Head of Asset Protection & Optimisation

Job Type:Full Time


York, GB

Department Name

Eastern Region

About Network Rail

Network Rail is at the heart of revitalising Britain's railway. The Eastern Region stretches from Scotland to major London termini, taking in the North East, Yorkshire, East Midlands and Anglia in between.Our boundaries contain many of the most ambitious and diverse transport projects in Europe.

The Asset Protection & Optimisation team supports all external parties completing work alongside Network Rail infrastructure, facilitating smooth, efficient and successful project delivery whilst ensuring there is no impact on the safe and reliable operation of the railway now or in the future.

This key safety role is fast paced and requires a diverse set of skills and experience, leading a large team dealing with many internal and external stakeholders in a growing area of the business.

Brief Description

Eastern Region Asset Protection (covering East Coast, East Midlands & North East Routes)

As one of the largest land owners in the UK Network Rail Infrastructure interfaces with literally thousands of people and organisations. These range from private residents who own property adjacent to the railway to large multinational companies.Providing an advisory service for stakeholders as they invest in their assets, whilst safeguarding railway interests in both short and longer term is where the asset protection team come in.

Our outside party customers can range from Councils who are investing in our roads, private companies who are investing close to our railways (e.g. property developers), or companies that just need to build over or under the railway to service their business needs (e.g. provision of gas, electricity, telecommunications services etc).

There are an increasing number of organisations who wish to invest directly in railway infrastructure, improving existing stations, constructing new stations and freight terminals and even re-opening old lines.Network Rail's Open for Business philosophy means we offer opportunity for stakeholders to develop and deliver schemes themselves, working alongside our asset protection team who safeguard railway interests until, in most cases, the completed scheme is transferred into Network Rail ownership.

The role leads a team of circa 60 people (over 50% based in York, with smaller offices in Derby, Peterborough and London), made up of railway engineers, project managers, construction managers and commercial/finance support roles. They handle all incoming enquires from external parties, evaluate their proposals, agree designs and methods of work, arrange safe access to the railway, and work with organisation to ensure the work is successfully and safely delivered.Very often the asset protection organisation is the external face of Network Rail and therefore has a key influence on our public reputation.

Technical & Commercial Competencies & Experiences

We are looking for a person who has a wealth of experience in the railway industry and has relevant project management, engineering, and / or construction management experience.

Ideally, they must hold a degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline and/or be a member of a relevant professional institution.

Leadership Skills

The person must have proven experience at successfully leading teams of people managers. They must have excellent interpersonal / teambuilding skills and must be able to demonstrate that they have a customer orientated stakeholder approach.

The key challenges for the role in the short term are: building team capacity and capability, whilst also improving customer focus.There are opportunities longer term to build stronger external relationships and adopt mutually beneficial new / novel approaches.

About the role (External)

It is imperative you have…

    Successful experience in a senior management role with proven leadership capabilities

      Able to deliver and role model cultural and behaviour change within Asset Protection & Optimisation.

        Proven successful experience in project and contract management

          Able to demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of safety regulations (particularly CDM, safety management systems and risk assessment techniques)

            Demonstrable influencing and leadership skills

              Demonstrable excellent stakeholder management and communication skills

                Demonstrable sound knowledge of the railway industry

                  Detailed understanding of investment processes and procedures

                  It is advantageous if you have…

                    Membership of the Association for Project Management and / or Institute of Risk Management

                      Able to demonstrate an understanding of Highways Interface processes including public, common, contractual and railway legislation affecting street works, and New Roads and Street Works legislation and associated codes of practice

                        Competent in Accident Investigation

                          A degree or equivalent, or be a member of a relevant professional body

                          How to apply (External)

                          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. Network Rail positively embraces flexible working, recognising that employees may wish to balance work and family/home life. We will consider all flexible working applications.

                          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 benefitsincluding 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: starting at £65,480 per annum and increasing to £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: 12th April 2020 Late applications will not be accepted. We retain the right to close the advert before the listed closing date based on application volumes.