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PFI Expiry and Future Services Strategic Lead

Portsmouth City Council
£57,578 - £70,834 p.a. depending on experience
Closing date
18 Jul 2024

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Highways Maintenance
Contract Type
Full time

PFI Expiry and Future Services Strategic Lead

Salary: Band 13- 14 £57,578 - £70,834 p.a. depending on experience

Hours: 37 hours per week

Contract: Permanent



In 2004, Portsmouth City Council entered into a PFI contract with Colas to repair, maintain, operate and manage the city's highway network.   This contract for highway maintenance comes to an end in 2030 and the council is currently working with the DfT and IPA to prepare for its expiry.   

The council now wishes to appoint a high calibre individual to lead this workstream and be responsible for the successful delivery of both the expiry of the PFI contract and the provision of future services for highway maintenance and operations.

The Role

The details of the role are included in the attached job profile but in essence you will be responsible for the successful transformation of the current method of delivering highway maintenance and operations in the city to a new programme and style of working.  You will develop a strategy for success and map out activities, initiate work streams, monitor and report progress.

You will report to the Assistant Director of Infrastructure and be working closely with members of the client's current PFI contract management team.  You will also work with colleagues across the council and bring in external expertise (consultants) as required to support on legal, procurement, resourcing and technical matters.

To find out more about us click the link.

Join our infrastructure team - Careers Portal (

Who we are looking for?

We are looking for a dedicated professional with proven experience in the successful delivery of major transformations.  You will be an individual with a vision, who sets very high performance standards and achieves them.   You will need to have a customer focus and be prepared to improve the journey for both stakeholders and customers alike.

We believe in actively building a work environment that’s inclusive as well as diverse, where everyone can contribute their best work and be themselves. A workforce diverse in background and life experience produces trusted public services and better decisions. We believe difference is what makes us stronger and recognise the importance of our teams reflecting the communities we serve, so we welcome and encourage candidates from all backgrounds for this role.

You will be someone who shares our values around Respect, Integrity, Inclusivity and People-Focussed.  We put people first and ensure our customers are at the heart of everything we do. Our values guide all we do, they set out who we are, what we stand for and how we act. 

To learn more, click the link Our values and behaviours - Careers Portal (

What you'll need to succeed 

You will be someone who is results driven and have the ability to manage stakeholders at all levels in the organisation. You will be able to demonstrate leadership, people management and strong communication skills. You will have strong attention to detail and the ability to manage financial reporting.

You will be familiar with and follow:

  • Strategic and Programme Management Principles set out in the GovS 002: Project Delivery Portfolio, Programme and Project Management Link 1
  • Infrastructure Projects Authority (IPA) guidance for PFI Contract Expiry Link 2

You will have a Project/Programme Management qualification and experience in managing large scale/complex contracts, projects and strategic programmes. 

What you'll get in return

We really appreciate our employees and fully realise they are essential to our success and look to offer an inclusive, supportive working environment where employees can reach their potential with a healthy work life balance, offering the following rewards:

  • A generous pension scheme which allows you the opportunity to pay in more for that greater return.
  • 27 days annual leave rising to 31 days after 5 years service plus bank. holidays, pro rata for part time with the potential to purchase additional leave.
  • A range of retail discounts via our reward portal offering discounts at popular high street retailers. 
  • Free Access to Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and wellbeing support.
  • Access to a wide range of training and development opportunities including apprenticeships.
  • Business travel support and initiatives, including bike loans.
  • Hybrid working, with a minimum of two days office based (depending on business needs) and flexible working options for a better work/life balance.

Please check out the link here to view the benefits of working with us!

What next

If you would like to apply for this role, please upload your CV and a short supporting statement of no more than 500 words.  Between them, these documents must set out your knowledge, skills and experience to enable us to understand how you meet the criteria for the role.  The short statement is intended to help you explain why you are above the rest and also to let you include any other information that you feel would be useful.

Please download the Job Profile HERE to ensure your application matches the requirements of the role.

If you would like to get to know more about the role before you apply and would like to have an informal conversation with us,  please email a copy of your short CV to Fiona Armstrong (Recruitment Officer) and request a call.  Fiona will contact you to make arrangements.   

We look forward to speaking with you soon.

Should you require any support in completing the application form please contact

We will email applicants from time to time; please ensure you check e-mail folders as sometimes our e-mails may go into spam/junk folders.


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