Senior Sponsor

Last updated 13 days ago
Job Type:Full Time


York, GB

Department Name

Eastern Region

About Network Rail

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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, York, Sheffield, Derby, Norwich, Cambridge and London.

Network Rail is currently delivering the biggest upgrade to the East Coast Main Line in 20 years. £1.2billion of improvements will create capacity for up to 10,000 extra seats a day on long-distance services. Key engineering projects will also bring increased reliability and fewer delays for passengers.

The East Coast Upgrade includes a major, multimillion-pound investment into the infrastructure at King's Cross railway station, which will transform train travel to and from London on the historic East Coast Main Line by replacing track, signalling and overhead line equipment outside the station.

The East Coast Upgrade is set to provide a once-in-a-generation opportunity to improve this vital part of the rail network, which carries trains bound for as far afield as northern Scotland, as well as many commuter services across the South East, and prepare the infrastructure for the future.

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Brief Description

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

As Senior Sponsor you will lead the development and implementation of major renewal and enhancement project portfolios, funded by government, customer, stakeholder, or multiple funders, where Network Rail assumes a sponsorship role. Manage the benefit realisation of the project portfolio to agreed scope, time and cost. This is your chance to inspire and develop positive changes across the route that you can be proud of whilst developing your career as part of the senior leadership team.

You yourself will be mentored and invested in by the Principle Programme Sponsor. If this matches with your true dedication to project management, read what you can be a part of and take the next step in your career - Join our team!

About the role (External)

Role and Responsibilities may include but are not limited to:

  1. Building effective relationships, (internally & externally) to balance the requirements of our partners, Network Rail and the rail industry. You will champion the interests of clients, customers and partners facilitating any customer concerns that occur

  2. Reviewing and interrogating client remits to confirm their viability, establishing a scope which optimises client requirements, value for money, network availability and capacity for future development and whole life cost

  3. You'll facilitate the conversion of the client's idea into an agreed project requirement specification including the development of the initial project plan and budget; working with your project colleagues to specify how the project portfolio is going to be delivered, expected achievements and associated timescales, resource requirements, risks & issues and funding needs/sources

  4. Progressing cost efficiencies and process improvements

  5. Owning and handling the business cases and investment papers for Group Strategy projects portfolio

  6. Devising solutions which maintain the 'business as usual' accessibility for our customers. This will include you taking a national/route wide view across portfolios to generate additional benefits, identifying and resolving conflicting work and driving efficiencies whilst mitigating any associated risks

  7. You will interrogate and challenge plans to assess the deliverability of agreed scope

  8. Holding the Project Manager accountable for programme delivery to cost, time and scope parameters and will host periodic reviews

  9. One of the hardest aspects of your role will be the negotiations with partners and customers on the project portfolio's commercial and contractual terms


Are you?

  • Qualified to degree level or equivalent

  • Experience of 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

  • Solid ability to write coherently; conveying report / investment information in a concise manner

  • Commercially astute, persuasive, and customer focused

  • Validated influencing and negotiating skills

  • Experience of leading a successful team

  • Project or Programme Management Experience

  • Stakeholder Management experience

Do you have?

  • Previous Sponsorship or Client representative experience

  • Experience of programme budget accountability

  • Competent to present/communicate at board or executive level

  • Experience in significant management roles in a commercial environment

  • Experience of negotiating contracts to finalisation and able to demonstrate significant commercial success

How to apply (External)

Salary and benefits:

  • Salary of 65,480 - £73,665 (Band 2.B) depending on skills, qualifications and experience

  • 28 days annual leave entitlement plus bank holidays

  • £6,000 pa Car Allowance

  • 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 03-03-2021 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.

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