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Our route covers key lines for commuter, cross-country and long-distance travel both north-south and east-west for both passenger and freight services.
Passenger numbers are growing rapidly across the route and are expected to increase by 30 per cent by 2023. Ongoing work in the route to boost network capacity includes junction improvements, additional track, and train lengthening schemes, all as part of the national Railway Upgrade Plan.
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Network Rail’s East Midlands Route is looking for an experienced, passionate public affairs manager to join our new, dedicated, route communications team.About the role (External)
East Midlands Route delivers a safe reliable railway for the part of England between St Pancras International and Sheffield, serving the many and varied communities and economies along the way. We’re working hard to be more passenger-focussed and improve the service we give to passengers, stakeholders and funders. This role is a crucial part of that change.
A key part of Network Rail’s work in the East Midlands is to deliver the final stages of the current Midland Main Line Upgrade and to support the region as we rebuild following the COVID-19 outbreak. You will develop and deliver the public affairs strategy for East Midlands Route that supports that work as well as being compliant with the Eastern region communications strategy as well as the route business plan.
You will support the engagement strategy for MPs, Metro Mayors and devolved transport authorities to ensure that strategic guidance to the executive leadership team in the route is front and central. You’ll support senior leadership as they engage with stakeholders and manage meetings, events and visits as well as timely and responses to correspondence.
Based in Derby and reporting to the route head of communications, you will also be an important part of the Eastern region communications function and will give and receive support across that team. Supporting the regulatory reporting is another vital part of this role.
1. Devise, develop, implement and report on activities which support the delivery of the objectives contained in Network Rail’s corporate communications strategy and the East Midlands Route business plan.
2. Develop a programme of proactive engagement with Members of Parliament and other senior stakeholders seeking to highlight the company’s plans, activities and strategies.
3. Manage designated public affairs activities, including meetings, receptions and visits within agreed financial budgets.
4. Identify activities and key messages that support business objectives and operational needs. Maintain an awareness of events and programmes that may require planned public affairs activities.
5. Develop and implement public affairs activities which are fully co-ordinated and consistent with other communications strategies and activities.
6. Establish an effective network of internal and external contacts as appropriate to carry out the public affairs function.
7. Implement the major incident communications plan as required.
It is imperative you have…
· Significant experience in public affairs / lobbying / local government
· A proven understanding of all relevant political processes, calendars and legislative assemblies
· High standards of written and spoken communication
· The experience and personal credibility to work effectively with senior managers
· Strong influencing skills
· Proven ability to grasp, understand and promote complex and sensitive issues in a persuasive and sensible way
· Ability to develop and maintain a wide network of stakeholder contacts
It is advantageous if you have…
· Educated to degree level
· Relevant professional qualifications
· Evidence of continuing professional developmentHow to apply (External)
External how to apply: -
Network Rail welcomes applications regardless of age, disability, marital status (including civil partnerships), pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation, transgender status, sex (or gender), employment status, trade union affiliation, or other irrelevant factor. We will interview all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria. Network Rail positively embraces flexible working, recognising that employees may wish to balance work and family/home life. We will consider all flexible working applications.
Keeping people safe on the railway is at the heart of everything we do, safe behaviour is therefore a requirement of working for Network Rail. Applicants should demonstrate their personal commitment to safety in their application.
Network Rail can offer you a rewarding career with competitive pay and excellent benefits including a choice of contributory pension schemes, a generous annual leave package, a bonus scheme and an annual 75% subsidy on season tickets costing up to £3,333 (to a maximum amount of £2,500).
We adhere to a structured pay framework, any salary offered will be within the following pay range: starting at £32,740 per annum and increasing to £36,832 per annum
Network Rail is required to comply with UK Government standards when carrying out pre-employment checks for all new starters; this includes a basic criminal record check. In addition to the basic criminal record check, in accordance with the UK Government we are also required to verify your identity, right to work in the UK and previous three years employment history.
Closing date: 31-07-2020. Late applications will not be accepted. We retain the right to close the advert before the listed closing date based on application volumes.
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