Returners Placement - Flexible Working Available

London (Greater)
05 Jun 2019
18 Jun 2019
Full Time
Contract Type
Returner Programmes

About Network Rail            

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.

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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.

 Brief Description            

Returners placement programme in the South East

The South East Returners Programme offers short term opportunities of 12 weeks to an individual who wants to return to work and experience and learn more about the South East route at Network Rail and what we deliver. Initially, the South East route will be providing a returners placement for 12 weeks within the finance team. 

Returner placements will provide opportunities for you to be involved in delivering on key areas of work, providing the chance to refresh your skills and experience, or gain insight into new areas of interest.  You will be supported throughout your 12 week placement programme with a dedicated buddy. There will also be an opportunity to apply for positions across Network Rail in the last two weeks of the placement programme. We actively encourage flexible working and flexible working can be arranged as part of this placement. 

During your 12 weeks you will have an opportunity to work on two key projects. 

Project Details:

Project 1: Capital Reporting Improvement - Working with non-financial business partners to specify and create a new reporting pack for capital projects and operational costs for budget holders.

A report has been commissioned by an external consultant to map the current process, and identify areas for improvement, work is now required to drive these improvements forward through to delivery. 

Project 2: Efficiencies - Working with colleagues in the Finance team to develop, document and implement a tactical framework for the verification and reporting of efficiencies in the delivery of capital projects throughout our control period, promoting ownership of the efficiency in the business. 

      About the role (External)            

Key Accountabilities

1.      Review, analyse, challenge process and procedures

2.      Identify opportunities for improvement. Propose actions to and work with business partners to implement recommendations.

3.      Development of monitoring and reporting tools

4.      Working with non-financial business partners to explain financial concepts


Job Skills, Experience and Qualifications


1.      Returner placements will be open to all individuals who have taken time out of work for at least 2 years or more.

2.      Good analytical skills, and a structured approach to problem solving

3.      Ability to explain complicated processes/concepts in a clear way

4.      Experience of accounting for capital projects.

5.      Experience of working with non-financial business partners.

6.      Part/Full Qualified Accountant  


1.      Experience of managing an efficiency or change programme

2.      Experience of working with management accounts.

3.      Had a career break of 12 months or more in the past 2 years.


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.

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.

As an arm’s length department of the UK Government, Network Rail is required to comply with a well-established pre-employment vetting process for all prospective employees. 

Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS) checks require prospective employees of Network Rail to meet the following requirements;

§  Provide eligibility to work in the UK and identity documentation

§  Complete a satisfactory 3 year employment history check

§  Complete a satisfactory unspent criminal conviction disclosure check

For more information regarding BPSS pre-employment related checks, please visit the UK Government website for further information - UK Government - BPSS Checks

 This vacancy is for a fixed-term opportunity for 12 weeks

Closing date:  18/06/2019, late applications will not be accepted.  We retain the right to close the advert before the listed closing date based on application volumes. This role is based in London James Forbes House

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