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Project Manager (CD)

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Job Introduction

Embrace the thrill of tackling challenges head-on alongside a team of dedicated professionals who share a deep-seated commitment to excellence, efficiency, and safety which will have a positive and tangible impact on the local communities in the North. We're seeking top-tier project professionals who thrive on seizing opportunities and navigating complexities with finesse. The experience and rewards of contributing to a project of this magnitude are unparalleled, offering limitless potential for professional growth and fulfilment.

As a Project Manager, you will report to the Programme Manager and work within a team of project professionals, supported by a Scheme Project Manager. You will lead a comprehensive schedule from the planning phase through to delivery, ensuring value-for-money solutions while managing complex contract arrangements. You will operate within a hub-and-spoke contracting model and be accountable for the performance of key contractors.

Further information

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

Drugs & Alcohol test: All prospective candidates offered a conditional role will be required to undergo and pass a drugs and alcohol test. Your application will be rescinded if you record a positive test. All positive drugs and alcohol test results for prospective candidates will be securely held on Sentinel database and a 5 year suspension from applying for a safety critical role, a role which requires PTS certification or a Key Safety role on Network Rail Managed Infrastructure will be enforced

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 be able to demonstrate your personal commitment to safety and awareness in your application.

Salary: £55,596 to £62,546 per annum.

This role can be based in the following locations: York, Leeds, or Manchester

Closing date 14th June 2024. Late applications will not be accepted. We retain the right to close the advert before the listed closing date based on application volumes.

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Main Responsibility

Some of the key accountabilities of this role are:

1.       Accountable for delivery of complex projects or a portfolio of lower complexity projects in a safe & environmentally responsible manner to time, cost and quality, in accordance with the Project Accelerated in Controlled Environment (PACE), TRU Governance and applicable Network Rail company standards, current legislation and procedures including HMRI guidance where appropriate

2.       Be a Safety Leader; drive safety performance and comply with Construction Design Management (CDM) regulations

3.       Engage with stakeholders including clients, contractors, Government agencies, and local communities to ensure alignment and manage expectations

4.       Establish and maintain governance arrangements for the delivery of projects, defining clear roles, responsibilities and accountabilities that align with organisational practice. Managing project reviews at appropriate points throughout the project lifecycle which will inform governance decisions of projects by providing evaluations of progress, performance, risk, contingency and continuing relevance

5.       Identify and monitor project risks (threats and opportunities), plan and implement mitigations to them, and respond to other issues that affect the project

6.       Effective budget management and change control

7.       Identify training needs in safety, technical and management areas for the personnel reporting to the post holder and contribute to their personal development.

8.       Undertake accident investigations when remitted to by the relevant designated competent person

9.       Comply with the Investment Competence Framework

10.     Support the project Sponsor in maintaining definitions of the project requirements

The Ideal Candidate

The Transpennine Route Upgrade is a multi-billion pound Programme and one of the largest enhancement projects currently being undertaken in the UK. We're seeking experienced, talented Railway Project Managers or those experienced in delivering major projects to be a part of a dynamic team delivering a Project with a budget of over £1bn.

The ideal candidate will blend expertise in design and construction with a proactive problem-solving approach, ensuring the project stays on course with minimal disruption to our passengers and communities. With a professional demeanour and keen attention to detail, you'll navigate complexities while maintaining quality and compliance. Candidates will need to be commercially astute and be comfortable in negotiating with a variety of contractors and stakeholders to delivery to quality standards and demonstrate value for money.

We are keen to hear from candidates who have experience in successful leadership and the ability to motivate and support a team of project professionals whilst working collaboratively across various functions.

Whilst railway experience is desirable, we welcome applications from experienced Project Managers with transferrable skills and demonstrable experience which would enable you to deliver a variety of projects such as Tunnel upgrades, station remodeling and electrification of lines.

We are an organisation where people truly matter, and when you join us, we will support you to develop and achieve those career goals. You will be part of a team building a more sustainable future, improving journey times and experiences, and contributing to people's lives in the North!

