Public Affairs Manager

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.

Brief Description

Network Rail is transforming how we do business with all of our customers.We're working hard to be more passenger-focused and improve the service we give to our stakeholders and funders.This role is a crucial part of that change.

The East Coast, North & East and East Midlands routes cover railway lines which run from the Scottish Borders to London Kings Cross / St Pancras, connecting major towns and cities in the North, North East, Midlands, East of England and London. We look after key lines for commuter, cross-country and long-distance travel both north-south and east-west for both passenger and freight services.

Passenger numbers are growing rapidly across the route and are expected to increase by 30 per cent by 2023. Ongoing work to improve services and create more journey opportunities for passengers in our region include the East Coast Upgrade, Midland Main Line Upgrade and planning for the Trans Pennine Upgrade.

Working to the Senior Public Affairs Manager, you will develop and deliver public affairs strategies that are consistent with the Eastern region communications strategy for the East Coast, North and East and East Midlands routes.

You will support the engagement strategy, including for MPs, Metro Mayors, Local Authorities and Business stakeholders, supporting our senior leadership team on the route in putting passengers and stakeholders first.

About the role

Key Accountabilities

1.Devise, develop, implement and report on activities which support the delivery of the objectives contained in the Eastern communications strategy.

2.Develop and implement a programme of proactive engagement with Members of Parliaments - 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.

8.Line management of a Public Affairs Executive

Job Skills, Experience and Qualifications


    Experience in public affairs / lobbying / local government

      A proven understanding of relevant political processes and the parliamentary calendar

        Very 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


                  Educated to degree level

                    Relevant professional qualifications

                      Evidence of continuing professional development

                      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.

                      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 £3,333 (to a maximum amount of £2,500).

                      We adhere to a structured pay framework, any salary offered will be within the following pay range: £32,740- £36,832

                      Network Rail is required to comply with UK Government standards when carrying out pre-employment checks for all new starters; this includes a basic criminal record check. In addition to the basic criminal record check, in accordance with the UK Government we are also required to verify your identity, right to work in the UK and previous three years employment history.

                      Closing date:24th January 2020. Late applications will not be accepted.We retain the right to close the advert before the listed closing date based on application volumes