Route Financial Director - Flexible employer

Network Rail
Manchester, Greater Manchester
£105,540 - £126,000
18 Dec 2018
31 Jan 2019
Contract Type

About Network Rail and the department:

London North Western (LNW), the largest of Network Rail’s route businesses, is the ‘Backbone of Britain’ - the economic spine connecting our main cities. Our infrastructure runs from London Euston before joining with Scotland at Gretna. We are home to the West Coast Mainline, the busiest mixed-use railway in Europe, serving London, Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

LNW’s vision is one team safely delivering excellent services to customers and taxpayers. We will achieve this vision by embedding a safe, caring workforce culture that welcomes everyone and embraces new ideas and fresh thinking. By becoming a more open, diverse and inclusive organisation we can deliver a safe, accessible railway for everyone. We’re working hard to ensure our workforce better represents our customers and society as a whole.

About the position:

As Route Financial Director, you will provide expertise and guidance to the Route Managing Director and the route management team for the financial and commercial control of all business activities. Under your experienced leadership, you will motivate the finance and contracts & procurement teams to achieve elite levels of strategic business partnering.

You will direct the route in all aspects of financial control, planning and management and business scrutiny to align with corporate financial standards and policies. Working closely with the Route Managing Director to deliver the efficiency targets required of a route business.

As the route’s Strategic Business Planner, you will establish a business review process and ensure that we are aligned to company strategy and delivering our agreed outputs. Utilising your commercial acumen, and that of others around you, you will push for innovation and exploit opportunities to ensure that passenger and freight train performance is improving through consistent use of continuous improvement techniques.

A key part of this role will be contributing to the acquisition of funding whilst effectively chairing the funding process to raise alternative sources of finance in conjunction with partners.

You will review and deliver a process to handle risks arising from joint ventures with customers. As Route Financial Director, you will oversee the risk and assurance process, providing a key interface with internal and external stakeholders for audit activities.

    To be successful in this role it is important that you can demonstrate;

  • Membership of relevant professional body/ies with post qualification experience.
  • Functional influencing with success in the business planning process that requires stakeholder communication and relationship management.
  • Success in building high-performing teams on major initiatives including capital development programmes.
  • The ability to question and influence stakeholders to achieve effective commercial outcomes. 
  • Experience in procurement, negotiation and the commercial management of suppliers.
  • Commercial focus and experience of developing commercial strategies.

It is also desirable, but not essential, that you are;

  • Experienced in working within a regulated environment or with an interface to government or government-owned bodies.
  • Experienced within at least 2 different finance disciplines within Network Rail and/or external organisations.

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 became a Disability Confident leader in 2017 and have committed to interview disabled applicants who meet the minimum essential criteria for a role. We want to make the most of the skills and talents disabled people bring to the workplace - skills and talents we need in our business. 

Safe behaviour is a requirement of working for Network Rail.  Applicants should be able to demonstrate their awareness of our safety vision which you can find online.

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



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