Track Access Manager

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Job Type:Full Time

Track Access Manager

Department: Planning & Performance

Grade: ML2/SB2

Salary: £51,750 -£76,000 per annum

About Northern:

At Northern, we’re creating a brand-new future. Not just for our organisation, but one that will transform the way we all think about rail travel. And if you’re forward thinking, passionate and full of fresh ideas like we are, you could play your part in making it happen. We recently launched our £500m fleet of new, state-of-the-art trains and we’re investing millions more in our existing fleet of trains and on station improvements. All so we can continue to connect thousands of people across the North to work, leisure, education and more every day. Our vision is all about taking them in an exciting new direction, delivering a different kind of travel experience, and introducing new ways of working.

We’re also investing in our people too, and we’re committed to building a business that’s just as diverse as the communities we serve. So, whatever your background, and whatever you have in mind for your own future, we think you’ll fit right in here.

About the role:

Northern are looking to recruit a Track Access Manager within the Performance and Planning function. This is a senior management position responsible for day to day and strategic management of our Track Access Contract with Network Rail and associated regulatory regime.

As Track Access Manager you will negotiate with Network Rail and lead the industry process to ensure Northern has the access rights to run all the services in our Train Service Requirement with Rail North/DfT. You will also make sure our commercial position is protected by proactively managing all our Track Access related claims.

You will be required to represent Northern at industry forums and lead/shape industry policy through effective participation at these events. Working closely with our service planning and commercial teams you will lead /prepare and present Northern’s case at industry dispute hearings. This role also works in collaboration with Service Planning and leads on the strategic development of rail infrastructure enhancements in order to improve Northern’s services in the North of England. Attendance at industry meetings is requirement of the role, so you will be articulate and able to position the case to support the development of Northern’s business effectively.

Due to the specialist nature of this role the successful candidate will have extensive experience of working with regulatory framework contracts. There is a strong requirement to be able to work on your own initiative, have extensive contract management experience and be able to lead and drive engagement cross functionally. You will be a skilled negotiator with excellent communication skills, and the ability to work collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders.

About you:

At least three years’ experience managing regulatory access agreements/commercial contracts

Educated to degree level (or equivalent experience)

In depth understanding of a complex regulatory environment

Excellent communication skills and the ability to construct persuasive arguments to shape policy and aid decision making

Experienced in report writing/construction of formal consultation responses

Building effective relationships with Network Rail/ORR/Other TOCs/FOCs and stakeholders

Demonstrate previous experience of collaborative leadership capability

Strong leadership /negotiation and interpersonal skills

Organisational /presentation and facilitation skills

Understanding of Northern Rail’s operation/train planning systems

Appreciation of Northern’s geography and its associated complexities

In return, you’ll discover brilliant opportunities to grow and progress within Northern. Not to mention amazing perks and benefits like free or discounted travel, employee assistance, generous policies, regular pay reviews and a great pension. We look forward to receiving your application.