Senior Communications Manager

Last updated 2 days ago
Location:Greater London
Job Type:Full Time


London, GB

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About Network Rail

Network Rail Property is the land and commercial division of Network Rail, tasked with generating funds to be reinvested back into the railway.Our projects help deliver transport and station-led regeneration, housing, jobs and economic growth. We are on a journey with the rest of Network Rail to change the way we are structured ensuring we put passengers first.

Brief Description

The Property portfolio is responsible for driving commercial income from retail, commercial estate and developments, as well as managing some of our workplaces, town planning and land strategy requirements. We partner with the private and public sectors to deliver positive outcomes for communities and the railway. In the last 5 years we delivered £1.5 billion for railway reinvestment.

We are looking for a senior communications professional to take on a busy and challenging position in our Group Property Team. The successful candidate will join a small Communications team and help the business navigate a significant period of change while delivering positive Property and Network Rail-wide communications initiatives. We need someone who can spot communications and reputational risks and pick-up and drive the communications agenda for their portfolios, devising solutions for complex problems and working with internal and external stakeholders to get positive results for our business.

The ideal candidate for this role will be a hands-on, pragmatic, and creative individual who is good at prioritising and managing multiple streams of work and dealing with Senior Executives, while working collaboratively with teams right across Network Rail. Experience in the Transport or Property sector for a large, complex business is highly desirable.

About the role (External)

Key responsibilities include:

    Analyse and manage the development and implementation of communication strategies that enable the delivery of the objectives contained in Network Rail's corporate communications strategy

      Lead communications activities which present reputational risk or opportunities for the business

        Establish an effective network of internal and external contacts and provide direction/influence to senior managers and external industry parties and funding organisations where appropriate.

          Provide guidance on all external communications activity undertaken by key personnel including Directors, Project Managers and sponsors, delivering consistency with the approved communications strategy and in accordance with Network Rail's corporate policies.

            Assist with delivery of Network Rail's corporate internal communications programme and act as a conduit for material/information for corporate communications channels


              Substantial experience in corporate communications

                High standards of written and spoken communication

                  The experience and personal credibility to work effectively with senior managers

                    Strong influencing skills

                      Proven ability to grasp, understand and promote complex and sensitive issues in a persuasive and sensible way

                        Ability to develop and maintain a wide network of stakeholder contacts

                        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 factors. 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.

                        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 £2,250).

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

                        Network Rail adheres to a structured pay framework, any salary offered will be within the following pay range: £42,971 - £48,342

                        As an arm's length department of the UK Government, Network Rail is required to comply with a well-established pre-employment vetting process for all prospective employees.

                        Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS) checks require prospective employees of Network Rail to meet the following requirements;

                        §Provide eligibility to work in the UK and identity documentation

                        §Complete a satisfactory 3 year employment history check

                        §Complete a satisfactory unspent criminal conviction disclosure check

                        For more information regarding BPSS pre-employment related checks, please visit the UK Government website for further information - UK Government - BPSS Checks

                        Closing date:7th August 2020, late applications will not be accepted. We retain the right to close the advert before the listed closing date based on application volumes.