Commercial Scheme Sponsor

Location:Milton Keynes
Job Type:Full Time

About Network Rail

Network Rail owns, manages and develops Britain's railway - the 20,000 miles of track, 40,000 bridges and viaducts, and the thousands of signals, level crossings and stations (the largest of which we also run). In partnership with train operators we help people take more than 1.6bn journeys by rail every year - double the number of 1996 - and move hundreds of millions of tonnes of freight, saving almost 8m lorry journeys. We're investing £48bn in the railway by 2024 to deliver more frequent, more reliable, safer services and brighter and better stations.

The Operation, Security and Information Management function (COSI), led by the Chief of Operations, Security & Information, provides governance, technical authority and programme management across a wide ranging portfolio. The aim of the function is to support the delivery of a safer and better performing railway through the provision of world class professional services to STE and the wider organisation.

COSI is accountable for three functional areas within Group STE;

    Group Security - defining security strategy, providing leadership and expertise to govern compliance with security policy and regulation across Network Rail

      Information Management - setting overall direction and manage enterprise risk for data, information and knowledge

        Innovation - delivering value to the Rail industry from all the Research and Development programmes and technology transfer from other industries

        COSI provides support to the Chief Rail Technology Officer for a fourth functional area;

          Research, Development & Technology (RD&T) - leading the management and delivery of research, development and technology including product acceptance; and development and operation of the Rail Innovation and Development Centres (RIDC)

          COSI also provides support to Group STE through provision of;

            Project Management capability so that effective governance is in place to enable successful delivery of all Group STE projects and national change programmes

              Business Change capability providing an outcome-led change management service to STE Transformation Programmes and Routes, with a key focus on embedding and sustaining change and realisation of benefits

                Programme Controls through project and programme workbank management, governance, reporting, analysis, and forecasting

                  Commercial Management through pre and post contract support, ensuring group STE are compliant to all of Network Rail's Contracts & Procurement policies

                  Brief Description

                  Sponsorship of a portfolio of commercial and Network Rail small / medium sized enhancement schemes and support the delivery of schemes.

                  About the role

                  This role supports the Sponsorship within the Electrical Safety Delivery (ESD) and SCADA Programmes, specifically in the following areas:

                    Supports the governance arrangements agreed with the Regions by providing delivery assurance, production of business cases and project development.

                      Coordination of interfacing and dependent projects with the SCADA Programme to develop an understanding of constraints, scope and schedules to inform planning and risk mitigation

                        Act as the key interface between STE and the core delivery team to manage the process of approved change and, where necessary, ensure commercial agreements are in place

                          Maintaining the Client Change Control register - interfacing with the delivery teams to ensure change requests are progressed timely to inform decision making

                          Key Accountabilities

                            Lead and maintain relationships with nominated customers and stakeholders, and be the focal point, to monitor whether Network Rail is fully responsive for the development of schemes. Champion the interests of the customers and stakeholders within Network Rail.

                              Develop proposals from customers and stakeholders for enhancements, to establish the nature and scope of their schemes in line with the business planning criteria, including consideration of their viability within the route planning process, timetable, implications, operational arrangements and railway Estates interfaces.

                                Lead negotiations with customers for the commercial and contractual terms on which schemes will be implemented, or the terms on which Network Rail will provide asset protection if the customer implements.

                                  Sponsor the delivery or facilitation (through asset protection arrangements) by Infrastructure Investment of externally funded schemes to track, monitoring whether customer and stakeholder requirements are fully met on scope, price, quality and programme of works.

                                    Comply with the requirements of corporate investment regulations, other corporate governance, and the Guide to Railway Investment Projects.

                                      Monitor progress on customer schemes against agreed budgets, delivery plans and work programmes, challenge and intervene as required with Infrastructure Investment to achieve correction of adverse trends.

                                        Undertake post implementation reviews to close schemes, check the customer is fully billed and pays for the works, whether the works deliver the intended outputs and new works are fully incorporated into maintenance and renewal plans.

                                          Work with customers and stakeholders to identify new opportunities for them to investment in the network.

                                          Job Skills, Experience and Qualifications


                                            Qualified to degree level

                                              Commercially astute, persuasive, and customer focused

                                                Negotiating skills

                                                  Knowledge / understanding of the railway industry

                                                    Experience of dealing with industrial client portfolios and negotiating contracts to finalisation and able to demonstrate commercial success


                                                      Some experience in management roles in an industrial commercial environment

                                                      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 factors. We will interview all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria.

                                                      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 (to a maximum amount of £2,750).

                                                      Network Rail positively embraces flexible working recognising that employees may wish to balance work and family/home life.

                                                      Network Rail adheres to a structured pay framework, any salary offered will be within the following pay range: £42,971 - £48,342

                                                      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 - UK Government - BPSS Checks

                                                            Closing date:17 November 2019, late applications will not be accepted.We retain the right to close the advert before the listed closing date based on application volumes

                                                            It is a requirement of the role to live within 90 minutes commuting time of The Quadrant Milton Keynes.