Interim Principal Sponsor / Coordinator – Transport Programme

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Interim Principal Sponsor / Coordinator – Transport Programme
Southwark, London
Interim Position

TL 0005 F8DC / 1

Posted: 7th June 2022 09:10
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  • Pay Rate:

    up to £388.00 per day PAYE

  • Hours per Week:

    35 Monday – Friday, normal working hours

  • This opening assignment is for 12 months

  • Southwark, London,

    SE1 8NJ

What's involved with this role:

Interim Principal Sponsor / Coordinator – Investment Programme

Job Ref: TL 0005 F8DC / 1

Hybrid role

The role is accountable for sponsoring projects/elements of programmes within the Surface/Major Investment Programme in a complex stakeholder and political environment. The post holder will support delivery of programmes and projects relating to investment on the company’s asset and borough / third party highway or land. The role is responsible for facilitating planned works and ensuring proposals meet requirements in respect of definition, governance, execution and benefits realisation.

Working with the Portfolio Sponsor and to the Lead Sponsor, the post holder will ensure the development of the necessary plans and stakeholder relationships to effectively sponsor elements of infrastructure projects/programmes. The post holder will be responsible for collaborating with internal stakeholders and external delivery partners to ensure delivery. In addition, the post holder will be responsible for managing a small team of Sponsors, providing instruction and support.

Key accountabilities:

  • Identification and realisation of the benefits of elements of infrastructure projects/programmes within the Surface Investment Programme.
  • Identify key internal and external stakeholders and delivery partners and develop and maintain strong working relationships to support oversight and delivery of projects and programmes.
  • Manage cross-business input into elements of infrastructure projects/programmes, ensuring resources are optimised to meet business objectives.
  • Negotiation around trade-offs of network impacts and benefits to ensure schemes meet company requirements.
  • Identify synergies to derive maximum benefit from the investment programmes.
  • Assure outputs such as design drawings, traffic/pedestrian modelling and construction plans align with company and/or external delivery partner requirements.
  • Maintain robust budget, governance (including securing approvals), CDM compliance, and decision-making processes, ensuring that elements of projects/programmes are suitably controlled, to timescale, and that emerging issues are acted upon, or escalated as appropriate.
  • Produce the necessary reporting and governance materials for relevant business units, panels and boards on all aspects of the project or programme, including issues, risks, KPIs, stats and benefits.
  • Provide content for customer and hi-pri correspondence, FOI requests and contribute to briefings to Senior Management and City Hall.


“Role Requirements” – to give yourself the maximum chance of success please try and ensure your CV addresses the following essential criteria:


Qualifications & Knowledge:

  • Degree level education, membership of a relevant professional body, or equivalent experience.
  • A recognised project management qualification (e.g. APM Practitioner or equivalent) and/or membership of APM or equivalent.
  • Thorough understanding of transport in London, including transport planning and emerging best practice.
  • Considerable knowledge of project sponsorship in the public sector.
  • Thorough understanding of management and delivery of schemes relevant to a highway and transport authority, including knowledge of delivery process in boroughs.
  • In depth knowledge of project management processes, governance and stakeholder and supply chain management techniques.
  • Working knowledge of transport infrastructure related consents, safety protocols, design standards and modelling techniques.



  • Good oral and written communication skills, and an ability to work in an innovative but structured manner.
  • Networking and influencing skills with a range of both internal and external stakeholders.
  • Diplomacy and pragmatism to steer delivery partners (including London Boroughs) towards achieving joint objectives.
  • Highly numerate, good IT skills, detail conscious and well organised.
  • Proven ability to manage multiple projects in a complex organisation to achieve business outcomes working under minimal guidance.
  • Ability to present recommendations to senior colleagues, and facilitate and negotiate with groups and individuals to achieve desired outputs.
  • Ability to work in cross business teams, resolving conflict and motivating and managing direct line reports.
  • Ability to organise and present complex information in an easily accessible way to multiple audiences.



  • Delivering or sponsoring highway or infrastructure related projects/programmes in large complex, regulated organisations where there are multiple interfaces, and delivering to time and budget.
  • Using diplomacy to influence and support external delivery partners in achieving joint objectives.
  • Financial management and budget setting, governance, risk management, business case development, problem-solving and benefits management and realisation.
  • Programme prioritisation, balancing conflicting requirements and demands.
  • Negotiating with challenging stakeholders and of representing your organisation in an external setting.


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  1. Our clients are generally seeking applicants who are reasonably local, so on that basis we would ideally like you to supply us with your address (or at least your post code) and a telephone number so that we can reach you during working hours.
  2. Your recent UK working experience going back at least 5 years, or full employment history if you have been working for fewer years than this.
  3. Your availability to work either immediately, or at short notice.
  4. Please refer to the Role Requirements section above - your CV must address the requirements listed.


Other preferable/desirable details to include on your CV, if applicable:

  1. Any local authority/public sector experience
  2. Any relevant qualifications held or being studied for.


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