Project Management Assistant (Change)

Network Rail

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

  • 4 x 9hr days
  • £34k - 38k per year
  • Hybird Remote, Milton Keynes

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

Project Management Assistant (Change)


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 also a Disability Confident Leader employer and 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.

About the function…

The Finance Strategy & Development team sits in the Group Finance function within the Chief Financial Officer’s world. Our team delivers people and Learning & Development (L&D) related initiatives for the finance community.

This is an exciting opportunity to join our finance strategy & development team who work closely with all of our finance community. Our team is very friendly and we support each other in all aspects of our roles. You will be working closely with the Finance New Entrants Project Manager and Project Leader to provide general administrative support to the team as well as pastoral support to the finance new entrants (Graduates, Apprentices, and placement students). You will be supported and guided as you create your own personal development plan as well as having opportunities to be involved with different people related initiatives including Learning & Development, Diversity & Inclusion and finance new entrant schemes.

Brief Description

* Join Our Team as a Project Management Assistant (Change) *

Are you ready to take the next step in your career and be a vital part of dynamic project teams? We're on the lookout for a Project Management Assistant (Change) to join our team in Milton Keynes!

The new entrants management team is responsible for the development and management of the finance new entrant schemes. As Project Management Assistant (Change), you will be working as an Apprentice & Graduate Programmes Planner. You will be managing and coordinating the administrative arrangements for finance new entrants, working alongside various partners to effectively support finance apprentices, graduates, and placement students.

🌟Who We're Looking For🌟

We're searching for a team player who thrives on challenges, is detail-oriented, and has a passion for delivering results. If you have a can-do attitude, strong organizational skills, and a desire to make a real impact, we want you on our team! We are also looking for someone with the following qualities:

🔹 Relevant and successful administration experience

🔹 Knowledge of safeguarding principles who can provide pastoral support to our new entrants.

🔹 Successful experience of supporting the delivery of learning and development initiatives and projects, particularly apprentice or graduate programmes.

About the role (External)

🌟**What's the Average Day Like?**🌟

As a Project Management Assistant (Change) for the finance new entrants team, you'll dive into a world of exciting challenges and opportunities. Your day-to-day tasks include the following:

🔹 Assisting our Finance New Entrants Project Management team in delivering graduate, apprentice and placement schemes on time, within budget, and with top-notch quality in a safe and secure manner.

🔹 Being the go-to person for managing the administrative arrangements for new entrant schemes across finance to enhance the apprentice, graduate and placement experience.

You'll ensure that information flows seamlessly to internal and external partners.

🔹 Using our advanced reporting systems and guidelines, you'll be the project progress guru, keeping everyone in the loop. You will be coordinating and providing recruitment and onboarding support for new entrants, working closely with internal and external partners.

🔹 Creating and maintaining new entrant schemes documentation, feedback and progress reports, in line with our finance scheme guidelines.

🔹 Rolling up your sleeves and participating in projects when needed – your input is invaluable!

What essential skills and experiences are required?

The successful candidate for this role will be required to be/have: -

1.Educated to HND/HNC level, relevant project or administration experience

2.Ability to organise and prioritise own workload to meet deadlines

3.Strong organisation skills

4.Good communication skills (verbal and written)

5.Computer literate (Word, Excel, PPT)

For a full list of the key accountabilities and essential/desirable criteria, please click apply and you will be taken to the network rail external site where you can see the attached Network Rail Job Description.

How to apply (External)

A message from our Chief Executive, Andrew Haines:

‘Our passengers and freight users are at the heart of everything we do. We help connect people to their friends and families and get goods to their destination safely and efficiently. We're an organisation where people matter.  Watch our video to find out more!

We're continuing to build a diverse organisation which is representative of the people we serve. We want to harness the skills and expertise of our people and attract the best talent, to enable a safe and accessible railway for everyone. To learn why inclusion is important to us, please click here.

Duration: Permanent

Location: This role is based at TheQuadrant:MK. For roles based in the Quadrant:MK, you must live within 75/90 minutes of The Quadrant.

Closing date: 23rd November 2023. On occasions, we may need to close the advert early based upon application volumes. Late applications will not be accepted.

Interviews will be held 4th – 15th December 2023

**Band & Salary:**Band 5 – £34,500 - £37,500

What can we offer you in return?

We have a range of benefits including:

·28 days annual leave entitlement, plus Bank Holidays and five volunteer days

·My Benefits – our discounted online shopping site

·Flexible and family friendly policies and practices

·A range of discounted offers including, Healthcare offers, cycle to work, healthcare club discounted membership and other benefits

·Subsidies of up to 75% on rail and underground season tickets

·A range of pension schemes

·Two weeks paid reserve leave for our Armed Forces community

·Training, development and employee assistance programme available

·To learn about the benefits we offer please here.

What does our recruitment process look like?

  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 an interview /or complete a first interview using xxx a video interviewing platform, you can complete your interview anytime that works for you. /or complete an assessment.

3.If you ace your video interview/or assessment, you'll be invited to face to face interview with the hiring manager.

About our people and the recruitment process…

We're an inclusive employer of choice and we welcome applications from everyone!

We encourage our colleagues to work flexibly, as we know traditional working patterns don't always fit. If you want to consider working flexibly, just let us know and we'll do our best to help and invest in your career with us, whilst you have a healthy work life balance.

We're also a Disability Confident Leader employer and 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.’

Visit and have your IRC number ready as this will be required.

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

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 another factor.

We will interview all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria.

Safe behaviour is a requirement of working for Network Rail. Applicants should be able to demonstrate their awareness of our Safety Vision

Network Rail positively embraces flexible working recognising that employees may wish to balance work and family/home life.

We’re delighted to have been named as one of The Times Top 50 Employers for Gender Equality 2023 .

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 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
  • Tue
  • 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

  • Administrative Skills
  • Project Management
  • Safeguard Principles
  • Learning & Dev. Projects
  • Prioritization
  • Communication Skills

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