Senior Procurement Manager

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Location:Greater London
Job Type:Full Time


London, GB

Department Name

Route Services

About Network Rail

Network Rail is at the heart of revitalising Britain's railway. Our plans for rail in Britain are far-reaching and ambitious. To deliver our vision of a better railway for a better Britain, we need talented and passionate people who will embrace our innovative way of working - across all disciplines.

As part of Route Services, Contracts & Procurement (C&P) lead the development and delivery of strategies encompassing category management, procurement, supplier relationship management, external business development and marketing and communications, encompassing all of our customers.

Our purpose is to add commercial value for our partners by delivering services compliantly, safely, sustainably and efficiently. Our role is to deliver economic, efficient and effective commercial solutions to contribute to "a better railway for a better Britain.

Brief Description

You will develop, implement and maintain contracting and commercial arrangements covering a specific portfolio and medium value contracts maintaining optimum value for money.

About the role (External)

Key Accountabilities

  1. Develop, and continually enhance, project specific procurement strategies that compliment the National Programme Strategy and maintain security of supply and value for money and HSQE performance for a range of contracts.

  2. Perform the full range of procurement and contracting activities including pre-qualification, tender management, negotiation and preparation of contracts.

  3. Provide procurement advice on an asset wide basis relating to specific portfolio issues.

  4. Support pre-contract procurement of main contractors and where appropriate actively influence the procurement of sub-contracting activity by the main contractors.

  5. Exercise compliance with Network Rail policies, procedures and governance and legal (including EU Directives) and regulatory requirements.

  6. Manage a range of preferred suppliers developing positive supplier relationships aligned to business objectives.

  7. Identify cost reduction and efficiency opportunities and contribute to the achievement of efficiency targets for a specific portfolio.

  8. Manage the process for the measuring of supplier performance so that effective feedback takes place to facilitate continuous improvement.

  9. Exercise delegated authority to procure in accordance with established policies and governance.

Job Skills, Experience and Qualifications


  • Sound commercial aptitude and sound knowledge of relevant Supplier Market.

  • Varied and successful procurement and contracts background with experience of negotiation and developing and implementing procurement and contract strategies.

  • Ability to communicate strategies and concepts simply and effectively and to persuade and influence stakeholders.

  • Knowledge of EU Procurement Directives.

  • Awareness of contract requirements safety and contract requirements environment.


  • Knowledge of e-procurement.

  • Membership of relevant professional institute.

  • Knowledge of the rail industry.

  • Educated to degree level.

How to apply (External)

Salary: £51,156 - £57,551 per annum

Closing date:
19/01/2021. 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.

To be considered for this role, you shall live within 75/90 minutes of The Quadrant Milton Keynes.

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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Our colleagues are encouraged to work flexibly as we know that busy lives don't always fit around a traditional working pattern, if you need flexibility to complete your role (eg home working, part time, job share, compressed hours work pattern etc.), just let us know and we will do our upmost to help you to invest in your career with us while balancing other aspects of your life.


*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.