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Senior Sponsor x5 Positions Available

Posted: 16 Nov 2020 Closes: 22 Dec 2020
Glasgow, United Kingdom GBP 73,665.00 per year;GBP 65,480.00 per year
Permanent & Full-time NWR_IRC2200339

About Network Rail

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

Our ambition to be responsive to passengers and freight users, drives us every day 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're passionate about great service and we ask ourselves, what can we do to put our passengers and freight users at the centre of everything we do? With this in mind, we pull together as one industry because we care about people and teamwork is key. For more information about Network Rail click here.

Scotland's Railway covers a large geographical area from the Borders to Thurso at the far tip of the North East of Scotland, accounting for almost 20 per cent of the UK rail network. We provide rapid access along busy commuter routes to our seven cities, servicing the varied needs of our business and leisure commuter services, including cross border services and rural services. We have up to 50 freight services operating every day and we are steadily building capacity for this to grow.
Brief Description

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. You will also manage the benefit realisation of the project portfolio to agreed scope, time and cost. Ideally, you will have experience within the rail/transport industry.
About the role (External)

Key Accountabilities

Build effective relationships, (internally & externally) to balance the requirements of the client, Network Rail and the industry as a whole. Champion the interests of clients, customers and stakeholders acting as the focal point for escalation within Network Rail.
Review and interrogate client remits to confirm their viability. Work with internal and external stakeholders to establish a scope which optimises client requirements, value for money, network availability and capacity for future development and whole life cost.
Be responsible for the conversion of the client remit into an agreed project requirement specification. Be accountable for development of the initial project plan and budget; working with the project manager to specify how the project portfolio is going to be delivered, expected milestones and associated timescales, resource requirements, risks & issues and funding needs/sources.
Progress cost efficiencies and process improvements across the project portfolio to meet control period targets.
Own and manage business cases and investment papers for Group Strategy projects portfolio.
Devise solutions which maintain the 'business as usual' accessibility for our customers, take consideration of the 7 day railway principles and therefore minimise disruption to end rail users. Take a national/route wide view across portfolios to generate additional benefits, identify and resolve conflicting work and drive efficiencies.
Lead the process of quantifying risk associated with the project portfolio. Devise mitigating actions and periodically review recovery progress.
Interrogate and challenge plans to assess the deliverability of agreed scope within stated timescales and cost parameters, presenting any required scope changes to the client for approval.
Hold the Project Manager accountable for programme delivery to cost, time and scope parameters. Hold periodic reviews to understand and challenge delivery progress against the client remit. Communicate progress status against defined milestones and expectations to stakeholders putting contingency measures in place if required.
Lead negotiations with customers and stakeholders on the project portfolio's commercial and contractual terms in accordance with relevant corporate policy and strategy. Act as the focal point 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 funder(s).
Comply with the requirements of investment regulations, other corporate governance and the Guide to Railway Investment Projects. Adhere to corporate processes, including those related to safety, finance, legal and corporate affairs.
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.

Job Skills, Experience and Qualifications

  • 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
  • Proven ability to write coherently; conveying report / investment information in a concise manner
  • Commercially astute, persuasive, and customer focused
  • Proven influencing and negotiating skills
  • Experience of leading a successful team

  • 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)

Salary: Starting at £65,480 and rising to £73,665 per annum.

Closing date: 22/11/2020. Please get your application in as soon as possible, we may close the advert before the listed closing date if we receive enough applications.

Late applications will not be accepted.

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Please clearly show in your application how your skills and experience match the requirements of this role.

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. You should demonstrate your personal dedication to safety on your application.

Network Rail positively embraces flexible working recognising that employees may wish to balance work and family/home life.

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

At Network Rail we support our staff through a range of good practice (Everyone Matters) guides such as 𝗦𝘂𝗽𝗽𝗼𝗿𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗖𝗮𝗿𝗲𝗿𝘀 and 6 staff Networks including Archway (LGBTQi+), CanDo (staff with disabilities), Cultural Fusion (BAME staff), Faith and Belief, Inspire (gender) and Myriad (staff with caring responsibilities).

In Scotland, we have won awards such as the Carer Positive Employer award and the Proud Scotland award for making a difference for LGBTQ+ people. We celebrate events such as the Chinese New Year, Gurpurab, Ramadan and Eid, participate in annual Pride events and host a staff Christmas carol service.

We celebrate events such as the Chinese New Year, Gurpurab, Ramadan and Eid, participate in annual Pride events and host a staff Christmas carol service.

To ensure an improved representation in our workforce, applications are particularly welcome from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic people, females, LGBTQi+ people and people with disabilities.

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All offers of employment are conditional upon satisfactory completion of pre-employment checks. Click here for more information

Due to current restrictions for COVID-19 it is likely that our process in dealing with your application will be delayed, however please note that we are continuing to conduct our interviews on-line.

For successful candidates we accept there may be delays with start dates to ensure that we can safely on-board each new employee.

We will contact you to let you know whether your application has been affected and inform you of any further changes within the recruitment process.

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