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High Speed Two Overview

Birmingham, England
1001 to 5000 employees
Transportation & Logistics
Unknown / Non-Applicable
High Speed Two (HS2) Ltd is the company responsible for developing, delivering and promoting the High Speed Two (HS2) rail network in the UK.

More than just a railway, HS2 is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. People all around Britain will benefit from the ... Read more

Mission: Our vision is to be a catalyst for growth across Britain. It includes people who will gain jobs and new skills created by HS2's construction phase. Regeneration and long-term employment when HS2 trains are running from 2026. And families and businesses who will ... Read more

High Speed Two – Why Work For Us?

What we do

We are responsible for developing, delivering, building and promoting the High Speed Two (HS2) rail network, as well as communicating with all our stakeholders.

Our vision is to be a catalyst for sustained and balanced growth across the UK.

We want to build the right culture that supports our vision - putting sustainability, collaboration and innovation at the heart of our ways of working.

Who we are

Our operational hub is in Birmingham. Across the organisation we have an increasingly diverse workforce of over 1,000 people.

Building a high speed railway calls for lots of specialist roles, from archaeologist to environmental advisor, tunnelling engineer to stakeholder manager and town planner. Such a big project brings together people from very varied professions, so we welcome communicative people with enquiring minds and team spirit.

Our responsibilities

We’re actively aware of the issues that building a new railway presents to those who live nearby, and we take our responsibilities seriously.

We’re designing the new railway to avoid or reduce adverse impacts on habitats or protected species, and we’ve put in place extensive property schemes, approved by the Government and overseen by an independent Residents’ Commissioner.

As an organisation, we are committed to people's wellbeing and safety being at the heart of everything we do - creating an environment where no one gets hurt; and we are taking steps towards our strategic goal to be an exemplar of EDI practice.

Taking the long view, we want to make HS2 mean something positive for everyone - whether it stands for being clear and fair at a difficult time, better training and prospects for engineers, a catalyst for jobs and investment in your area, or an accessible and environmentally sustainable new way to make long journeys.

HS2 means connectivity. And connectivity equals jobs, it’s that simple.

You can get an idea of what the railway will look like here:


Simon Kirby
Chief Executive

Alison Munro
Managing Director of Development

Alistair Kirk
Programme and Strategy Director

Andrew McNaughton
Technical Director

Beth West
Commercial Director

Chris Rayner
Managing Director of Railway Operations

Emma Head
Corporate Health and Safety Director

Janine Mantle
Corporate Affairs Director

Jim Crawford
Managing Director Infrastructure (Phase One)

Nina Cope
Organisational Change and Effectiveness Director

Peter Gregory
HR Director

Steve Allen
Chief Financial Officer

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    Exciting with ability to set new standards in what a railway delivers for its customers. Teams are made up of highly capable and motivated individuals from diverse backgrounds.


    As a public sector entity be prepared for the myriad of governance stages and at times very bureaucratic engagement needed both within the company and with the Department for Transport

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the work to build confidence not only in our delivery capability but that we can be trusted to push out the boundaries of what a railway can do for both its customers, and the nation as a whole

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High Speed Two Photos

High Speed Two photo of: Transport Secretary, Rt. Hon. Patrick McLoughlin at the HS2 supply chain conference in Manchester.
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High Speed Two Interviews



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Getting an Interview





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    Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, England
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    I applied through a recruiter. The process took a week. I interviewed at High Speed Two (Birmingham, England).


    I was contacted directly by one of HS2's Resourcing Business Partners. The job description, responsibilities, key benefits, location and general overview of the programme were explained to me during an informal chat on the phone. I was asked for my CV which I sent in then I was asked to interview.

    The interview was by a panel of three people. All were from different parts of the business with one being the reporting manager. The questions were quite straightforward, I didn't think there were any really unexpected questions. Remember, they want to get to know you and what you can bring to HS2, they're not trying to catch you out. The key things to doing well at the interview are: 1) Be friendly and smile 2) offer good handshakes to everyone 3) maintain eye contact with the person you are speaking to 4) do your research on HS2 5) know in detail what you can offer HS2 in terms of experience on reporting systems and also transferable skills from previous/ current roles. 6) Be honest.

    A company like HS2 is unique. HS2 has been set up to facilitate the biggest infrastructure project the UK has ever seen. If you get the chance to work for HS2, grab hold of it with both hands!!

    I received an offer the next day (though I was told it could be 3-5 days).I was happy to accept the offer and 4 weeks later I started at HS2.

    Interview Questions

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