is easy to understand and appropriate to different audiences and circumstances. You are an enthusiastic self-starter with the ability to develop effective relationships with stakeholders quickly.

This is an opportunity to use your creative and strategic thinking skills to tackle real world policy challenges, making decisions and recommendations to progress policy and deliver ministerial priorities.

You have confidence in using a range of information to support your decisions and be comfortable working with stakeholders to ensure the potential impacts of policy decisions have been considered.

You present strong recommendations in a timely manner outlining the consideration of other options, costs, benefits and risks.

You have excellent organisational skills with the ability to manage multiple and often conflicting priorities to time and of a high standard to deliver results.

If you want to be part of a team delivering a once in a generation transformation programme, we would love to hear from you!


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Leadership

Technical skills

We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:
  • Strategy - Policy Context and Purpose Define the sought impacts and outcomes of a policy. Apply decision making tools to model policy options.
  • Democracy - Working with Ministers Deliver effective internal communication. Write for different audiences and purposes, including scrutiny.


Being part of our brilliant Civil Service means you will have access to a wide range of fantastic benefits. We offer generous annual leave, attractive pension options, flexible working, inclusive working environments and much more to support a healthy work/life balance.

Find out more about what it's like working at the Department for Transport.

Things you need to know Security

Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.

People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Experience and Technical skills.

We are closely monitoring the situation regarding the coronavirus, and will be following central Government advice as it is issued. There is therefore a risk that recruitment to this post may be subject to change at short notice. In addition, where appropriate, you may be invited to attend a video interview.

Please continue to follow the application process as normal and ensure that you check your emails regularly as all updates from us will be sent to you this way.

How to Apply

As part of the application process you will be asked to complete a CV and Personal Statement. Further details around what this will entail are listed on the application form.

When considering your experience, please tailor your CV and Personal Statement (1250 words) to provide evidence of:

• Your ability to bring together views, perspectives and diverse needs of stakeholders to gain a broader understanding of the issues surrounding policies and activities

• Your ability to analyse and accurately interpret data from various sources to support decisions and present reasonable conclusions from a wide range of complex and sometimes incomplete evidence

• Your ability to communicate complex information clearly and deliver difficult messages while building relationships

• Your ability to lead through uncertainty and change. Supporting others to be inspired and motivated

• Your experience of developing and delivering complex policy

The sift is due to take place from 13th May 2022.

Interviews/assessments are likely to be held from week commencing 6th June 2022.

We will try to meet the dates set out in the advert. There may be occasions when these dates will change. You will be provided with sufficient notice of the confirmed dates.
The selection process will be designed specifically for the role. As a result, your assessment will include:

• An interview with a written policy exercise

You're encouraged to become familiar with the role profile, as you may be assessed against any of the criteria recorded within.

The Department for Transport alongside other Government Departments recruit using Success Profiles. This means for each role we consider what you will need to demonstrate in order to be successful. This gives us the best possible chance of finding the right person for the job, drives up performance and improves diversity and inclusivity.
For further information on Success Profiles visit our Careers website.

Please see attached candidate notes for further information about our recruitment process.

If you are experiencing accessibility problems with any attachments on this advert, please contact the email address in the 'Contact point for applicants' section.

Further Information

For more information about how we hire, and for useful tips on submitting your application for this role, visit the How We Hire page of our DfT Careers website.

Before submitting your application, we encourage you to visit our Recruitment in Detail page of the DfT Careers website. You will find detailed information about the entire recruitment process and what to expect when applying for a role in the Civil Service.

Throughout this job advert there are links to the DfT Careers website, which provides you further information to support your application. Should you be unable to access the information on our website, please email for assistance.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:
  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals

Further information on nationality requirements

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

The Civil Service also offers a Redeployment Interview Scheme to civil servants who are at risk of redundancy, and who meet the minimum requirements for the advertised vacancy.

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