Project Management Assistant - 6 Month Fixed Term/Secondment

Last updated 11 days ago
Location:Greater London
Job Type:Full Time


Romford, GB

Department Name

Route Services

About Network Rail

We at Network Rail are dedicated to becoming one of Britain's best employers and believe this starts with placing the candidate at the heart of everything we do!

Our ambition to be responsive to passengers and freight users, drives us every day and we're empowered to do the right thing for those who use the rail network. We actively challenge unsafe practices and take responsibility for addressing risks, resolving issues and protecting safety and wellbeing.

We're passionate about great service and we ask ourselves, what can we do to put our passengers and freight users at the centre of everything we do? With this in mind, we pull together as one industry because we care about people and teamwork is key. For more information about Network Rail click here.

Route Services is a division of Network Rail, formed to provide our routes with services and supplies that they need in order to maintain and deliver a better railway for a better Britain. We work with our customers to provide them with the safest, most cost-efficient and effective services enabling them to benefit from economies of scale and optimised national resources.

Supply Chain Operations

This opportunity sits in Supply Chain Operations (SCO), a division of Route Services that procures safe, sustainable, products and services that are in turn used to improve and enhance the rail infrastructure across Britain. SCO aims to deliver excellent value and service to our customers, helping the rail industry to work together to deliver a more cost-effective railway.

Our extensive supply chain network plays a crucial role in helping to run a safe and efficient railway.

Every year we:

  • Buy and deliver 2,000km of rail and 2.5 million tonnes of ballast.

  • Operate 1,200 rail vehicles.

Behind the scenes we:

  • Process £7,000,000,000 of payments.

  • Handle over 23,000 IT helpdesk calls.

Every year:

  • Mechanical and electrical locking fitters maintain 468 signal boxes and 387 ground frames.

  • Operational property helpdesk process over 200,000 calls.

Brief Description

To provide assistance as required to the project team in the delivery of projects.

About the role (External)

Key Accountabilities

1.Assist the Project Management team in the delivery of projects to time, cost and quality in a safe manner.

2.Collate, format and distribute data to support project requirements. Cascade to internal and external parties where appropriate.

3.Using the available reporting systems and guidelines monitor and report on project progress.

4.Maintain and generate project and programme documentation in accordance with project reporting system guidelines.

5.Participate in projects as required.

6.Support the Seasonal Planning and Strategy Manager in discharging seasonal preparedness activities.

Job Skills, Experience and Qualifications


    Good Microsoft Excel and Word skills

      Educated to HND/HNC or relevant work experience

        Excellent Communicator

          Self motivating and able to plan and deliver to tight timescales


            Skilled in use of Minitab Software package

              Knowledge of the railway operating environment

                Knowledge of the South Western Railway Business structure

                  Customer focused

                  How to apply (External)

                  Salary: £23,000 - £26,000

                  Closing date:
                  10th July 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.

                  Click 'apply now' or click here for details of how to apply.

                  This is a 6 month fixed term opportunity.

                  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 are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity. We do not discriminate based on race, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or disability status. Click here for more information

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                  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.

                  Please note we have adapted our recruitment processes in line with Government advice during COVID-19. Interviews will take place 'virtually' over video and for some office-based roles the successful candidate may need to work from home initially using their own personal device. This guidance is subject to change, we will update you accordingly. We appreciate your understanding.