Leadership & Professional Development Manager (location either Milton Keynes or Midlands)

Network Rail
Milton Keynes
£40,000 - £49,999
13 Apr 2019
17 Apr 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

About us

Network Rail is at the heart of revitalising Britain’s railway. From Crossrail - Europe’s largest civil engineering project - to investment in extraordinary stations and major programmes of electrification, we're involved in some of the most ambitious and diverse ventures that this country has ever seen.

Here at Network Rail, we believe that investing in our people is key to improving the safety, reliability and efficiency of the railway. This in turn, means that we can serve the needs of our customers and the travelling public.

We seek to build an environment where every individual is able to succeed and is encouraged to reach their full potential, helping the company to become a natural choice for talented people to join.

Network Rail Training provides a full training and development service that is aligned to our customer’s objectives and priorities for the successful development of their team’s capabilities and competences.

We deliver a wide range of learning solutions, designed and developed to enable continuous improvement of safety and business performance throughout the business. Everything we do is to support Network Rail’s safety culture of getting everyone home safe every day.

Job Purpose

To develop, deliver and continuously improve a comprehensive suite of leadership and professional training services to internal and external clients in support of Network Rail’s strategic business requirements.

Key Accountabilities

  1. Establish specifications for professional training courses, that develop the Leadership skills and behaviours required to deliver the company strategy and business plans and fit the various cultures across the organisation.

  2. Manage the training and development provision within the defined budget for managers and professional staff ensuring that the focus for delivery is on the strategic business need for Network Rail.

  3. Manage the provision of training services by external suppliers and support Contracts & Procurement activities. Additionally, manage external suppliers to improve service levels, reduce cost and increase alignment with strategic objectives.

  4. Develop where appropriate, with Functional Heads, qualifications that meet the requirements of the business and the regulator.

  5. Provide input in relation to the development of training policy and strategy initiatives, both internally within Network Rail and externally, within the railway industry as a whole.

  6. Apply best practice principles in relation to the design, development, delivery and evaluation of all management and professional learning and training solutions. Undertake analysis to produce initiatives for ongoing efficiencies and enhanced competitiveness.

  7. Lead the development and delivery of bespoke specialist business solutions, including supporting the identification of preferred suppliers.

  8. Lead a team responsible for the planning and delivery of professional development programmes.

  9. Support the Head of Leadership Development to develop productive relationships within business units to secure accurate training demand aligned to customer targets and objectives.

Job Skills, Experience and Qualifications


  • Expertise in designing and delivering corporate level management and professional training

  • Leadership and hands-on management skills developed in a change orientated business environment.

  • Dynamic, challenging characteristics with strong customer responsive attitude.

  • High-level commercial awareness

  • Tangible demonstration of the NR behaviours


  • Multi sector management development experience especially in private and customer-focused organisations.

  • Project management and business planning skills

  • Railway experience beneficial, but not essential

  • Appreciation of competence management systems

  • Experience of developing customer relationships in an internal service environment

  • High-level budgetary management experience

How to Apply:

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: £42336 - £47628

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: 19.04.19. Late applications will not be accepted. We retain the right to close the advert before the listed closing date based on application volumes.

Please note that for this role it can be located either in Milton Keynes or one of our other locations in the Midlands.

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