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Enhancement Projects Manager

Contract Type
Flexible Hours, Part-Time, Permanent
Public Sector
£48,837 - £59,419
Expiry Date
This is an exciting opportunity to be part of the planning and enhancements team, continuing to grow our presence in Scotland by leading our relationship with senior stakeholders and monitoring high profile rail programmes across the country.

Job Description

The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) is the independent safety and economic regulator for Britain's railways and the independent monitor of Highways England. ORR protects the interests of rail and road users, improving the safety, value and performance of railways and roads today and in the future. 

The planning and enhancements team is part of the Railway Planning and Performance (RPP) directorate and leads on ORR’s activities for rail enhancement programmes and projects, including: 

  • Monitoring and publicly reporting if Network Rail is delivering its obligations for enhancement projects; 
  • Assessing if Network Rail’s capability to manage capital projects is improving in-line with good practice; and 
  • Providing the Scottish Government with an independent assessment of the efficiency of Network Rail’s estimated enhancement costs 

The post-holder will be responsible for monitoring a defined set of Network Rail programmes and projects, and will meet regularly with Network Rail project managers and sponsors to understand the likelihood that Network Rail will deliver the project on time, to budget and to the right quality. This will inform our view on whether Network Rail is on target to deliver its obligations to train operators, passengers and funders. The role will be focussed on programmes, projects and stakeholders in Scotland, but it also mirrors activities done by other members of the team, currently based across out Glasgow, London and York offices. Therefore, close working and co-ordination with the team is essential to ensure a common approach is adopted wherever necessary. 

Frequent interaction with other industry stakeholders, including Transport Scotland and train operators is necessary. 

Key responsibilities 

Your key responsibilities will be to monitor a defined group of Network Rail enhancement programmes and projects, in the context of the funding settlement and delivery of wider industry outputs such as new rolling stock and new service patterns. 

The jobholder will periodically report to an internal project review board (Enhancements Projects Review Group) for the defined programmes and projects. 

Specifically the jobholder will: 

  • Assess whether Network Rail is on course to deliver its obligations for its committed enhancements; 
  • Challenge emerging costs for programmes and projects at an early stage of development to guard against slippage or unjustified cost escalation 
  • Assist to resolve disputes between Network Rail and its stakeholders when changes to scope outputs or milestones are proposed 
  • Escalate concerns in the event of serious regulatory issues, potentially to the level of licence breaches 
  • Investigate problem areas, with emphasis on the impact on rail users 
  • Ensure Network Rail adhere to the change control process for the Network Rail Delivery Plan 
  • Ensure Network Rail commits and adheres to appropriate development and delivery milestones for projects at an early stage in their lifecycle 
  • Carry out efficient cost reviews of project estimates at an appropriate stage of development 
  • Ensure checks on the quality of work carried out in enhancement programmes and projects to ensure it meets best practice. 

This description of the job may be subject to review, and is to provide you with guidelines within which you would work. Other duties appropriate to the grade may be assigned from time to time.