Asset Protection Portfolio Manager
Network Rail is at the heart of revitalising Britain’s railway. From Crossrail – Europe’s largest civil engineering project– to investment in passenger stations and major programmes of electrification, we are involved in some of the most ambitious and diverse ventures that this country has ever seen.
Due to an increasing workload (in terms of value, volume and complexity) it’s an exciting time to join our team as we grow and develop our Asset Protection capabilities in the Eastern region.
We have a number of opportunities across project/construction management and engineering based at our four office locations.
The Asset Protection team assists external parties in the delivery of works that interface with the operational railway. We respond to 2500 queries per year ranging from simple lineside matters through to major interfacing projects (such as new bridges/major line adjacent developments) and including multimillion pound multidisciplinary schemes promoting external investment in the railway. Clients range from lineside neighbours through to government departments and blue chip companies.
We support the delivery of major projects by providing the interface and assurance roles for clients wishing to invest in the railway under the Open for Business programme initiatives. Current investment projects include new and enhanced stations and upgrades of existing freight lines to accommodate passenger services.
The purpose of the role is to safely and seamlessly lead and oversee the delivery of a portfolio of externally funded Outside Party and Third Party schemes, championing understanding of rail related risks and constraints to enact, and enable others to facilitate solutions that align with external client objectives whilst meeting all stakeholder requirements. To provide support to enable Network Rail to meet its legal duty under the Railway Act and the Network Licence and drive adherence to relevant company and industry standards and processes, cascading updates and monitoring compliance.
- Lead and direct the successful development and delivery solutions of externally funded schemes.
- Lead the provision of professional advice and guidance for outside and third party engineering activities; lead and develop effective relationships with external organisations and utilities.
- Lead the development of sponsorship and project support for asset protection of outside party schemes and establish assurance that all schemes are delivered to defined requirements. Build and develop effective relationships with all stakeholders, managing expectations and championing team interests.
- Manage the establishment of controls for the effective delivery of obligations in accordance with contractual agreements and commercial governance.
- Manage the process to monitor the seamless integration of all project risks affecting the operational railway for projects within the portfolio and where mandated, monitor delivery in accordance with the GRIP lifecycle, for projects within the portfolio.
- Support the creation and implementation of the strategy for the development, delivery and resourcing, of the route work scope. Liaise with other routes to share best practice, leverage benefits of shared learning and identify and deliver continuous improvement initiatives.
- Engage with and manage the interface with stakeholders to enable compliance with Network Rail governance and assurance processes. Facilitate compliance against the Railways Act and Network Licence and oversee the completion of deliverables.
- Lead compliance of the delivery of the Asset Protection portfolio in accordance with the Route CDM Management procedure.
- Review lessons learned, and develop mitigation strategies with stakeholders to refine delivery principles for projects within the portfolio.
- Analyse and report on success in the recovery of Network Rail costs in accordance with the legal agreements in place between the external party and Network Rail.
- Undertake accident investigations when remitted to do so by the relevant designated competent person.
It is imperative you have…
- Chartered Engineer or equivalent experience
- Knowledge of the operational railway and railway infrastructure
- Demonstrable experience of delivery of projects in the rail environment
- Registered PRINCE2 Practitioner or equivalent
- Previous successful experience working within Network Rail Asset Protection
- Able to demonstrate excellent stakeholder management and communication skills
- Able to demonstrate team leadership qualities including mentorship and development
- Demonstrable ability to constructively challenge the ideas of others and make clear decisions
- Understanding of project commercial requirements and programme controls in the rail industry
- Demonstrable experience of health, safety & environmental requirements including CDM Regulations and CSM-RA with knowledge of Health & Safety legislation and best practice
- In depth knowledge of GRIP
- Knowledge of project management methodology and lifecycles
- Knowledge of investment, commercial and procurement practices
- Competent in Accident Investigation
It is advantageous if you have…
- Understanding of rail infrastructure maintenance techniques
- Knowledge of rail possessions/ isolations