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Graduate, Commercial Scheme

Posted: 18 Dec 2020 Closes: 11 Feb 2021
Birmingham Competitive
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At HS2 we offer a two year rotational graduate programme, providing you with the opportunity to stretch and challenge yourself across various programme related placements. This programme is designed around enabling you to get as much experience as possible across different teams within HS2.

This opportunity will be within the Rail Systems and Rolling Stock Commercial Team, working in 4 areas and completing associated tasks in each respective area on placement.

Our graduate programme salaries:

London locations: (inside M25): Basic Salary £25,050 plus 15% flexible allowance = total pensionable salary is £28,807.50

Non-London locations: Basic Salary £22,300 plus 15% flexible allowance = total pensionable salary is £25,645.00

The Commercial Team are engaged in the management of the major infrastructure contracts required to deliver the HS2 vision. The role works alongside the supply chain and contractors within the development and delivery teams, assuring and supporting their commercial activities to provide an independent view to Head of Commercial.

Dependent on the timescales, these areas could include the below covering Pre-contract, Procurement and Post-contract:

  • HS2 Rail Systems Partnership
  • Soft Systems (Command and Control Systems, EMS, Comms)
  • Rolling Stock, Depot, NICC
  • Hard Systems (Rail Supply, Track, M&E, HV Power, Slab Track)
  • Opportunity to agree wider HS2 rotation

About the role:
  • Fulfil an agreed 'Commercial Lead' role within the interim commercial submissions process.
  • Work as part of the team to ensure successful development/management of the contractor management plans.
  • Support overall Slab Track and Cross Passageway Doors (CPD) supply contracts and lead on element to be agreed with Contract Lead.
  • Support the team in facilitating the Integrated Project Teams (ITT) process for one or more works contracts.
  • Undertake tasks to support the teams emerging priorities and requirements. All such tasks will be briefed to the candidate.
  • Actively promoting and embedding Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) in all your work and support and comply with all organisational initiatives, policies and procedures on EDI.


About You:

  • Planning and organisational skills, with the ability to prioritise and deliver day to day tasks.
  • Ability to coordinate and deliver multiple tasks and responsibilities in accordance with agreed deadlines.
  • Communication skills and the ability to develop relationships with stakeholders.
  • Ability to understand complex issues to carry out problem solving.
  • Ability to work collaboratively across a multidisciplinary team and with stakeholders.

  • 2:1 Bachelors Degree (or equivalent) with a preference for quantity surveying, legal, business or science degrees
  • IT knowledge including Word, Excel, PowerPoint or equivalent.

Does HS2 offer sponsorship if I do not have the Right to Work in the UK?

To be eligible to apply to the HS2 Graduate scheme for our September 2021 in-take, any applicant will need to already have the unrestricted Right to Work in the UK (i.e. not requiring sponsorship) that is valid from September 2021 until September 2023, as a minimum. HS2 are not able to sponsor any applications, nor can we accept anyone who would only have a Tier 4 student visa at the commencement of the Graduate Programme. We appreciate the Right to Work question can be complex to understand, particularly with recent changes around Brexit, if you are unsure of your Right to Work status, please email us at and we are happy to help.

Timelines for the campaign?

The applications window closes on 17 January 2021. The selection process will commence straight after that and will include a mix of online assessments and video interviews taking place throughout February and March. As it currently stands there are no face-to-face assessments planned due to the ongoing Covid 19 pandemic. The final outcome of your application will be available in April. The start date of the HS2 Graduate Programme 2021 is 20 September 2021.

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