Senior Rail Programme Manager
This role sits within the Rail part of the overall Technical Team at Midlands Connect and has an important part to play in the continued development and delivery of enhancing the rail network across the Midlands. As Senior Rail Programme Manager, you will take a lead role on the continued development of the various elements that make up Midlands Engine Rail, including Midlands Rail Hub and related corridor studies and projects.
The role takes ownership of various elements of Midlands Engine Rail and the wider rail strategy programme at Midlands Connect. This may include leading rail corridor studies as ’Project Director’ or ‘Project Manager’, working closely with the Head of Rail, and other members of the Rail Team.
What will you be doing?
- Support the development and implementation of an evidence based, optimised and visionary Strategic Transport Plan ensuring that the strategy is supported by all relevant regional and national stakeholders
- Develop a wider understanding of Midlands Connect’s priorities and work with the Rail team to explore how these can be implemented through rail enhancement programmes, positively impacting both passenger and freigh
- Deliver an agreed work programme leading and developing a variety of rail corridor and enhancement studies, and supporting wider work related to rail that is integrated with the Midlands Connect Annual Business Plan and Transport Strategy
- Bring an awareness of other modes in addition to rail and integrational and complementary opportunities for them
- Lead on the development of several full 5-case business cases for project studies and components of the MER programme, demonstrating an understanding of how each project forms part of the whole and how certain aspects are interlinked and complementary
- Work with the wider Technical team in Midlands Connect to develop the strategic narrative for investing in rail in the Midlands and work that into the case of each individual component of MER
- Work closely with local partners such as West Midlands Rail Executive and East Midlands Councils/Transport for the East Midlands to understand local aspirations and how they may impact or be impacted by MER and work you are leading development of
- Provide assistance to the other Senior Rail Programme Manager and the Rail Strategy Lead, in the development of individual projects; ensuring that the needs of the wider strategy are considered, and that key elements of strategic narrative and assessment are passed between individual projects and the wider MER strategy
- Act as a ‘Technical Reviewer’, ‘Technical Lead’ or ‘Project Director’ as required within the Midlands Connect internal project delivery roles
- Deliver presentations and lead meetings with a range of stakeholders, sharing updates on the work you are leading, and reflecting that of the wider MER programme and Midlands Connect in general
We're looking for someone with demonstrable experience of working in rail, such as for a local authority, in consultancy or working in the rail industry either with infrastructure providers, train operating companies or Government Departments. Excellent stakeholder management, communication and engagement skills, with the ability to manage conflicting views between different stakeholders to reach an appropriate resolution, are needed.
The role manages projects within the programme (for example, feasibility studies, business case development, modelling and appraisal) and an understanding of business case development, cost/benefit analysis and wider economic benefit assessment is highly desirable. Additionally, our ideal candidate will have:
- Experience of rail scheme development, Network Rail’s Governance for Rail Infrastructure Projects (GRIP), Project Acceleration in a Controlled Environment (PACE) and Rail Network Enhancements Pipeline (RNEP) processes and knowledge of engineering/operational considerations
- Experience of either using or interpreting transport modelling packages, such as PLANET and Moira is desirable, including being able to quickly digest and share summary results to a wider audience
- Experience of scheduling / project programming and identifying dependent tasks and critical path is desirable
- Experience of risk and change management is desirable
- Excellent analytical skills, with the ability to produce considered and robust reports and recommendations
You will need to be a strong collaborator, building effective working relationship with the Department for Transport, Network Rail and High Speed 2 Ltd, amongst others. This will require being both an advocate for what Midlands Connect and our Partnerships want to see delivered in rail, but also collaboratively working at a technical level to make the case for major pieces of rail infrastructure across the Midlands.
About the team
Here at Midlands Connect, we explore, develop and recommend major transport projects which provide the biggest possible economic and social benefits for the Midlands and the rest of the UK. These initiatives will create more capacity for passengers and freight on the Midlands’ roads and railways. As the Sub-national Transport Body for the Midlands and transport partner of the Midlands Engine, our partnership is vast: councils, LEPs, Chambers of Commerce, airports, HS2 Ltd, Network Rail, Highways England, and our sponsor the Department for Transport.
Our role in the West Midlands has never been more important and in these extraordinary times we’ve shown we can step forward, speak up for our region and bring people together. Everything we do is focused on making life better for people in the West Midlands – that’s our reason for being here and it drives every move we make. We lead and support others to deliver our shared future vision for the region – a happier, healthier, better connected place to live and work.
We fully believe that we are only as great as the people who work for us and are committed to providing a positive, healthy and inclusive working environment where our people feel valued and respected. We are a “Leaders in Diversity” accredited organisation, are in the Inclusive Top 50 Employers List and are one of The Times Top 50 Employers for Women.
Our employees feel they can make a difference and are excited by the growth and the potential to shape the future. As we undergo a period of significant change, our employees are engaging with what is going on and we are encouraging a culture where people feel they can contribute towards improvements.
We’re ambitious, forward thinking and determined to find better ways of working, always leading the way in what we do. We trust and support each other to get the job done, and encourage creativity, originality and curiosity from those who work with us. We’re committed to creating an accessible and diverse workplace, one that nurtures an inclusive environment where our people can be themselves.
If your values align with ours and you’re committed to working towards creating a future we can all be proud of, we want to hear from you.
We are designing our organisation of the future and planning a new, flexible approach to the way we use our office space. This approach will mean most of us working from home some of the time and using our office space to come together to share ideas and learn from each other. We will continue to use digital technology for meetings, collaboration and communications - bringing teams together virtually wherever they’re working, saving time and spending on travel.
We are committed to developing an organisation that is representative of the diverse communities that we serve and welcome applications from all sections of the community. The following groups are currently underrepresented: young people, Black, Asian and ethnic minority groups and women at senior levels.
We are a Disability Confident Employer and offer a guaranteed interview scheme for applicants who meet the essential job role criteria. We will make reasonable adjustments, in line with the Equality Act, for disabled applicants if these are needed. Wherever possible we will offer flexible working options which assist work-life balance.
We’re dedicated to providing a broad range of rewards and benefits and constantly benchmark our benefits packages to ensure they are attractive for all our people. As well as a competitive salary, employees also receive a benefits package that includes 27 days annual leave (plus public holidays) and access to a great pension scheme.
Role Profile - Senior Rail Programme Manager.pdf