Rail Contract Manager

16 Summer Lane
22 Nov 2021
05 Dec 2021
Job Ref
Contract Type
Fixed Term Contract
Working Pattern
Part Time

West Midlands Rail Executive (WMRE) is the devolved body with responsibility for working with the rail industry and local authority partners to deliver better rail services in the West Midlands. We jointly manage the West Midlands Rail Franchise with the Department for Transport and actively support the West Midlands Combined Authority and other strategic bodies with their ambitious development agendas.

We're made up of local authorities from across the region, which means that local councillors sit on our board and can make sure the views and issues raised by the local people they represent can steer our plans. Our work is championed by the Mayor of the West Midlands who is committed to delivering a new, golden era for our local trains.

The role of Rail Contract Manager is all about building great relationships and getting results through effective contract management. You will spend your time developing and maintaining constructive, positive relationship between WMRE and West Midlands Trains, the train operating company (TOC), to ensure that the various obligations contained within the West Midlands National Rail Contract (NRC) are delivered. 

This is a part time position and will ideally be working Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday's and is fixed-term until December 2022.

What will you be doing?

  • Monitor and assess compliance and the delivery of contractual commitments, and operational and financial performance
  • Produce periodic performance reports for the WMRE Executive Director highlighting risks and issues 
  • Provide papers recommending changes and derogations to the contract as directed
  • Produce periodic performance reports for Partner Authorities and the WMRE Board of Directors
  • Maintain accurate records of contract related documentation
  • Support DfT colleagues with the drafting of contractual correspondence 
  • Deal with ministerial correspondence pertaining to the contract

The Rail Contract Manager will be expected to work flexibly to support the delivery of WMRE business requirements. Additionally, time spent working in London with counterparts at the DfT will be required.

About you

We're looking for someone who understands contract management and performance. You don't need to have done this in a rail setting but you will need to know how to manage performance through effective contract management. Beyond that, we're looking for someone with excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to deal with difficult situations with tact and diplomacy, and someone who is comfortable influencing and persuading others to get things done. 

About us

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’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 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. As a Disability Confident Employer, we have made a positive commitment to interviewing all applicants with a disability who meet the essential role criteria. We are committed to building a team of people with varied backgrounds and experiences as we recognise that this will only benefit us as an employer, the more inclusive we are the better our work will be, and welcome applications from young people, Black, Asian and ethnic minority groups and women at senior levels.

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 27 days annual leave (plus public holidays) and access to a great pension scheme.

Furthermore, wherever possible we will offer flexible working options which assist work-life balance. We are very happy to discuss a flexible working pattern that suits your needs, so please do not let that be a barrier to applying. 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.

About your application

The online Application Form you'll be asked to complete plays a key part in our recruitment and selection process. We use the information you provide to decide whether to invite you for an interview. It is important that you complete the Application Form as fully and accurately as possible. You will be asked to upload a Supporting Statement (not a CV) and this should include specific examples which demonstrate how you meet the essential criteria for the role for which you are applying. 

If you would like to discuss alternative methods to the online application as a reasonable adjustment please contact the Resourcing Team by email (careers@wmca.org.uk).

Supporting documents
Rail Contract Manager JD Oct 21 FINAL.doc

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