Cost Planning Manager

Last updated 12 days ago
Job Type:Full Time


York, GB

Department Name

Eastern Region

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.

The Eastern Region is currently made up of two existing routes, Anglia and London North Eastern & East Midlands (LNE & EM).

It stretches from the Scottish borders along the entire east coast of England, covering the North East, Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, the East Midlands, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk as well as parts of Greater London.

In total the Eastern Region covers 6,042 miles of track that sees 7,500 passenger services every day, as well as 1,057,462 tonnes of freight moved each week.

The region is incredibly busy, operating some of the busiest and most congested rail lines in the country with 16 train operators transporting large number of commuters to and from busy cities.

Three stations are managed by the region (London King's Cross, London Liverpool Street and Leeds) which see 221 million annual passenger journeys combined.

This is all made possible by more than ​​10,000 forward-thinking people who work in the region to provide a safe and reliable railway and strive to put passengers and freight users first.

We have project offices from London to Aberdeen that provide numerous opportunities for our people. We actively lead and take pride in your individual career development and that of all our team, striving to build an environment where our people feel fulfilled in the work they carry out complemented by tailored career development.

Does this sound like a team you would like to be part of?

Are you eager to learn and ready to embrace new challenges?

Brief Description

This is an exciting time and a great opportunity to join Network Rail's Cost Planning and Estimating Team in Capital Delivery, Eastern Region. You will be involved in working on high profile and challenging projects being developed for the future demands of the railway infrastructure, for example King's Cross Re-modelling, as well as other smaller value projects that are pivotal to maintaining, renewing and enhancing the rail infrastructure.

You will be predominantly civils based but required to produce multi-disciplinary estimates, including pricing varied works for Signalling, OLE, E&P, Track, Telecommunications, Building & Civil Engineering Structures and Stations etc.

You will undertake cost planning, quantification as appropriate and pre-contract estimate; you will support post-contract analysis to inform the Business Plan, assist programme teams and support benchmarking.

About the role (External)

Key Accountabilities

    Working knowledge of how cost planning techniques are used in the financial control of projects during the development and design stages of a project.

      Develop accurate and comprehensive estimates in accordance with the cost planning policies, processes and the Governance for Railway Investment Projects (GRIP) in a timely and efficient manner with limited management or supervision.

        Develop estimates in accordance with the Rail Method of Measurement format and structure.

          Produce estimate reports in accordance with the cost planning policies and processes to support the basis of all estimates.

            Develop and promote estimating good practice within Capital Delivery Eastern Region.

              Implement, manage and control the cost planning policies and processes at a project level.

                Working collaboratively with the function project teams develop and promote cost planning good practice.

                  Complete and submit project and rail work activity-based cost modelling through the 'Cost Analysis Form' (CAF) process at early project lifecycle stages into the 'Railway Cost Information Service' in accordance with the cost planning policies and processes in a timely and efficient manner.

                    Continue professional development within own technical area of expertise to be able to give best practice advice in line with business objectives.

                      Work collaboratively with the Risk and Value Team to ensure that all estimates are supported with the appropriate Risk Allowance in accordance with the Cost Planning Framework.

                        Understanding of Commercial Policies and Governance.

                          All estimates produced in accordance with relevant procedures and work instructions and other company procedures, systems (e.g. Construction Computer Software - Candy) and processes.


                          • You have knowledge of Cost Planning and Estimating processes and techniques, Cost Analysis, Cost Modelling and Benchmarking processes and techniques.

                          • Qualified in Cost Planning, Estimating and / or Quantity Surveying.

                          • Experience of civil engineering infrastructure projects and / or building projects.

                          • Relevant successful experience of the provision of Cost Planning, Estimating and / or Quantity Surveying services in a project environment.

                          • Understanding of the project management, planning, risk assessments and management, and investment authority processes associated with building and / or civil engineering infrastructure projects.

                          • Good communication, analytical, presentation and reporting skills.


                          • Membership of a relevant professional body with chartered status and / or educated to degree level in an appropriate subject.

                          • Experience in the rail and / or civil engineering industries

                          Could this be your next role? We would like to hear from you.

                          How to apply (External)

                          Network Rail adheres to a structured pay framework, any salary offered will be within the following pay range:

                          Salary £40,107 increasing to £45,120 per annum

                          Closing date: 13/08/2020. Late applications will not be accepted.

                          We retain the right to close the advert before the listed closing date based on application volumes

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                          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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                          Due to current restrictions for COVID-19 it is likely that our process in dealing with your application will be delayed, however please note that we are continuing to conduct our interviews on-line.

                          For successful candidates we accept there may be delays with start dates to ensure that we can safely on-board each new employee.

                          We will contact you to let you know whether your application has been affected and inform you of any further changes within the recruitment process.