Scheme Sponsor

Network Rail

  • Contact: Human Resources
  • Reference: IRC2140662

Network Rail is at the heart of revitalising Britain's railway. We're making rail safer, more reliable and more efficient than ever before. It's a real team effort; One which calls for the collaboration of the industry's finest professionals. We've created a supportive, sharing, respectful and diverse culture ' because shared expertise and new perspectives make us stronger. Together, we're making a railway fit for the future. And as the network continues to grow, you'll grow along with us.

The HS2 programme is a multi-billion pound programme of works for the UK with Phase 1 planning to open in 2026. The purpose of the High Speed Rail Team is to manage the integration between HS2 Ltd and NR. This involves working closely with HS2 Ltd, supporting them in the development and implementation of their programme whist looking after the interests of NR, to successfully deliver all schemes through the project lifecycle.

This is an exciting opportunity to join the High Speed Rail Phase 1 team at a key point within the programme. The post holder will work closely with the LNW Route to drive forward HS2 and NR Integration as well as being Scheme Sponsor for a number of HS2 related works on LNW Route. The role also works closely with HS2 Ltd, DfT, other NR teams such as Infrastructure Projects and others within the NR High Speed Rail team.

To support the implementation of Network Rail strategy for new High Speed routes including the integration of HS2 with the national rail network. To support the project sponsorship and programme management, of High Speed 2, which successfully delivers all schemes through the project life cycle.

Key Accountabilities

1. Work as part of the sponsor team to support the development and implementation of specific schemes and work streams as directed by the project sponsor. Demonstrate the right behaviours to successfully build lasting and collaborative relationships including confidentiality.

2. Support the interests of the client, customer or stakeholder where appropriate within Network Rail.

3. Prepare remits working with the client, customer, and stakeholder requirements to test the viability of proposed schemes taking in to account value for money, network availability and capacity for future development and whole life cost and disseminate lessons learnt.

4. Prepare investment papers for small / medium sized schemes and support the business case process.

5. Prepare and monitor progress on the initial project plan and budget; working with the project sponsor and project manger to specify how the project will be delivered, expected milestones and associated timescales, risks and issues. Effectively manage change through the formal control process

6. Communicate and report project progress status to the sponsor, client, customer and stakeholders against defined and agreed milestones.

7. Participate in negotiations with customers and stakeholders on commercial and contractual terms in accordance with relevant corporate policy and strategy.

8. Comply with the requirements of corporate investment regulations, other corporate governance and the GRIP process. Adhere to corporate processes, including those related to finance, legal and corporate affairs, safety and CDM.

9. Manage any direct reports to achieve business and functional objectives and meet agreed performance measures. Proactively contribute to the development, engagement, safety and welfare of yourself and your team.



We are looking for talented people from all backgrounds to join our journey and move us forward by having a rewarding career, the right lifestyle balance and great benefits in a caring environment. We value the commitments you may have outside of work and will consider flexible working applications. If we can make it work ' we will!

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 family/home life.

We will endeavour to provide a gender diverse interview panel wherever possible.

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.

A career with Network Rail is a journey and we will do everything we can to make it a great one. That means plenty of support for personal and professional development. It also means a great range of benefits. Working with us, you'll enjoy 28 days holiday, access to a range of contributory pension schemes, and the potential to top up your competitive salary with a bonus. We can offer you a season ticket loan, annual season tickets are discounted. What's more, you can take advantage of childcare vouchers, discounted cycle hire and more. Discover more at

Network Rail is required to comply with UK Government standards when carrying out pre-employment checks for all new starters; this includes a basic criminal record check. In addition to the basic criminal record check, in accordance with the UK Government we are also required to verify your identity, right to work in the UK and previous three years employment history.

This vacancy is 4B. Salary starting at '32,256 and increasing to '36,288

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