Public Affairs Manager

Location:Greater London
Job Type:Full Time

About Network Rail

Network Rail is at the heart of revitalising Britain's railway. From the Thameslink Programme to Crossrail, we're involved in some of the most ambitious and diverse ventures this country has ever seen. Our routes and regions work closely with train operators, and are accountable for running and maintaining the railway, improving safety and performance, and providing a value for money railway.

The new Southern Region serves passengers and freight operators from Devon in the west to Kent in the east, linking major towns and cities, transporting large numbers of commuters and serving channel routes to Europe as well as Gatwick and Southampton airports. The region is responsible for the major London stations of Waterloo, Clapham Junction, London Bridge, Victoria, Cannon Street and Charing Cross.

We operate the busiest and most congested rail lines in the country and are dedicated to putting passengers first and to delivering a step-change in the quality of the service we provide them.

Brief Description

The new regions have been formed as part of our 'Putting Passengers First' transformation programme. We are now looking for a public affairs manager to lead on relations with external stakeholders in Wessex, working flexibly across the region as part of the regional stakeholder team.

Based in Waterloo London, you will work closely with senior managers and communications colleagues across the region to deliver a public affairs strategy that is consistent and compliant with Network Rail's overall corporate communications strategy.

About the role

Key Accountabilities

1.Devise, develop, implement and report on activities which support the delivery of the objectives contained in Network Rail's corporate communications strategy.

2.Develop a programme of proactive engagement with Members of Parliaments or relevant legislative or other assemblies on behalf of Network Rail and seeking to highlight the

company's plans, activities and strategies.

3.Manage designated public affairs activities, including meetings, receptions and tours within agreed financial budgets.

4.Identify activities and key messages that support Network Rail's business objectives and key operational imperatives.Maintain an awareness of events and programmed

company activities that may require planned public affairs activities.

5.Develop and implement public affairs activities which are fully co-ordinated and consistent with other communications strategies and activities.

6.Establish an effective network of internal and external contacts as appropriate to carry out the public affairs function.

7.Implement the major incident communications plan as required.

Job Skills, Experience and Qualifications


    Significant experience in public affairs / lobbying / local government

      High standards of written and spoken communication

        The experience and personal credibility to work effectively with senior managers

          Strong influencing skills

            Proven ability to grasp, understand and promote complex and sensitive issues in a persuasive and sensible way

              Ability to develop and maintain a wide network of stakeholder contacts

                A proven understanding of all relevant political calendars and legislative assemblies


                  Educated to degree level

                    Relevant professional qualifications

                      Evidence of continuing professional development

                      How to apply

                      We at 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.You should be able to demonstrate your awareness of our safety vision

                      Click 'apply' and login to Employee Self Service to submit your CV.If you do not have an Oracle account, email your CV to quoting the IRC number of the vacancy.

                      We adhere to a structured pay framework, any salary offered will be within the pay range advertised.

                      This vacancy is band 4b salary: £32,740 - £36,832

                      Closing date: 22/01/2020. Late applications will not be accepted.

                      For further information please contact Orlagh Ennis on 07702 403 118.