We are looking to recruit experienced engagement practitioners to work on this exciting project in the following areas:
Manchester to Crewe / East Midlands to Birmingham / East Midlands to Leeds
As an Engagement Advisor at HS2 Ltd, you will deliver the plan for engaging with communities and their representatives affected by the HS2 project, and manage external stakeholder relationships in order to support organisational objectives.
About the role:
As part of the area engagement team you will:
deliver the engagement plan to ensure stakeholders are aware of the project, its benefits and local impacts, the support HS2 Ltd provides to communities affected, and how they can get involved in the development of the railway;
develop and manage relationships with local authority engagement officers and key community leaders and representatives to achieve engagement objectives and to develop a strong understanding of the local community;
organise, facilitate and contribute to community group and stakeholder meetings and events, in the HS2 Phase 2b region, in line with Health and Safety and Equalities policies, to achieve the engagement plan objectives;
maintain records of engagement, follow up on all actions and correspondence to preserve stakeholder relationships;
support stakeholder relationships, responding to stakeholder correspondence and queries, seeking the appropriate internal expertise to provide responses where necessary;
work with other directorates and functions to ensure coordination of stakeholder engagement and messaging;
prepare briefing materials and represent HS2 Ltd alongside ministers and senior management to support wider communications and stakeholder objectives; and
ensure appropriate processes are followed to promote knowledge and understanding of community views and concerns within the organisation.
You will need to have:
intermediate experience in a public-facing role, including time in a challenging and complex environment and a demonstrable track record of working with local communities and/or their representatives;
a proven ability to develop effective working relationships with a range of stakeholders, including at face-to-face meetings and events;
excellent communication and interpersonal skills;
the ability to absorb, record, organise and analyse large quantities of complex information and to relay this in an appropriate way to local stakeholders;
the ability to manage competing priorities and work to deadlines;
the ability to work independently and as part of a team; and
experience of community engagement in local government, major public sector infrastructure or environmentally based projects.
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.
High Speed 2 (HS2) 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 is a safety critical organisation with safety being one of our core values. Employees are required to ensure reasonable care of their own and others’ health and safety by taking personal responsibility for working to the HS2 ‘Safe at Heart’ programme principles and following safe working procedures.