HS2 Ltd endeavours to ensure everyone working for us and with us feels included, thrives and achieves their full potential. In practice, this means we are positive and inclusive about making adjustments, providing flexible working, encouraging our staff networks to flourish and providing personal and professional development opportunities.


As a Senior Landscape Design Manager at HS2 you will be the technical lead for the HS2 Landscape Design and Public Realm activities across a number of contract and geographic areas as instructed by the Head of Landscape (line manager). The role holder will play critical role strategically directing, defining and assuring the technical requirements and guidance, providing specialist expertise to the Hybrid Bill and Delivery Teams and ensuring that an integrated and holistic landscape design is achieved.


About the role:

  • Be the Subject Matter Lead (SML) for all Landscape Design and Public Realm matters, across Main Work Civils Contracts, Stations and Depots Working with multidisciplinary teams to set strategic objectives, assure outcomes and drive Design vision compliant outcomes across a wide variety of contracts and stakeholders. The role holder will provide specialist leadership and technical knowledge, for the discipline of Landscape Design to the HS2 business critical to the sustainable delivery of the HS2 Design, Engineering and Environmental outcomes.
  • Lead design discussions at various levels and between multiple contract teams (e.g. Enabling Works, Main Works, Railway Systems, Stations) and promote an integrated approach to Landscape Design.
  • Collaborate with stakeholder (up to Director level) and lead the engagement and presentation process such as Natural England, Forestry Commission, Canal & River Trust, Local Highways, Planning Authorities and subject matter experts within HS2 Ltd.
  • Coach, up-skill and influence colleagues from across the organisation to ensure that Landscape Design issues are a key consideration in project decision making and management processes.
  • Lead a small team of Landscape Architects and consultants, providing day to day strategic design leadership, setting technical standards, guidance and ensuring that a coherent approach to Landscape Design is applied
  •  Be responsible for the client technical support and assurance related to Schedule 17 (planning) Application packages and the reduction of programme risks through positive engagement with LPA’s during pre-application discussions.
  • Be responsible for budgets as delegated by line manager;
  • Work in close collaboration with and provide regular progress updates to the Head of Landscape (line manager) who will provide strategic leadership and be the public face of HS2 Landscape Design
  • Ensure safety is a key priority in all aspects of the role.
  • 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.


About You

  • Leadership skills including effective problem solving, ability to delegate, giving and receiving feedback and managing conflicting requirements.
  • Presentation skills to deliver complex written and oral communications and presentations suitable for a broad audience and a diverse group of stakeholders.
  • Risk Management Skills – including the ability to assess, analyse and escalate risk.
  • Analytical skills – including the ability to compare, assure and provide analysis on information coming from a variety of sources.
  • Influencing and negotiating skills – including the ability to influence senior decision makers and management (internal and external) on matters related to Landscape Design.
  • Review and Assurance skills – including the ability to compare, assure and provide analysis on information coming from a variety of sources.
  • Project management skills – ability to co-ordinate and manage multiple workstreams.
  • Mentoring and coaching skills that can help and guide junior colleagues in acquiring meaningful experience of design and engineering within an infrastructure environment.
  • Degree in Landscape Architecture or equivalent work experience.
  • Chartered Member of the Landscape Institute or working towards LI’s Chartership.
  • Must be conversant with relevant Landscape Architecture standards and be able to interpret in a railway/ transportation environment.
  • Understanding of cost delivery, schedule targets and the need to deliver an integrated, high-quality solution that meets all design and functional requirements.
  • Understanding of how Landscape Architecture and design related disciplines fit within the overall multidiscipline context and dependencies.
  • Understanding of working in complex organisations and project workplaces.
  • Delivery of complex Landscape and Public Realm schemes in a multi-disciplinary design and delivery environment.
  • Experience of complex programmes and/or projects with an understanding of how the discipline (Landscape Design and design-related disciplines) fits within the overall multi-disciplinary context and interdependencies. • Developing implementation mechanisms of complex landscape and design related projects.
  • Working as part of a multidisciplinary management team within a large, complex project.
  • Project planning and organisation to meet significant project deadlines.
  • Giving risk-based advice to senior stakeholders.
  • Experience of working on regeneration and master planning projects.
  • Experience in undertaking design reviews and critiquing as well as mentoring project teams to achieve high quality design proposals.
  • Experience in developing pragmatic analysis, strategies and assurance processes.


The post-holder is expected to behave at all times in a manner consistent with the HS2 values of Safety, Leadership, Integrity and Respect


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.


Closing date: 15 December 2022.

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