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Principal Programme Sponsor

Posted: 6 Jan 2021 Closes: 19 Jan 2021
London, United Kingdom GBP 90,035.00 - 101,289.00 per year;GBP 2,500.00 ;GBP 3,333.00
Permanent & Full-time NWR_IRC2203893

About Network Rail

Network Rail are dedicated to becoming one of Britain's best employers and believe this starts with placing the people at the centre of everything we do!

Our ambition is to be responsive to passengers and freight users and we're empowered to do the right thing for those who use the rail network. We actively challenge unsafe practices and take responsibility for addressing risks, resolving issues and protecting safety and wellbeing.

We care about people and we're passionate about great service. We believe teamwork is key.

Brief Description

We are looking for a Principal Sponsor to lead the development and implementation of major renewal and improvement programmes, funded by government, customers, partners and multiple funders. This role will be responsible for benefit realisation of the programme to the agreed scope, time and cost. Without it, the project benefit cannot become a reality!

About the role (External)

Your previous experience of fast paced environments will put you in good stead to negotiate with our partners and risk management needed always to ensure the successful delivery of the programmes.

No two days will be the same, but you can expect to be involved in:

  • Establishing effective relationships to balance industry requirements, including the funder and Network Rail. You'll represent the interests of customers and partners acting as the focal point for customer concern within Network Rail.
  • Review and interrogate remits to confirm their viability; establishing a scope which optimises funder requirements, value for money, network availability and capacity for future developments and whole life cost.
  • Be accountable for development of the initial project plan and budget, working with the project manager to specify how the programme is going to be delivered, with expected achievements and associated timescales, resource requirements, risks and issues and funding needs.
  • Actively seek out cost efficiencies and process improvements across the programme portfolio to meet control period targets.
  • Own and lead business cases and investment papers for a programme. You'll need to act as a knowledge specialist in this field.
  • Devise solutions which maintain the 'business as usual' accessibility for our customers, taking consideration of the 7-day railway principles and therefore, minimise disruption to end rail users. Take a national view across portfolios to generate additional benefits, identify and resolve conflicting work and drive efficiencies.
  • Interrogate and challenge plans to assess the delivery of agreed scope within stated timescales and cost parameters.
  • Own the negotiations with on the programmes commercial and contractual terms in accordance with relevant corporate policy and strategy. You'll act as the key contact for negotiations and resolution of external scheme interface requirements, including any Parliamentary or Statutory processes, external consents issues to optimise the value of the scheme to Network Rail and funders.
  • Facilitate the discharge of the duties assigned by the Client as detailed within the Construction Design Management (CDM) Regulations for the programme of projects allocated.

    We're looking for someone who can demonstrate the following essential criteria:
  • Qualified to degree level or equivalent
  • Experience of taking care of client portfolios and liaising with people at all levels
  • Ability to articulate sophisticated business problems into manageable work packages and produce synthesised logical solutions
  • Proven track record of writing coherently; conveying report / investment information in concise manner
  • Commercially astute, persuasive and customer focused
  • Proven influencing and negotiation skills
  • Experience in leading a successful team

    It's not essential, but we'd love it if you can demonstrate:
  • Experience in significant management roles in a commercial environment
  • MBA or other related postgraduate qualification
  • Experience of negotiating contracts to finalisation and able to demonstrate significant commercial success

How to apply (External)

Network Rail welcomes applications regardless of age, disability, marital status (including civil partnerships), pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation, transgender status, sex (or gender), employment status, trade union affiliation, or other irrelevant factor. We will interview all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria. We positively embrace flexible working recognising that employees may wish to balance work and home life.

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 dedication to safety in their application!

Network Rail can offer you a rewarding career with competitive pay and excellent benefits including a choice of contributory pension schemes, a generous annual leave package, a bonus scheme and an annual 75% subsidy on season tickets costing up to £3,333 (to a maximum amount of £2,500).

We follow a structured pay framework, any salary offered will be within the following pay range: Band 1B, £90,035 to £101,289. This is a 12-month fixed term contract to cover a period of maternity leave.

Closing date: 19-Jan-2021. We retain the right to close the advert before the listed closing date based on application volumes.

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