Communications Manager

Network Rail

We offer an optional compressed 4 day work week (35hrs)

  • 4 x 9hr days
  • £36k - 39k per year
  • Hybird Remote, Milton Keynes

Only considering candidates who are eligible to work in Milton Keynes, UK ⚠️

Communications Manager


Milton Keynes, GB

Department Name


About Network Rail

🌟 Join Our Team at Network Rail! 🌟

Are you ready to make a difference in people's lives? At Network Rail, we connect passengers and freight customers, ensuring safe and efficient transportation across the country. We're an organisation where people truly matter, and when you join us, you matter to us and millions of others. Click here to watch our inspiring video to learn more about us!

We're dedicated to building a diverse and inclusive organisation that reflects the passengers we serve. To achieve this, we're committed to becoming an open, diverse, and inclusive workplace, leveraging the skills and expertise of our talented workforce. Together, we strive to create a safe and accessible railway for everyone. Discover more about the importance of Diversity and Inclusion at Network Rail by clicking here.

Investing in our people is key to enhancing the safety, reliability, and efficiency of our railway system. If you're passionate about making a meaningful impact, then this opportunity is for you!

We're an inclusive employer of choice and welcome applications from everyone! We encourage our colleagues to work flexibly, as we know traditional working patterns don't always fit and do our best to support a healthy work life balance.

As a Disability Confident Leader employer we'll try our best to adapt the process and offer a reasonable alternative to help support people with disabilities access, apply and interview for roles.

Brief Description

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for a Communications Manager for a full-time position based in Milton Keynes.

The successful candidate will manage and deliver consistent and effective communications strategies for key projects and co-ordinate a broad range of stakeholder communication activities across media, public affairs, community relations and internal audiences.

About the role (External)

About the role…

Join our team as a passionate and inclusive communications expert!

In this role, you'll develop and implement strategic communications plans for projects with reputational risks and fantastic opportunities.

Your exceptional organisational skills will shine as you produce and manage detailed communications plans, ensuring seamless implementation with valuable recommendations.

As a skilled communicator, you'll be the liaison with a variety of stakeholders, managing relationships and influencing senior leaders, senior project managers and industry parties,

You'll also play a vital role in delivering Network Rail's internal communications program.

Attention to detail is essential, ensuring branding adheres to our corporate policy on branding and visual identity.

What essential skills and experiences are required?

We're seeking someone with first-hand experience in corporate communications, armed with impeccable writing abilities and a strategic mindset. As part of our team, you'll craft and execute communication plans for a diverse range of projects, always meeting deadlines and working with internal and external stakeholders. Your talent for influencing others and nurturing relationships, both within and outside the organisation, will be invaluable. Confidence is key here; we want someone who isn't afraid to take charge and drive results. While a degree is preferred, it's not a deal-breaker. Experience in project management and collaboration with agencies and suppliers would be advantageous, but above all, we're looking for someone with a passion for effective communication and a drive to make a meaningful impact.

Together, we'll create a dynamic and inclusive atmosphere, where your diverse talents will be celebrated, and your contributions will be the catalyst for our continued success. Let's embark on this exhilarating journey together and make waves in the world of corporate communications!

For a full list of the key accountabilities and the essential/desirable criteria, please refer to the Network Rail job description attached.

How to apply (External)

Duration: 12 Month Fixed term contract

Location: The Quadrant: Milton Keynes. For this location you will need to live within 90 minutes from the office location or be willing to relocate.

Closing date: 30th April 2024. Late applications will not be accepted. (Network Rail reserves the right to close the advert before the advertised closing date, dependent on the number of applications received).

Interviews will be delayed due to holiday therefore the interviews will be held on a date to be confirmed.

Band & Salary: Band 4B: £35,582 - £40,029 per annum (dependent upon experience)

Plus, a range of family friendly benefits including (but not limited to):

🌞 Generous annual leave (28 days plus statutory days), with the option to buy/sell days.

 Defined benefit pension scheme

🚂 75% subsidy on train/underground season tickets.

🎟️ Interest-free travel loan for train and car park season tickets.

🎁 Discounts at stations with your Network Rail pass.

🌍 Flexible/hybrid working arrangements.

🕊️ Volunteer leave to make a positive impact.

Plus more….

What does our recruitment process look like? [remove/amend if not applicable]

1. Once you have applied, our Recruitment Specialist will look at your CV.

2.If your experience matches what we're looking for, you'll be invited to a face-to-face interview.

Drugs and Alcohol Standard:

Our Drugs and Alcohol Standard is changing as of 16.01.2023. All prospective candidates who have not been offered a conditional role by 16.01.2023 will be required to undergo and pass a drugs and alcohol test. Your application will be rescinded if you record a positive test. All positive drugs and alcohol test results for prospective candidates will be securely held on Sentinel database and a 5 year suspension from applying for a safety critical role, a role which requires PTS certification or a Key Safety role on Network Rail Managed Infrastructure will be enforced.

We're an inclusive employer of choice, Disability Confident Leader employer, encourage people to work flexibly and we welcome applications from everyone.

If you have any questions about this role or if you have an HR related questions or require any reasonable adjustments/modifications, please contact IREC Support ([email protected]). You must have the vacancy/IREC number ready as you will be asked for this.


We own, repair and develop the railway infrastructure in England, Scotland and Wales.

Working Week

We offer an optional compressed 4 day work week (35hrs)

  • Mon
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  • Wed
  • Thu
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Our Vacation Policy

We offer 28 days annual leave, plus public holidays

  • 37 days
  • 52 Fridays
  • 89 days off per year

Remote Working Policy

Some staff work fully on-site with other teams working hybrid remotely.

  • United Kingdom

Company Benefits

  • Health insurance
  • 401(k) company contribution
  • Flexible working hours
  • Generous parental leave
  • Childcare support
  • Equipment allowance
  • Professional Development Budget
  • Mental Health Support

Our Team

We're a team of 43k across 19 departments:

  • engineering
  • business development
  • information technology
  • operations
  • finance
  • support
  • education
  • human resources
  • +11 more teams

Desirable Skills and Experience

  • Corporate communications
  • Influencing skills
  • Project management

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