Principal Environment & Social Value Manager

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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

Our business in in a state of transformation, this role will make sure Eastern Region uses this opportunity to establish an industry leading approch to the way we steward our Environment and maximise the Social Value our activity achieves.

You will lead a small multidiscipline team and work with and through our Route, Engineering and Capital Delivery Leadership teams to develop and delivery your vision.

About the role (External)

  1. Deliver expert advice on environmental and social value management, and the wider sustainable development agenda including the formation of a Region or Major Programme strategy to be implemented through line management and supply chain.

  2. Design and implement the strategy for environmental and social value management arrangements the Region or Major Programme, which includes arrangements to identify and comply with applicable environmental and sustainability-focused legislation, as well as recording baseline and measuring improvement.

  3. Work with the Head of Profession to lead the development and specification for environment and social value competence, including provision of necessary training for project delivery staff within the Region or Major Programme

  4. Work with technical leads in Centres of Expertise in order to align Region/Major Programme activities with Network Rail's central strategies and policies for environmental and social value management.

  5. Lead the environment and social value management activities of the Region or Major Programme maintaining alignment and consistency with activities managed by those holding similar accountabilities within wider Functional Teams.

  6. Develop and maintain an environment and social value focus within the creation of controls around joint ventures and frameworks across the Region or Major Programme, to include recording baseline and measuring improvement.

  7. Develop and maintain strong relationships with contracting organisations and be the environment and social value focal point for the Region or Major Programme's contractors by providing advice, attending contractor site visits and leading periodic meetings with all regional contracting organisations to share and transmit best practice and lessons learnt.

  8. Develop, maintain and monitor, either in person or through their line where appropriate Region or Major Programme Environment and Social Value Key Performance Indicators for line managers and contractors.

  9. Coach, advise and challenge Region or Major Project team members and suppliers to engage with this agenda and develop effective environmental and social value plans, that comply with legislation and deliver improvements as set out in the Region or Major Programme's environmental and social value strategy.

  10. Lead the development of documentation and other media to maximise the effectiveness of environmental and social value activity, control and measurement, including creation, communication and cascade appropriately to key stakeholders and monitoring compliance.


  • Full and Chartered member of a relevant professional institution (e.g. IEMA or similar) or working towards Chartership with expectation of achieving this within a time frame agreed on appointment

  • Bachelor's Degree with an emphasis on environment and/or sustainability management, or equivalent experience

  • In-depth understanding of environmental legal requirements and experience in ensuring compliance obtained within a similar role and/or in-depth understanding of the Public Services (Social Value) Act, the Modern Slavery Act and other legislation related to social responsibility

  • Comprehensive knowledge and appreciation of environmental and/or social value disciplines gained through practical experience

  • Demonstrable experience in designing and embedding an environment and/or social value strategy

  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and report writing skills, with a specific emphasis on influencing the views of peers, more senior colleagues and other stakeholders

  • Ability to evidence application of design for social value and environmental management

  • Demonstrable experience of leading a team and/or function


  • Experience of managing an ISO 14001compliant environmental management system

  • Experience of managing employment and skills programmes in a construction or engineering environment

  • Working knowledge of project management

Understanding of the project management lifecycle within the railway industry, or a similar operating environment

How to apply (External)

Salary and benefits:

Salary (Band 2B)

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 26th January 2021 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.

We are an equal opportunity employer and encourage people to work flexibly. We welcome applications from everyone. Click here for more information

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