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About Network Rail This is an exciting time to join Network Rail in a time of transition with thePutting Passengers First programme. This plan is to provide the best possible service for passengers and freight users, to deliver the promises we've made for Control Period Six (CP6), and to improve the way we work together and with the industry.

You will be part of the NW&C Region, in which there are several Sponsorship teams which cover:

  • North West Route, covering Manchester, Liverpool, Lancashire and Cumbria.
  • Central Route, covering the West Midlands and Chiltern areas.
  • West Coast Mainline South Route, covering the West Coast main line south of Crewe to London Euston.
  • There are also regional teams which support Regional Major Programmes such as HS2 and North West Integrated Infrastructure Plan.

We are looking for talented people from all backgrounds to join our journey and move us forward by having a rewarding career, the right lifestyle balance and great benefits in a caring environment. We value the commitments you may have outside of work and will consider flexible working applications. If we can make it work - we will!

Brief Description You will be leading projects on the North West Integrated Infrastructure Plan, the next stage to improve and enhance the railway in the North West of England. This will involve the direction and management of the development, and then implementation of major renewal and enhancement projects, funded by government, customer, stakeholder, or multiple funders, where Network Rail assumes a sponsorship role. You will responsible of the delivery of the project benefit realisation to agreed scope, time and cost.

This role is for a 12 month secondment / FTC.

About the role (External) 1. Build effective relationships, (internally & externally) to balance the requirements of the client, funder, Network Rail and the industry as a whole. Champion the interests of clients, customers and stakeholders acting as the focal point for escalation within Network Rail.

2. Review and interrogate client remits to confirm their viability. Work with internal and external stakeholders to establish a scope which optimises client requirements, value for money, network availability and capacity for future development and whole life cost.

3. Be responsible for the conversion of the client remit into an agreed project requirements specification. Be accountable for the development of the initial project plan and budget; working with the project manager to specify how the project is going to be delivered, expected milestones and associated timescales, resource requirements, risks & issues and funding needs/sources.

4. Produce business cases and investment papers for projects.

5. Devise solutions which maintain the 'business as usual' accessibility for our customers, take consideration of the 7 day railway principles and therefore minimise disruption to end rail users. Take a national/route wide view across portfolios to generate additional benefits, identify and resolve conflicting work and drive efficiencies.

6. Lead the process of quantifying risk associated with the project. Devise mitigating actions and periodically review recovery progress.

7. Interrogate and challenge plans to assess the deliverability of agreed scope within stated timescales and cost parameters, presenting any required scope changes to the client for approval.

8. Hold the Project Manager accountable for programme delivery to cost, time and scope parameters. Hold periodic reviews to understand and challenge delivery progress against the client remit. Communicate progress status against defined milestones and expectations to stakeholders putting contingency measures in place if required.

9. Negotiate with customers and stakeholders on the project's commercial and contractual terms in accordance with relevant corporate policy and strategy. Act as the focal point for negotiations and resolution of external scheme interface requirements, including any Parliamentary or Statutory processes, external consents issues to optimise the value of the scheme to Network Rail and funder(s).

10. Comply with the requirements of investment regulations, other corporate governance and the Guide to Railway Investment Projects. Adhere to corporate processes, including those related to safety, finance, legal and corporate affairs.

11. Facilitate the discharge of the duties assigned by the Client as detailed within the Construction Design Management (CDM) Regulations for the programme of projects allocated to you


• Qualified to degree level or equivalent

• Experience of dealing with client portfolios and liaising with people at all levels

• Ability to articulate complex business problems into manageable work packages and produce synthesised logical solutions

• Proven ability to write coherently; conveying report / investment information in a concise manner

• Commercially astute, persuasive, and customer focused

• Proven influencing and negotiating skills

• Experience of leading a successful team


• Experience in management roles in a commercial environment

• MBA or other related postgraduate qualification

• Experience in negotiating contracts to finalisation and ability to demonstrate commercial success

How to apply (External) 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. We positively embrace flexible working recognising that employees may wish to balance work and family/home life.

We will endeavour to provide a gender diverse interview panel wherever possible.

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.

A career with Network Rail is a journey and we will do everything we can to make it a great one. That means plenty of support for personal and professional development. It also means a great range of benefits. Working with us, you'll enjoy 28 days holiday, access to a range of contributory pension schemes, and the potential to top up your competitive salary with a bonus. We can offer you a 75% discounted season ticket loan, childcare vouchers, discounted cycle hires, private healthcare and more. Discover more at

As an arm's length department of the UK Government, Network Rail is required to comply with a well-established pre-employment vetting process for all prospective employees.

Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS) checks require prospective employees of Network Rail to meet the following requirements;

• Provide eligibility to work in the UK and identity documentation

• Complete a satisfactory 3 year employment history check

• Complete a satisfactory unspent criminal conviction disclosure check

For more information regarding BPSS pre-employment related checks, please visit the UK Government website for further information.

Network Rail adheres to a structured pay framework, any salary offered will be within the pay range advertised. If your current salary is above the maximum shown you will transfer into the new role on your current base pay. For more information refer to your pay

Band 3B salary - Starting at £42,971 and increasing to £48,342

Closing date: 10 th July 2020. Late applications will not be accepted.

This role is for a 12 month FTC, but it may have the potential to become permanent.
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