Associate Sponsor

Location:Greater London
Job Type:Full Time


London, GB

Department Name

Eastern Region

About Network Rail

Network Rail is at the heart of revitalising Britain's railway. We are building a safer, more reliable and more efficient railway than ever before. It's a real team effort. One which calls for the collaboration of the industry's finest professionals. We've built a supportive, sharing, respectful and diverse culture. Because shared expertise and new perspectives make us stronger. Together, we're making a railway fit for the future. And as the network continues to grow, you'll grow along with us.

The Anglia route comprises over 1,700 miles of track from London Liverpool street station to Norwich in the east and Cambridge in the west, the North London line from Gospel Oak to Barking East, and Essex Thameside from Fenchurch Street to Shoeburyness.

As we enter CP6, a new five-year period of investment, we're embarking on a diverse range of projects and improvement plans. We will begin major works to the route to improve our passengers experience. As an associate sponsor you are key in supporting the sponsorship team in our external partnerships with senior partners outside of Network Rail including transport groups and local authorities.

Brief Description

Your team's main focus will be on the development and delivery of station enhancement schemes such as Access for All upgrades as well as working with key stakeholders on third party investment in the industry.

About the role (External)

You will be instrumental in making these projects a reality by shadowing your team, managing and supporting projects/programmes across the route. You can expect to be mentored and supported in your career by driving the development and implementation of specific small / medium sized schemes as directed by your line manager, the lead sponsor.

You can be proud knowing that every single day you will be contributing to building a better railway for our millions of passengers. We will give a dynamic range of challenges and opportunities to allow you to grow as a professional. You will never lack progression or a sense of achievement.

Key Accountabilities

  • Work as part of the sponsor team to manage specific schemes and work streams
  • Support the interests of the funder, customer or [partner where appropriate within Network Rail
  • Actively participate in the remit process; reviewing and commenting on client, customer, and partner requirements to test the viability of proposed schemes taking in to account value for money, network availability and capacity for future development and whole life cost
  • Under direction, produce investment papers for small / medium sized schemes and support the business case process
  • Provide input to the development of the initial project plan and budget; working with your manager and project manager to specify how the project will be delivered; expected achievements and associated timescales, risks and issues
  • Monitor progress on projects/programmes against agreed budgets, delivery plans and work programmes, challenging delivery partners as appropriate to correct adverse trends
  • Communicate and report project progress status to your team, client, customer and partners against defined and agreed landmarks
  • Support the process of quantifying risks associated with the portfolio of projects. Working within your team you will devise mitigating actions and periodically review recovery progress
  • Participate in negotiations with customers and partners on commercial and contractual terms
  • Align with the requirements of corporate investment regulations, other corporate governance and the Guide to Railway Investment Projects.

Job Skills, Experience and Qualifications Essential

  • Experience of dealing with people at all levels
  • Ability to communicate and articulate clearly and concisely
  • Solid ability to write coherently; conveying report / investment information in a concise manner
  • Commercially astute, persuasive, and customer focused
  • Influencing and negotiating skills

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. 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 dedication 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 follow a structured pay framework, any salary offered will be within the following pay range: £32,750 - £36,832. Applications close on the 7th June 2020. This is a 6 month secondment/fixed term contract with the opportunity to be made permanent.