Last updated 11 days ago
Job Type:Full Time


York, GB

Department Name

Eastern Region

About Network Rail

Network Rail are on a mission. The mission is to become one of Britain's best employers and believe that starts with our colleagues and customers who we put at the heart of everything we do!

We're passionate about great service, and ask ourselves; what can we do to put our passengers and freight users at the centre of everything we do? We pull together as one industry because we care about people and teamwork is key. View our short video on our Putting Passengers and Freight First (PPFF) programme that outlines some key things we are working on as a business.

The Eastern region operates some of the busiest and most congested rail lines in the country, transporting large numbers of commuters to and from busy cities including Newcastle, Leeds, Sheffield, Derby, Norwich, Cambridge and London.

Brief Description

There is an exciting opportunity to join us in a role that is vital to our success. We are looking for a Sponsor to join our Business Development Investment team.

This is a great opportunity to be part of Network Rail who is at the heart of revitalising Britain's economy, connecting people to their favourite places. We're involved in some of the most ambitious and diverse ventures that this country has ever seen.

As Sponsor you will direct and lead the development and implementation of major renewal and improvement projects, funded by government, customer, partner, or multiple funders, where Infrastructure Projects (IP) assumes a sponsorship role. Deliver the project benefit realisation to agreed scope, time and cost. Are you committed to making a difference?

Do you care about building a world-class railway infrastructure?

Are you a "people-person", able to build positive relationships and professional credibility, establishing networks quickly and effectively, communicating with partners at any level (internally & externally)?

Do you have a real passion for seeing projects through to completion?

About the role (External)

Role and Responsibilities may include but are not limited to:

We need you to;

  1. Balance the requirements of the client, IP and the industry as a whole. Champion the interests of clients, customers and stakeholders acting as the focal point for customer and/or partner concern within Infrastructure Projects.
  2. Review and interrogate client remits to confirm their viability. Work with internal and external partners to establish a scope which optimises client requirements, value for money, network availability and capacity for future development and whole life cost.
  3. Be responsible for the conversion of the client remit into an agreed project requirements specification. Be accountable for the development of the initial project plan and budget; working with the project manager to specify how the project is going to be delivered, expected breakthroughs and associated timescales, resource requirements, risks & issues and funding needs/sources.
  4. Produce business cases and investment papers for development projects.
  5. Devise solutions which maintain the 'business as usual' accessibility for our customers, take consideration of the 7 day railway principles and therefore minimise disruption to end rail users. Take a national/route wide view across portfolios to generate additional benefits, identify and resolve conflicting work and drive efficiencies.
  6. Lead the process of quantifying risk associated with the project and devise mitigating actions and periodically review recovery progress.
  7. Interrogate and challenge plans to assess the deliverability of agreed scope within stated timescales and cost parameters, communicating any required scope changes to the client for approval.
  8. Hold the Project Manager accountable for programme delivery to cost, time and scope parameters. Hold periodic reviews to understand and challenge delivery progress against the client remit. Communicate progress status against defined achievements and expectations to partners putting contingency measures in place if required.
  9. Negotiate with customers and partners on the project's commercial and contractual terms in accordance with relevant corporate policy and strategy. Act as the focal point for negotiations and resolution of external scheme interface requirements, including any Parliamentary or Statutory processes, external consents issues to optimise the value of the scheme to Network Rail and funder(s).
  10. Stay in sync with investment regulations, other corporate governance and the Governance of Railway Investment Projects. Adhere to corporate processes, including those related to safety, finance, legal and corporate affairs.

About the role:

Are you?

  • Qualified to degree level or equivalent
  • Experienced dealing with client portfolios and liaising with people at all levels
  • Ability to articulate complex business problems into manageable work packages and produce synthesised logical solutions
  • Proven ability to write coherently; conveying report / investment information in a concise manner
  • Commercially astute, persuasive, and customer focused
  • Proven influencing and negotiating skills
  • Experience of leading a successful team

Do you have?

  • Experience in management roles in a commercial environment
  • MBA or other related postgraduate qualification
  • Experience in negotiating contracts to finalisation and ability to demonstrate commercial success

How to apply (External)

Salary and benefits:

    Salary of £42,971 - £48,342 (Band 3.B) depending on skills, qualifications and experience

      28 days annual leave entitlement plus bank holidays

        My benefits - Our discounted online shopping site

          A range of discounted offers including, childcare vouchers, healthcare offers - cycle to work, healthcare club discounted membership and other benefits

            Subsidies of up to 75% on rail and underground season tickets

              A choice of contributory pension schemes

                2 weeks paid reserve leave for our Armed Forces community

                **Please note that the advert closes on the 23-10-2020 and late applications will not be considered **

                Oh, and by the way

                We care deeply about welcoming people no matter where they're from, how old they are or what disability they may have. We encourage applications from every age, race, ethnicity, disability, gender, gender identity, religion, culture, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, pregnancy, maternity or caring responsibility. We want our employees to bring their whole self to work and that starts with you!

                We will interview all disabled applicants who meet the essential skills and experience detailed above. Network Rail positively embraces flexible working, recognising that employees may wish to balance work and family/home life. We will consider all flexible working applications.

                Network Rail is required to comply with UK Government standards when carrying out pre-employment checks for all new starters; this includes a basic criminal record check. In addition to the basic criminal record check, in accordance with the UK Government we are also required to verify your identity, right to work in the UK and previous three years employment history.

                If you like the sound of all that, we'd love it if you could submit your application online.