Project Sponsor – High Speed Rail - Flexible Employer

Network Rail
Birmingham, West Midlands (GB)
Salary starting at £42,336 rising to £47,628
02 Jan 2019
23 Jan 2019
Contract Type

Flex statement: Network Rail recognises that employees need to balance work and family/home life. By offering family-friendly arrangements, we can support employees aiming to manage their working life alongside other priorities. So we will, wherever possible, be committed to:

  • Develop a great place to work where our employees feel valued and we're an attractive employer for prospective candidates
  • Positively supporting employees in balancing their work and home life (taking account of business requirements)
  • Helping to increase employee motivation and wellbeing
  • Building a more open, diverse and inclusive organisation

Do you have experience of dealing with client projects and liaising with people at all levels? Are you commercially astute with knowledge of financials? Are you recognised for your strong interpersonal and communications skills alongside your ability to lead a successful team and deliver major complex projects? If so, we would love to hear from you.


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 built 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 lead the integration between HS2 Ltd and Network Rail. This involves working closely with HS2 Ltd, supporting them in the development and implementation of their programme whilst looking after the interests of Network Rail, to successfully deliver all schemes through the project lifecycle. The High Speed Rail team is the sponsor for the works on the Network Rail network that are required to be undertaken as a result of the HS2 Phase 1 programme.


This is an exciting opportunity to join the High Speed Rail Phase 1 team at a key point within the programme. The programme of HS2 works is rapidly growing and the High Speed Rail team is increasing to meet the challenges. The team are involved in all of the HS2 Phase 1 on-network works, from the major projects at Euston and Old Oak Common to line of route works between London and Birmingham and further north.


We welcome 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 factors. By becoming a Disability Confident leader in 2017, we 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. 

We value the dedications you may have outside of work and will consider flexible working applications. If we can make it work – we will! 


Do you have experience in Project Management and Sponsorship? Are you able to articulate complex business problems into manageable work packages and produce logical solutions?


We require you to lead the development of a Network Rail strategy for new high speed routes, including the integration of the HS2 project with the national rail network. You will lead the project sponsorship and management of High Speed phase 1, which successfully delivers all schemes through the project life cycle


1. You will cultivate and build effective relationships at project level to balance the needs of the client, Network Rail and the industry as a whole. 

2. Prepare, develop and review project remits to confirm their viability. Work with partners to establish a scope which optimises requirements, value for money, network availability, capacity for future development and whole life cost.

3. You will develop the project plan and budget; working with the project manager to specify how the project is going to be delivered, expected milestones and associated timescales, resource requirements, risks & issues and funding needs/sources.

4. Prepare business cases and investment papers for your projects.

5. Implement and identify cost efficiencies and improvements to process within your projects. Effectively lead change through the formal control process.

6. You will source and develop solutions which maintain the national railway ‘business as usual’ accessibility for our customers.

7. Lead and challenge your project team (Sponsor and Deliverer) on the deliverability, agreed scope, stated timescales and cost parameters. Communicate progress against defined timescales and expectations to appropriate managers. Implement contingency measures where necessary.

8. Lead the negotiations with customers and stakeholders on the project’s commercial and contractual terms in accordance with relevant corporate policy and strategy.

9. Implement and align with the requirements of investment regulations, other corporate governance and the GRIP process. Adhere to corporate processes, including those related to safety (including CDM), finance, legal and corporate affairs.

10. Develop your team to achieve business and functional objectives and meet agreed performance measures. Lead the development, engagement, safety and welfare of yourself and your team.