Ref: 1626137

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Company: 1626137

Salary: 52,054 - 57,506

Closing Date: Closing date: 11 Apr 2019

Location: London, NW1 2DN

Economic Adviser - High Speed Two

Are you an economics professional who can find analytic solutions to complex high-profile issues? Do you have an interest in understanding how major infrastructure spend can encourage economic growth and rebalance the economy?

If so, High Speed Two (HS2) Ltd are looking for an Economic Adviser to join their Economic & Commercial Analysis team, to use analysis to help shape the development of the project, at a key juncture for HS2.

HS2 is the new high-speed rail network for the UK, connecting London with major city regions in the Midlands and north of England. It is the largest infrastructure project in Europe, with a budget of £55.7bn, and will be transformative for UK transport policy for generations to come. As well as improving capacity, the new scheme will shorten journey times between Britain’s major population centres, and give a substantial boost to local economies in the areas around HS2 stations.

This post is an excellent opportunity to work with senior clients, technical engineers and other analysts to shape the UK’s largest infrastructure project in a generation. Applying analysis to influence a wide range of policy and route development questions relating to HS2 is integral to the team’s role in the company.

Candidates should note that whilst the post-holder would be a permanent member of DfT staff they would immediately go on secondment to HS2 Ltd for 2 years, with the possibility of an extension to fulfil the role. The post will be based at the HS2 Ltd offices in London (Euston). HS2 Ltd’s headquarters are in Birmingham, so some travel to the Birmingham office will be required.

Your key responsibilities will include:

• Leading the provision of WebTAG-compliant economic advice to support Phase 2b of the scheme as it develops its Hybrid Bill plans, drawing analytical conclusions on outputs from the team’s transport, economic, and commercial models.
• Leading the development of HS2’s methodology for assessing the labour and skills required to deliver the construction and rail engineering elements of HS2
• Leading the use of economics to inform and develop HS2’s inflation strategy
• Building close working relationships and effective engagement with colleagues across HS2 and in the Department for Transport

Please see the attached role profile for full role responsibilities.

About you

You are an experienced economist with excellent analytical and project management skills. You have experience of working with policy colleagues, analytic teams and applying your economic expertise to set direction and influence decisions. You thrive managing a dynamic and challenging workload and welcome autonomy to your role.

You have exceptional interpersonal skills and are able to communicate complex information to others, you have the capability to provide guidance and robust recommendations to senior leaders.

You promote collaborative ways of working amongst your team and colleagues driving a continuous improvement culture. The ability to ensure analysis plays a key role in policy and operational decisions about HS2, to make judgements on the robustness of evidence, and give credible advice even when the evidence is incomplete or ambiguous, is essential.

Knowledge of the rail sector is not essential. Critical to the role is the ability to proactively seek opportunities for economics and robust evidence to impact investment decisions, giving well-judged analytical to a range of stakeholders.

About us

The Economic and Commercial Analysis team within HS2 Ltd is a multi-disciplinary team of around 20 economists, statisticians, transport modellers and commercial analysts. The team’s remit covers a range of complex work programmes which are key to the development of HS2.

We are part of the Department for Transport (DfT). DfT is a great place to work, and our ‘one team’ approach really makes a difference. We value our staff and that’s why we’re committed to nurturing an inclusive environment across the Department.

You’ll be part of an innovative organisation that invests in all our people, ensuring we have the diverse skills to deliver transport that moves Britain ahead now and into the future.

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

DfT has been recognised for its leadership on workplace gender equality by being included in The Times Top 50 Employers for Women 2017.

DfT’s inclusion is recognition of our commitment to make the Department a great place to work through our culture of equality and inclusivity and the great strides we’ve made to raise the number of women in senior positions.