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Network Rail
Salary: £77,414 To £87,091
Location: Milton Keynes
Job type: Permanent
Sector: Rail
Category: Health & Safety Jobs
Network Rail owns, manages and develops Britain’s railway – the 20,000 miles of track, 40,000 bridges and viaducts, and the thousands of signals, level crossings and stations (the largest of which we also run). In partnership with train operators we help people take more than 1.6bn journeys by rail every year - double the number of 1996 - and move hundreds of millions of tonnes of freight, saving almost 8m lorry journeys. We’re investing £38bn in the railway by 2019 to deliver more frequent, more reliable, safer services and brighter and better stations.

The Safety, Technical & Engineering (STE) Group encompasses asset management, engineering, safety, health and wellness, and sustainable development, together with our key national change programmes including business critical rules, level crossing risk reduction, risk based maintenance and safety culture change.

Designed to reinforce the reality that safety is critical for every element of what we do, the STE Group delivers a ‘Centre of Expertise' combining high quality safety, technical and engineering leadership to the business. With elements from Network Operations and Infrastructure Projects, it also provides a much clearer interface for the Routes.

Our key accountabilities are:

· Innovate – Define and deliver national improvement programmes and commission research and development to achieve a better railway

· Lead – Provide strategic leadership and guidance to Network Rail and external stakeholders on safety, environmental, sustainability, technical and engineering concerns

· Assure – Assure Network Rail engineering assets by governing standards and frameworks and measuring our compliance against them

· Grow – Improve the health and vitality of all Network Rail employees, grow our leadership capability across STE by developing competency frameworks and aligning competencies to industry developments and use management information, audits and investigations to identify best practice and continuous improvement

Brief Description

This role is responsible for leading the Environment and Sustainable Development (E&SD) strategy across Network Rail, and for managing the central E&SD department. The E&SD department is made up of four teams: Environment, Energy and Carbon, Weather Resilience and Climate Change, and Social Performance and sets the national strategy and policy to drive best practice in responsible business.

About the role (External)

Job purpose

Direct the development of Network Rail’s strategy for achievement of world class environmental and sustainability performance. Set and own the framework (including rules, competency, improvement programmes and R&D) within which the company is able to improve its environmental and social performance. Lead the company’s integration of weather and climate change projections into business processes to protect the future safety and operational performance of the infrastructure. Lead interaction on environmental and sustainability issues with other railway industry companies and regulators. Act as the company expert and provider of professional environmental and sustainability advice to the Board, the company as a whole and the wider GB rail industry.

Key accountabilities

· Provide environmental & sustainability leadership across the business: Develop a function of highly experienced and professional experts to deliver a high performing and sustainable modern railway.

· Lead the on-going development of environmental and sustainability strategy to provide the framework within which performance is improved.

· Establish clear policies to enable the delivery of NR strategic objectives and embed these in business processes and plans

· Lead the effective execution of the NR risk management process for environmental & sustainability risks.

· Direct the definition of environment and sustainability related Business Critical Rules (BCRs) and Means of Control.

· Lead the development of the Environmental Management System and environmental & sustainability specifications, guidance and process.

· Lead the delivery of environmental and sustainability improvement programmes.

· Specify and sponsor R&D which may be required to improve environmental and sustainability performance including the consideration of environment and sustainability requirements in engineering innovations.

· Provide environmental and sustainability input into competency and capability frameworks and lead lateral learning events.

· Provide professional advice to the Board, Executive and SLG on environmental and sustainability matters.

· Be NR’s principal point of contact with external stakeholders on environmental and sustainability matters within UK and Europe.

Essential Qualifications


• Science or relevant degree

• Experience of delivering environmental and sustainability improvements in an infrastructure business

• Commercial/business experience beyond the environmental and sustainability agenda


• Chartered environmental status

• Experience of climate change adaptation

• Understanding of the role of accredited EMS in delivering sustained change

• Experience of developing a high-quality environmental and/or sustainability function


• Ability to inspire others

• Highly collaborative and adept at developing lasting and productive relationships

• Focused on making enduring change and delivering sustainable outcomes

• High levels of emotional intelligence

• High integrity and comfortable raising bad news in a constructive manner

• Resilient with the ability to handle multiple engineering issues at the same time

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. We positively embrace flexible working recognising that employees may wish to balance work and family/home life.

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 £3,333 (to a maximum amount of £2,500).

We adhere to a structured pay framework, any salary offered will be within the following pay range: ££77,414 - £87,091.

Network Rail is required to comply with UK Government standards when carrying out pre-employment checks for all new starters; this includes a basic criminal record check. In addition to the basic criminal record check, in accordance with the UK Government we are also required to verify your identity, right to work in the UK and previous three years employment history.

Closing date: 20 April 2018, late applications will not be accepted. We retain the right to close the advert before the listed closing date based on application volumes.

It is a requirement of the role to live within 90 minutes commuting time of The Quadrant Milton Keynes.

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