Senior Procurement Risk & Assurance Manager

Last updated 13 days ago
Location:Milton Keynes
Job Type:Full Time


Milton Keynes, 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

An opportunity has arisen to join the Commercial & Procurement Assurance team within Network Rail. We are seeking a senior commercial manager who will utilise their knowledge and experience in regulated procurement, contract management and assurance to provide advice to key commercial activities throughout the organisation.If you have experience in undertaking assurance on complex procurement / contract management activity and engaging with stakeholders at all levels this could be the role you've been waiting for!

You will be responsible for the management of the Assurance Programme within the Procurement Management Framework, to include policy, process, and compliance, and for the establishment and management of the Supplier Risk Management Framework, to include tools, techniques, reporting, policies and processes

About the role (External)

Key Accountabilities

  1. Create and manage the Supplier Risk Management Framework, to include risk policy, guidelines, procedures and standards

  2. Responsible for the development and management of the Assurance Framework for oversight of the Procurement Management Framework, working in collaboration with the Sourcing and Supplier Management teams and relevant key customers, stakeholders and suppliers

  3. Leadership of risk management activities throughout the Procurement Management Framework and facilitation of risk appetite management, to include risk assessment, risk register updates and reporting for existing and new suppliers

  4. Co-ownership of the Group Assurance Policy and the Group Risk relationship with the other Procurement Risk and Assurance Managers

  5. Lead an auditable Procurement Risk and Assurance line of defence model which enables all commercial activity to be subject to the appropriate level of Assurance, including a risk assessment of all new contractual commitments, specific to financial, reputational, contractual and regulatory requirements

  6. Serve as line of defence to specifically assure all key process outputs / deliverables as designated under the Framework and facilitate the contracting and management of external Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) or an external panel for where the required level of assurance is beyond the Procurement Assurance Manager's line of defence authority level

  7. Accountable for compliance to the required regulatory and industry standards across Category, Sourcing and Supplier Management

  8. Responsible for the periodic review and mitigation management of all supplier risks including contractual, financial and reputational risks, working collaboratively with the Supplier Management team and their key customers and stakeholders

  9. Lead the delivery of supplier risk education with the operational supplier managers specific to their day to day supplier risk management activities

  10. Lead a team of motivated and talented Procurement risk and assurance professionals, with specialised training schemes, fostering team-work, promoting talent management, with a succession plan implemented

Job Skills, Experience and Qualifications


  • Educated to a degree standard or equivalent

  • Significant supplier risk and assurance experience specifically in Infrastructure, Corporate Services, Materials & Logistics or IT spend categories within a highly regulated infrastructure or engineering environment

  • Ability to manage multiple complex projects simultaneously

  • Proven level of dispute resolution and change management skill set

  • Experience with cross-functional collaborative working methods

  • Politically aware, with the ability to use direct and indirect influencing strategies

  • Demonstrable level of problem-solving experience and in large, complex organisations


  • Detailed knowledge of the UK Rail Industry, including procurement processes in a reclassified environment

How to apply (External)

Salary: £65,480 - £73,665 per annum

Closing date:
02/03/2021. 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 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.