Head of Planning

Job Type:Full Time

About Network Rail

Network Rail is at the heart of revitalising Britain's railway. From Crossrail - Europe's largest civil engineering project - to investment in world-class stations and major programmes of electrification, we're involved in some of the most ambitious and diverse ventures that this country has ever seen.

Network Rail High Speed (NR HS) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Network Rail Infrastructure Ltd (NRIL), responsible for the operation and maintenance of the UK's first European High Speed Railway, High Speed 1 (HS1).

The HS1 Infrastructure consists of a diverse range of railway assets from the track, signalling, overhead line, lineside buildings and depots through to viaducts, long tunnels and international stations at St Pancras, Ebbsfleet and Stratford along its 109km length.

Unlike its parent, NR HS are privately financed under an agreement with their client 'HS1 Ltd' and undertake a diverse range of activities from railway infrastructure maintenance and operations through to station facilities management and retail. NR (HS) value their people, fulfilling their contractual commitments through a highly performing professional team of appointed specialists, engineers and managers who consistently deliver safe and reliable infrastructure for train operators and their passengers.

Together we work every day to achieve Our Vision - to deliver the best High-Speed rail customer experience.

Brief Description

To develop and implement an Integrated Plan, including engineering access, across all aspects of the NR High Speed Route business to meet NR High Speed Route targets and outputs. To act as the senior leadership focus for the NR High Speed Route to validate all elements of the Plan to enable the delivery of wider business requirements and coordinate all aspects of the plan and considering risks, opportunities and efficiencies to drive the business forward.

About the role

Key Accountabilities

1.Lead a team of multi skilled planning and project professionals to deliver the Integrated Route Plan (IRP) across all teams and to determine annual engineering access strategies that minimise the disruptive impact on TOCs and FOCs delivering engineering access planning to time, quality and cost in line with the Integrated Access Planning (IAP) Principles.

2.Manage the delivery of the end to end process encompassing all functional units within the NR High Speed Route structure including operations, maintenance and projects.

3.Lead and direct the resourcing, logistics and access arrangements to deliver the IRP.

4.Lead and manage the necessary governance, process and control to effectively deliver the plan.

5.Lead the development and implementation long term maintenance and renewal plans in consultation with the NR High Speed Engineering heads. Confirming that maintenance and renewal work is delivered in accordance with the plan optimising the use of key resources whilst delivering greater value for money.

6.Confirm surveillance and audit checks for compliance with standards and procedures are planned and undertaken in respect of asset data and planning.

7.Confirm that track access is planned and controlled on a safe and efficient manner in accordance with the High Speed Rule Book.

8.Act as the named employer's representative for Strategic Planning and Asset Management in accordance with company procedures.

9.Act as the focal point for all access planning in the short, medium and long term across the NR High Speed Route.

10.Develop and deliver project initiatives to improve the integrated planning process.

11.Determine and communicate policy guidance in respect of work planning process development, including challenging accepted customs and methods, and check whether a consistent and quality-led approach is adopted throughout the work planning process.

12.Lead the Rules of the Route process to achieve consistency with planning strategies and coordinate a consistent approach to the development of high speed route based planning including the implications of expected future traffic levels.


    Member of a relevant professional body or equivalent experience

      Successful experience of operating successful programmes, incorporating programme governance using appropriate techniques and controls

        Significant knowledge of the railway industry

          Successful experience in delivering to agreed timelines and standards

            Ability to represent Network Rail (High Speed) Ltd at senior levels internally and externally

              Understanding of High Speed Level 1 standards and broad knowledge of the High Speed Rule Book, Policy / Practice

                Proven ability to engage with customers and build collaborative relationships with stakeholders at a senior level

                  Able to demonstrate strong commercial focus skills and be financially astute

                    Able to demonstrate effective leadership, interpersonal and communications skills


                      Able to demonstrate an in depth knowledge of train planning systems and processes

                        Able to demonstrate an in depth understanding of train service structure and commercial and practical implications of implementing changes to the timetable

                        How to apply

                        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.

                        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 £3000 (to a maximum amount of £2,250).

                        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: £65,480 - £73,665 pro-rata

                        This is a 12 months fixed term contract

                        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:22/11/2019, late applications will not be accepted.We retain the right to close the advert before the listed closing date based on application volumes