Programme Planner

Location:Milton Keynes
Job Type:Full Time

About Network Rail

Network Rail owns, leads 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 Safety, Technical & Engineering (STE) Group is the Technical Authority for Network Rail providing strategy, policy and assurance as well as expert technical services to the business in asset management, engineering, maintenance, operations, safety, health and wellness, quality, sustainable development, security and information management.

Our key accountabilities are:

    Innovate - Define and deliver national improvement programmes and commission research and development to achieve a better railway

      Lead - Provide strategic leadership and guidance to Network Rail and external stakeholders

        Assure - Assure Network Rail assets and safety performance by governing standards and frameworks and providing intelligence to support business improvement

          Grow - Improve the health and vitality of all Network Rail employees, grow our capability by developing competency frameworks and aligning competencies to industry developments and using management information, audits and investigations to identify best practice and continuous improvement.

          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 lead 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.

                Brief Description

                Develop and lead the planning of projects for the T190 programme and support the planning team in the wider R&D portfolio. Provide guidance to the programme team. Develop effective, efficient and robust project plans on behalf of programme and project managers to meet the overall requirements of the client/business. Role is based in Milton Keynes, but attendance at London Paddington office will be required each week to support the programme team.

                About the role

                Key Accountabilities

                • Produce effective, efficient and robust project management plans for a programme of projects.
                • Implement a controls and assurance framework and KPIs for programme financial planning activities.
                • Develop and implement relevant programme planning standards, processes and procedures.
                • Manage a fully resourced and costed plan, monitoring and reporting progress against the plan and implementing changes as required. Develop recovery programme and contingency plans to meet changed objectives.
                • Prepare a work breakdown structure and plan for projects. Highlight key milestone and critical path issues to members of the team, provide an assessment of the impact of such issues and recommend solutions to correct the position.
                • Integrate all plans into the wider portfolio of plans and strategies, and align with corporate and rail industry plans.


                • A level or equivalent in relevant subjects
                • Excellent interpersonal, management and communication skills
                • Proven experience in the planning and/or management of projects
                • Good knowledge of programme and project controls processes and systems
                • Proven ability to work with senior industry stakeholders to understand their requirements


                • Degree or equivalent in a relevant subject
                • Knowledge of the rail industry and its regulatory framework
                • Experience of working in a commercial environment in a programme office and/or planning role

                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: £40,107 - £45,120

                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: 20th 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.