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Consents Manager

Job Introduction

About the role:

The Consents Manger (CM) role is part of an area-based delivery team and reports directly to the Consents & Engagement Area Lead for that area. The CM is responsible for ensuring that all Consents for the area are effectively managed and delivered to ensure the needs of the integrated project delivery team, the client and the external stakeholders are met, and the project can be successfully delivered on time and on budget. The CM will work seamlessly with environmental, town planning and highways specialists, as well as design and construction colleagues to ensure that all consents requirements are delivered in accordance with the HS2 Act and all other applicable legislation.

The Consents Manager will monitor and report on compliance with consents and associated conditions throughout the design, construction and handover phases of the contract, working in accordance with project-wide policies and procedures.


Flexible working: We welcome you to ask about the flexibility you need. This might be part-time, remote working, or compressed hours for example. Anyone who applies for a role can ask about flexibility at interview. In return, we will explore what is possible for the role. 

Role Responsibility

  • Management and coordination of consenting activities, supported by subject matter experts within the area team and within the functional Consents & Engagement team as well as design colleagues, and in accordance with project-wide plans and procedures, to ensure the successful delivery of all consents to meet the area construction programme.
  • Cascading consents requirements and restrictions across the area delivery team and monitor and report on compliance with the consent conditions.
  • Reporting on area progress and performance for consenting activities to the area leadership team, and support project-wide reporting at a functional level.
  • Identify, manage and mitigate risks arising from consenting activities within the delivery area, escalating within the commercial and delivery teams and/or the functional lead as required.
  • Work alongside stakeholder and community engagement colleagues to ensure wider engagement activities required to support the consenting process are delivered in accordance with the agreed plans and procedures.

The Ideal Candidate

  • Demonstrable project or consent management experience, including project controls / reporting experience 
  • Experience of consenting activities on complex construction projects and/or major infrastructure delivery
  • Proven ability to build and maintain excellent working relationships and effective channels of communication in a pressurised and highly time sensitive environment
  • Outstanding communication and presentation skills
  • Qualification in a relevant subject
  • Problem solving, facilitation and negotiation skills
  • Experience of one or more of the key consent specialisms of Town Planning, Environment or Traffic & Highways
  • Experience of delivering consents under an enabling Act of Parliament (such as HS2 or Crossrail) or a major Development Consent Order
  • Project management or communications / PR qualification
  • Membership of relevant association

About the Company

The role will work on the HS2 project. HS2 is the UK’s new high speed rail network. It will be a catalyst for economic growth across Britain, freeing up space on the existing railways and connecting 8 out of the UK’s 10 biggest cities with fast, reliable and frequent high speed services

The Skanska | Costain | STRABAG (SCS JV) is delivering the HS2 London Tunnels Contract. Scope of works includes twin-bored tunnels (TBM), SCL tunnels, shaft sinking, bridge demolition and reconstruction, services diversions, earthworks and the construction of site compounds.

You’ll be a welcomed member of the wider team, with opportunities to take on additional responsibility, join one of our networks for women, military or LGBT+ staff, and participate in cultural and social events with the local community (e.g. as a STEM ambassador).

SCS Railways is a Disability Confident Employer. We welcome applications from candidates with a disability.

Your personal and professional development is important to us. We welcome a discussion about how we can support you with further study, or professional membership or attainment for example.

HS2 – working with Skanska, Costain and STRABAG, closely monitors job applications, to ensure an inclusive recruitment process. To ensure we are able to maintain this, and to recruit a diverse workforce, we require candidates to complete the diversity form as part of their application so we are able to monitor and improve our approach to diversity.  Please note, all responses are anonymous and we will not share any of your data with other parties. All data will be held securely, (as stated within the Data Protection Act 1998) and will be reported to HS2.

It is an SCSJV requirement that all employees, Design House,  and Supply Chains must implement and comply with the requirements of ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System, ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management System with guidance for use”, OHSAS 18001:2017  Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems and ISO/IEC 27001:2013 Information Security Management System, Policies, Plans, Procedures and Processes, and statutory requirements as they affect the Joint Venture ‘s operations and ensure that the requirements, as applicable within their discipline, are effectively implemented on the project. Develop a culture of safety on the project through the absolute commitment to the Zero Accidents target and ethos, and develops a wider awareness of quality, environmental issues and demonstrates commitment to achieve continual improvement and Zero tolerance.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

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