Strategic Sourcing Manager - Infrastructure

Location:Milton Keynes
Job Type:Full Time


Milton Keynes, GB

Department Name

Route Services

About Network Rail

Network Rail is at the heart of revitalising Britain's railway. Our plans for rail in Britain are far-reaching and ambitious. To deliver our vision of a better railway for a better Britain, we need talented and passionate people who will embrace our innovative way of working - across all disciplines.

As part of Route Services, Contracts & Procurement (C&P) lead the development and delivery of strategies encompassing category management, procurement, supplier relationship management, external business development and marketing and communications, encompassing all of our customers.

Our purpose is to add commercial value for our partners by delivering services compliantly, safely, sustainably and efficiently. Our role is to deliver economic, efficient and effective commercial solutions to contribute to "a better railway for a better Britain

Brief Description

As a Strategic Sourcing Manager, you will be accountable for leading the sourcing delivery of business critical and medium to high spend opportunities, working in collaboration with the relevant Strategic Category and Supplier Managers, customers and stakeholders. This role will be responsible for Infrastructure services.

About the role (External)

Key Accountabilities

1.Develop the Sourcing process for complex, medium to high spend goods or services, utilising, where relevant, commercial purpose-built models. Influencing annual spend in the range of £300m - £500m within an OJEU environment, managing all risk, legislative and regulatory requirements

2.Working collaboratively with the Strategic Category Managers and relevant customers & stakeholders (at 'Heads of' level) to execute the Integrated Category Strategies through the development and delivery of a Sourcing pipeline

3.Lead negotiator of significant savings and benefits, in collaboration with all relevant customers and stakeholders, approved by Finance and applied to budgets, where applicable

4.Establish a collaborative way of working with all relevant customers and stakeholders that supports the successful transition of Sourcing led execution to Strategic Supplier Management

5.Challenge demand and aggregation of requirements of customers and stakeholders to maximise overall value, whilst aligning to customers' and stakeholders' objectives and priorities

6.Recognised for their Sourcing expertise, providing specialist Sourcing advice. Introduce innovation, expertise and ideas to deliver Sourcing led competitive advantage

7.Conduct regular competitor and supplier market watch assessments in the delivery of the optimal Total Cost of Ownership

8.Lead a team of Sourcing Specialists and/or Sourcing Managers and contribute to the development of the Sourcing team to maximise value for the organisation by supporting and providing guidance to peers and input into training requirements and fostering team work

Job Skills, Experience and Qualifications


  • Educated to a degree standard or equivalent and MCIPS qualified (or equivalent professional body with chartered status)

  • Significant Sourcing experience with a demonstrable track record of savings delivery within an infrastructure or engineering environment

  • Line management experience

  • Solution driven, innovator, cost and value led

  • Proven level of negotiation and dispute resolution skill set

  • Experience with cross-functional collaborative working methods

  • Politically aware, with the ability to use direct and indirect influencing strategies

  • Demonstrable level of problem-solving experience and in large, complex organisations


  • Detailed knowledge of the UK Rail Industry, including procurement processes in a reclassified environment

How to apply (External)

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 positively embraces flexible working recognising that employees may wish to balance work and family/home life.

At Network Rail we encourage our staff to work flexibly as we recognise our busy lives don't always fit around our jobs. We would welcome any applications from those wishing to carry out this role in a flexible way ie part time job share, compressed hours work pattern etc.

Network Rail can offer you a rewarding career with competitive pay and excellent benefitsincluding 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 subsidy of £2,500).

Network Rail adheres to a structured pay framework, any salary offered will be within the following pay range:

Salary: £65,480 - £73,665 per annum

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:21 April 2020

Interviews will likely to be held in early May 2020.

Late applications will not be accepted.We retain the right to close the advert before the listed closing date based on application volumes.

Please clearly show in your application how your skills and experience match the requirements of this role.

It is a requirement of the role to live within 90 minutes commuting time of The Quadrant Milton Keynes.

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.