Contracts & Procurement Manager (Route)

Central London
£64,000 - £72,000
17 May 2017
30 May 2017
Specialist Area
Contracts, Procurement
Job Level
Contract Type
Full Time
CIPS Membership
CIPS member

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.

Network Operations plans, operates and maintains the railway day-to-day. Our business units – ‘routes’ – work closely with our customers, and are accountable for improving customer service, safety, and performance, as well as providing a value for money railway.

The South East route accounts for approximately 25% of UK Rail passenger journeys, and will include the new Thameslink infrastructure currently under construction opening in 2018. A new leadership team is in place to drive forward a new vision for the route.

You will require to spend some time on the route in Kent and Sussex.

Job Purpose

Reporting to the Route Finance Director, you are accountable for the strategic management of all Route Pre & Post contract activities to meet business performance and financial targets.  You will not only work collaboratively with stakeholders and manage key supplier relationships, but also identify best practice and liaise with other Routes and Route Services to provide an efficient, cost effective and collaborative delivery of commercial activity.

Key Accountabilities

  • Accountable for the development and deployment of robust contacting strategies which support the Routes business plan and are also reflected in the national contracting strategies.
  • Accountable for the communication of scope and benefits of national contracting strategies to senior stakeholders, gaining their endorsement and respond to any price and/or service level challenges. Representing Route interests at national forums.
  • Support route leadership in ensuring the contractual outputs meet route requirements.
  • Lead the development of a supplier base for the Routes anticipated operational requirement demand in line with contracting strategies, supporting SME requirements and performance management.
  • Accountable for the delivery of all procurement requirements for the Route, which aren't carried out nationally, whilst complying with Network Rail Policies and Legislation.
  • Accountable for commercial contract management and administration of existing and new contracts ensuring delivery of value for money and best practice in respect of variations, re-measures, claims and final accounts.
  • Lead the Route compliance for corporate contractual governance. Providing guidance and controls to support all staff within the Route and inspire the Route to deliver Value for Money across all Commercial activities.
  • Lead the management and resolution of legal and/or commercial disputes in own area of expertise in conjunction with Route Services.
  • Holder of the Route delegated contracting authority and quorum member of Route Commercial Panel. Support other Route panels as required.
  • Lead the Route in connection with all Contracts & Procurement processes and systems providing necessary support where required.  Feedback to central teams on performance and suitability of systems to enable continuous improvement.
  • Lead the Route in connection with collaborative procurement activities with Train & Freight Operating Companies.
  • Lead and inspire Route based Contracts & Procurement teams to drive development, efficiency and effectiveness of individuals and the team as a whole. Encourage and support the team to pursue professional qualifications to enhance the Routes competency profile.

Job Skills, Experience and Qualifications


  • Extensive knowledge of the construction industry and related supply chains, including commercial and contract administration processes
  • Membership of a relevant professional body (e.g. CIPS, RICS, CIOB or CICE) or educated to degree level and/or relevant experience
  • Extensive knowledge of construction contracts
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Strategic outlook, including the ability to drive delivery of strategic objectives
  • Proven ability to manage and drive successful business change programmes
  • Advanced influencing and negotiation skills to develop mutually beneficial relationships
  • Executive level stakeholder relationship management capability

To apply, please click on the apply button to visit our website.

Closing date: 30 May 2017.

Network Rail welcomes applications from a diverse range of candidates 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, membership or non-membership of trade union, social class or any other irrelevant factor. We are committed to interviewing all applicants who declare a disability and meet the essential criteria advertised. We are two ticks accredited and we continue to strive to create a workforce as diverse as the communities we serve.