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Environmental Interfaces Manager - HS2 Project in Birmingham, Midlands, United Kingdom

  1. 12 months Contract starting September 2020

  1. JOB PURPOSE

1.1 Manage the key internal and external environmental interface relationships and associated products to

ensure consistency of approach and quality. Aligned to this, to own the “single source of truth” for

Phase Two Environment. To act as a facilitator between Environment Teams helping deliver the

environmental assessment work (including associated assessments) developed for the hybrid Bill for

Phase Two in accordance with programme, organisational, sponsor and parliamentary requirements.

ACCOUNTABILITIES

2.1 Support the Central Environment Team’s route wide environmental assessment requirements and

deliverable by facilitating and supporting close working between HS2 Environment Teams (and in

particular Area Teams) to ensure consistency of approach and quality.

2.2 Support the development, management and monitoring of an integrated environmental programme

that ensures timely and efficient delivery of environmental inputs and outputs across the different

interface points.

2.3 Working closely with Senior Environment Managers across Phase Two, and through ownership of the

Phase Two Environment Team’s “single source of truth”, lead the coordination of responses to

general internal and external enquiries (including FOI, EIR and PQ requests) on environmental

(including EIA, TA and EqIA) matters to ensure timely, consistent, robust and assured responses.

2.4 Manage and approach to route wide technical stakeholder engagement (working closely with the Area

and Stakeholder Teams) via various different forums to obtain information to inform the development

of the route wide assessment and design and to ensure the stakeholder’s environmental and

sustainability requirements are understood and managed so as to minimise petition risk and to support

the development of a world class railway.

2.5 Manage the Phase Two Environment Team Forum, working closely with colleagues to operate an

open, transparent and inclusive mechanism to support delivery. Working closely with the Phase Two

Head of Environment, to use this forum to help develop a sense of corporate identity across HS2 Ltd,

promoting the work of the team.

2.6 Manage and coordinate route wide environmental instructions to Counsel and Parliamentary Agents

to support the development of, and response to, key strategic issues and ensure a clear and accessible

audit trail.

2.7 Support input into the route wide environmental risk register.

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2.8 Develop, manage and monitor an ongoing programme (aligned to key milestones) of Phase Two

Environment Team lessons learnt that can feedback internally or externally as required (e.g. to inform

future phases, other major infrastructure projects or Government guidance).

2.9 Support the Phase Two Head of Environment on internal and external reporting of environmental

matters.

2.10 Ensure full audit trail of key decisions and compliant data management to enable effective petition

management, efficient handling of enquiries (including FOI and EIR) and to ensure that statutory

requirements are met.

2.11 Support route wide environmental input into relevant HS2 Ltd reports and briefings to Ministers to

enable robust decision making.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, EXPERIENCE

3.1 Bachelor degree (or equivalent) in a relevant environmental/ built environmental discipline.

3.2 Chartered membership (or working towards membership) of a relevant environmental/ built

environmental organisation is desirable.

3.3 Experience of working on environmental assessment (EIA) and design on large or complex

infrastructure/ engineering projects.

3.4 Experience of project management within a built environmental field.

3.5 Knowledge of EU and UK environment legislation and current best practice guidance.

3.6 Proven ability to manage individuals and to work across multidisciplinary teams.

3.7 Strong numeracy, written and verbal communication skills and the aptitude to rationally explain,

explore and discuss environmental issues to a range of stakeholders.

3.8 Strong IT skills and proven working ability to use Office based software, including Word, Excel, Power

Point, Outlook, coupled with an aptitude towards learning and utilising new software in the office

environment (training is provided in the use of the internal document management systems). A good

understanding of GIS, SharePoint and eB is also desirable.

3.9 Experience of preparing/ reviewing material for legal counsel.

3.10 Experience of development strategies and rolling them out across different teams and achieving buy in

from other team members.

3.11 Experience of working under extremely tight deadlines and in a constantly changing project environment.

DECISION MAKING

4.1 This role is the client internal and external environment interface manager forging and maintaining

relationships across Phase Two, Phase 2A, Phase One and Technical Directorate. The role owns and

manages the “single source of truth” for Phase Two Environment. This requires working closely with

environmental colleagues across Phase Two coordinating responses to FOI, EIR and PQ requests and in

helping manage legal instructions. You engage with environment colleagues across Phase Two to help

achieve consistent, high quality products. This role manages the Phase Two Environment Team Forum

and maintain an ongoing environment team lessons learnt programme. You provide support and

input to the Phase Two Head of Environment on route wide issues. You help in ensuring that the Area

Team builds on work already undertaken on Phase Two, whilst remaining consistent with Phase One

and Phase 2A and avoiding difficult precedent for any subsequent phases of HS2 under the guidance of

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the Central Environment Team. You and your team support the hybrid Bill process and Principle and

Expert Witnesses in the defence of the scheme before Select Committee

FACTS AND FIGURES

5.1 You will manage a team of up to one FTE team member (one Environment Interfaces Advisor) to ensure

the required area environmental products are developed and delivered to support Royal Assent for the

Phase Two hybrid Bill.

5.2 No direct overall budgetary responsibility.

OTHER CONTEXTUAL

6.1 This role is the Environment Interfaces Manager for the Phase Two route.

6.2 The role reports to the Phase Two Head of Environment and interfaces with other environment team

colleagues across HS2.

6.3 This role works alongside a team of other specialists and consultants engaged on the project and liaises

with a range of technical stakeholders, including statutory bodies to develop appropriate and cost

balanced mitigation strategies and solutions and play an integral role in reducing the detrimental

impact of the developing scheme on people and the environment. They also work closely with the

supply chain and with Technical Directorate. Ensuring consistency with, and avoiding difficult

precedent for, other parts of the HS2 project is also be a key requirement.

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