Scheme Project Manager

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.

Brief Description

The role will predominately support the project manager in delivering a Level 2, Limited Supervision, European Train Control System (ETCS LS L2) that reduces the risk so far is reasonably practicable of Signals Passed at Danger (SPADs), buffer stop collisions, and related train & passenger safety risks.

The project promotes collaboration with key subject matter experts across the European supply base, Network Rail Chief Engineers, and the Rail Industry, creating real opportunity to build quick relationships, make lasting impacts, and gain practical experience of project delivery in complex environments.

The role will suit candidates with practical experience of delivering projects, using a range of project controls & techniques to balance governance requirements vs realistic safety improvement timelines.

Its is therefore essential candidates are proactive, organised and able to engage with, and lead a broad range of stakeholders to understand full project requirements, the associated risks and execute appropriate & practical delivery strategies

There may be occasional opportunities for you to travel to our London offices.

About the role

Role Accountabilities:

    Deliver individual projects or parts of projects across Signalling, Level Crossing, Track and Switches and Crossing portfolios.

      Deliver projects in accordance with the Guide to Railway Investment Projects (GRIP), Managing Successful Projects for Network Rail (MSP4NR) and Safety, Technical and Engineering's ways of working.

        Provide a professional, consistent and effective project management service including the use of performance indicators and project reporting systems.

          Take accountability for the delivery of projects.

            Lead tactical change and risks within the project life cycle for allocated schemes.

              Assist or lead in the provision of a safe working environment in the execution of managed work.

                Comply with the Investment Regulations Framework.

                  Manage the production of project management plans and other associated project management documentation.

                    Lead project budgets within agreed targets and provide periodic updates through the management review process.

                      Deliver regular progress reports on change projects, including relevant risks and issues, to the Programme Manager.

                        Promote and monitor the use of efficiency improvement methods.

                        Skills, Experience and Qualifications


                          Successful relevant experience including project management

                            Educated to HNC/HND or similar standard

                              Excellent people engagement capability

                                Project safety management experience

                                  Knowledge of Oracle Projects

                                    Knowledge of safety, quality and environmental procedures.

                                      Knowledge of commercial and financial procedures.

                                        Membership (or working towards membership) of the Association for Project Management or other professional body.


                                          A degree or equivalent

                                            Six Sigma Yellow Belt

                                            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: £32,740 - £36,832.

                                            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:22nd 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.