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Procurement Risk & Assurance Manager

Posted: 12 Nov 2020 Closes: 24 Dec 2020
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom GBP 51,156.00 - 57,551.00 per year
Permanent & Full-time 2113026251

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 central procurement operation team within Network Rail. We are seeking a commercial professional who will utilise their knowledge and experience in procurement, contract management and assurance to provide advice to key regulated procurement and commercial activities throughout the organisation

As part of this role you will control and implement risk and assurance activities for the Commercial & Procurement (C&P) Directorate including LoD2 activities across the devolved regional C&P Directorates. You will also, valuate and improve critical documentation and strategies pertaining to Network Rails (NR) commercial About the role (External)
Key Accountabilities

1. Independently undertake and provide verbal and written feedback on end to end procurement lifecycle activities including category strategy, sourcing and supplier management outputs. Provide assurance over all key process outputs and deliverables, providing a viewpoint in relation to a number of key factors e.g. best practice, whole life value, innovation and regulatory compliance (in line with Utilities Contract Regulations), to deliver best value to NR and its customers.

2. Plan and control the execution of an auditable procurement risk and assurance first line of defence model across Route Services Commercial & Procurement so that assurance undertaken balances the need for commercial activity to progress at speed, whilst also allowing new contractual commitments to be developed effectively (e.g. in line with financial, reputational, contractual and regulatory requirements)

3. Direct and manage external Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) in the delivery of additional assurance activities, planning work allocation and reviewing the outputs. Delivering timely and effective assurance reviews for stakeholders.

4. Implement second line of defence audits on regional Commercial & Procurement teams. Review compliance with central policy and agree improvement actions where required, to develop the overall compliance and performance of the Commercial & Procurement profession within Network Rail.

5. Identify and implement improvements to the Procurement assurance framework. Work in collaboration with Commercial& Procurement experts across Network Rail and additional key stakeholders to improve commercial outcomes including Risk & Opportunity management.

6. Raising awareness of assurance and streamlining future procurement programmes by deliver training and awareness sessions to a wide variety of audiences on the Network Rail approach to commercial assurance.

7. Facilitating greater risk awareness and management by implementing risk management activities throughout Route Services C&P, improving the overall commercial control within Network Rail.

8. Contribute to the development of the Risk and Assurance team by providing input into training requirements, fostering teamwork and mentoring junior members of the team thus maximising the value the team can deliver for the organisation.

Job Skills, Experience and Qualifications

Essential
  • Educated to a degree standard or equivalent work experience
  • Experience of undertaking commercial Risk and Assurance activities
  • Experience in undertaking sourcing activities within a regulated environment
  • Ability to manage multiple complex projects simultaneously
  • Ability to manage change and dispute resolution
  • Experienced with cross-functional collaborative working methods
  • Politically aware, with the ability to use direct and indirect influencing strategies
  • Excellent stakeholder management skills with the ability to effectively engage with stakeholders at all levels
  • Demonstrable level of problem-solving experience in a large, complex organisation
  • Detailed understanding of the Utilities Contract Regulations 2016 or Public Contract Regulations 2015 and their employment on the sourcing of complex goods, works and services contracts
Desirable
  • Detailed knowledge of the UK Rail Industry
  • Experience within a highly regulated infrastructure or engineering environment
  • In depth experience of preparing and reviewing contract documentation
How to apply (External)

Salary: £51,156 - £57,551 per annum

Closing date:
24/11/2020. 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.

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