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Strategic Partnerships Manager - London based

Posted: 24 Jun 2020 Closes: 8 Jul 2020
London Competitive
Permanent & Full-time HS2_19001027

As a Strategic Partnerships Manager at HS2 you will responsible for supporting the development and establishment of strategic partnerships with key stakeholders along the Phase 1 line of route, building collaborative working relationships and agreements that secure effective joint outcomes and maximise opportunity, while mitigating risk and impacts.

About the role:

  • To be responsible for supporting the Strategic Partnerships Senior Manager in establishing strategic partnerships with key stakeholders in Phase 1 and support collaborative working relationships that secure effective joint outcomes.
  • To be accountable for supporting the establishment of collaborative ways of working with defined and agreed stakeholders assisting in brokering, negotiating and delivering schemes that interact with the HS2 programme, agreeing joint ways of working that maximise opportunities whilst protecting HS2 delivery - cost and programme.
  • To be responsible for supporting the negotiation strategies for additional commercial agreements and variations to existing agreements that support the delivery of Phase 1, ensuring value for money whilst maintaining the safe and timely delivery of the HS2 scheme.
  • To be accountable for supporting the management of agreed external relationships with strategic stakeholders.
  • To be responsible for collaborating and working with regional organisations to support strategic forums that facilitate discussion and decision making around maximising HS2 as a catalyst for growth, ensuring HS2 representation at these forums as required.
  • To be accountable for supporting the appropriate response to issues raised with strategic partners regarding opportunities to enhance HS2 scope for regional benefit where feasible to do so.
  • To be responsible for working with stakeholders and HS2 Integrated Project Teams (IPTs) to deliver supplementary projects that sit outside of the Phase 1 Act that deliver additional benefits.
  • Actively promote and embed Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) in all your work and support and comply with all organisational initiatives, policies and procedures on EDI.


About You:
  • Ability to develop collaborative relationships, influence and build trust amongst stakeholders and communities exercising diplomacy at every stage.
  • Analytical skills and an ability to interpret and respond to changing landscapes and understand and communicate complex issues with clarity and pay attention to detail.
  • Prioritisation and planning - Able to work to tight deadlines in a calm manner in a fast-moving organisation.
  • An ability to be heard through personal credibility and the exercise of sound judgement.
  • Communication - Ability to create high quality communications, sometimes with difficult messages to a sensitive audience, be able to network and demonstrate ambassadorial skills.
  • An understanding of the complex political environment within which HS2 operates, including relevant governance and accountability issues
  • Experience of delivering community engagement in a fast paced, high profile and challenging environment or working in communications on large infrastructure projects and using new and innovative communication channels.
  • Experience of working within communities, devising a strategy and managing the delivery of engagement activities in the public and/or private sectors, on infrastructure projects of similar scale, scope and complexity.
  • Experience of providing counsel at a senior leadership level across an organisation on community engagement.
  • Experience of working in a political and/or regulated environment/sector.
  • Experience of dealing with local or national media during public consultation.
  • Experience of delivering projects to budget and quality requirements
The post-holder is expected to behave at all times in a manner consistent with the HS2 values of Safety, Leadership, Integrity and Respect.

It is expected that you will actively promote and embed Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) in all your work and support and comply with all organisational initiatives, policies and procedures on EDI.

We ask for a variety of detail in your online application, however we perform the first assessment of suitability for a role based solely on the information in your CV. Please attach an updated word version of your CV for each new application and include evidence directly related to the criteria in the job advert.

About Us:
High Speed 2 (HS2 Ltd) will be the UK's new high speed rail network. As well as improving capacity, the new scheme will shorten journey times between a number of Britain's major population centres, boost the economy and create thousands of jobs.

HS2 Ltd will create a skills legacy and develop a diverse range of talent. We aim to be a leader in EDI practice by creating a safe & inclusive working environment for all our staff - living our values of Safety, Respect, Integrity and Leadership.

In practice, this means we are positive and inclusive about making adjustments, providing flexible working, encouraging our staff networks to flourish and providing personal and professional development opportunities.

HS2 Ltd is also a safety-critical organisation. Employees are required to ensure reasonable care of their own and others' health and safety by taking personal responsibility for working to our 'Safe at Heart' programme principles and following safe working procedures at all times.

HS2 Ltd endeavours to ensure everyone working for us and with us feels included, thrives and achieves their full potential.

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