We need you to have:

  • Educated to degree level in a relevant discipline or equivalent demonstrable experience
  • Membership (or working towards membership) of the Association for Project Management
  • Registered PRINCE2 Practitioner or equivalent
  • Excellent stakeholder engagement and communication skills all levels. This should include Customers; 3rd party representatives, other business & functional leaders and key support personnel.
  • Successful relevant experience in a complex project environment including demonstrable experience in team management, planning, contracting and delivery of projects
  • Successful record of project budget management and ability to understand and interpret commercial and financial landscapes (budgets, forecasts, actual status)
  • Experience in managing ambiguity in a project environment with strong evaluation and decision-making skills
  • Demonstrable Project safety management practice and knowledge of Health and Safety legislation and best practice
  • Experience with safety cases in support of projects
  • Accident Investigation experience

It would be advantageous if you have:

  • Demonstrable experience in the Rail Industry Sector (including application of GRIP, Construction Design Management (CDM) and the Common Safety Method (CSM)
  • Design and delivery experience
  • Detailed Knowledge of Network Rail’s Investment, Commercial and Procurement regulations, and practices
  • Knowledge of structuring safety cases in support of projects
  • Formal qualifications in risk identification and assessment
  • You will be a team player and a self-starter with willingness to learn, challenge and get involved
  • Knowledge of Network Rail’s assets and how they are managed

Package Description

Key Information

Role: Project Manager (CD) x 5 roles

Salary: £55,596 to £62,546 per annum

Location: York, Leeds, or Manchester

Contract Type: Full time, permanent

Office Requirement: 2 – 3 days per week office based, the rest of the time can be working remotely

Important notice: If you have applied for this role via Tribepad, please keep an eye out for communications which may have gone to your junk mail.

Interview dates: Interviews are initially planned to take place week commencing 24th June 2024

28 days annual leave + bank holidays

Employees will be entitled to a 75% discount off leisure travel this includes off peak and super off-peak tickets. Employees will also be entitled to 75% discount on season tickets.

We also offer a range of highly competitive pension options and private medical care is included, amongst other benefits.

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About the Company

Join Our Team at Network Rail!

Are you ready to make a difference in people's lives? At Network Rail, we connect passengers and freight customers, ensuring safe and efficient transportation across the country. We're an organisation where people truly matter, and when you join us, you matter to us and millions of others. 

We're dedicated to building a diverse and inclusive organisation that reflects the passengers we serve. To achieve this, we are committed to becoming an open, diverse, and inclusive workplace, leveraging the skills and expertise of our talented workforce. Together, we strive to create a safe and accessible railway for everyone. Discover more about the importance of Diversity and Inclusion at Network Rail by clicking here.

Investing in our people is key to enhancing the safety, reliability, and efficiency of our railway system. If you're passionate about making a meaningful impact, then this opportunity is for you!

About our people and the recruitment process - We're an inclusive employer of choice and we welcome applications from everyone! We encourage our colleagues to work flexibly, as we know traditional working patterns do not always fit. If you want to consider working flexibly, just let us know and we'll do our best to help and invest in your career with us, whilst you have a healthy work life balance. To learn why inclusion is important to us, please click here.

We're also a Disability Confident Leader employer and we'll try our best to adapt the process and offer a reasonable alternative to help support people with disabilities access, apply and interview for roles.

Transpennine Route Upgrade

The Transpennine Route Upgrade (TRU) is a multi-billion pound Programme, one of the largest rail enhancement projects in the UK, improving the railway between York and Manchester via Leeds and Huddersfield.

​​​Stretching across the North of England, this key 76-mile Transpennine railway serves 23 stations, crosses over and dips under 285 bridges and viaducts, passes through six miles of tunnels, and crosses over 29 level crossings.

Proposed improvements will deliver a more sustainable future, provide hard-working, reliable railway for passengers, allowing for trains with more seats, more services and faster journey times, contributing to people’s lives and communities.​

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Network Rail Infrastructure Ltd

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