Liability Negotiations Adviser x 2

Network Rail

  • Contact: Human Resources
  • Reference: IRC2144344

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.

The London North Eastern and East Midlands Route (LNE&EM) runs from the Scottish Borders to London Kings Cross / St Pancras, connecting major towns and cities in the North, North East and Midlands.

Our route covers key lines for commuter, cross-country and long-distance travel both north-south and east-west for both passenger and freight services.

Passenger numbers are growing rapidly across the route and are expected to increase by 30 per cent by 2023. Ongoing work in the route to boost network capacity includes junction improvements, additional track, and train lengthening schemes, all as part of the national Railway Upgrade Plan.

Network Operations function operates the railway day-to-day. It delivers train paths, timetabling and train movements to enable safe performance and meet the needs of our customers.

The Adviser role is specifically to address Network Rail'scontractual and statutory obligations for infrastructure have a significantfinancial impact, year on year. These liabilities require continual managementby a core team to ensure legal obligations are recognised and opportunitiestaken to remove or reduce them, through negotiation. Such liabilities include legal obligations toour neighbours for level crossings and bridges, other lineside infrastructure,fencing, rights of way and access provisions for planned maintenance oremergencies.

Based at York, the role will require working out of boththe York and Derby offices, to undertake research and to advise the business onits statutory, common law and contractual responsibilities and liability withadjoining landowners, occupiers and authorities arising from ourinfrastructure. You will contribute towards reducing the company's liability toadjoining landowners and occupiers; protecting Network Rail's interests whilstachieving considerable savings from our maintenance and renewals budgets. As anexperienced negotiator in legal and property matters you'll liaise withlandowners, local authorities and utilities companies on a wide range of issues' from the release of private rights through to discussing the stopping up ordiversion of rights of way and access and managing complaints from ourneighbours relating to infrastructure and rights.

The successful candidate will display proven Admin and ITcapabilities with a self motivated work ethic and strong attention to detail.Ideally a background in property law, land/estate agency or similar sectorwould be preferred, and knowledge of railway infrastructure and engineeringwould be useful.

Key Accountabilities

' Deliver statutory and contractual advice relating to asset protection issues, informing of legal maintenance and renewal obligations in accordance with the advice of Legal Services.

' Assist with the identification and implementation of opportunities and methods to reduce or eliminate Network Rail's obligations to renew or maintain infrastructure.

' Progress negotiations with external parties for the reduction of liabilities and the completion of appropriate documentation.

' Assist in the preparation of Transport and Works Act submissions and input into the resolution of issues and objections arising.

' Advise internal stakeholders on the implications of externally promoted Transport & Works Orders. Provide recommendations to address concerns.

' Provide specialist support to enable company responses to draft legislation and statutory consultations.

' Progress opportunities for the closure or reduction in status of level crossings.

' Provide advice to protect railway infrastructure assets from the unauthorised or unlawful activities by adjoining owners/occupiers.

It is imperative you have'

' Degree or equivalent qualification in a relevant subject

' Substantial knowledge of relevant and current statutory, common, contractual and property law and its application

' Substantial inter-personnel and negotiating skills

It is advantageous if you have'

' Membership of an appropriate professional body

' Substantial knowledge of property clearance procedures and input required to protect operational interests

' Substantial knowledge of railway infrastructure and engineering

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.

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.

Network Rail can offer you a rewarding career with competitive pay and excellent benefits including a choice of contributory pension schemes, a generous annual leave package, a bonus scheme and an annual 75% subsidy on season tickets costing up to '3,333 (to a maximum amount of '2,500).

We adhere to a structured pay framework, any salary offered will be within the following pay range advertised.

Salary: '32,000 - '36,000

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.

Closing date: 19th March, 2019. 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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