Programme Development Manager

Location:Greater Manchester
Job Type:Full Time

About Network Rail

Network Rail is at the heart of revitalising Britain's railway. From Crossrail - Europes 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.

This vacancy is for a Programme Development Manager working in the Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) team in System Operator. The NPR Programme is being developed by Transport for the North (TfN) working in partnership with the DfT, HS2 Ltd and Network Rail.

Brief Description

The job-holder will support the development of the programme which is looking to transform the economy of the North by introducing faster more frequent train services between city centres across the North of England.

This is a complex programme of railway projects across two of Network Rail's Regions (NW&C and Eastern) and with multiple stakeholders.

It is an exciting opportunity to be involved at a crucial phase of the programme. We are looking for a Programme Development Manager to join the NPR team to assist in taking the programme forward to an Outline Business Case.

The role will assist in directing and managing the development and implementation of the enhancement programme. Key will be delivering the programme to the agreed scope, time and cost in line with stakeholder expectations.

Please note that this role can be based from our Manchester office, or from York.

About the role

Key Accountabilities:

    Build effective relationships, (internally & externally) to balance the requirements of TfN, Network Rail and the industry.

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

        Be responsible for the conversion of the remit into an agreed 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.

          Negotiate with TfN on the programmes 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.

            Comply with the requirements of investment regulations, and other corporate and project governance frameworks. Adhere to corporate processes, including those related to safety, finance, legal and corporate affairs.

              Facilitate the discharge of the duties assigned by the Client as detailed within the Construction, Design and Management Regulations 2015 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

                                  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 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.

                                  Safe behaviour is a requirement of working for Network Rail. Applicants should be able to demonstrate their awareness of our safety vision

                                  This is a Band 3B, Salary range £42,971 - £48,342. If successful, any salary offered will be in line with this.

                                  Please note that this role can be based from our Manchester office, or from York.

                                  Closing date: 09.12.2019. Late applications will not be accepted. We retain the right to close this advert before the advertised end date based on the number of applicants.