Alliance Head of Finance & Commercial

Network Rail
United Kingdom
88704.00 - 99792.00 GBP Annual
08 Oct 2017
30 Oct 2017
Contract Type
Full Time
About Network Rail

Network Rail is at the heart of revitalising Britain's railway. From Crossrail - Europe's largest civil engineering project - to investment in world-class stations and major programmes of electrification, we're involved in some of the most ambitious and diverse ventures that this country has ever seen.
This will help us deliver the better railway that is vital for the economic prosperity of this country, transforming how people travel and make a massive difference to passengers and freight users right across Britain.
Our shared behaviours are helping us to shape a better railway for a better Britain:
• Customer-driven - We put safety at the heart of everything we do and provide exceptional service;
• Accountable - We understand our priorities and use shared knowledge and expertise to make confident decisions;
• Challenging - We welcome different points of view and constantly seek better solutions;
• Collaborative - We work openly and transparently and are respectful and trusting.
Replacing life expired rail, sleepers and ballast is a planning a logistical challenge on a network getting busier by the year. The High Output Track Alliance complete the majority of this engineering work on Britain's rail network, as one coherent in-house team working on behalf of Network Rail's eight Route businesses. Openness and transparency is key, epitomised by the team's motto - "safe delivery, no surprises".
A team of 700 directly employed staff supplemented by long term contractors, use high-technology factory trains to deliver the majority of the nations track renewals, largely invisible to the travelling public. The High Output approach allows passenger and freight trains to safely operate on adjacent open lines and replacing track in short duration windows and handing back at high speeds.

Brief Description

To lead the High Output Track Renewals finance & commercial teams in the development & deployment of procurement strategies and associated commercial & supplier relationship management. Lead the fiscal and project accounting, management reporting, internal controls, financial accounting, business planning, governance and appraisal of business decisions. Develop and implement a commercial model with Route customers that incentivises High Output use and maximises the business benefit of doing so for Network Rail.

This role can be based out of the York or Birmingham office.

About the role (External)

Key Accountabilities
• Lead the finance & commercial teams / disciplines across the Alliance to deliver all commercial & financial targets as agreed with the Alliance Director.
• Work in conjunction with the regional teams and the supply base to improve commercial & financial management processes and to create more collaborative relationships with our suppliers.
• Manage the Corporate Governance process for the Alliance, maintaining compliance with relevant technical & legal standards. Where required, maintain procedures and systems of internal control to protect safe stewardship and custody of assets and maintain the integrity of the associated records.
• Promote standards & strategies for the avoidance and minimisation of claims and where necessary report, manage and support to the business in the notification & resolution of claims, acting as commercial discipline lead, pursuing recoveries where applicable.
• Provide specialist advice on all contract, procurement and financial issues and maintain links with other disciplines, programmes & regions so as to develop joint initiatives, deliver improvements and maintain consistency in the approach across the supply market.
• Manage the business planning & reporting process in delivering business objectives, including periodic reporting of business liabilities including cost, schedule & outturn and proactively challenge the management of financial, commercial and business risks and opportunities.
• Appraise all investment proposals and provide analytical information to assist in making investment decisions including supporting the business in the development of credible benchmarking and bid management tools & competencies.

• Influence and liaise with other national programmes and relevant external bodies to maintain compliance with appropriate legal and regulatory requirements.
• Lead and motivate the finance & commercial teams so as to provide a high quality service to the business, and as business partners provide an efficient and effective service to their clients. Lead and inspire the team to maintain full engagement in meeting business objectives whilst adhering to professional reporting lines.

Job Skills, Experience and Qualifications


• Strong leadership skills, with the vision and ability to establish cross-functional relationships and drive cultural/organisational change.
• Exceptional interpersonal skills, possessing the ability to interact and maintain credibility with people at all levels within an Alliance, up to and including Board level as well as with industry stakeholders.
• Significant experience in the financial & commercial management of high value, complex transactions.
• Exceptional negotiating skills and experience in the negotiation and resolution of complex claims
• Experience in and knowledge of financial reporting, contract law, contractual litigation and contractual dispute resolution
• Membership of a relevant professional body (e.g. CIMA / RICS) with chartered status and/or educated to degree level.
• Strong commercial focus and financially astute.


• Background in Commercial, Finance, Engineering, Construction or other such related sectors
• Experience in working in an Alliance.
• Relevant experience in the successful contract and procurement management of major programmes of work in the construction and/or rail industries.
• Experience of contracts and procurement processes and procedures within Network Rail.
• Experience in project accounting and commercial responsibility for major projects and/or contracts.

How To Apply- External

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.
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 GBP3000 (to a maximum amount of GBP2,250).
Network Rail positively embraces flexible working recognising that employees may wish to balance work and family/home life.
Network Rail adheres to a structured pay framework, any salary offered will be within the following pay range: GBP88,704 - GBP99,792
Closing date: 29/10/2017, late applications will not be accepted. We retain the right to close the advert before the listed closing date based on application volumes
Network Rail adheres to the Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS). This is a government standard for pre-employment vetting. All prospective employees will undergo the required checks to meet this standard before joining the company.


Amount of Travel

Work At Home