Strategic Planner

Last updated 24 days ago
Job Type:Full Time


York, GB

Department Name

System Operator

About Network Rail

Network Rail are revitalising Britain's railway. We are involved in some of the most results-oriented and diverse ventures the UK has ever seen.

System Operator are passionate about capacity. We craft tomorrow's railway to meet future needs of the rail industry. By understanding what the future requirements of the railway are, we can plan the long-term capability of the network, promoting the efficient use of network capacity. We improve the railway for the millions of people who use it every single day.

Brief Description

Being a Strategic Planner is an exciting and broad role which allows interaction with a diverse range of colleagues. The Strategy and Planning Team work closely with our customers, passenger and freight operators and a range of local and regional partners. We take a long-term view of how rail can contribute to a successful, sustainable infrastructure, and identify and develop opportunities to improve the network. This role would really suit a strategic problem solver and excellent communicator.

To help us enable a better service for our passengers we are often recruiting strategic planners that help us develop project or integration programme plans in the efficient and reliable way.

By applying you are registering your interest to join our talent pool. This allows us to pre-screen your application ready for a face to face interview when a suitable role becomes available.

We have opportunities in York, Manchester & Birmingham. When you apply please let us know what location works best for you.

About the role (External)

Key accountabilities

  • Development and implementation of the medium and long-term plans for the future network.
  • Facilitation of cross-functional building of Network & Route Specifications
  • Develop continuous modular strategic planning
  • Acting as client for the building of interventions, as part of the funding and dedication process; accountable for identifying the outputs that deliver the best balance of performance, capacity and cost
  • Co-ordination of analysis for capacity studies, taking into account the existing capability, contractual & regulatory obligations, and the implications of expected future traffic levels
  • Agreeing with the Route and local TOCs and FOCs on plans for future control period submissions.
  • Building and managing internal and external relationships through effective partner management to balance the requirements of the Government, Network Rail and the industry as a whole
  • Working with the Department for Transport and other funders on franchise specifications to ensure that they are consistent with medium and long term plan
  • Reviewing maintenance and renewal plans for consistency with route strategies and ensuring renewals and improvement projects reflect the Anglia route's needs
  • Representing Network Rail at meetings with external partners, including Local Authorities, Local Enterprise Partnerships, MPs, other Government agencies, private developers etc
  • Work with the Senior Strategic Planner to undertake business appraisal of complex projects and route strategies. Identify industry benefits of rail capacity changes, journey time improvements etc. Specify and obtain demand forecasts.

What you'll need:

  • Degree or degree equivalent qualification
  • Knowledge of Rail Industry and Network Rail's contractual commitments to customers and suppliers
  • Analytical skills and numeracy
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills
  • Commercial and financial awareness, including understanding economic trade-off analysis

How to apply (External)

What can we offer you?

Network Rail adheres to a structured pay framework, any salary offered will be within the following pay range: band 4b. We also have a range of generous benefits. Learn more at:

Network Rail encourages 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 relevant factor. We will interview all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria.

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

We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.